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Tomorrowland (Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, PG)

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Written by Pete Timmermann Friday, 22 May 2015 00:42

Tomorrowland 75Though it is never as good as it could have been, because it is also never as bad as it could have been I wound up being pleased with Tomorrowland, in the end.

 

Iris (Magnolia Pictures, PG-13)

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Written by Pete Timmermann Wednesday, 20 May 2015 23:25

Iris 75That’s what a good documentary will do: make you interested in something you weren’t previously interested in at all.

   

In the Name of My Daughter (Cohen Media Group, R)

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Written by Lea Vrábelová Wednesday, 20 May 2015 23:15

In-the-Name-of-My-DaughterEven though all this probably sounds a lot more exciting to read than it was to watch, In the Name of My Daughter nevertheless has some attractiveness to it.

 

Gaming in Color (MidBoss, NR)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Tuesday, 19 May 2015 08:55

Gaming-in-Color 75_75Gay and lesbian people also like to game, and would like to see some characters and storylines reflecting their reality.

   

Evil Eye/The Girl Who Knew Too Much (Kino Lorber, NR)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Monday, 18 May 2015 20:33

EE 75The Italian version, The Girl Who Knew Too Much, is by far the better film.

 

Last Hijack (Kino Lorber, NR)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Monday, 18 May 2015 20:13

Last-Hijack 75The first question regarding Last Hijack is whether it brings anything new to the table. Fortunately, it does.

   

Pitch Perfect 2 (Universal Pictures, PG-13)

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Written by Samantha LaBat Thursday, 14 May 2015 00:00

Pitch-Perfect-2 __75If this film stood on its own, it might be more than okay, but as a sequel, Pitch Perfect 2 misses the high notes.

 

Felix and Meira (Oscilloscope Pictures, R)

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Written by Lea Vrábelová Wednesday, 13 May 2015 22:42

Felix-and-Meira 75Felix and Meira is a film that requires patience and a deeper understanding far beyond only what is seen or heard on screen.

   

The Dance Goodbye (First Run Features, NR)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Tuesday, 12 May 2015 07:50

Dance-Goodbye 75It offers both a realistic look at what it means to be a professional dancer, and the assurance that it is worth it.

 

Broadchurch Series Two (Entertainment One, NR)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Tuesday, 12 May 2015 07:43

Broadchurch season2_75Watching it is a richly rewarding experience.

   

Far from the Madding Crowd (Fox Searchlight, PG-13)

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Written by Pete Timmermann Thursday, 07 May 2015 20:00

far from_crowd_75While is possession of an interesting story, this film basically begs for traditional costume drama treatment, a big glossy production, and the general trappings of modern melodramas.

 

Hot Pursuit (Warner Bros, PG-13)

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Written by Lea Vrábelová Thursday, 07 May 2015 20:00

hot pursuit_75After the cookie-cutter, foreseeable ending there were the funny outtakes roll next to the credits—and it worked.

   

Black Sunday (Kino Lorber, NR)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Wednesday, 06 May 2015 23:00

Black sunday_75The truth is, Black Sunday doesn’t get many points for originality of plot, but Bava’s secure command of the cinematic image more than carries the day.

 

The Family Jams (Factory 25, NR)

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Written by Pete Timmermann Wednesday, 06 May 2015 22:57

family jams_75Banhart, Newsom, and Vetiver have all maintained their artistic integrity, and have been some of the most reliably excellent musicians to emerge in the new millennium.

   

Lost Rivers (Icarus Films, NR)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Wednesday, 06 May 2015 22:51

lost rivers_75The purpose of Lost Rivers is to inform viewers of urban rivers’ history and convince them that something was lost when the rivers became hidden underground.

 

The Avengers: Age of Ultron (Walt Disney Studios, PG-13)

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Written by Samantha LaBat Thursday, 30 April 2015 20:00

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I thoroughly enjoyed all the fights and explosions, but my favorite part of the night was walking away from the theater questioning my actions and intentions in my everyday life.

   

The Water Diviner (Warner Bros., R)

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Written by Lea Vrábelová Thursday, 23 April 2015 23:36

It surely brings perspective on multi-cultural grief.

