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A Walk among the Tombstones (Universal Pictures, R)

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Written by Lea Vrábelová Wednesday, 17 September 2014 19:08

film Walk-among-the-tombstones_smAnd yes, if you are wondering, the film does contain a couple “I will find you and I will kill you” lines.

 

This is Where I Leave You (Warner Bros., R)

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Written by Pete Timmermann Wednesday, 17 September 2014 19:03

film This-is-where-I-leave-you_smIt’s something of a new formula, or at least a new spin on an old formula, but it works. 

   

My Old Lady (Cohen Media Group, PG-13)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Wednesday, 17 September 2014 18:50

myoldlady 75If My Old Lady does not always succeed dramatically, it’s still a superb vehicle for its actors.

 

The Zero Theorem (Amplify, R)

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Written by Matthew Newlin Wednesday, 17 September 2014 18:39

zerotheorem 75The film is bursting with hyper-realistic color schemes that make every scene look as if it is taking place in the fever dream of a bedridden circus clown.

   

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

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Sunday, 14 September 2014 18:31

Mystery-Science-XXX 75If you’re a fan, that’s great, because every set delivers pretty much the same reliable pleasures.

 

The Drop (Fox Searchlight Pictures, R)

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Written by Lea Vrábelová Thursday, 11 September 2014 22:36

The-Drop 75I would definitely recommend seeing The Drop, to enjoy Gandolfini on the big screen at least, if for nothing else.

   

God Help the Girl (Amplify, NR)

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Written by Pete Timmermann Thursday, 11 September 2014 13:13

God Help the Girl 75It’s twee, improbable, affected, and quirky, all in a different and less accessible strain from what you can expect from someone like Wes Anderson.

 

Code Black (Long Shot Factory, NR)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Wednesday, 03 September 2014 22:49

film Code-Black_smViews of how care is delivered in a busy public ER are among the most engaging in the film.

   

The Last of Robin Hood (Samuel Goldwyn Films, R)

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Written by Matthew Newlin Wednesday, 03 September 2014 22:37

film Robin-Hood_smThe film attempts to capture the dichotomous nature of Errol Flynn’s very public personal life, but it fails miserably on all fronts.

 

James Rolfe & Kevin Finn | Angry Independent Movie Nerds

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Written by Pete Timmermann Saturday, 30 August 2014 11:32

AVGN 75Movies are starting to look more like video games…and the cut scenes in video games look like the action scenes in movies.

   

The Trip to Italy (IFC Films, NR)

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Written by Sean Lass Thursday, 28 August 2014 18:50

film the-trip_smThe most joyous scenes are when Rob Brydon is able to break the “Steve Coogan” character and reduce him to fits of laughter.

 

Frank (Magnolia Pictures, R)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Tuesday, 26 August 2014 12:57

film Frank_75If you’re willing to suspend your critical faculties and allow yourself to enter the world of this film, it can prove to be quite a rewarding experience.

   

President Wolfman (Wild Eye Releasing, NR)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Tuesday, 26 August 2014 12:50

dvd President-WolfmanThis is the kind of film that would be lots more fun in the company of a bunch of tripping friends.

 

Fear in the Night/Quicksand! (Film Chest, NR)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Saturday, 23 August 2014 14:44

quicksandQuicksand! is an efficient film noir for most of its length, and then becomes something else entirely, with a lot of unnecessary complications and a distinctly unbelievable ending.

   

Sin City: A Dame to Kill For (The Weinstein Company, R)

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Written by Matthew Newlin Friday, 22 August 2014 13:07

film dame_75The film takes the vibrancy of the illustrated page and dulls it like a stone, the rough edges of which have been eroded away by thousands of years of ocean waves.

 

The Giver (The Weinstein Company, PG-13)

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Written by Megan Washausen Friday, 15 August 2014 01:13

The-Giver 75This film doesn’t have a leg to stand on compared to its genre competitors.

   

Land Ho! (Sony Pictures Classics, R)

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Written by Pete Timmermann Friday, 15 August 2014 01:06

Land-Ho 75Land Ho! is not the film you want it to be.

 

Calvary (Fox Searchlight Pictures, R)

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Written by Pete Timmermann Friday, 15 August 2014 00:54

Calvary 75It’s hard to find fault in and feels fresh, and makes a name for itself in what has already been a good year for movies.

