Reviews

Bernie (Millenium Entertainment, PG-13)

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Written by Pete Timmermann Thursday, 17 May 2012 21:50

BERNIE sqBernie plays something like if Linklater and Christopher Guest had teamed up to co-direct Fargo. The film is about an odd murder case in rural Texas, and unlike the claim in Fargo’s title cards, it really is based on a true story this time around.

 

Battleship (Universal Pictures, PG-13)

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Written by Matthew Newlin Thursday, 17 May 2012 21:29

battleship 75So, how does a Hollywood studio adapt a two-person game of patience and cunning into a feature film? With aliens, of course.

   

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (Fox Searchlight Pictures, R)

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Written by Matthew Newlin Thursday, 10 May 2012 21:56

bemh sqThanks in large part to the truly wonderful cast, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is a delightful film that is both humorous and moving.

 

The Avengers (Marvel Studios, PG-13)

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Written by Jason Green Friday, 04 May 2012 00:00

The Avengers is not just a great superhero movie; it’s the great superhero movie.

 

   

Damsels in Distress (Sony Pictures Classics, PG-13)

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Written by Joe Hodes Wednesday, 02 May 2012 17:10

 

film damsels_75Unfortunately, the parts do not quite coalesce into a satisfying whole.

 

The Fairy (Kino Lorber, NR)

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Written by Adrienne Jones Wednesday, 02 May 2012 17:04

 

film the-fairy_75The Fairy ends up feeling like psychological testing disguised as art film.

   

The Five-Year Engagement (Universal Pictures, R)

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Written by Pete Timmermann Friday, 27 April 2012 07:42

5year sqBut where Forgetting Sarah Marshall was reliably funny and had surprisingly complex character motivations and development under its surface, The Five-Year Engagement feels both less likeable and less real.

 

The Hunter (Magnolia Pictures, R)

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Written by Matthew Newlin Thursday, 26 April 2012 08:48

the hunter_sqThe Hunter is not an action film; it is a character study. Ostensibly, we are studying Martin and the decision he has to make.

   

Elles (Kino Lorber, NC-17)

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Written by Pete Timmermann Thursday, 26 April 2012 08:41

elles binocheThe film seems like it’s trying to be a feminist text but ends up a worthless, misdirected exercise where nearly the whole cast is humiliated (perhaps for the potential titillation of the audience?) but no point is ultimately made.

 

Delicacy (Cohen Media Group, PG-13)

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Written by Pete Timmermann Thursday, 26 April 2012 08:23

delicacy tautouI’m prone to liking any damned French romantic comedy that Audrey Tautou is in. I seem to be pretty blind to quality when it comes to French movies she’s in.

   

Three Days of Hamlet (Martindale Group LLC, NR)

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Written by Matthew Newlin Wednesday, 18 April 2012 22:18

threedays sqWhen they aren’t receiving incredibly pedantic stage directions from Hyde-White, the cast are commiserating together about what a terrible mistake this idea is.

 

Marley (Magnolia Pictures, PG-13)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Wednesday, 18 April 2012 22:01

marley squareTracing Marley’s life and career chronologically, Macdonald has put together a nice package of interviews and archival materials coupled with some beautifully shot contemporary footage.

   

The Deep Blue Sea (Music Box Films, R)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Wednesday, 18 April 2012 21:34

The-Deep-Blue-Sea-2011-2After successful on-stage runs for The Deep Blue Sea on both sides of the Atlantic, you can now see it in an exquisite, if at times tedious, film adaptation by Terence Davies.

 

The Kid with a Bike (Sundance Selects, NR)

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Written by Pete Timmermann Friday, 13 April 2012 17:57

film kid-with-a-bike_75The Kid with a Bike reveals itself as one of Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne’s best efforts of late.

   

The Raid: Redemption (Sony Pictures Classics, R)

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Written by Matthew F. Newlin Friday, 13 April 2012 17:54

film raid-redemption_75Gareth Evans captures the nonstop action in The Raid with the talent of a veteran like John Woo.

 

The Cabin in the Woods (Lionsgate, R)

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Written by Matthew F. Newlin Friday, 13 April 2012 17:52

 

film cabin-woods_75Goddard and Whedon use a familiar premise and set up to unleash on the audience a fury of cinematic innovations and left turns.

   

Bully (The Weinstein Company, PG-13)

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Written by Pete Timmermann Friday, 13 April 2012 17:45

 

film bully_75Bully accurately depicts life in public school as I remember it, and surely as it still is today.

