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The Stanford Prison Experiment (IFC Films, R)

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Written by Laura Hamlett Thursday, 30 July 2015 22:01

stanfordprison SQIt was a prison run by psychologists instead of the state.

 

Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation (Paramount Pictures, PG-13)

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Written by Samantha LaBat Thursday, 30 July 2015 21:31

Rogue-Nation 75Rogue Nation is easily the best Mission: Impossible film yet.

   

Pixels (Sony Pictures Releasing/Columbia Pictures, PG-13)

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Written by Pete Timmermann Friday, 24 July 2015 00:51

pixels 75Pixels is a terrible film by a terrible director.

 

Southpaw (The Weinstein Company, R)

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Written by Pete Timmermann Thursday, 23 July 2015 21:49

Southpaw 75It’s never quite as predictable as you’d think it would be.

   

Paper Towns (20th Century Fox Film Corporation, PG-13)

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Written by Samantha LaBat Wednesday, 22 July 2015 23:30

papertowns 75Paper Towns is brilliant from start to finish—it’s impossible not to love this movie.

 

Aloft (Sony Pictures Classics, R)

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Written by Pete Timmermann Thursday, 16 July 2015 23:18

aloft 75My overall disinterest was at a level that seemed too much trouble to form any sort of opinions about the film at all, good or bad.

   

Trainwreck (Universal Pictures, R)

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Written by Pete Timmermann Thursday, 16 July 2015 22:28

trainwreck 75If you’re feeling patient and don’t mind a plot that’s predictable down to the last detail, Trainwreck is a pretty good option.

 

Cartel Land (The Orchard, R)

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Written by Pete Timmermann Thursday, 16 July 2015 21:13

Cartel-Land 75I can’t immediately think of its equal in terms of compelling, on-the-ground footage of how drug cartels operate.

   

Ant-Man (Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, PG-13)

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Written by Samantha LaBat Thursday, 16 July 2015 21:02

Ant-man 75Ant-Man is not about another hero saving the world; it’s about a man trying to right his wrongs to be with his daughter.

 

Testament of Youth (Sony Pictures Classics, PG-13)

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Written by Pete Timmermann Friday, 10 July 2015 00:11

Testament-of-Youth 75Testament of Youth is somewhat generic (get ready for lots of soft focus!), but solidly-made, and perfectly enjoyable.

   

What We Did on our Holiday (Lionsgate, PG-13)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Friday, 10 July 2015 00:01

What-We-Did-On-Our-Holiday 75To its credit, What We Did on our Holiday actually succeeds pretty well despite its rather hackneyed premise.

 

The Gallows (Warner Brothers, PG-13)

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Written by Samantha LaBat Thursday, 09 July 2015 23:48

The-Gallows 75The Gallows won’t even make you flinch, except perhaps to check the time.

   

Magic Mike XXL (Warner Bros., R)

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Written by Adrienne Jones Tuesday, 30 June 2015 23:57

MMXXL 75This film does do its job.

 

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl (Fox Searchlight Pictures, PG-13)

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Written by Pete Timmermann Thursday, 25 June 2015 22:16

Me--Earl 75My overriding feeling is that it is a movie that I want to like, but which doesn’t quite live up to its potential.

   

The Wolfpack (Magnolia Pictures, R)

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Written by Pete Timmermann Wednesday, 24 June 2015 18:19

The-Wolfpack 75Moselle’s The Wolfpack tells a story that it’s hard to imagine coming across too often, and it’s a good thing we didn’t miss out on it.

 

When Marnie Was There (Gkids, PG)

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Written by Pete Timmermann Thursday, 18 June 2015 20:23

When-Marnie-Was-There 75When Marnie Was There is a fully enjoyable movie.

   

Inside Out (Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, PG)

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Written by Pete Timmermann Thursday, 18 June 2015 19:40

Inside-Out 75Inside Out is an excellent film, and easily Pixar’s best since Toy Story 3.

 

Lord Montagu (Variance Films, NR)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Thursday, 18 June 2015 11:30

Lord-Montagu 75This film is adequate, but no more, and worth watching primarily if you are interested in the subject.

   

Results (Magnolia Pictures, R)

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Written by Pete Timmermann Wednesday, 17 June 2015 21:34

Results 75Results may not be Bujalski’s best film (I’d probably give that honor to Mutual Appreciation), but it certainly is his most accessible.