   

The Expendables 3 (Lionsgate, PG-13)

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Written by Sean Lass Friday, 15 August 2014 00:43

Expendables-3 75The Expendables 3 is probably the closest the series has gotten to being a real movie.

 

Around the Block (Cinedigm Entertainment, NR)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Tuesday, 12 August 2014 23:39

Around-the-Block 75Around the Block succeeds at the level of a Lifetime movie.

   

Fantasia 2014: Report #11

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Tuesday, 12 August 2014 23:29

Into-the-Storm 75In truth, I enjoyed watching Into the Storm, but if judged by the standards of a conventional feature, it falls far short of its own pretensions.

 

Rich Hill (Picture Motion, NR)

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Written by Pete Timmermann Thursday, 07 August 2014 22:33

film rich-hill_sm2It brings you into these three boys’ lives, both as a mirror into your own, as well as performing as what Roger Ebert called an “empathy machine.”

   

Phantom of the Paradise (Scream Factory, PG)

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Written by Sean Lass Thursday, 07 August 2014 22:29

dvd phantomThe overall experience of the film is so wonderfully weird and unique that you really just have to see it for yourself.

 

Fantasia 2014 | Report #10

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Thursday, 07 August 2014 22:26

filmfest fantasia_75Frank is hilarious and sweet and more than a little odd, but definitely succeeds on its own terms.

   

Fantasia 2014 | Report #9

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Thursday, 07 August 2014 22:22

filmfest fantasia_75A period PSA, a fist with a red slash over it (seriously), was followed by an announcement that any type of sexual behavior was strictly forbidden.

 

Diagram for Delinquents (Sequart, NR)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Wednesday, 06 August 2014 21:02

Wertham noticed that many of the young people who came to his Harlem clinic read comic books, and leapt to the conclusion that the comics had corrupted them. The fact that most American kids at the time also read comics didn’t seem to occur to him.

 

   

Fantasia 2014 | Report #8

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Sunday, 03 August 2014 00:00

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Anomalous events continue to pile up—Drouin’s cat dies mysteriously (although perhaps it was just horrified by his strange taste in interior decoration and fondness for knitted neckties—this film is a real time capsule of bad 70’s style)...

 
 

Fantasia 2014 | Report #6

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Saturday, 02 August 2014 00:00

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It’s a crime drama set in Capetown’s Cape Flats, a part of the city that originally served as a sort of dumping ground for mixed race (“coloured”) people during the apartheid era, when they were forced out of areas designated as whites-only.

 
   

Fantasia 2014 | Report #7

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Saturday, 02 August 2014 00:00

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The movie was great also: it’s side-splittingly hilarious but also has a heart, and was a surprise hit in Korea.

 
 

Fantasia 2014 | Report #5

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Saturday, 02 August 2014 00:00

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Starry Eyes is not a terribly original film, and it was clearly made on the cheap, but it’s creepy and funny and would be great as a midnight movie.

 
   

Boyhood (IFC Films, R)

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Written by Pete Timmermann Thursday, 31 July 2014 22:41

boyhood 75This is one film that needs to feel dated as a means to feeling timeless, and it succeeds.

 

Guardians of the Galaxy (Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, PG-13)

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Written by Pete Timmermann Thursday, 31 July 2014 22:27

guardians sqNot all superhero movies have to be dour and self-serious, after all, so the comedic tone here made me like it all the more.

   

Fantasia 2014 | Report #3

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Wednesday, 30 July 2014 20:06

filmfest fantasia_75Director Benny Chan has a gift for setting action sequences in realistic locations, from the Thai forest to the crumbling apartment blocks of Hong Kong to a luxury restaurant in Macau.

 

Fantasia 2014 | Report #4

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Wednesday, 30 July 2014 20:06

filmfest fantasia_75Tickets to a concert featuring a classical trio with boy-band looks play a key role in the story.

 
   

Fantasia 2014 | Report #2

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Wednesday, 30 July 2014 20:03

filmfest fantasia_75Giovanni’s Island is a particularly interesting film because most of the story concerns what happens to people after a war is over, as opposed to focusing on the war itself.

 

Brad Schiff | Animation as a Social Act

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Written by Pete Timmermann Tuesday, 29 July 2014 12:03

schiff 75“A lot of animators, especially CG animators, I find are a little bit more introverted. Stop-mo, we’re a slightly different breed, you know?”

   

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