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Magic Mike XXL (Warner Bros., R)

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Written by Adrienne Jones Tuesday, 30 June 2015 23:57

MMXXL 75This film does do its job.

 

Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter (Amplify/Anchor Bay Entertainment, NR)

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Written by Pete Timmermann Tuesday, 30 June 2015 06:49

Kumiko 75The experience of the movie is intentionally, mundanely realistic much of the time.

   

The Decline of Western Civilization Collection (Shout! Factory, various ratings)

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Written by Pete Timmermann Tuesday, 30 June 2015 06:38

The-Decline-of 75Each film has extraordinary footage and standout scenes, but a lot of what makes these films work is for the vital moment in culture they capture.

 

Eastern Boys (First Run Features, R)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Saturday, 27 June 2015 16:43

playback stl photosThe film offered a timely view of two contrasting sides of Paris, one for the privileged and one for those excluded from that privilege.

   

She Must be Seeing Things (First Run Features, NR)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Friday, 26 June 2015 21:53

She-Must-be-Seeing-Things 75You never get emotionally invested in anything you see on the screen.

 

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl (Fox Searchlight Pictures, PG-13)

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Written by Pete Timmermann Thursday, 25 June 2015 22:16

Me--Earl 75My overriding feeling is that it is a movie that I want to like, but which doesn’t quite live up to its potential.

   

Lost for Words (Green Apple Entertainment, NR)

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Written by Samantha LaBat Wednesday, 24 June 2015 18:40

Lost-for-Words 75Lost for Wordsdoes not feel like a film you’ve already seen.

 

The Wolfpack (Magnolia Pictures, R)

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Written by Pete Timmermann Wednesday, 24 June 2015 18:19

The-Wolfpack 75Moselle’s The Wolfpack tells a story that it’s hard to imagine coming across too often, and it’s a good thing we didn’t miss out on it.

   

When Marnie Was There (Gkids, PG)

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Written by Pete Timmermann Thursday, 18 June 2015 20:23

When-Marnie-Was-There 75When Marnie Was There is a fully enjoyable movie.

 

Inside Out (Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, PG)

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Written by Pete Timmermann Thursday, 18 June 2015 19:40

Inside-Out 75Inside Out is an excellent film, and easily Pixar’s best since Toy Story 3.

   

Lord Montagu (Variance Films, NR)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Thursday, 18 June 2015 11:30

Lord-Montagu 75This film is adequate, but no more, and worth watching primarily if you are interested in the subject.

 

Results (Magnolia Pictures, R)

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Written by Pete Timmermann Wednesday, 17 June 2015 21:34

Results 75Results may not be Bujalski’s best film (I’d probably give that honor to Mutual Appreciation), but it certainly is his most accessible.

   

The Boys in the Band (Kino Lorber, NR)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Wednesday, 17 June 2015 17:46

Boys-in-the-Band 75The most heartbreaking moments of the film are also the occasion for some of the best acting.

 

Smiling Through the Apocalypse: Esquire in the 60s (First Run Features, NR)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Wednesday, 17 June 2015 09:19

Smiling 75The best part about Smiling Through the Apocalypse is the way it recreates something of the mood of those heady days.

   

Sagrada: The Mystery of Creation (First Run Features, NR)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Wednesday, 17 June 2015 09:04

Sagrada 75It shies away from asking difficult questions and fails to provide the kind of context that would make the story even more interesting.

 

Jurassic World (Universal Pictures, PG-13)

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Written by Pete Timmermann Thursday, 11 June 2015 23:34

Jurassic-World 75It’s bad to the point I was actually angry by the time I left the theatre.

   

Spy (20th Century Fox Film Corporation, R)

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Written by Pete Timmermann Thursday, 04 June 2015 19:29

Spy 75It’s a nice, tight film, and thoroughly enjoyable; I’d go so far as to say it’s Feig’s best film yet.

 

Sunshine Superman (Magnolia Pictures/CNN Films, PG)

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Written by Lea Vrábelová Wednesday, 03 June 2015 22:43

Sunshine-Superman 75Even if adrenaline rushes and terrifying heights are not exactly your thing, I suggest watching Sunshine Superman.

   

Unfreedom (Dark Frames, NR)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Thursday, 28 May 2015 20:42

Unfreedom 75Most Americans won’t find much shocking in this film.

