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Under the Skin (A24, R)

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Written by Sean Lass Thursday, 17 April 2014 21:20

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It is a movie which will get strong reactions (negative and positive) from people, and that should always be celebrated. 

 

Draft Day (Summit Entertainment, PG-13)

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Written by Matthew Newlin Thursday, 10 April 2014 21:25


draftday 75_copyIs it good? No. Is it bad? Not really. It’s just okay, and that’s okay.

   

The Raid 2 (Sony Pictures Classics, R)

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Written by Sean Lass Thursday, 10 April 2014 20:33

Raid2 75The Raid 2 is a great film. 

 

Ernest & Celestine (GKids, PG)

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Written by Pete Timmermann Wednesday, 09 April 2014 12:07

EarnestandCelestine 75They’re charming, as one would hope, but I have to say I’m impressed with the talent assembled for the English dub.

   

Nymphomaniac: Volume II (Magnolia Pictures, NR)

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Written by Pete Timmermann Wednesday, 09 April 2014 11:39

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It’s a shame, then, that Nymphomaniac seems likely to be remembered more as one of Von Trier’s rare misfires, as opposed to the great film(s) he clearly intended it to be.

 

Atlanta Film Festival 2014 | Report #5

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Tuesday, 08 April 2014 10:09

Atlantafilmfestical 75It’s reasonable to ask what Broadway expected to get out of this: Widening the market for licensing productions? Recruiting new talent? Selling more cast albums?

   

Atlanta Film Festival 2014 | Report #6

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Tuesday, 08 April 2014 09:46

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A dark adaptation of a short story by Dostoyevsky and a documentary about the Carter Family bring my viewing at the 2014 film festival to a close. 

 

Atlanta Film Festival 2014 | Report #4

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Sunday, 06 April 2014 21:21

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A plot summary doesn’t really do it justice, but the experience of watching the film, with its blend of fantasy and realism, really cuts to the bone.

   

Atlanta Film Festival 2014 | Report #3

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Thursday, 03 April 2014 07:31

Atlantafilmfestical 75Plympton is a real original, with an immediately recognizable style—if you’ve ever seen any of his work, you won’t confuse it with that of anyone else.

 

Nymphomaniac: Volume I (Magnolia Pictures, NR)

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Written by Pete Timmermann Wednesday, 02 April 2014 07:41

nymphomaniac 75Despite these early setbacks, Nymphomaniac settles into a rhythm, and is relatively enjoyable as the cast is rounded out. 

   

I Am Divine (Wolfe Video, NR)

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Written by Pete Timmermann Tuesday, 01 April 2014 22:44

iamdivine 75And I trust all of you enough to let you in on my favorite actor: Divine. If you think I’m joking, I’m not.

 

Atlanta Film Festival 2014 | Report #2

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Monday, 31 March 2014 21:43

AFF 75In the future, movie stars will sell their scanned personas to studios, which will use them to create films without having to bother about that messy human element known as live actors.

   

Atlanta Film Festival 2014 | Report #1

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Monday, 31 March 2014 21:43

AFF 75One reason there are so many submissions is the AFF is an Academy-qualifying festival, meaning that the winner of the Best Animated Short and Best Narrative Short here gets to skip the first round of screening for the Academy Awards.

 

Mystery Science Theater 3000: XXIX (Shout! Factory, NR)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Thursday, 27 March 2014 08:26

Mystery Science_Theater_75For those of you who are fans of the connecting episodes, here are a few highlights from this set: Roger Whitaker pays a visit, Frank develops a combination perambulator/lawn mower, Joel invents a pipe with a built-in sprinkler system, and Tom Servo puts on an art show.

   

The Bigamist (Film Chest, NR)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Thursday, 27 March 2014 08:20

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Still, the restored version of The Bigamist looks better than a lot of films from the period, and I’d have to say that watching the DVD is a far better experience than watching online.

 

Le Week-End (Music Box Films, R)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Wednesday, 26 March 2014 20:24

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I suspect this film will appeal most strongly to people near their characters in age, as it’s too easy for younger people to wonder why people who have it so good are complaining.

   

Geography Club (Breaking Glass Pictures, NR)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Thursday, 20 March 2014 21:49

geoclub 75There’s a dearth of films that have honest sympathy for what it’s like to be a teenager, particularly a teenager whose sexuality is not strictly mainstream

 

Wonderwall: Collector’s Edition (Shout! Factory, NR)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Thursday, 20 March 2014 21:43

wonderwall collectThe “wonderwall” of the title is the wall he’s peeking through to see the wonders of those often-naked young ladies.

