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The Water Diviner (Warner Bros., R)

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Written by Lea Vrábelová Thursday, 23 April 2015 23:36

It surely brings perspective on multi-cultural grief.

 

Age of Adaline (Lionsgate, PG-13)

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Written by Samantha LaBat Thursday, 23 April 2015 23:22

Age of Adaline is not a film to buy and re-watch, but it is definitely worth seeing.

   

Comedy Dynamics Presents: Bill Hicks (Fathom Events, NR)

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Written by Pete Timmermann Wednesday, 22 April 2015 23:36

He wasn’t nearly as appreciated in his time as he should have been, especially in America, but his popularity seems to rise with every new year.

 

Unfriended (Universal Pictures, R)

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Written by Lea Vrábelová Thursday, 16 April 2015 20:00

unfriended 75What makes this whole digital-killer concept convincing (and scary) is the fact that today’s technology really is unpredictable.

   

QFest St. Louis 2015 | 04.19.2015 - 04.23.2015

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Thursday, 16 April 2015 20:00

qfest 75One thing that is sure is that the gay and lesbian filmmaking scene is thriving, and there’s an audience eager to see these films.

 

True Story (Fox Searchlight, R)

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Written by Pete Timmermann Thursday, 16 April 2015 20:00

true story_75Moreover, the film doesn’t care, the title doesn’t care, and you won’t care.

   

Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter (Amplify, NR)

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Written by Pete Timmermann Thursday, 16 April 2015 20:00

kumiko 75Are you still with me? Good, because Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter is a hell of a fun film.

 

The Babadook (IFC Midnight/Scream Factory, R)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Tuesday, 14 April 2015 08:00

babadook 75There's something pleasingly hand-crafted about The Babadook, beginning with the book that mysteriously appears in the family’s house.

   

Class of 1984 (Shout! Factory, R)

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Written by Samantha LaBat Tuesday, 14 April 2015 08:00

Class of 1984 is a must-see film. Beyond being great, it deals with real issues that are still relevant today.

 

Goodbye to Language (Kino Lorber, NR)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Tuesday, 14 April 2015 08:00

adieu 75I can totally see someone interpreting Goodbye to Language as, “Godard puts random stuff up on screen because he knows no one will call him on it.”

   

The Longest Ride (20th Century Fox, PG-13)

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Written by Samantha LaBat Thursday, 09 April 2015 21:21

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The story ends too perfectly. All the problems are solved and everything is tied in a nice bow.

 

Candlestick (Workbus, NR)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Thursday, 09 April 2015 21:16

candlestick 75Even if you take the film as a parody of old-style detective stories, it’s not really amusing enough to succeed on that score either.

   

The Book of Negroes (Entertainment One, NR)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Wednesday, 08 April 2015 22:14

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The Book of Negroes mixes fact and fiction, using an invented story to deliver a real truth.

 

White God (Magnolia Pictures, R)

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Written by Lea Vrábelová Wednesday, 08 April 2015 22:00

white god_75Following multiple unsuccessful search attempts, Lili is forced to return back to her normal life, and Hagen’s adventurous journey through the merciless city of Budapest begins.

   

Furious 7 (Universal Pictures, PG-13)

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Written by Samantha LaBat Thursday, 02 April 2015 18:49

Fast-and-Furious-7 75This is by far the very best of the Fast & Furious franchise.

 

Effie Gray (Adopt Films, PG-13)

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Written by Lea Vrábelová Thursday, 02 April 2015 18:24

Effie-Gray 75The only thing that stood out to me was Dakota Fanning’s performance, which was basically just being miserable, but with a British accent.

   

Vice & Virtue (Kino Classics, PG-13)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Monday, 30 March 2015 19:13

vice virtue_75Vice & Virtue is a fairly conventional melodrama contrasting two sisters, one good and one bad.

 

It Follows (RADiUS-TWC, R)

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Written by Lea Vrábelová Thursday, 26 March 2015 20:00

it follows_75This is one of those movies where what we don’t see is just as terrifying as what we do see.

   

Serena (Magnolia Pictures, R)

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Written by Matthew Newlin Thursday, 26 March 2015 20:00

serena 75Serena is an almost incomprehensible mess that feels as though multiple directors, with vastly differing visions, were working on it concurrently.

