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Station to Station (MUBI, NR)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Thursday, 27 August 2015 21:22

Station to Station 75If you find any particular segment boring or pretentious, you can rest assured that something new will come along within 60 seconds.

 

We Are Your Friends (Warner Bros., R)

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Written by Pete Timmermann Thursday, 27 August 2015 21:00

We Are Your Friends 75We Are Your Friends is a film it’s hard to imagine anybody liking very much at all.

   

Mistress America (Fox Searchlight Pictures, R)

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Written by Pete Timmermann Thursday, 27 August 2015 20:37

Mistress 75Mistress America works in large part because it understands its characters.

 

The End of the Tour (A24, R)

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Written by Pete Timmermann Thursday, 20 August 2015 23:43

End-of-the-tour 75Jason Segel nails David Foster Wallace’s academic drawl and mannerisms, but ultimately the film has other things on its mind.

   

The Diary of a Teenage Girl (Sony Pictures Classics, R)

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Written by Pete Timmermann Thursday, 20 August 2015 23:22

diary-girl 75In a just world, Bel Powley would at least land an Oscar nomination for her performance here.

 

American Ultra (Lionsgate, R)

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Written by Pete Timmermann Thursday, 20 August 2015 22:36

american-ultra 75While the film’s hardly painful to watch, it is quite a bit more boring than one might expect of an action-comedy.

   

Blood Cells (Garden Thieves Pictures, NR)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Thursday, 20 August 2015 22:18

blood-cells 75The question remains of why anyone would want to see this film.

 

Best of Enemies (Magnolia Pictures, R)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Wednesday, 19 August 2015 21:36

best-of-enemies 75The Buckley-Vidal debates were pure show biz, and brought viewers and attention to ABC at a time when the network was in critical need of both.

   

Dark Star: H.R. Giger’s World (Icarus Films, NR)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Tuesday, 18 August 2015 21:38

darkstar 75The film is a sort of collage of bits and pieces of information about Giger, which is as often frustrating as it is enlightening.

 

Hackers (Shout! Factory, PG-13)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Tuesday, 18 August 2015 20:51

hackers 75It’s best not to think too much about either the plot or the computer jargon being spouted by the characters, because neither makes much sense.

   

52 Tuesdays (Kino Lorber, NR)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Monday, 17 August 2015 17:00

52 Tuesdays_75This is an outstanding first film and offers a fresh perspective on the process of gender transition.

 

Me and Vegeta Down by the Schoolyard

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Written by Jim Ousley Friday, 14 August 2015 11:22

Sabat has voiced the English-dubbed version of Vegeta for years, and continues to do so in the new feature length film Dragon Ball Z; Resurrection ‘F,’ currently on the big screen via Fathom Events in select markets.  

   

Big Sky (Phase 4 Films, NR)

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Written by Samantha LaBat Friday, 14 August 2015 00:00

big-sky 75From an entertainment standpoint, Big Sky falls short.

 

Phoenix (Sundance Selects, PG-13)

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Written by Cait Lore Thursday, 13 August 2015 23:42

phoenix 75Director Christian Petzold has crafted his sharpest film yet.

   

The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (Warner Bros., PG-13)

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Written by Pete Timmermann Thursday, 13 August 2015 23:17

manfromuncle 75At least it’s nice to see a Guy Ritchie movie that isn’t a total waste of time.

 

Straight Outta Compton (Universal Pictures, R)

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Written by Pete Timmermann Thursday, 13 August 2015 22:59

Straight-Outta-Compton 75Any problems wash right away in short order, once you come to grips with how compelling the story is, how talented and charismatic the cast is, and, if you didn’t already know, how good N.W.A.’s music is.

   

Fantastic Four (20th Century Fox, PG-13)

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Written by Samantha LaBat Thursday, 06 August 2015 21:39

fantastic-four 75While Fantastic Four is an engaging and aesthetically pleasing film, it is not good, does not live up to the hype, and as a re-boot, it is not an improvement.

 

The Gift (STX Entertainment, R)

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Written by Cait Lore Thursday, 06 August 2015 21:01

The Gift_75The greatest strength of this thriller is everyone feels not too far off from the real-world types of evil.