   

Jump (Breaking Glass Pictures, NR)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Thursday, 20 March 2014 21:35

Jump filmThe script depends heavily on coincidences, but Walsh keeps things moving at a rapid pace, with the sense of forward momentum aided by a lively soundtrack.

 

Gasland Part II (Cinedigm, NR)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Thursday, 20 March 2014 21:27

gaslandpart2These companies consider who you and I would call American citizens exercising their Constitutional rights to be insurgents threatening company operations—and profits, of course.

   

Pablo (Breaking Glass Pictures, NR)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Thursday, 20 March 2014 21:20

pablo dvdHe migrated to New York with his family, learned animation from a book, and began working for a company that made commercials.

 

Bad Words (Focus Features, R)

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Written by Pete Timmermann Thursday, 20 March 2014 21:11

badwords 75The film puts Jason Bateman in a situation where he can verbally pick off both small children and their helicoptering parents.

   

Muppets Most Wanted (Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, PG)

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Written by Pete Timmermann Thursday, 20 March 2014 21:03

MuppetsMost 75The problem is, the Muppets aren’t that fun to hang around with this time.

 

The Grand Budapest Hotel (Fox Searchlight Pictures, R)

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Written by Pete Timmermann Thursday, 20 March 2014 20:55

grandbuda 75Instead of celebrating one of our most reliable, idiosyncratic directors, there’s a part of me that kind of wants to see him fail 

   

Divergent (Summit Entertainment, PG-13)

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Written by Pete Timmermann Thursday, 20 March 2014 20:41

divergent 75The cast is both talented and likeable enough and the movie good-looking enough that I was willing to give it a pass on the sometimes heavy-handedness.

 

Blondie’s New York (Smithsonian Channel, NR)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Tuesday, 18 March 2014 15:33

dvd blondies-new-yorkHarry’s good looks didn’t hurt their success, either, particularly when paired with her forthright sexuality and unique fashion sense.

   

Bethlehem (Adopt Films, NR)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Friday, 14 March 2014 22:18

bethlehem 75The city of Bethlehem is treated primarily as the backdrop for an events-heavy plot enacted by a cast of largely paper-thin characters.

 

The Red Skelton Show: The Lost Episodes (Timeless Media Group, NR)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Wednesday, 12 March 2014 22:05

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It’s very funny and completely charming.

   

Need for Speed (DreamWorks Pictures, PG-13)

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Written by Sean Lass Wednesday, 12 March 2014 20:46

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Need for Speed is a movie that will play great when you stumble upon it while flipping through channels late at night a few years from now.

 

Tim’s Vermeer (Sony Pictures Classics, PG-13)

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Written by Pete Timmermann Thursday, 06 March 2014 23:04

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Tim’s Vermeer winds up being one of those movies that makes you want to run out and do something.

   

Short Term 12 (Cinedigm, R)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Wednesday, 05 March 2014 20:59

dvd short-term12The residents have problems of the type you would expect to find in a fictional portrayal of this kind of facility, just as the barracks in World War II films always had a guy from Brooklyn and one from Texas.

 

True/False Film Fest | 2014 Wrap-Up

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Written by PeteTimmermann Wednesday, 05 March 2014 20:29

fest Tf75Many people didn’t select films based on descriptions in the program guide, but just saw whatever was handy—and they nearly always liked it.

   

The Gene Autry Show: The Complete Television Series (Timeless Media Group, NR)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Wednesday, 05 March 2014 19:54

dvd gene-autryWatching The Gene Autry Show feels like visiting an old friend, even if you’ve never seen this particular program before.

 

The Wind Rises (Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, PG-13)

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Written by Pete Timmermann Friday, 28 February 2014 00:28

TheWindRises 75While many purists prefer the original Japanese language track on Miyazaki’s films, I’ve by and large always been fine with the dubs Disney has done, as they tend to have high production values and usually have good actors as well. 

   

Come Back, Africa (Milestone Films, NR)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Friday, 28 February 2014 00:02

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The real star of the film is the documentary footage of locations never before seen by most White people.

 

Our Nixon (Cinedigm/Docurama, NR)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Monday, 24 February 2014 22:44

OurNixon 75For those who are experts on the Nixon era, Our Nixon will be a garden of delights, with each clip triggering memories and associations.

   

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