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Like Someone in Love (Sundance Selects/IFC Films, NR)

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Written by Pete Timmermann Wednesday, 13 March 2013 20:18

likesomeone 75In his second departure from his native Iran (Certified Copy was filmed in Tuscany), Like Someone in Love is set in Tokyo.

 

Oz the Great and Powerful (Walt Disney Pictures, PG)

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Written by Sean Lass Thursday, 07 March 2013 14:12

ozthegreatandpowerful 75I don’t know that I needed a prequel to The Wizard of Oz, but I like this version of a reboot, as opposed to simply remaking a classic.

   

Emperor (Lionsgate, PG-13)

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Written by Cate Marquis Thursday, 07 March 2013 14:05

emperor2013 75This serious and sincere film is more for those who are intrigued by the history than those seeking dramatic fireworks.

 

Happy People: A Year on the Taiga (Music Box Films, NR)

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Written by Pete Timmermann Wednesday, 06 March 2013 20:30

happypeople 75The hunters in Happy People seem more fulfilled as human beings than me or pretty much anyone I know.

   

Jack the Giant Slayer (PG-13, Warner Bros.)

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Written by Adrienne Jones Thursday, 28 February 2013 13:24

film jack-giant_smThis version of “Jack and the Beanstalk” mixes court intrigue, adventure, comedy, and romance that surprises exactly when it needs to.

 

21 and Over (Relativity Media, R)

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Written by Matthew Newlin Thursday, 28 February 2013 13:11

film 21-and-over_smThe film works because the actors are likable, the script is funny, and the movie never tries to be anything it’s not.

 

   

A Place at the Table (Magnolia Pictures, PG)

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Written by Cate Marquis Thursday, 28 February 2013 12:59

film place-at-table_smThe film does an especially good job in exploring the connection between hunger and obesity.

 

Yossi (Strand Releasing, NR)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Thursday, 21 February 2013 11:23

film yossi_smYou need some patience to appreciate Yossi—things happen slowly and with subtlety.

   

Bless Me, Ultima (Arenas Entertainment, PG-13)

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Written by Cate Marquis Thursday, 21 February 2013 00:00

film bless-me-ultima_smWhile this is a very well-meaning film and will appeal to certain audiences, others may find this film slow and often predictable.

 

Beautiful Creatures (Warner Bros. Pictures, PG-13)

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Written by Cate Marquis Thursday, 14 February 2013 21:41

film beaut-creatures_smAdult filmgoers need not run out to catch this one, although its excellent supporting cast gives a little more acting heft to the Southern Gothic mystery.

   

56 Up (First Run Features, NR)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Thursday, 14 February 2013 21:31

film 56-up_smThe concept behind the series is based on a quotation attributed to Francis Xavier: “Give me a child until he is seven, and I will give you the man.”

 

A Good Day to Die Hard (20th Century Fox, R)

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Written by Sean Lass Thursday, 14 February 2013 21:23

Tfilm die-hard_smhis barely feels like a complete movie, let alone an actual Die Hard movie.

   

John Dies at the End (Magnet Releasing, R)

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Written by Sean Lass Thursday, 07 February 2013 16:39

johndies 75You can’t set out to make a cult movie; it has to just happen.

 

Amour (Sony Pictures Classics, PG-13)

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Written by Pete Timmermann Thursday, 31 January 2013 22:07

amour 75Michael Haneke has released eight films in the past 16 years; all are absolutely worth seeing, and some are just astoundingly good.

   

Bullet to the Head (Warner Bros. Pictures, R)

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Written by Sean Lass Thursday, 31 January 2013 21:57

bullettothehead 75Sylvester Stallone’s character teams up with a cop, played by Sung Kang, and they work together for some reason to accomplish something. I don’t really know.

 

Stand Up Guys (Lionsgate, R)

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Written by Sean Lass Thursday, 31 January 2013 21:36

standupguys 75As someone who makes movies, my greatest fear is that I will one day make a movie like Stand Up Guys.

   

Warm Bodies (Summit Entertainment, PG-13)

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Written by Matthew Newlin Thursday, 31 January 2013 21:25

warmbodies 75Essentially, there are no rules, making the film not only infuriatingly contradictory, but also more soporific than a 2 a.m. infomercial.

 

Oscar Nominated Animated Short Films 2013 (Shorts HD, NR)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Thursday, 31 January 2013 13:24

aynrandschool 75Among the animated shorts, “Adam and Dog,” an 11-minute film written and directed by Minkyu Lee, stands out for sheer beauty and ambition.