 

Age of Adaline (Lionsgate, PG-13)

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Written by Samantha LaBat Thursday, 23 April 2015 23:22

Age of Adaline is not a film to buy and re-watch, but it is definitely worth seeing.

   

Comedy Dynamics Presents: Bill Hicks (Fathom Events, NR)

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Written by Pete Timmermann Wednesday, 22 April 2015 23:36

He wasn’t nearly as appreciated in his time as he should have been, especially in America, but his popularity seems to rise with every new year.

 

Unfriended (Universal Pictures, R)

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Written by Lea Vrábelová Thursday, 16 April 2015 20:00

unfriended 75What makes this whole digital-killer concept convincing (and scary) is the fact that today’s technology really is unpredictable.

   

QFest St. Louis 2015 | 04.19.2015 - 04.23.2015

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Thursday, 16 April 2015 20:00

qfest 75One thing that is sure is that the gay and lesbian filmmaking scene is thriving, and there’s an audience eager to see these films.

 

True Story (Fox Searchlight, R)

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Written by Pete Timmermann Thursday, 16 April 2015 20:00

true story_75Moreover, the film doesn’t care, the title doesn’t care, and you won’t care.

   

Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter (Amplify, NR)

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Written by Pete Timmermann Thursday, 16 April 2015 20:00

kumiko 75Are you still with me? Good, because Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter is a hell of a fun film.

 

The Babadook (IFC Midnight/Scream Factory, R)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Tuesday, 14 April 2015 08:00

babadook 75There's something pleasingly hand-crafted about The Babadook, beginning with the book that mysteriously appears in the family’s house.

   

Class of 1984 (Shout! Factory, R)

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Written by Samantha LaBat Tuesday, 14 April 2015 08:00

Class of 1984 is a must-see film. Beyond being great, it deals with real issues that are still relevant today.

 

Goodbye to Language (Kino Lorber, NR)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Tuesday, 14 April 2015 08:00

adieu 75I can totally see someone interpreting Goodbye to Language as, “Godard puts random stuff up on screen because he knows no one will call him on it.”

   

The Longest Ride (20th Century Fox, PG-13)

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Written by Samantha LaBat Thursday, 09 April 2015 21:21

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The story ends too perfectly. All the problems are solved and everything is tied in a nice bow.

 

Candlestick (Workbus, NR)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Thursday, 09 April 2015 21:16

candlestick 75Even if you take the film as a parody of old-style detective stories, it’s not really amusing enough to succeed on that score either.

   

The Book of Negroes (Entertainment One, NR)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Wednesday, 08 April 2015 22:14

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The Book of Negroes mixes fact and fiction, using an invented story to deliver a real truth.

 

White God (Magnolia Pictures, R)

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Written by Lea Vrábelová Wednesday, 08 April 2015 22:00

white god_75Following multiple unsuccessful search attempts, Lili is forced to return back to her normal life, and Hagen’s adventurous journey through the merciless city of Budapest begins.

   

Furious 7 (Universal Pictures, PG-13)

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Written by Samantha LaBat Thursday, 02 April 2015 18:49

Fast-and-Furious-7 75This is by far the very best of the Fast & Furious franchise.

 

Effie Gray (Adopt Films, PG-13)

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Written by Lea Vrábelová Thursday, 02 April 2015 18:24

Effie-Gray 75The only thing that stood out to me was Dakota Fanning’s performance, which was basically just being miserable, but with a British accent.

   

Vice & Virtue (Kino Classics, PG-13)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Monday, 30 March 2015 19:13

vice virtue_75Vice & Virtue is a fairly conventional melodrama contrasting two sisters, one good and one bad.

 

It Follows (RADiUS-TWC, R)

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Written by Lea Vrábelová Thursday, 26 March 2015 20:00

it follows_75This is one of those movies where what we don’t see is just as terrifying as what we do see.

   

Serena (Magnolia Pictures, R)

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Written by Matthew Newlin Thursday, 26 March 2015 20:00

serena 75Serena is an almost incomprehensible mess that feels as though multiple directors, with vastly differing visions, were working on it concurrently.

 

Home (20th Century Fox, PG)

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Written by Samantha LaBat Thursday, 26 March 2015 20:00

home 75Oh and Tip travel the world together, exploring the facets of human emotion, friendship, and defining the word “home.”

   

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