 

I’ll See You in My Dreams (Bleecker Street Media, PG-13)

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Written by Lea Vrábelová Thursday, 28 May 2015 20:24

Ill-See-You-in-My-Dreams 75Even though I’ll See You in My Dreams might seem like a cookie-cutter, dry, old-people, clichéd drama at first glance, it’s really quite the opposite!

   

Aloha (20th Century Fox Film Corporation, PG-13)

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Written by Pete Timmermann Thursday, 28 May 2015 20:15

Aloha 75The glimmer of hope in the film is likely enough to make me forget how bad this movie was by the time Crowe’s next film rolls around.

 

The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared (Music Box Films, R)

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Written by Lea Vrábelová Wednesday, 27 May 2015 23:16

The-Hundred-Year-Old-Man 75The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared follows the most random and intertwined plot that I have seen in a while.

   

The Connection (Drafthouse Films, R)

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Written by Pete Timmermann Wednesday, 27 May 2015 23:02

The-Connection 75The Connection is a perfectly functional, and even enjoyable, crime movie.

 

Kung Fu Killer (Well Go USA Entertainment, NR)

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Written by Pete Timmermann Wednesday, 27 May 2015 22:48

Kung-Fu-Killer 75Despite being disappointed to find that Donnie Yen wasn’t playing the bad guy here, I found Kung Fu Killer to be a good time. 

   

Tomorrowland (Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, PG)

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Written by Pete Timmermann Friday, 22 May 2015 00:42

Tomorrowland 75Though it is never as good as it could have been, because it is also never as bad as it could have been I wound up being pleased with Tomorrowland, in the end.

 

Iris (Magnolia Pictures, PG-13)

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Written by Pete Timmermann Wednesday, 20 May 2015 23:25

Iris 75That’s what a good documentary will do: make you interested in something you weren’t previously interested in at all.

   

In the Name of My Daughter (Cohen Media Group, R)

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Written by Lea Vrábelová Wednesday, 20 May 2015 23:15

In-the-Name-of-My-DaughterEven though all this probably sounds a lot more exciting to read than it was to watch, In the Name of My Daughter nevertheless has some attractiveness to it.

 

Gaming in Color (MidBoss, NR)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Tuesday, 19 May 2015 08:55

Gaming-in-Color 75_75Gay and lesbian people also like to game, and would like to see some characters and storylines reflecting their reality.

   

Evil Eye/The Girl Who Knew Too Much (Kino Lorber, NR)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Monday, 18 May 2015 20:33

EE 75The Italian version, The Girl Who Knew Too Much, is by far the better film.

 

Last Hijack (Kino Lorber, NR)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Monday, 18 May 2015 20:13

Last-Hijack 75The first question regarding Last Hijack is whether it brings anything new to the table. Fortunately, it does.

   

Pitch Perfect 2 (Universal Pictures, PG-13)

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Written by Samantha LaBat Thursday, 14 May 2015 00:00

Pitch-Perfect-2 __75If this film stood on its own, it might be more than okay, but as a sequel, Pitch Perfect 2 misses the high notes.

 

Felix and Meira (Oscilloscope Pictures, R)

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Written by Lea Vrábelová Wednesday, 13 May 2015 22:42

Felix-and-Meira 75Felix and Meira is a film that requires patience and a deeper understanding far beyond only what is seen or heard on screen.

   

The Dance Goodbye (First Run Features, NR)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Tuesday, 12 May 2015 07:50

Dance-Goodbye 75It offers both a realistic look at what it means to be a professional dancer, and the assurance that it is worth it.

 

Broadchurch Series Two (Entertainment One, NR)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Tuesday, 12 May 2015 07:43

Broadchurch season2_75Watching it is a richly rewarding experience.

   

Far from the Madding Crowd (Fox Searchlight, PG-13)

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Written by Pete Timmermann Thursday, 07 May 2015 20:00

far from_crowd_75While is possession of an interesting story, this film basically begs for traditional costume drama treatment, a big glossy production, and the general trappings of modern melodramas.

 

Hot Pursuit (Warner Bros, PG-13)

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Written by Lea Vrábelová Thursday, 07 May 2015 20:00

hot pursuit_75After the cookie-cutter, foreseeable ending there were the funny outtakes roll next to the credits—and it worked.

   

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