Reviews

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.

   

Deadfall (Magnolia Pictures, R)

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Written by Matthew Newlin Thursday, 13 December 2012 22:05

deadfall 75Watching Deadfall is similar to listening to a five-year-old tell a story. Dean rushes through the exposition, thinking it will make the story more suspenseful and interesting.

 

The Big Picture (MPI Media Group, NR)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Wednesday, 05 December 2012 13:55

film big-picture_75The ambiguity of the French title, L’homme qui voulait vivre sa vie (“The man who wanted to live his life”), is a much better fit for the film that the rather bland English title

   

Killing Them Softly (The Weinstein Company, R)

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Written by Pete Timmermann Thursday, 29 November 2012 22:37

film killing-them_75Reminding me of Seven Psychopaths inside the first few minutes didn’t do the film any favors.

 

Hitchcock (Fox Searchlight Pictures, PG-13)

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Written by Pete Timmermann Thursday, 29 November 2012 22:27

film hitchcock_75In a lot of ways, Hitchcock isn’t quite so much about the making of Psycho as it is about the relationship between Alfred and Alma.

   

Holy Motors (Indomina Releasing, NR)

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Written by Pete Timmermann Wednesday, 28 November 2012 22:53

film holy-motors_75Upon the film’s premiere at Cannes earlier this year, half of the critics hailed it as a masterpiece and the other half hated it violently.

 

Anna Karenina (Focus Features, R)

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Written by Matthew Newlin Wednesday, 21 November 2012 12:40

film anna 75The result is less of a complete film and more of simply an impressive directorial achievement.

   

Brooklyn Castle (Producers Distribution Agency, PG)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Tuesday, 20 November 2012 22:48

brooklyncastle 75One thread running throughout the film is whether the program will be able to continue in the face of system-wide budget cuts, despite the demonstrable benefits it produces.

 

This Must Be the Place (The Weinstein Company, R)

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Written by Sean Lass Tuesday, 20 November 2012 22:34

theotherson 75I have no idea how you will feel about this movie. I’m not 100% sure I know how I feel about it.

   

Life of Pi (20th Century Fox, PG)

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Written by Pete Timmermann Tuesday, 20 November 2012 22:16

lifeofpi 75It seems like it should have been either a total failure or a great success, and it isn’t really either.

 

Silver Linings Playbook (The Weinstein Company, R)

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Written by Pete Timmermann Tuesday, 20 November 2012 21:58

silverlinings 75It’s a kooky film about mental health and dance contests. It’s hugely predictable and formulaic. But it works.

   

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 (Summit Entertainment, PG-13)

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Written by Matthew Newlin Thursday, 15 November 2012 20:41

film breakingdawn_75Avoid Breaking Dawn if you can; your IQ and self-esteem will thank you for it.

 

Lincoln (Touchstone Pictures, PG-13)

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Written by Pete Timmermann Tuesday, 13 November 2012 21:34

lincoln sqAs you have probably gathered, this film could hardly be better cast than it is. Day-Lewis is always memorable, of course, and here he doesn’t disappoint.

   

Skyfall (Columbia Pictures, PG-13)

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Written by Sean Lass Friday, 09 November 2012 10:15

skyfall 150At its core, Skyfall is about a weird, almost oedipal love triangle between Daniel Craig’s James Bond, Javier Bardem’s Silva, and Judi Dench’s M.

 

The Sessions (Fox Searchlight Pictures, R)

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Written by Pete Timmermann Wednesday, 31 October 2012 10:59

film the-sessions_75It's hard to imagine the producers had anything but little gold men on their minds when they gave this the green light.

   

Flight (Paramount Pictures, R)

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Written by Sean Lass Wednesday, 31 October 2012 10:55

film flight_75Whip Whitaker is a bold character because he constantly makes the wrong decisions.

 

Wreck-It Ralph (Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, PG)

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Written by Pete Timmermann Wednesday, 31 October 2012 10:49

film wreck-it-ralph_75Wreck-It Ralph is some of the purest fun I've had in the movie theater this year.

   

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