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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.

   

Pixels (Sony Pictures Releasing/Columbia Pictures, PG-13)

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Written by Pete Timmermann Friday, 24 July 2015 00:51

pixels 75Pixels is a terrible film by a terrible director.

 

Southpaw (The Weinstein Company, R)

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Written by Pete Timmermann Thursday, 23 July 2015 21:49

Southpaw 75It’s never quite as predictable as you’d think it would be.

   

Paper Towns (20th Century Fox Film Corporation, PG-13)

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Written by Samantha LaBat Wednesday, 22 July 2015 23:30

papertowns 75Paper Towns is brilliant from start to finish—it’s impossible not to love this movie.

 

Second Report | Fantasia 2015

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Wednesday, 22 July 2015 23:07

The shammers_daugther_75For children and adolescents into period fantasy, The Shamer’s Daughter is a sure winner, and it’s pretty enjoyable for adults as well.

   

First Report | Fantasia 2015

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Wednesday, 22 July 2015 22:12

Assassinatioin Classroom-75The blending of animation and live action in Assassination Classroom is well done, aided by a smart design choice.

 

Aloft (Sony Pictures Classics, R)

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Written by Pete Timmermann Thursday, 16 July 2015 23:18

aloft 75My overall disinterest was at a level that seemed too much trouble to form any sort of opinions about the film at all, good or bad.

   

Trainwreck (Universal Pictures, R)

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Written by Pete Timmermann Thursday, 16 July 2015 22:28

trainwreck 75If you’re feeling patient and don’t mind a plot that’s predictable down to the last detail, Trainwreck is a pretty good option.

 

Cartel Land (The Orchard, R)

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Written by Pete Timmermann Thursday, 16 July 2015 21:13

Cartel-Land 75I can’t immediately think of its equal in terms of compelling, on-the-ground footage of how drug cartels operate.

   

Ant-Man (Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, PG-13)

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Written by Samantha LaBat Thursday, 16 July 2015 21:02

Ant-man 75Ant-Man is not about another hero saving the world; it’s about a man trying to right his wrongs to be with his daughter.

 

The Unwanted (Kino Lorber, NR)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Monday, 13 July 2015 23:25

unwanted 75Nothing says “gothic” like woods and fog, and when you add in some crazed Christianity and deadly weapons, something twisted seems guaranteed to happen.

   

Testament of Youth (Sony Pictures Classics, PG-13)

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Written by Pete Timmermann Friday, 10 July 2015 00:11

Testament-of-Youth 75Testament of Youth is somewhat generic (get ready for lots of soft focus!), but solidly-made, and perfectly enjoyable.

 

What We Did on our Holiday (Lionsgate, PG-13)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Friday, 10 July 2015 00:01

What-We-Did-On-Our-Holiday 75To its credit, What We Did on our Holiday actually succeeds pretty well despite its rather hackneyed premise.

   

The Gallows (Warner Brothers, PG-13)

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Written by Samantha LaBat Thursday, 09 July 2015 23:48

The-Gallows 75The Gallows won’t even make you flinch, except perhaps to check the time.

 

Magic Mike XXL (Warner Bros., R)

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Written by Adrienne Jones Tuesday, 30 June 2015 23:57

MMXXL 75This film does do its job.

   

Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter (Amplify/Anchor Bay Entertainment, NR)

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Written by Pete Timmermann Tuesday, 30 June 2015 06:49

Kumiko 75The experience of the movie is intentionally, mundanely realistic much of the time.

 

The Decline of Western Civilization Collection (Shout! Factory, various ratings)

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Written by Pete Timmermann Tuesday, 30 June 2015 06:38

The-Decline-of 75Each film has extraordinary footage and standout scenes, but a lot of what makes these films work is for the vital moment in culture they capture.

   

Eastern Boys (First Run Features, R)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Saturday, 27 June 2015 16:43

playback stl photosThe film offered a timely view of two contrasting sides of Paris, one for the privileged and one for those excluded from that privilege.

 

She Must be Seeing Things (First Run Features, NR)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Friday, 26 June 2015 21:53

She-Must-be-Seeing-Things 75You never get emotionally invested in anything you see on the screen.

   

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl (Fox Searchlight Pictures, PG-13)

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Written by Pete Timmermann Thursday, 25 June 2015 22:16

Me--Earl 75My overriding feeling is that it is a movie that I want to like, but which doesn’t quite live up to its potential.

 

Lost for Words (Green Apple Entertainment, NR)

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Written by Samantha LaBat Wednesday, 24 June 2015 18:40

Lost-for-Words 75Lost for Wordsdoes not feel like a film you’ve already seen.

   

The Wolfpack (Magnolia Pictures, R)

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Written by Pete Timmermann Wednesday, 24 June 2015 18:19

The-Wolfpack 75Moselle’s The Wolfpack tells a story that it’s hard to imagine coming across too often, and it’s a good thing we didn’t miss out on it.

 

When Marnie Was There (Gkids, PG)

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Written by Pete Timmermann Thursday, 18 June 2015 20:23

When-Marnie-Was-There 75When Marnie Was There is a fully enjoyable movie.

   

Inside Out (Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, PG)

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Written by Pete Timmermann Thursday, 18 June 2015 19:40

Inside-Out 75Inside Out is an excellent film, and easily Pixar’s best since Toy Story 3.

 

Lord Montagu (Variance Films, NR)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Thursday, 18 June 2015 11:30

Lord-Montagu 75This film is adequate, but no more, and worth watching primarily if you are interested in the subject.

   

Results (Magnolia Pictures, R)

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Written by Pete Timmermann Wednesday, 17 June 2015 21:34

Results 75Results may not be Bujalski’s best film (I’d probably give that honor to Mutual Appreciation), but it certainly is his most accessible.

 

The Boys in the Band (Kino Lorber, NR)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Wednesday, 17 June 2015 17:46

Boys-in-the-Band 75The most heartbreaking moments of the film are also the occasion for some of the best acting.

   

Smiling Through the Apocalypse: Esquire in the 60s (First Run Features, NR)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Wednesday, 17 June 2015 09:19

Smiling 75The best part about Smiling Through the Apocalypse is the way it recreates something of the mood of those heady days.

 

Sagrada: The Mystery of Creation (First Run Features, NR)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Wednesday, 17 June 2015 09:04

Sagrada 75It shies away from asking difficult questions and fails to provide the kind of context that would make the story even more interesting.

   

Jurassic World (Universal Pictures, PG-13)

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Written by Pete Timmermann Thursday, 11 June 2015 23:34

Jurassic-World 75It’s bad to the point I was actually angry by the time I left the theatre.

 

Spy (20th Century Fox Film Corporation, R)

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Written by Pete Timmermann Thursday, 04 June 2015 19:29

Spy 75It’s a nice, tight film, and thoroughly enjoyable; I’d go so far as to say it’s Feig’s best film yet.

   

Sunshine Superman (Magnolia Pictures/CNN Films, PG)

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Written by Lea Vrábelová Wednesday, 03 June 2015 22:43

Sunshine-Superman 75Even if adrenaline rushes and terrifying heights are not exactly your thing, I suggest watching Sunshine Superman.

 

Unfreedom (Dark Frames, NR)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Thursday, 28 May 2015 20:42

Unfreedom 75Most Americans won’t find much shocking in this film.

   

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