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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.

 

Jersey Boys (Warner Bros., R)

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Written by Adrienne Jones Friday, 20 June 2014 11:16

film jersey-boys_smThe characters don’t give us a single bit of inside information; everything they tell the audience is, or will soon be, readily apparent to anyone paying attention.

   

The Rover (A24, R)

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Written by Pete Timmermann Friday, 20 June 2014 09:58

film the-rover_smThe Rover is perfectly enjoyable while you’re watching it, but at the same time it’s awfully predictable and nearly immediately forgettable.

 

Citizen Koch (Variance Films, NR)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Wednesday, 18 June 2014 21:42

film citizen-kochI think allowing billionaires and corporations to dominate political funding, and thus politics, is a terrible idea.

   

22 Jump Street (Sony Pictures Releasing/Columbia Pictures, R)

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Written by Adrienne Jones Thursday, 12 June 2014 19:30

film 22-jump-st_sm22 Jump Street is bigger, louder, and dumber after moving one door down, but that doesn’t mean it’s without its charms.

 

Ida (Music Box Films, PG-13)

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Written by Pete Timmermann Wednesday, 11 June 2014 21:11

ida 75It’s the type of movie that will impress you with how much you can wring out of the right topic with the right filmmakers.

   

American Jesus (Variance Films, NR)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Wednesday, 11 June 2014 20:56

film american-jesus_smThe intent of Spanish director Aram Garriga in American Jesus seems to be to explore how different the American experience of religion is from that anywhere else in the world.

 

The Fault in Our Stars (Fox 2000 Pictures, PG-13)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Wednesday, 04 June 2014 21:11

film fault-in-our-stars 75Gus is an unbelievably upbeat and caring fellow whose sensitivity and loyalty knows no bounds—in fact, he has a bit of a problem with boundaries.

   

Edge of Tomorrow (Warner Bros., PG-13)

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Written by Adrienne Jones Wednesday, 04 June 2014 21:09

film edge-of-tomorrow 75Tom Cruise plays a coward who only stumbles into heroism for lack of other choices.

 

Drop City (Seventh Art Releasing, NR)

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Written by Lea Vrábelová Wednesday, 04 June 2014 21:06

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The openhearted community of Drop City shared everything, from cars and money to land; there was no “yours” or “mine.”

   

Neverlake (Uncork’d Entertainment, NR)

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Written by Lea Vrábelová Wednesday, 04 June 2014 21:01

film neverlake 75Jenny’s adventure unfolds in numerous disturbing visions, creepy flashbacks, and eerie dream sequences.

 

Maleficent (Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, PG)

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Written by Matthew Newlin Thursday, 29 May 2014 21:18

film Maleficent smMaleficent perfectly demonstrates how a good idea can be destroyed in the hands of an incompetent director.

   

A Million Ways to Die in the West (Universal Pictures, R)

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Written by Megan Washausen Thursday, 29 May 2014 21:13

film million-ways-to-die smThe humor is hit or miss, and majorly crude and racist in nature—not that I expected anything less from the creator of Family Guy.

 

Cold in July (IFC Films, NR)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Thursday, 29 May 2014 21:04

film cold-in-july smThe three principal actors are so good, I can forgive the derivative nature of the plot.

   

For No Good Reason (Sony Pictures Classics, R)

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Written by Pete Timmermann Thursday, 29 May 2014 20:58

film no-good-reason smIt’s a classic case of a director not trusting his material.

 

X-Men: Days of Future Past (20th Century Fox, PG-13)

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Written by Pete Timmermann Wednesday, 21 May 2014 23:03

film x-men smIn effect, X-Men: Days of Future Past is an X-Men crossover with itself.

   

Chef (Open Road Films, R)

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Written by Pete Timmermann Wednesday, 21 May 2014 22:59

film chef smChef is a pleasant, enjoyable, and often funny film, but at the same time you can probably do better with your moviegoing dollar.

 

Palo Alto (Tribeca Film, R)

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Written by Pete Timmermann Wednesday, 21 May 2014 22:55

film palo-alto smIt’s one of those films that at once feels fresh and unexpected, but wholly fitting in with other things you like.

   

The Retrieval (Variance Films, NR)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Wednesday, 21 May 2014 22:52

film retrieval smThe Retrieval is less a Civil War picture than a road movie and a coming-of-age tale.

 

It Felt Like Love (Variance Films, NR)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Friday, 16 May 2014 11:26

film felt-like-love-75Director Eliza Hittman is sensitive to the uncertainties of adolescence, and has created a film whose offbeat visual style helps put you inside the mind of the lead character.

   

Godzilla (Warner Bros., PG-13)

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Written by Sean Lass Thursday, 15 May 2014 15:59

film godzilla 75The final battle is teased out, so the excitement keeps building, rather than reaching a plateau before the actual climax.

 

God’s Pocket (IFC Films, R)

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Written by Pete Timmermann Thursday, 15 May 2014 15:49

film gods-pocket-75Maybe filmmakers of the future should take this as a sign that Peter Dexter’s books perhaps aren’t the best suited for film adaptations.

   

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