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Everly (Radius-TWC, R)

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Written by Samantha LaBat Thursday, 22 January 2015 22:48

everly 75The best thing about this film is you have absolutely no idea what will happen from one moment to the next. 

 

Mentor (Garden Thieves Pictures, NR)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Wednesday, 21 January 2015 21:30

dvd mentorSupposedly, tolerance and respect for others, including those who are different from you, are core values both of the United States in general and of our school system in particular.

   

Adua and Her Friends (Raro Video/Kino Lorber, NR)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Wednesday, 21 January 2015 21:22

dvd aduaThe dark turn also delivers a strong critique of several of the less pleasant aspects of Italian society.

 

Hi-8 (Wild Eye Releasing, NR)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Wednesday, 21 January 2015 21:20

dvd Hi-8The DVD includes eight short horror films shot on Hi8 or similar video formats.

   

20,000 Days on Earth (Drafthouse Films, NR)

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Written by Pete Timmermann Wednesday, 21 January 2015 21:18

film 20000-days-on-earth_smIt’s a stubbornly avant-garde film that doesn’t really offer much exposition, music, or show footage.

 

The Boy Next Door (Universal Pictures, R)

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Written by Samantha LaBat Wednesday, 21 January 2015 21:15

film boys-next-door_smWhat I did not expect was for the film to be worse than I originally imagined.

   

The Wedding Ringer (Screen Gems, R)

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Written by Matthew Newlin Thursday, 15 January 2015 21:12

weddingringer 75Garelick flirts with gross out humor in the vein of The Hangover, but never fully commits so the blend of comedic styles feels uneven. 

 

American Sniper (Warner Bros., R)

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Written by Pete Timmermann Wednesday, 14 January 2015 23:26

sniper 75This could have been a good film, if not for poor storytelling, bad characterization, bad effects…bad everything.

   

Blackhat (Universal Pictures, R)

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Written by Pete Timmermann Wednesday, 14 January 2015 23:18

blackhat 75These fighting and chasing and shooting and blowing up sequences are necessary because, you know, computer hacking isn’t visually interesting enough for a mainstream audience.

 

Mr. Turner (Sony Pictures Classics, R)

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Written by Pete Timmermann Wednesday, 14 January 2015 23:08

mrturner sqMr. Turner is an obstinately artful film, which wholly fits its subject.

   

Paddington (The Weinstein Company/Dimension, PG)

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Written by Pete Timmermann Wednesday, 14 January 2015 22:53

paddington sqWe come to learn that all bears’ names sound like something between a burp and a roar, which makes sense, I suppose.

 

Selma (Paramount Pictures, PG-13)

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Written by Pete Timmermann Friday, 09 January 2015 11:15

film selma_smSince David Oyelowo is too much of a professional to let the seams show, he may not get the recognition her deserves.

   

Inherent Vice (Warner Bros., R)

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Written by Pete Timmermann Friday, 09 January 2015 11:10

film inherent-vice_smIt isn’t so much about the story, but about the details along the way, the ambiance you create.

 

She Makes Comics (Sequart, NR)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Wednesday, 07 January 2015 21:56

She Makes Comics is the kind of film that can teach you a lot while also making you feel optimistic towards the future.

 

   

The Gambler (Paramount Pictures, R)

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Written by Pete Timmermann Thursday, 25 December 2014 11:34

gambler 75It expects you to care that this fictional character wants another card at 18 when you don’t give a shit about him in the first place.

 

Into the Woods (Walt Disney Studios, PG)

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Written by Pete Timmermann Monday, 22 December 2014 14:04

film into-the-woods_smDirector Rob Marshall opens up Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s stage musical nicely, making it feel sufficiently cinematic and not just like a filmed play.

   

Unbroken (Universal Pictures, PG-13)

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Written by Pete Timmermann Monday, 22 December 2014 14:01

film unbroken_smIf you think of it as a cross between Forrest Gump, Life of Pi, and The Deer Hunter, but based on a true story, you wouldn’t be too far off.

 

The Imitation Game (The Weinstein Company, PG-13)

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Written by Pete Timmermann Monday, 22 December 2014 13:58

film imitation-game_smThere’s a high degree of forced and borderline silly conflict here, which doesn’t sit well given the dramatic reality of the story.

   

Annie (Columbia Pictures/Sony Pictures Releasing, PG)

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Written by Pete Timmermann Thursday, 18 December 2014 22:36

annie2014 sqGluck and his team deserve credit for making a good mainstream musical, and also a solid family film for the holidays.

 

Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb (20th Century Fox, PG)

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Written by Lea Vrábelová Thursday, 18 December 2014 22:26

nightatthemuseum3 sqWe have seen it all before in the previous two movies; of course, that does not make it any less entertaining.

   

Foxcatcher (Sony Pictures Classics, R)

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Written by Pete Timmermann Thursday, 18 December 2014 22:17

foxcatcher sqIn addition to Carell’s performance, Tatum’s and Ruffalo’s are Oscar-caliber, as well.

 

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (Warner Bros., PG-13)

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Written by Pete Timmermann Tuesday, 16 December 2014 10:21

film hobbit3-smIf this new one is the best, what does that say about the other Hobbit movies?

   

Exodus: Gods and Kings (20th Century Fox, PG-13)

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Written by Pete Timmermann Thursday, 11 December 2014 11:10

film exodus_75The end result is less like Gladiator or 300 and somewhat closer to Oliver Stone’s Alexander: bloated, campy, often unintentionally funny.

 

Wild (Fox Searchlight, R)

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Written by Pete Timmermann Thursday, 11 December 2014 11:08

film wild_75Wild is a film that seems promising on paper, but in practice is uninvolving and a slight misfire.

   

Top Five (Paramount Pictures, R)

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Written by Pete Timmermann Thursday, 11 December 2014 11:05

film top-five_75After its premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival, there have been some murmurings that this is a for-real awards contender.

 

The Babadook (IFC Midnight/Sundance Selects, NR)

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Written by Pete Timmermann Monday, 08 December 2014 16:46

film Babadook_75The Babadook is impressive: Imagine if Neil Gaiman wrote the screenplay to a horror movie, and you’d be pretty close.

   

Force Majeure (Magnolia Pictures, R)

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Written by Pete Timmermann Monday, 08 December 2014 16:42

film Force-Majeure_75Force Majeure is something of a chamber piece, and is as engrossing as one to have come along recently.

 

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.

   

Point and Shoot (The Orchard, NR)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Sunday, 23 November 2014 14:31

film point-and-shoot_smI kept telling myself things like “surely this is a satire” and “no one could possibly be this self-centered,” but I was wrong on both counts.

 

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.

   

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