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Your Sister’s Sister (IFC Films, R)

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Written by Pete Timmermann Thursday, 28 June 2012 21:34

film your-sisters-sister_75Hopefully you won’t be bothered by why everyone in the world of movies owns a nice, solitary cabin on an island that can be used as needed, regardless their income.

 

 

Magic Mike (Warner Bros. Pictures, R)

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Written by Pete Timmermann Thursday, 28 June 2012 21:29

film magic-mike-75Yes, this film features someone who looks like Ron Perlman as a stripper.

   

A Cat in Paris (GKIDS, PG)

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Written by Jason Green Thursday, 28 June 2012 00:00

What do an innocent, heartbroken young girl and a jewel thief have in common? Would you believe a cat?

 

 

 

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (20th Century Fox, R)

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Written by Sean Lass Thursday, 21 June 2012 22:37

alincoln sqI kept finding small things to enjoy, but none of them actually added up to much.

   

Brave (Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, PG)

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Written by Pete Timmermann Thursday, 21 June 2012 22:26

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The reason for Brave’s PG rating? It’s actually weirdly scary.

 

Safety Not Guaranteed (Film District, R)

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Written by Adrienne Jones Thursday, 21 June 2012 22:16

safetynot sqIt’s rare to find a film that tears through my critic’s cynicism and gives me more than I’d ever hoped for.

   

Seeking a Friend for the End of the World (Focus Features, R)

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Written by Pete Timmermann Thursday, 21 June 2012 21:51

seekingfriend sqThe end-of-the-world scenario is far from fully realized, everything is either predictable or entirely unbelievable (or both), and, on the whole, the film tries too hard to be cutesy and likeable and twee.

 

I Wish (Magnolia Pictures, PG)

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Written by Pete Timmermann Wednesday, 20 June 2012 21:37

 

film I-Wish_75I like a good coming-of-age movie as much as just about anyone, but there isn’t really anything here to elevate the material above the tropes of the genre.

   

Polisse (Sundance Selects, NR)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Thursday, 14 June 2012 16:41

polisse sqIn appearance, this is a deliberately ugly film, the shaky cinematography and apparent reliance on natural light outdoors suggesting television footage shot none too expertly.

 

Rock of Ages (Warner Bros. Pictures, PG-13)

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Written by Matthew Newlin Thursday, 14 June 2012 16:30

rockofages sqThe director, who may have never seen a movie besides his own, can’t quite decide what tone he would like the movie to take.

   

Prometheus (20th Century Fox, R)

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Written by Adrienne Jones Thursday, 07 June 2012 07:42

prometheus-movie-poster-by-midnight-marauder-3-150x150The film suffers from what I’m going to call The George Lucas Effect.

 

Moonrise Kingdom (Focus Features, PG-13)

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Written by Pete Timmermann Thursday, 07 June 2012 07:29

moonrise kingdom001-75x75Its premise is an Anderson fan’s wet dream.

   

Surviving Progress (First Run Features, NR)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Thursday, 07 June 2012 07:20

surviving 76These talking heads love to speak in metaphors, anecdotes, and grand generalities while carefully avoiding constructing any kind of a useful argument.

 

The Intouchables (Dimension Films, R)

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Written by Jim Dunn Thursday, 31 May 2012 18:21

film intouchables 75Is it OK to laugh at a handicapped person falling over if the handicapped person thinks it’s funny, too? (Yes.)

   

Snow White and the Huntsman (Universal Pictures, PG-13)

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Written by Adrienne Jones Thursday, 31 May 2012 17:43

film huntsman 75The dwarves provide needed comic relief while still working as tough guys whose bad sides you’d want to avoid.

 

Monsieur Lazhar (Music Box Films, PG-13)

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Written by Jim Dunn Thursday, 31 May 2012 10:37

lazar sqThe French-speaking world in particular seems to have a knack for producing school films that create power by trusting the inherent dramatic possibilities in any classroom.

   

Men in Black III (Columbia Pictures, PG-13)

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Written by Sean Lass Thursday, 24 May 2012 12:05

MIBIII sq

What matters is, I felt like a man stranded in the desert suddenly presented with an entire pool of drinking water when I saw images of massive alien ships attacking a major city and the aliens did not look like giant robots.

 

Goodbye First Love (Sundance Selects, NR)

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Written by Pete Timmermann Thursday, 24 May 2012 11:41

GFL sqThe point is, if you like the films I’ve mentioned above or any of the many others that sound vaguely like it—that is, arty films about young people in doomed love—you’ll almost definitely like Goodbye First Love, as it’s the best entrant into the genre in some years.

   

Headhunters (Magnolia Pictures, R)

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Written by Sean Lass Thursday, 17 May 2012 22:10

headhunters sqOne thing foreign films do that American ones fear is that they cast interesting people. Roger is played by Aksel Hennie, who looks like the love child of Christopher Walken and Steve Buscemi.

 

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.

   

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