 

Jiro Dreams of Sushi (Magnolia Pictures, PG)

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Written by Pete Timmermann Wednesday, 11 April 2012 20:37

You’ll be hard-pressed to think of the last time food looked this good in a movie.

   

Jiro Dreams of Sushi (Magnolia Pictures, PG)

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Written by Pete Timmermann Wednesday, 11 April 2012 20:37

film jiro_75You’ll be hard-pressed to think of the last time food looked this good in a movie.

 

Chico & Rita (GKIDS, NR)

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Written by Jason Green Thursday, 05 April 2012 22:27

Chico & Rita is not a musical in the traditional sense—no one sings in character, nor are the songs used to advance the plot—yet music pervades nearly every second of the film.

 

 

   

Undefeated (The Weinstein Company, PG-13)

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Written by Pete Timmermann Thursday, 05 April 2012 22:20

film undefeated 75What it does want to do is make you learn a little about life, root for the underdog, and maybe even to get inspired.

 

American Reunion (Universal Pictures, R)

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Written by Pete Timmermann Thursday, 05 April 2012 22:11

film american-reunion 75This time the jokes are less funny, the writing is lazier, and in general, everything is noticeably less inspired.

   

Wrath of the Titans (Warner Brothers, PG-13)

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Written by Adrienne Jones Thursday, 29 March 2012 21:33

 

film wrath-titans_75Big-budget sword and sandal films have a tendency to leave me feeling like I’ve spent two hours watching someone else play a videogame.

 

The Forgiveness of Blood (Sundance Selects, NR)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Thursday, 29 March 2012 21:30

film forgiveness_75The Forgiveness of Blood doesn’t feel like a typical American indie film, and I mean that in the best way.

   

Coriolanus (The Weinstein Company, R)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Thursday, 29 March 2012 21:26

 

film Coriolanus_75This is a film that will please not only those who already love Shakespeare, but also fans of action movies.

 

The Hunger Games (Lionsgate, PG-13)

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Written by Pete Timmermann Thursday, 22 March 2012 21:23

film hunger-games 75It’s hard to imagine the filmmakers finding a better choice for Katniss than Jennifer Lawrence.

   

Salmon Fishing in the Yemen (CBS Films, PG-13)

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Written by Matthew Newlin Thursday, 22 March 2012 21:10

film salmon 75This seemingly mundane story is both fascinating and moving.

 

Addiction, Incorporated (Variance Films, PG)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Wednesday, 21 March 2012 21:30

adicincAddiction, Incorporated feels more like a well-made educational documentary rather than something you’d care to see in a theater.

   

Jeff, Who Lives at Home (Paramount Vantage, R)

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Written by Pete Timmermann Wednesday, 14 March 2012 21:29

 

film jeff-who-lives_75This gives the filmmakers carte blanche on whatever type of contrivance they see fit to wrap up the film when its scant 83 minutes are up.

 

Being Flynn (Focus Features, R)

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Written by Pete Timmermann Wednesday, 14 March 2012 21:24

 

film being-flynn_75The best parts of the film are those that take place in the community of the homeless shelter and its cast of employees and homeless men.

   

Crazy Horse (Zipporah Films, NR)

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Written by Pete Timmermann Wednesday, 14 March 2012 21:14

 

film crazy-horse_75Everyone who wants to see it can plead as justification, “I only read it for the articles.”

 

 

 

Friends with Kids (Roadside Attractions, R)

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Written by Adrienne Jones Friday, 09 March 2012 10:52

film friends-kids smWill you ever feel clean again after being covered in baby poo?

   

John Carter (Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, PG-13)

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Written by Pete Timmermann Friday, 09 March 2012 10:47

film john-carter smThe ex-military captain, circa the late 1800s, inexplicably finds himself on Mars after a series of events that don’t much make sense to either him or the viewer.

 

We Need to Talk About Kevin (Oscilloscope Pictures, R)

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Written by Pete Timmermann Friday, 09 March 2012 10:43

film kevin smI’m happy to report that We Need to Talk About Kevin is a resounding success.

   

Declaration of War (Sundance Selects, NR)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Friday, 09 March 2012 10:40

film declaration smIf you can’t feel some kind of empathy for the central characters, there’s not much left to the film except a guilt trip for not feeling the way you should.

 

Rampart (Millennium Entertainment, R)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Friday, 09 March 2012 10:36

film rampart smHe’s a one-trick pony and so is the film, and neither really go anywhere.

   

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