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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.

   

Fun Size (Paramount Pictures, PG-13)

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Written by Pete Timmermann Thursday, 25 October 2012 21:59

funsize 75It’s balanced on the tightrope between interesting-train-wreck bad and boring-and-stupid bad.

 

Cloud Atlas (Warner Bros. Pictures, R)

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Written by Pete Timmermann Thursday, 25 October 2012 21:40

cloud 75What the movie version of Cloud Atlas gains in accessibility, though, it loses in resonance and involvement.

   

The Other Son (Cohen Media Group, PG-13)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Wednesday, 24 October 2012 10:51

theotherson 75Lorraine Levy is far more interested in the psychology of her characters than in the political implications of their new identities.

 

Hello I Must Be Going (Oscilloscope Pictures, R)

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Written by Matthew Newlin Thursday, 18 October 2012 16:05

hello sqWith almost unnoticeable ease, Lynskey gives one of the best performances of the year.

   

How To Survive a Plague (Sundance Selects, NR)

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Written by Pete Timmermann Wednesday, 17 October 2012 20:35

plague sqConsidering the totality of the movie, it seems a strong argument for a more compassionate American public.

 

The Other Dream Team (Lionsgate, NR)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Wednesday, 17 October 2012 20:15

otherdreamteamSometimes a sporting event carries meaning far outside the confines of the sport itself.

   

Alps (Kino Lorber, NR)

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Written by Pete Timmermann Wednesday, 17 October 2012 20:00

alps sqI can barely remember what it’s about or what happens in it.

 

Seven Psychopaths (CBS Films, R)

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Written by Sean Lass Thursday, 11 October 2012 13:51

7psychos sqAs great as the cast is, the real star of this movie is writer/director Martin McDonagh.

   

Argo (Warner Bros. Pictures, R)

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Written by Sean Lass Thursday, 11 October 2012 13:41

argo sqThe tense parts are thrilling. The satire is funny. Everything works seamlessly.

 

Sinister (Summit Entertainment, R)

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Written by Sean Lass Thursday, 11 October 2012 13:30

sinister 75It’s about the inherent creepiness of being the only one up late at night, sitting in your house and hearing a slight creak.

   

Keep the Lights On (Music Box Films, NR)

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Written by Matthew Newlin Wednesday, 10 October 2012 21:30

keepthelights sq_copyWonderfully acted by Thure Lindhardt and Zachary Booth, Erik and Paul are instantly recognizable as people most viewers will already know.

 

Detropia (Loki Films, NR)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Wednesday, 10 October 2012 21:18

detropia sqIt’s as if Detroit always lived on dreams, so it’s not altogether surprising if those dreams seem to have turned, at least temporarily, into nightmares.

   

Solomon Kane (Radius-TWC, R)

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Written by Matthew Newlin Friday, 05 October 2012 10:52

solomon-kane-mediumSolomon Kane is a perfect example of how technological innovation in cinema benefits not just the filmmaker, but the audience, as well.

 

Taken 2 (Twentieth Century Fox, PG-13)

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Written by Sean Lass Friday, 05 October 2012 10:45

film taken2_75Ultimately, Taken 2 is nonsense. If you asked me if it was a good movie, I would say no. But if you asked me if I enjoyed it, the answer is yes.

   

The Perks of Being a Wallflower (Summit, PG-13)

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Written by Pete Timmermann Friday, 05 October 2012 10:38

film perks_75At its best, The Perks of Being a Wallflower brings to mind a cross between Dazed & Confused and Garden State; you may find yourself expecting one character to force another to listen to The Shins.

 

V/H/S (Magnet Releasing, R)

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Written by Sean Lass Wednesday, 03 October 2012 18:51

Oftefilm vhs_75n, the characters holding the cameras are sexist pigs who have no problem lingering on women in a sleazy, exploitative way.

   

Radio Unnameable (Kino Lorber, NR)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Wednesday, 03 October 2012 18:45

film radio-unnameable_75Broadcast radio once played a key role not only in delivering information to people, but also in giving them a voice and bringing them together.

 

Head Games (Variance Films, PG-13)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Wednesday, 03 October 2012 18:38

film head-games_75Anyone who has played football has suffered a concussion, whether they were aware of it at the time or not.

   

Liberal Arts (IFC Films, NR)

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Written by Matthew Newlin Friday, 28 September 2012 07:31

liberalarts 75Radnor has crafted a very poignant film about accepting who you are at every stage in your life.

 

Looper (FilmDistrict, R)

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Written by Pete Timmermann Friday, 28 September 2012 07:21

looper 75Mostly, it’s just loud and long and poorly done and crappy looking.

   

Won’t Back Down (Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation, PG)

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Written by Matthew Newlin Friday, 28 September 2012 07:11

wontback 75One of the most contentious and divisive issues in our country today is education—specifically, public K-12 education and the nature and effect of teachers’ unions.

 

The Master (The Weinstein Company, R)

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Written by Sean Lass Thursday, 20 September 2012 19:41

master 75Phillip Seymour Hoffman and Joaquin Phoenix are absolutely compelling, even more so when the two are onscreen together.

   

Wild Horse, Wild Ride (Screen Media Films, PG)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Thursday, 20 September 2012 08:04

wildhorses sqThe beauty of the land and the horses themselves, and the varied personalities of the trainers, more than carry the film.

 

Searching for Sugar Man (Sony Pictures Classics, PG-13)

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Written by Sean Lass Thursday, 13 September 2012 19:55

sugarman 75The music alone would be enough to make the movie worth seeing, but this is a good story well told.

   

Sleepwalk with Me (IFC Films, NR)

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Written by Matthew Newlin Thursday, 13 September 2012 19:42

sleepwalk 75The film is highly autobiographical of Birbiglia’s life on stage and off, which allows an easy transition of signature brand of comedy into the medium of film.

 

Arbitrage (Roadside Attractions, R)

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Written by Matthew Newlin Thursday, 13 September 2012 19:30

arbitrage 75Arbitrage makes it feel like Nicholas Jarecki has been directing films for years.

   

For a Good Time, Call... (Focus Features, R)

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Written by Adrienne Jones Thursday, 13 September 2012 19:17

forgoodtime 75If you won’t get in line for a film about making friends and talking dirty, what will you go see?

 

Rabbit-Proof Fence (Miramax Films, PG-13)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Thursday, 13 September 2012 18:59

rabbitproof 75Rabbit-Proof Fence aspires to epic status, but it’s really more of a well-done genre film.

   

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