 

Jurassic World (Universal Pictures, PG-13)

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Written by Pete Timmermann Thursday, 11 June 2015 23:34

Jurassic-World 75It’s bad to the point I was actually angry by the time I left the theatre.

   

Spy (20th Century Fox Film Corporation, R)

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Written by Pete Timmermann Thursday, 04 June 2015 19:29

Spy 75It’s a nice, tight film, and thoroughly enjoyable; I’d go so far as to say it’s Feig’s best film yet.

 

Sunshine Superman (Magnolia Pictures/CNN Films, PG)

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Written by Lea Vrábelová Wednesday, 03 June 2015 22:43

Sunshine-Superman 75Even if adrenaline rushes and terrifying heights are not exactly your thing, I suggest watching Sunshine Superman.

   

Unfreedom (Dark Frames, NR)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Thursday, 28 May 2015 20:42

Unfreedom 75Most Americans won’t find much shocking in this film.

 

I’ll See You in My Dreams (Bleecker Street Media, PG-13)

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Written by Lea Vrábelová Thursday, 28 May 2015 20:24

Ill-See-You-in-My-Dreams 75Even though I’ll See You in My Dreams might seem like a cookie-cutter, dry, old-people, clichéd drama at first glance, it’s really quite the opposite!

   

Aloha (20th Century Fox Film Corporation, PG-13)

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Written by Pete Timmermann Thursday, 28 May 2015 20:15

Aloha 75The glimmer of hope in the film is likely enough to make me forget how bad this movie was by the time Crowe’s next film rolls around.

 

The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared (Music Box Films, R)

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Written by Lea Vrábelová Wednesday, 27 May 2015 23:16

The-Hundred-Year-Old-Man 75The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared follows the most random and intertwined plot that I have seen in a while.

   

The Connection (Drafthouse Films, R)

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Written by Pete Timmermann Wednesday, 27 May 2015 23:02

The-Connection 75The Connection is a perfectly functional, and even enjoyable, crime movie.

 

Kung Fu Killer (Well Go USA Entertainment, NR)

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Written by Pete Timmermann Wednesday, 27 May 2015 22:48

Kung-Fu-Killer 75Despite being disappointed to find that Donnie Yen wasn’t playing the bad guy here, I found Kung Fu Killer to be a good time. 

   

Tomorrowland (Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, PG)

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Written by Pete Timmermann Friday, 22 May 2015 00:42

Tomorrowland 75Though it is never as good as it could have been, because it is also never as bad as it could have been I wound up being pleased with Tomorrowland, in the end.

 

Iris (Magnolia Pictures, PG-13)

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Written by Pete Timmermann Wednesday, 20 May 2015 23:25

Iris 75That’s what a good documentary will do: make you interested in something you weren’t previously interested in at all.

   

In the Name of My Daughter (Cohen Media Group, R)

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Written by Lea Vrábelová Wednesday, 20 May 2015 23:15

In-the-Name-of-My-DaughterEven though all this probably sounds a lot more exciting to read than it was to watch, In the Name of My Daughter nevertheless has some attractiveness to it.

 

Pitch Perfect 2 (Universal Pictures, PG-13)

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Written by Samantha LaBat Thursday, 14 May 2015 00:00

Pitch-Perfect-2 __75If this film stood on its own, it might be more than okay, but as a sequel, Pitch Perfect 2 misses the high notes.

   

Felix and Meira (Oscilloscope Pictures, R)

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Written by Lea Vrábelová Wednesday, 13 May 2015 22:42

Felix-and-Meira 75Felix and Meira is a film that requires patience and a deeper understanding far beyond only what is seen or heard on screen.

 

Far from the Madding Crowd (Fox Searchlight, PG-13)

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Written by Pete Timmermann Thursday, 07 May 2015 20:00

far from_crowd_75While is possession of an interesting story, this film basically begs for traditional costume drama treatment, a big glossy production, and the general trappings of modern melodramas.

   

Hot Pursuit (Warner Bros, PG-13)

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Written by Lea Vrábelová Thursday, 07 May 2015 20:00

hot pursuit_75After the cookie-cutter, foreseeable ending there were the funny outtakes roll next to the credits—and it worked.

 

The Avengers: Age of Ultron (Walt Disney Studios, PG-13)

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Written by Samantha LaBat Thursday, 30 April 2015 20:00

age ultron_75

I thoroughly enjoyed all the fights and explosions, but my favorite part of the night was walking away from the theater questioning my actions and intentions in my everyday life.

   

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