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The Muppets (Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, PG)

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Written by Pete Timmermann Tuesday, 22 November 2011 13:26

The film has a lot of very good hipster-ish talent behind it to give those adults all the more reason to come.

 

Arthur Christmas (Columbia Pictures, PG)

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Written by Matthew Newlin Tuesday, 22 November 2011 13:23

arthur-xmas 75Director Sarah Smith fills every scene with subtle and hilarious visual jokes; too many, in fact, to catch on first viewing.

   

Hugo (Paramount Pictures, PG)

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Written by Pete Timmermann Tuesday, 22 November 2011 13:20

hugo 75On the way out of the theater, I was actually stomping around, muttering to myself about how frustratingly, terminally boring the damned thing was.

 

Revenge of the Electric Car (Area23a, PG-13)

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Written by Laura Hamlett Tuesday, 22 November 2011 13:16

electric-car 75The entrepreneurs have a sense of charisma and magnetism that makes you want to watch them.

   

Steve Jobs: The Lost Interview (NR)

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Written by Glen Elkins Sunday, 20 November 2011 21:55

jobs-lost-interview“[John Scully] destroyed everything I had been working toward for 10 years.” This rare display of melancholy was a departure for the otherwise upbeat, charming salesman.

 

Melancholia (Magnolia Pictures, R)

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Written by Pete Timmermann Sunday, 20 November 2011 21:15

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Here, von Trier focuses less on realistically depicted depression and dysfunctional family mechanics and more on the strange beauty of the apocalypse.

   

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1 (Summit Entertainment, PG-13)

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Written by Matthew Newlin Friday, 18 November 2011 11:53

breaking-dawn 75Breaking Dawn was not made to win Academy Awards or impact the history of cinema. It was made so the studio could earn money.

 

 

Like Crazy (Paramount Vintage, PG-13)

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Written by Laura Hamlett Friday, 11 November 2011 11:53

like-crazy smWhen Jacob and Anna are apart, it is painful, not just for them but for us, as well. We want to see them together—no, we need to.

 

   

Immortals (Relativity Media, R)

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Written by Sean Lass Friday, 11 November 2011 11:43

immortals smThe worst thing about this movie is that it is a campy story which they treat with the utmost seriousness.

 

 

 

J. Edgar (Warner Bros. Pictures, R)

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Written by Pete Timmermann Friday, 11 November 2011 11:36

jedgar smWhile J. Edgar isn’t an outright bad film, it does feel pretty distinctly like a missed opportunity.

 

   

Martha Marcy May Marlene (Fox Searchlight, R)

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Written by Sean Lass Friday, 04 November 2011 08:55

film martha-marcy smElizabeth Olsen gives an astounding performance. At times, she is so subtle you may not even realize that she is acting.

 

A Very Harold and Kumar 3D Christmas (Warner Bros. Pictures, R)

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Written by Sean Lass Thursday, 03 November 2011 21:10

I like both of these guys so much that I can’t even be sure that I’m fairly judging the movie.

   

The Women on the 6th Floor (Strand Releasing, NR)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Thursday, 03 November 2011 20:49

Living in a garret may sound romantic, but trudging up six flights of stairs is probably a lot less fun when you’re pushing 60, carrying heavy bags, and have just been rudely informed that the elevator off limits to you.

 

Take Shelter (Sony Pictures Classics, R)

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Written by Sean Lass Wednesday, 26 October 2011 15:52

I could try to go in depth on other elements of this film, but that would be a fool’s errand. This is a movie to be experienced, not described.

   

Sholem Aleichem: Laughing in the Darkness (International Film Circuit, NR)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Wednesday, 26 October 2011 15:36

The character of Tevye the Dairyman was also born out of Aleichem’s struggles to understand the rapidly changing world around him.

 

The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975 (Sundance Selects, NR)

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Written by Pete Timmermann Wednesday, 26 October 2011 14:59

What I’m trying to say here, though, is that their interviews in this film are particularly memorable, with Davis ultimately winning the competition in the end with an extended interview conducted while still in jail awaiting trial in 1972.

   

Halloween Creep Out: Three by John Carpenter

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Wednesday, 26 October 2011 13:45

John Carpenter brought a level of artistry and integrity to his films.

 

Margin Call (Roadside Attractions, R)

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Written by Matthew Newlin Wednesday, 19 October 2011 20:45

Watching Margin Call is like watching a 105-minute first act of a real movie. The entire film is exposition with no real action.

