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Portrait of Jason (Milestone Films, NR)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Tuesday, 25 November 2014 20:43

portraitofjason dvdThe fallacy lies in assuming there is some absolute truth that can be captured on camera and understood by the viewer.

 

The Killer Shrews (Film Chest Media Group, NR)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Tuesday, 25 November 2014 20:34

Killershrews dvdThe setup for this film will be familiar to any connoisseur of black-and-white giant creature movies.

   

Ornette: Made in America (Milestone Film & Video, NR)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Tuesday, 25 November 2014 20:27

ornette dvdOriginally released in 1985, this a celebration of the life and music of the great jazz saxophonist and composer Ornette Coleman.

 

Penguins of Madagascar (Twentieth Century Fox, PG)

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Written by Lea Vrábelová Sunday, 23 November 2014 14:28

film penguins-madagascar_smThis will not be the CG comedy of the year, but it did manage to keep me entertained for its 92-minute running length.

   

Horrible Bosses 2 (Warner Bros., R)

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Written by Lea Vrábelová Sunday, 23 November 2014 14:21

film horrible-bosses-2_smThe movie is so much fun, I would even dare to nominate it for the comedy of the year.

 

The Theory of Everything (Focus Features, PG-13)

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Written by Pete Timmermann Friday, 21 November 2014 10:17

film theory_smIt’s a showy role, by turns requiring Redmayne to be convincingly brilliant, convincingly cute and charismatic, and convincingly very sick.

   

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay—Part 1 (Universal Pictures, PG-13)

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Written by Pete Timmermann Friday, 21 November 2014 10:13

film mockingjay_smCalling the film “uneven” is being generous; it doesn’t seem a stretch to call it outright bad.

 

Dumb & Dumber To (Universal Pictures, PG-13)

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Written by Pete Timmermann Friday, 14 November 2014 01:07

film dumb-dumber_smIt’s with mild amazement that I report Dumb & Dumber To isn’t a total bust; I laughed out loud a good half a dozen times over the course of the movie.

   

Violette (Kino Lorber, NR)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Friday, 14 November 2014 01:04

dvd violetteViolette is not a pretty film but, befitting its subject, it’s a strong and intense one.

 

Beyond the Lights (Relativity Media, PG-13)

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Written by Pete Timmermann Friday, 14 November 2014 01:02

film beyond-the-lights_smYou might be pleasantly surprised that it isn’t quite as painful to watch as you feared.

   

Rosewater (Open Road Films, R)

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Written by Pete Timmermann Friday, 14 November 2014 00:58

film Rosewater_smRosewater is effective, if dry and forgettable.

 

2014 SLIFF Preview | Pete Timmermann

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Written by Pete Timmermann Sunday, 09 November 2014 15:04

filmfest sliff-2014_752014 has been a strong year for documentaries, and SLIFF isn’t slacking in showing a bunch of good ones.

 

   

SLIFF 2014 Preview | Sarah Boslaugh

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Sunday, 09 November 2014 14:55

filmfest sliff-2014_75The performance of Vilma Santos-Recto alone is reason enough to see The Bit Player.

 

Virginia Film Festival: Report #1

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Sunday, 09 November 2014 14:52

filmfest VFF-1It may be tough to be a black man in Paris, but it’s even tougher to be a black teenage woman who doesn’t fit the mold.

   

Virginia Film Festival: Report #2

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Sunday, 09 November 2014 14:52

filmfest VFF-1Documentaries are sometimes most interesting not for their ostensible subject, but for what they reveal in the background.

 

Found Footage Festival 2014 | 10th Anniversary Show

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Written by Pete Timmermann Saturday, 08 November 2014 13:22

FFF Logo_WebAfter Prueher and Pickett’s creative editing, the video becomes a montage of people saying the word “bitch” interspersed with graphic footage of puppies being born.

   

Interstellar (Paramount Pictures, PG-13)

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Written by Pete Timmermann Wednesday, 05 November 2014 11:51

film interstellar_smTo help add to its throwback quality, it makes astronauts look cool again, too.

 

Big Hero 6 (Walt Disney Studios, PG)

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Written by Pete Timmermann Tuesday, 04 November 2014 22:25

Big6 75The film feels focus-grouped and producer-noted within an inch of its life.

