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The Equalizer (Columbia Pictures, R)

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Written by Matthew Newlin Thursday, 25 September 2014 22:05

film equalizer_75The main character has no identity of his own, and so we as the audience never connect with him or care about what happens.

 

The Skeleton Twins (Roadside Attractions, R)

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Written by Pete Timmermann Thursday, 25 September 2014 21:40

film skeleton-twins_75I had no real interest in the characters and just could not find an entrance point into the film.

   

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.

   

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.

   

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.

   

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.

 

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.”

   

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.

   

Winter in the Blood (self-released, NR)

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Written by Lea Vrábelová Tuesday, 29 July 2014 11:12

film winter-in-the-blood_75Rene Haynes’s great cast gives the film much-needed charisma; the beautiful panoramas of northern Montana give it even more depth.

 

A Most Wanted Man (Lionsgate/Roadside Attractions, R)

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Written by Pete Timmermann Wednesday, 23 July 2014 21:58

film most-wanted-man_75Like the other le Carré adaptations, the film can be somewhat convoluted, but for once it is also engaging enough to make going back to it not seem like a chore.

   

And So It Goes (PG-13, Clarius Entertainment)

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Written by Matthew Newlin Wednesday, 23 July 2014 21:50

film and-so-it-goes_75And So It Goes is possibly the most trite and insipid movie in recent years with the singular mission of capturing box office dollars from AARP members.

 

Evergreen: The Road to Legalization (First Run Features, NR)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Wednesday, 23 July 2014 21:43

film evergreen_75It is well done and well worth seeing if you have any interest in either pot or the political process.

   

Wish I Was Here (Focus Features, R)

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Written by Pete Timmermann Friday, 18 July 2014 10:03

film wish-i-was-here_smThere are still glimmers of talent as a writer-director here, but they’re much fewer and further between than they were in Garden State.

 

Sex Tape (Sony Pictures Releasing/Columbia Pictures, R)

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Written by Pete Timmermann Thursday, 17 July 2014 18:43

film sex-tape_smMidway through, the film turns sex-negative rather than -positive, effectively stomping on everything that was making it work in the first place.

   

Venus in Fur (Sundance Selects, NR)

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Written by Pete Timmermann Wednesday, 16 July 2014 16:03

film venus-in-fur_smThis is the least cinematic film I’ve seen in some time; it feels like it’s trying and failing to not feel so stagey.

 

Antarctica: A Year on Ice (Variance Films, NR)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Monday, 14 July 2014 13:13

film antarctica-on-iceYou could visit Antarctica as a tourist, but your experience would be quite different from that portrayed in this film.

   

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (20th Century Fox, PG-13)

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Written by Sean Lass Thursday, 10 July 2014 21:17

dawnapes sqIt’s probably the most famously intellectual sci-fi series next to Star Trek, and unlike that series of reboots, the recent Apes films have stayed true to their roots.

 

Third Person (Sony Pictures Classics, R)

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Written by Pete Timmermann Thursday, 10 July 2014 20:51

thirdperson sqBeyond this, Third Person is one of those movies that’s bad to the point that it makes you dislike actors you usually like, and makes you question why you like them.

   

Life Itself (Magnolia Pictures, R)

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Written by Pete Timmermann Wednesday, 09 July 2014 22:45

ebert sqHere’s hoping this is just the first in a long dialogue about Ebert and his influence on modern American movie culture.

 

Go Down Death (Factory 25, NR)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Monday, 30 June 2014 14:10

film Go-down-death-smEverything about Go Down Death screams “director’s first film,” a characteristic that may be a draw for some viewers, but a warning for others to give it a miss.

   

Tammy (New Line Cinema, R)

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Written by Adrienne Jones Monday, 30 June 2014 14:07

film tammy-smBy now we all know that McCarthy can pratfall and crazy talk with the best of them, but I was hoping we’d get a chance to see more of the depth she can bring to a character.

 

Transformers: Age of Extinction (Paramount Pictures, PG-13)

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Written by Sean Lass Thursday, 26 June 2014 23:30

ageofextinction sqI knew I would probably hate this movie, but would I get the perverse joy I got from hating the first three?

   

Ivory Tower (Samuel Goldwyn Films, PG-13)

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Written by Pete Timmermann Thursday, 26 June 2014 23:21

ivorytower sqIvory Tower is at its best when it highlights specific, particularly-focused colleges, such as Spelman College in Atlanta or Deep Springs College in Death Valley.

 

Obvious Child (A24, R)

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Written by Pete Timmermann Thursday, 26 June 2014 23:08

obvious sqThe script is riddled with poop and fart jokes, which I’m totally an unapologetic fan of, and the cast is hugely likeable.

   

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