 

   

Weekend (Sundance Selects, NR)

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Written by Pete Timmermann Wednesday, 19 October 2011 20:37

The gist here is that Russell and Glen meet in a bar and become enamored of one another fast, except we soon learn that Glen is meant to move to America in a day or two.

 

Toast (Emerging Pictures, NR)

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Written by Adrienne Jones Wednesday, 19 October 2011 20:18

Toast is based on Nigel Slater’s memoirs of the time before he became one of Britain’s most renowned food writers. Things in the film might have happened exactly as they did in real life, but if they did, it’s proof that not everyone’s unedited life will make a good movie.

 

   

The Thing (Universal Pictures, R)

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Written by Sean Lass Friday, 14 October 2011 09:57

There is some question as to whether this film is technically a remake or not. Ostensibly, it is a prequel. Carpenter’s film opened with the titular monster running to an American science station in the middle of the arctic, pursued by seemingly mad Norwegians.

 

Footloose (Paramount Pictures, PG)

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Written by Sean Lass Friday, 14 October 2011 08:39

I’ve never seen the original Footloose. It was not a film of my childhood, and for whatever reason, I have never gotten around to it. I have no nostalgic love for it, nor do I have any postmodern hatred of it. This makes it easy for me to judge its remake from a completely objective point of view, and I saw a pretty good film.

   

The Mill and the Cross (Oscilloscope Pictures, NR)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Wednesday, 12 October 2011 12:08

The Mill and the Cross is worth your while if you have any interest in the art of cinema.

 

 

My Afternoons with Margueritte (Cohen Media Group, NR)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Wednesday, 12 October 2011 12:05

This is the kind of film in which a little belief in magic is not entirely out of place.

   

Real Steel (Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, PG-13)

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Written by Matthew F. Newlin Friday, 07 October 2011 21:10

The movie is about robot boxing. Not much else needs to be said.

 

The Ides of March (Columbia Pictures, R)

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Written by Pete Timmermann Friday, 07 October 2011 21:05

It’s also a thoroughly good political thriller that both works on its own and makes an interesting comment on the current state of the union.

   

Machine Gun Preacher (Relativity Media, R)

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Written by Sean Lass Friday, 07 October 2011 08:47

But we know eventually this preacher will pick up a machine gun, and each time he does the film takes another step back in quality.

 

Love Crime (Sundance Selects, R)

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Written by Matthew F. Newlin Friday, 07 October 2011 08:42

Director Alain Corneau brilliantly sets up the film’s central conflict, which is based not simply on Christine being threatened by Isabelle’s talent, but on the obvious fact that Christine is in love with Isabelle.

   

50/50 (Summit Entertainment, R)

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Written by Pete Timmermann Friday, 30 September 2011 10:06

 So while 50/50 reeks of being an Apatow rip-off, it actually transcends its Apatowian trappings and succeeds even where Judd himself had previously failed.

 

 

What’s Your Number? (Twentieth Century Fox, R)

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Written by Matthew F. Newlin Friday, 30 September 2011 09:43

Even with all this talent and experience, the movie still fails miserably because it’s trying too hard to use R-rated comedy to hide the fact that the script is bland and uninteresting.

   

Q (United Film Distribution Company, R)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Friday, 30 September 2011 09:31

OK, that probably sounds like something cooked up in a week by a director fired from his last job, but fortunately it's so much fun that you won't care if it makes any sense or not.

 

Moneyball (Columbia Pictures, PG-13)

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Written by Pete Timmermann Wednesday, 21 September 2011 21:16

I don’t like baseball, but I did like Moneyball.

   

The Man Who Fell to Earth (Rialto Pictures, NR)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Wednesday, 21 September 2011 21:03

The Man Who Fell to Earth is an extremely stylized film and for that reason doesn’t seem dated.

 

The Lion King 3D (Buena Vista Pictures, G)

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Written by Matthew Newlin Friday, 16 September 2011 17:19

The plot is as powerful as it was the first time we visited the African continent where the animal kingdom is ruled by the powerful but caring lion Mufasa.

 

   

Drive (FilmDistrict, R)

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Written by Adrienne Jones Friday, 16 September 2011 17:07

He may want those things (quietly, desperately) but they’re not meant for him.

 

Over Your Cities Grass Will Grow (Webster Film Series, September 16-18)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Friday, 16 September 2011 16:44

In Over Your Cities Grass Will Grow, the viewer never has a chance to sit back and absorb the story—not only because there is no story, but also because Fiennes seldom offers an image or sequence that fits into any conventional cinematic vocabulary.

   

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