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Hail, Caesar! (Universal Pictures, PG-13)

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Written by Pete Timmermann Thursday, 04 February 2016 23:47

Hail C_75It feels like a love letter both to movies and movie lovers.

 

The Choice (Lionsgate, PG-13)

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Written by Nic Champion Thursday, 04 February 2016 23:38

The Choice 75It’s an indulgent feelings-fest, and that’s all good and fine, but what rubs me the wrong way is that that it pretends to be about something more.

  

The Lady in the Van (Sony Pictures Classics, PG-13)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Thursday, 04 February 2016 23:19

Lady in the Van 75It’s a bit distracting to have so many name actors in small roles, but still good fun to spot them as they appear.

 

Take Me to the River (Shout! Factory, NR)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Thursday, 04 February 2016 22:27

Take Me To The River 75If there’s an overriding theme to Take Me to the River, it’s that all good music is good.

  

Second Coming (Film Movement, NR)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Thursday, 04 February 2016 22:10

Second Coming 75It’s certainly not the straightforward kind of storytelling you find in mainstream Hollywood releases.

 

B.C. Butcher (Troma Entertainment, NR)

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Written by Cait Lore Wednesday, 03 February 2016 23:03

B.C. 75The film is inspired by everything and everyone you’d hope for.

  

Hitchcock/Truffaut (Cohen Media Group, NR)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Wednesday, 03 February 2016 22:50

H T_75Truffaut/Hitchcock does not supplant Truffaut’s book but supplements it.

 

Comin’ at Ya! (MVD Entertainment Group, R)

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Written by Nic Champion Wednesday, 03 February 2016 22:21

Comin At Ya 75Despite its combination of goofiness and surrealism, it has a rather exploitative and mean-spirited outlook.

  

BC Butcher (Troma Entertainment, NR)

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Written by Cait Lore Wednesday, 03 February 2016 20:36

film bc-butcherWhat is bound to impress most about BC Butcher is how deep Bowling’s influences run.

 

45 Years (Sundance Selects, R)

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Written by Pete Timmermann Friday, 29 January 2016 00:03

45-years 75Between Weekend and 45 Years, it seems to say we have a major filmmaker on our hands in the form of 42-year-old Haigh.

  

Son of Saul (Sony Pictures Classics, R)

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Written by Pete Timmermann Thursday, 28 January 2016 23:53

Son of Saul 75The sheer passion behind both the supporters and detractors of this movie should be clue enough that this is a film worth seeing.

 

Oscar Nominated Live Action Short Films (Shorts HD, NR)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Thursday, 28 January 2016 01:23

They’re all well worth seeing.

  

Oscar Nominated Animated Short Films (Shorts HD, NR)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Thursday, 28 January 2016 00:03

Although there’s a lot of variety in this year’s nominees, and they’re all high-quality films, only one really stood out to me.

 

Fantômas (Kino Lorber, NR)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Saturday, 23 January 2016 12:43

Fantomas 75Action, and lots of it, is what audiences came to Fantômas to see.

  

The Forest (Gramercy Pictures, PG-13)

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Written by Cait Lore Saturday, 23 January 2016 12:27

The Forest 75The Forest proves that you can hang as many dead people from trees as you want, but nothing is quite as scary as the unknown.

 

The Revenant (Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation, R)

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Written by Pete Timmermann Saturday, 23 January 2016 01:10

Revenant 75The Revenant is both visually interesting and has a good story, yet somehow this makes it worse.

  

The Abandoned (IFC Films, NR)

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Written by Cait Lore Saturday, 23 January 2016 00:58

The Abandoned 75It’s one of those horror movies that confuses being loud with being scary.

 

Norm of the North (Lionsgate, PG)

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Written by Nic Champion Saturday, 23 January 2016 00:40

Norm of the North 75Whenever I watch something like this, it makes me feel bad for the parents the most.

  

Lamb (The Orchard, NR

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Written by Nic Champion Saturday, 23 January 2016 00:26

Lamb 75It crafts a truly conflicted, tormented narrative that is both haunting and thrilling.

 

The Assassin (Well Go USA Entertainment, NR)

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Written by Pete Timmermann Saturday, 23 January 2016 00:11

Assassin 75If you think you can get the full experience of this one on your stupid 42-inch HD TV, you’re wrong.

  

Anomalisa (Paramount Pictures, R)

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Written by Pete Timmermann Friday, 22 January 2016 23:53

Anomalisa 75I expect Anomalisa to work well as a litmus test for people who think they know anything about stop-motion animation.

 

The Bed Sitting Room (Kino Lorber, NR)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Friday, 22 January 2016 00:08

The Bed Sitting Room 75The gags and the commentary are mostly just dull.

  

Figures in a Landscape (Kino Lorber, NR)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Thursday, 21 January 2016 23:55

Figures in a Landscape 75Watching it is sort of like playing with the Magic 8-Ball.

 

Her Story (Speed of Joy Productions, NR)

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Written by Nic Champion Wednesday, 20 January 2016 00:32

Her Story 75I loved Her Story as sincerely and thoroughly as someone could possibly like a six-episode web-series.



  

Susie’s Hope (Green Apple Entertainment, NR)

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Written by Nic Champion Monday, 04 January 2016 23:03

Susies Hope 75This is the kind of bland, hilariously sloppy and irredeemable Lifetime or Hallmark TV movie that is as embarrassing as it is irksome.

 

Valentino (Kino Lorber, NR)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Monday, 04 January 2016 22:40

Valentino 75To enjoy Valentino, you have to take what you like and leave the rest.

  

The Captive City (Kino Lorber, NR)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Monday, 04 January 2016 19:49

The-Captive-City 75The Captive City is a plot-heavy film that emphasizes story and action over personalities.

 

100 Years of Harold Lloyd (Random Media, NR)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Saturday, 26 December 2015 14:35

HL100 75Lloyd brought an essential sweetness to his films.

  

Daddy’s Home (Paramount Pictures, PG-13)

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Written by Nic Champion Thursday, 24 December 2015 23:34

Daddys Home 75It’s the worst kind of comedy.

 

Concussion (Columbia Pictures, PG-13)

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Written by Pete Timmermann Thursday, 24 December 2015 23:20

concussion 75I found myself quite pleased with Concussion, despite its flaws.

  

Joy (Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation, PG-13)

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Written by Pete Timmermann Thursday, 24 December 2015 23:00

Joy 75In the end, it hardly matters how inconsistent the movie can be.

 

Carol (The Weinstein Company, R)

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Written by Pete Timmermann Thursday, 24 December 2015 22:45


Carol 75Carol is something close to flawless.

  

Automan: The Complete Series/Manimal: The Complete Series (Fabulous Films/Shout! Factory, NR)

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Written by Adrienne Jones Tuesday, 22 December 2015 13:59

automan sqScience fiction and fantasy, respectively, the short-lived shows briefly entertained legions of kids (and adults) with their out-there premises.

 

The Surface (Ariztical Entertainment, NR)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Tuesday, 22 December 2015 13:52

TheSurface sqThe interesting twist is that Evan’s path to self-discovery is sparked by his purchase of an old 8mm movie camera at a garage sale.

  

The Big Short (Paramount Pictures, R)

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Written by Pete Timmermann Tuesday, 22 December 2015 13:26

bigshort sqThis movie wants you to be angry about the financial crisis, when instead, you’ll be angry about what a bad film this is. 

 

Mustang (Cohen Media Group, PG-13)

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Written by Cait Lore Tuesday, 22 December 2015 13:04

Mustang sqMustangis easily one of the year’s best, and perhaps one of the finest films to explore how the eyes of men can confine the lives of women.

  

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