Reviews

Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine (Magnolia Pictures, NR)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Wednesday, 02 September 2015 21:56

Jobs 75It’s a conventional, well-done documentary.

 

Listen to Me Marlon (Showtime, NR)

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Written by Cait Lore Wednesday, 02 September 2015 21:48

Marlon 75It is a very human documentary, and almost a spiritual experience more akin to Malick’s Tree of Life than any biopic I’ve ever seen.

   

The Look of Silence (Drafthouse Films, PG-13)

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Written by Pete Timmermann Wednesday, 02 September 2015 21:35

The Look of Silence 75The Look of Silence is able to move you in its scant 99-minute runtime.

 

Station to Station (MUBI, NR)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Thursday, 27 August 2015 21:22

Station to Station 75If you find any particular segment boring or pretentious, you can rest assured that something new will come along within 60 seconds.

   

We Are Your Friends (Warner Bros., R)

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Written by Pete Timmermann Thursday, 27 August 2015 21:00

We Are Your Friends 75We Are Your Friends is a film it’s hard to imagine anybody liking very much at all.

 

Mistress America (Fox Searchlight Pictures, R)

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Written by Pete Timmermann Thursday, 27 August 2015 20:37

Mistress 75Mistress America works in large part because it understands its characters.

   

The End of the Tour (A24, R)

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Written by Pete Timmermann Thursday, 20 August 2015 23:43

End-of-the-tour 75Jason Segel nails David Foster Wallace’s academic drawl and mannerisms, but ultimately the film has other things on its mind.

 

The Diary of a Teenage Girl (Sony Pictures Classics, R)

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Written by Pete Timmermann Thursday, 20 August 2015 23:22

diary-girl 75In a just world, Bel Powley would at least land an Oscar nomination for her performance here.

   

American Ultra (Lionsgate, R)

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Written by Pete Timmermann Thursday, 20 August 2015 22:36

american-ultra 75While the film’s hardly painful to watch, it is quite a bit more boring than one might expect of an action-comedy.

 

Best of Enemies (Magnolia Pictures, R)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Wednesday, 19 August 2015 21:36

best-of-enemies 75The Buckley-Vidal debates were pure show biz, and brought viewers and attention to ABC at a time when the network was in critical need of both.

   

Big Sky (Phase 4 Films, NR)

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Written by Samantha LaBat Friday, 14 August 2015 00:00

big-sky 75From an entertainment standpoint, Big Sky falls short.

 

Phoenix (Sundance Selects, PG-13)

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Written by Cait Lore Thursday, 13 August 2015 23:42

phoenix 75Director Christian Petzold has crafted his sharpest film yet.

   

The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (Warner Bros., PG-13)

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Written by Pete Timmermann Thursday, 13 August 2015 23:17

manfromuncle 75At least it’s nice to see a Guy Ritchie movie that isn’t a total waste of time.

 

Straight Outta Compton (Universal Pictures, R)

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Written by Pete Timmermann Thursday, 13 August 2015 22:59

Straight-Outta-Compton 75Any problems wash right away in short order, once you come to grips with how compelling the story is, how talented and charismatic the cast is, and, if you didn’t already know, how good N.W.A.’s music is.

   

Fantastic Four (20th Century Fox, PG-13)

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Written by Samantha LaBat Thursday, 06 August 2015 21:39

fantastic-four 75While Fantastic Four is an engaging and aesthetically pleasing film, it is not good, does not live up to the hype, and as a re-boot, it is not an improvement.

 

The Gift (STX Entertainment, R)

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Written by Cait Lore Thursday, 06 August 2015 21:01

The Gift_75The greatest strength of this thriller is everyone feels not too far off from the real-world types of evil.

   

Tangerine (Magnolia Pictures, R)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Wednesday, 05 August 2015 22:03

tangerine 75The key accomplishment of Tangerine is that it is able to observe two ways of life without judging or keeping score.

 

The Third Man (Rialto Pictures, NR)

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Written by Pete Timmermann Wednesday, 05 August 2015 21:12

The-Third-Man 75I wholeheartedly recommend the experience to anyone with the slightest bit of passing interest.

   

Shaun the Sheep (Lionsgate, PG)

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Written by Pete Timmermann Wednesday, 05 August 2015 00:57

shaun-the-sheep 75Shaun the Sheep has well more than its share of visual inventiveness, and Aardman character designs are always charming as well.

 

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.

   

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