   

Tangerine (Magnolia Pictures, R)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Wednesday, 05 August 2015 22:03

tangerine 75The key accomplishment of Tangerine is that it is able to observe two ways of life without judging or keeping score.

 

The Third Man (Rialto Pictures, NR)

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Written by Pete Timmermann Wednesday, 05 August 2015 21:12

The-Third-Man 75I wholeheartedly recommend the experience to anyone with the slightest bit of passing interest.

   

Shaun the Sheep (Lionsgate, PG)

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Written by Pete Timmermann Wednesday, 05 August 2015 00:57

shaun-the-sheep 75Shaun the Sheep has well more than its share of visual inventiveness, and Aardman character designs are always charming as well.

 

Thirteenth Report | Fantasia 2015

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Monday, 03 August 2015 23:35

Haemoo 75Haemoo begins in a realistic fashion, almost like a documentary of life aboard a fishing trawler, with an emphasis on the complete lack of glamour in the life of a professional fisherman.

   

Twelfth Report | Fantasia 2015

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Monday, 03 August 2015 23:19

rrr 75Remix, Remake, and Rip-Off is an entertaining but hopelessly scattered documentary that tries to cover too many topics without adequate organization or structure.

 

Eleventh Report | Fantasia 2015

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Monday, 03 August 2015 23:01

tazza 75Despite its length, Tazza: The Hidden Card is mostly fast-paced and enjoyable to watch.

   

Tenth Report | Fantasia 2015

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Monday, 03 August 2015 22:27

tales-of-halloween 75Tales of Halloween is a film that horror fans will definitely want to see.

 

The Stanford Prison Experiment (IFC Films, R)

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Written by Laura Hamlett Thursday, 30 July 2015 22:01

stanfordprison SQIt was a prison run by psychologists instead of the state.

   

The Stanford Prison Experiment’s Kyle Alvarez | Experimenting on Young Actors

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Written by Pete Timmermann Thursday, 30 July 2015 21:55

Alvarez 75“I was always grateful for the opportunity to make this film, because I was never deliberately trying to be ‘the comedy guy’,” says Alvarez.

 

Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation (Paramount Pictures, PG-13)

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Written by Samantha LaBat Thursday, 30 July 2015 21:31

Rogue-Nation 75Rogue Nation is easily the best Mission: Impossible film yet.

   

Ninth Report | Fantasia 2015

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Tuesday, 28 July 2015 22:48

ojuju 75A generosity of spirit and novelty of the setting help overcome Ojuju’s technical limitations and suggest that C.J. Obasi is a director to watch in the future.

 

Eighth Report | Fantasia 2015

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Tuesday, 28 July 2015 21:10

arti 75The lack of facial expression on the puppets in The Arti: The Adventure Begins creates a surreal viewer experience and removes the “something extra” that any live actor brings to a role.

   

Seventh Report | Fantasia 2015

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Tuesday, 28 July 2015 20:02

The Royal_Tailor_75For all the stunning visuals, there’s also plenty of humor in The Royal Tailor, and it never drags despite a running time of just over two hours.

 

Mystery Science Theater 3000: XXXIII (Shout! Factory, NR)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Tuesday, 28 July 2015 19:11

mst3xxiii 75I’ve come to treasure these box sets not just for the movies and commentary, but also for the short documentaries included which fill in background on the films.

   

Sixth Report | Fantasia 2015

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Sunday, 26 July 2015 12:04

børning 75Børning just turned out to be a disappointment, content to settle for ordinary when I was hoping for more.

 

Fifth Report | Fantasia 2015

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Saturday, 25 July 2015 21:25

christmashorror 75A Christmas Horror Story is a lot of fun, and sometimes that’s exactly what the world needs.

   

Fourth Report | Fantasia 2015

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Friday, 24 July 2015 23:59

prophet 75While my mature self wishes for a bit more bite in the plentiful life advice offered in Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet, I loved the animation.

 

Third Report | Fantasia 2015

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Friday, 24 July 2015 23:09

terror 75You’ve probably heard that undercover work is mostly tedium, and that’s the main experience of watching (T)error as well.

   

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