   

Laggies (A24, R)

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Written by Pete Timmermann Tuesday, 04 November 2014 21:54

laggies 75Megan falls into hanging out with the 16-year-old Annika and her friends, if only because Megan seems to fit in better with them than she does with adults.

 

NoirCon 2014 | Report #3

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Tuesday, 04 November 2014 21:40

NOIRCON-sqEric Miles Williamson continues to write because no matter how bad it makes him feel, it feels worse when he doesn’t.

   

NoirCon | Report #2

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Tuesday, 04 November 2014 21:26

NOIRCON-sqThe meaning of The Thief by Fuminori Nakamura is the protagonist’s understanding of the hierarchical nature of his corner of society.

 

NoirCon | Report #1

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Tuesday, 04 November 2014 21:09

NOIRCON-sqI think of noir as a sensibility, one that acknowledges the grim realities that underlie the shiny, optimistic surface view of life.

   

Before I Go to Sleep (Clarius Entertainment, R)

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Written by Matthew Newlin Thursday, 30 October 2014 21:59

film before-I-go-to-sleep_smAside from a strong screenplay and very impressive directorial flourishes, the film boasts a terrific cast.

 

Nightcrawler (Open Road Films, R)

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Written by Pete Timmermann Thursday, 30 October 2014 21:54

film nightcrawler_smThe character of Bloom (and the strong performance by Gyllenhaal) is memorable and odd as far as film characters go.

   

The Last Supper (Random Media, NR)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Friday, 24 October 2014 19:04

thelastsupper 75The Last Supper is a real historical epic of the old-school, put-your-money-on-the-screen variety.

 

A Woman in Flames (Film Chest, NR)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Friday, 24 October 2014 19:01

womaninflamesThis direct translation raises other questions, too, such as “does a woman really get flambéed in this film? If so, by whom, and why?”

   

Mona Lisa Is Missing (Midair Rose Productions, NR)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Friday, 24 October 2014 18:57

monalisamissingMedeiros puts himself front and center in this story, but fortunately, he’s a charming host and travel companion.

 

Birdman (Fox Searchlight, R)

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Written by Pete Timmermann Friday, 24 October 2014 18:49

birdman 75It’s so good it’s distracting, and in this case, that isn’t a bad thing.

   

NOIRCON 2014 Preview | 10.29-11.02.14

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Friday, 24 October 2014 18:44

NOIRCON-sqNOIRCON takes an expansive view of noir—including not only film, but also literature, art, and more—and the lineup of events for the weekend reflects this broad approach. 

 

Brandon Bell & Marque Richardson | Black People in John Hughes Movies

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Written by Pete Timmermann Friday, 24 October 2014 18:39

dwp sqFruitvale Station opened the week of the George Zimmerman verdict. Art is a medium to express what’s going on in society.

   

The Blue Room (Sundance Selects, NR)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Friday, 24 October 2014 18:35

blueroom 75The Blue Room is not afraid to cut the ordinary experience of life into fragments, leaving the viewer to put them back together.

 

Dear White People (Lionsgate/Roadside Attractions, R)

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Written by Pete Timmermann Friday, 24 October 2014 18:27

dwp sqEven if Simien never makes another good movie, he’s got at least the one under his belt, which is more than most filmmakers can say, both aspiring and veteran.

   

Boobs: One Woman’s Search for Perfection (Garden Thieves Pictures, NR)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Saturday, 18 October 2014 15:11

Boobs 75This film offers a view of plastic surgery often neglected in discussions about it in popular culture.

 

Don’t Blink (Vertical Entertainment, NR)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Saturday, 18 October 2014 15:01

Dont-Blink 75Don’t Blink is no cinematic masterpiece, but it’s an OK horror movie perfect for home viewing with a group of friends.

   

The Best of The Danny Kaye Show (MVD Visual)

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Written by Marc Farr Saturday, 18 October 2014 11:43

dannykayeWell written, and perhaps a bit ahead of its time, it stands the test of time due to the sheer talent of its host, cast, and writers, not to mention the star-studded list of guests.

 

The Green Prince (Music Box Films, NR)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Thursday, 16 October 2014 22:33

The-Green-Prince 75If you don’t arrive already interested in the topic, The Green Prince can be a long slog.

   

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