 

Home (20th Century Fox, PG)

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Written by Samantha LaBat Thursday, 26 March 2015 20:00

home 75Oh and Tip travel the world together, exploring the facets of human emotion, friendship, and defining the word “home.”

   

Get Hard (Warner Bros., R)

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Written by Pete Timmermann Thursday, 26 March 2015 20:00

get hard_75The movie is basically a feature-length prison rape joke, which is probably to be expected, given the plot.

 

Memory Lane (WildEye Releasing, NR)

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Written by Samantha LaBat Wednesday, 25 March 2015 11:27

Memory Lane_75Memory Lane keeps you guessing, and it only runs 70 minutes so the anticipation holds through the entire movie.

   

Mystery Science Theater 3000: Vol. XXXII (Shout! Factory, NR)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Tuesday, 24 March 2015 10:38

MST3K xxxii_75Who needs art when you can have Cold War paranoia and wish fulfillment in gorgeous black and white?

 

The Divergent Series: Insurgent (Lionsgate, PG-13)

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Written by Pete Timmermann Friday, 20 March 2015 08:47

insurg sqI wasn’t in pain while watching Insurgent, but I didn’t find it very convincing, either, and as such am left generally not caring about the whole thing.

   

Wild Tales (Sony Pictures Classics, R)

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Written by Pete Timmermann Friday, 20 March 2015 08:43

wildthings sqWatching this 122-minute movie is not unlike binge-watching a crazy new show you just happened upon and immediately love.

 

Victory at Sea (Film Chest Media Group, NR)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Wednesday, 18 March 2015 22:58

victory sea_75 - CopyVictory at Sea is a fine example of an old-fashioned, heroic documentary that seamlessly mixes real combat footage with obviously staged shots.

   

Timbuktu (Cohen Media Group, NR)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Wednesday, 18 March 2015 21:52

timbuktu 75 - CopyIt’s a beautiful, subtle film portraying how the lives of some ordinary Muslim villagers gets hijacked by a group of Islamic militants.

 

Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem (Music Box Films, NR)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Wednesday, 18 March 2015 21:47

gett 75 - CopyThis film feels similar to a stage play, and the restricted setting also creates a sense of claustrophobia similar to that of being trapped in a bad marriage.

   

’71 (Roadside Attractions, R)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Thursday, 12 March 2015 22:06

71_75It’s a brilliant set piece by director Yann Demange that feels absolutely real, like a series of news photos come to life.

 

Run All Night (Warner Bros. Pictures, R)

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Written by Samantha LaBat Thursday, 12 March 2015 22:01

run_all_night_75The anticipation rises and adrenaline keeps pumping throughout the entirety of the film—there is not a single dull moment.

   

Cinderella (Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, PG)

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Written by Pete Timmermann Thursday, 12 March 2015 21:54

cinderella_75Thankfully, once you cut past the distractions, the new version of Cinderella isn’t as bad as its prerelease strategy would lead you to believe.

 

True/False 2015 Wrap-Up

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Written by Pete Timmermann Thursday, 12 March 2015 21:32

tf_75In all, True/False 2015 was as great as I’ve come to expect from the festival.

   

What We Do in the Shadows (Unison Films/Paladin, NR)

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Written by Pete Timmermann Thursday, 05 March 2015 08:00

what_we_do_shadows_75It has a lot of great ideas and introduced plenty of funny scenarios, but it never fully fleshes anything out and is constantly chasing after the next thing, to diminishing returns.

 

Captive (First Run Features, NR)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Tuesday, 03 March 2015 14:23

captive_75Timing is everything in a film like this, and Mendoza does an excellent job of keeping you off balance.

   

Algorithms: Blind Chess Players of India (First Run Features, NR)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Thursday, 26 February 2015 21:59

algorithms_75If you’re up for something different, that offers a view into a world that you may not have even realized existed, then Algorithms is definitely worth your while.

 

Victori: The Truth Just Can’t Be One Thing (Garden Thieves Pictures, NR)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Thursday, 26 February 2015 21:55

victori_75I’m sure there’s a fascinating story to be found in Victori’s life, but director Michael Melamedoff doesn’t find it in this film.

   

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