   

Oscar Nominated Live-Action Short Films 2013 (ShortsHD, NR)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Thursday, 31 January 2013 12:59

curfew 75Shawn Christensen has a strong visual sense and a slightly twisted sense of humor, and puts both to good use as he takes “Curfew” in directions you never would have expected.

 

Broken City (Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation, R)

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Written by Matthew Newlin Thursday, 17 January 2013 21:35

brokencity 75While most politicians would be focused on winning the election and making donors happy, Hostetler is concerned with his wife’s possible extramarital affair?

   

The Last Stand (Lionsgate, R)

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Written by Sean Lass Thursday, 17 January 2013 21:21

thelast 75This film will almost singlehandedly decide the future of Arnold’s career.

 

A Royal Affair (Magnolia Pictures, R)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Tuesday, 15 January 2013 22:20

royalaffair 75It’s a splendid demonstration of the old adage that political films are really not about the time they are set in, but the time in which they are made.

   

Zero Dark Thirty (Columbia Pictures, R)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Thursday, 10 January 2013 14:15

film zero_smIt’s tempting to read Zero Dark Thirty as an allegory of the filmmaking process, but that’s a side issue with no real bearing on the film itself.

 

Gangster Squad (Warner Bros. Pictures, R)

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Written by Pete Timmermann Thursday, 10 January 2013 14:12

film gangster_smSean Penn is basically the male equivalent to Meryl Streep in the Academy’s eyes, and costar Ryan Gosling is perhaps the best young actor to pop up in the past decade.

   

Rust and Bone (Sony Pictures Classics, R)

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Written by Pete Timmermann Thursday, 10 January 2013 14:09

film rust_smMarion Cotillard’s performance is as good as you’ve heard, and among her best, which is saying something for an actress of her stature.

 

Not Fade Away (Paramount Vantage, R)

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Written by Pete Timmermann Thursday, 03 January 2013 22:07

notfade 75Watching this movie feels like what it feels like to grow up, but far less angsty and terrible in hindsight.

   

Promised Land (Focus Features, R)

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Written by Pete Timmermann Thursday, 03 January 2013 21:56

promised sqMaybe the real culprit here is that this film was made by a lot of talented people who are a little too earnest, and no one was around to keep them in check.

 

The Impossible (Summit Entertainment, PG-13)

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Written by Pete Timmermann Thursday, 03 January 2013 21:24

impossible sqThe tsunami sequence alone is absolutely worth your price of admission, and trust me in that you’re going to want to see this one on the big screen.

   

Jack Reacher (Paramount, PG-13)

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Written by Adrienne Jones Thursday, 20 December 2012 20:55

film jack-reacher_75I found Jack Reacher so surprisingly good—and Cruise so surprisingly good in it—that as the final credits began to roll I immediately wanted to see more.

 

The Guilt Trip (Paramount Pictures, PG-13)

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Written by Laura Hamlett Thursday, 20 December 2012 20:51

film guilt-trip_75The Guilt Trip is a charming, true-to-life, mismatched buddy road trip movie filled with both comedy and pathos. 

   

Les Misérables (Universal, PG-13)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Thursday, 20 December 2012 20:44

film les-mis_75No sooner have you settled into one mode of perception, the film will jerk you right out of it, for no good reason, and certainly not to make any kind of artistic statement.

 

This Is 40 (Universal Pictures, R)

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Written by Pete Timmermann Thursday, 20 December 2012 20:35

film this-is-40_75Apatow’s compulsion to shoehorn every actor he likes into every project he does could eventually be his undoing.

   

Any Day Now (Music Box Films, R)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Thursday, 20 December 2012 11:29

film any-day-now_75The conclusion of the film, which comes after you think the story is over, is at the same time absolutely chilling and incredibly moving, the more so because the filmmaker underplays his hand.

 

Hyde Park on Hudson (Focus Features, R)

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Written by Matthew Newlin Sunday, 16 December 2012 22:39

hydepark 75Visually, the film is pleasurable to watch, but it is spoiled by Richard Nelson’s schizophrenic screenplay.

   

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (Warner Bros. Pictures, PG-13)

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Written by Pete Timmermann Thursday, 13 December 2012 22:32

thehobbit 75We may as well start calling it “the prequel trilogy” now, right?

 

The Central Park Five (Sundance Selects, NR)

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Written by Pete Timmermann Thursday, 13 December 2012 22:19

centralparkfive 75It seems like little consolation to those wrongly accused that a good film resulted from this case.

   

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