Reviews

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.

 

I’ll See You in My Dreams (Bleecker Street Media, PG-13)

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Written by Lea Vrábelová Thursday, 28 May 2015 20:24

Ill-See-You-in-My-Dreams 75Even though I’ll See You in My Dreams might seem like a cookie-cutter, dry, old-people, clichéd drama at first glance, it’s really quite the opposite!

   

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

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Written by Pete Timmermann Thursday, 28 May 2015 20:15

Aloha 75The glimmer of hope in the film is likely enough to make me forget how bad this movie was by the time Crowe’s next film rolls around.

 

The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared (Music Box Films, R)

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Written by Lea Vrábelová Wednesday, 27 May 2015 23:16

The-Hundred-Year-Old-Man 75The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared follows the most random and intertwined plot that I have seen in a while.

   

The Connection (Drafthouse Films, R)

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Written by Pete Timmermann Wednesday, 27 May 2015 23:02

The-Connection 75The Connection is a perfectly functional, and even enjoyable, crime movie.

 

Kung Fu Killer (Well Go USA Entertainment, NR)

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Written by Pete Timmermann Wednesday, 27 May 2015 22:48

Kung-Fu-Killer 75Despite being disappointed to find that Donnie Yen wasn’t playing the bad guy here, I found Kung Fu Killer to be a good time. 

   

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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

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

age ultron_75

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.

   

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

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

long ride_75

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

 

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.

   

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.”

 

Get Hard (Warner Bros., R)

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Written by Pete Timmermann Thursday, 26 March 2015 20:00

get hard_75The movie is basically a feature-length prison rape joke, which is probably to be expected, given the plot.

   

The Divergent Series: Insurgent (Lionsgate, PG-13)

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Written by Pete Timmermann Friday, 20 March 2015 08:47

insurg sqI wasn’t in pain while watching Insurgent, but I didn’t find it very convincing, either, and as such am left generally not caring about the whole thing.

 

Wild Tales (Sony Pictures Classics, R)

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Written by Pete Timmermann Friday, 20 March 2015 08:43

wildthings sqWatching this 122-minute movie is not unlike binge-watching a crazy new show you just happened upon and immediately love.

   

Timbuktu (Cohen Media Group, NR)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Wednesday, 18 March 2015 21:52

timbuktu 75 - CopyIt’s a beautiful, subtle film portraying how the lives of some ordinary Muslim villagers gets hijacked by a group of Islamic militants.

 

Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem (Music Box Films, NR)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Wednesday, 18 March 2015 21:47

gett 75 - CopyThis film feels similar to a stage play, and the restricted setting also creates a sense of claustrophobia similar to that of being trapped in a bad marriage.

   

’71 (Roadside Attractions, R)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Thursday, 12 March 2015 22:06

71_75It’s a brilliant set piece by director Yann Demange that feels absolutely real, like a series of news photos come to life.

 

Run All Night (Warner Bros. Pictures, R)

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Written by Samantha LaBat Thursday, 12 March 2015 22:01

run_all_night_75The anticipation rises and adrenaline keeps pumping throughout the entirety of the film—there is not a single dull moment.

   

Cinderella (Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, PG)

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Written by Pete Timmermann Thursday, 12 March 2015 21:54

cinderella_75Thankfully, once you cut past the distractions, the new version of Cinderella isn’t as bad as its prerelease strategy would lead you to believe.

 

What We Do in the Shadows (Unison Films/Paladin, NR)

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Written by Pete Timmermann Thursday, 05 March 2015 08:00

what_we_do_shadows_75It has a lot of great ideas and introduced plenty of funny scenarios, but it never fully fleshes anything out and is constantly chasing after the next thing, to diminishing returns.

   

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