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Concussion (2015)

Concussion (2015)

A clear narrative pattern develops throughout Concussion by which the film viciously and relentlessly exposes the potential horrors an average NFL career can exhibit on a Read More

Joy

Joy

Joy is the kind of mythic tale of a heroic spitfire that should force us to stand up and cheer by the end. It’s curious, then, Read More

The Hateful Eight

The Hateful Eight

In Quentin Tarantino’s epic talkfest The Hateful Eight, Samuel L. Jackson encapsulates the ethos of the film: “Let’s slow it down. Let’s slow it way down.” In Read More

Where To Invade Next

Where To Invade Next

When the words “Michael Moore” are uttered to right wing Republican zealots, their eyes glaze over and they lapse into paroxysms of rage and retribution, the Read More

45 Years

45 Years

Charlotte Rampling’s icy steel gaze, sizes you up, takes you in and spits you back out. As a young woman – a sleek model and an Read More

Sisters

Sisters

Tina Fey and Amy Poehler are great individually and even better together, so it’s not a surprise that they’re very funny as polar opposite siblings in Read More

Experimenter

Experimenter

In the early 1960s, researcher Stanley Milgram conducted a series of social experiments that are still discussed decades after his career and life. A test subject Read More

The Big Short

The Big Short

Based on Michael Lewis’ bestseller on the financial crisis of the 2000s, The Big Short’s oxymoron-ish title fits the scope of the collapse and the energetic Read More

Chi-Raq

Chi-Raq

It may seem weird that an Ancient Greek playwright known for comedy receives a writing credit on a 2015 Spike Lee film focusing on the epidemic Read More

Krampus

Krampus

In folklore, the Krampus is kind of an anti-Santa Claus – a horned, hoofed creature that comes around every yuletide season to punish the children who Read More

Youth

Youth

Youth has something to say, but that something is pretty obvious, and so the film dresses it up in a lot of self-satisfied artiness. The approach is Read More

The Good Dinosaur

The Good Dinosaur

For years now, the “P” in Pixar stood for perfect. Each one of its films, including the frequently dismissed A Bug’s Life, showed a studio that was Read More

Victor Frankenstein

Victor Frankenstein

Mary Shelley’s classic novel is remarkably rich and ripe for adaptation, as evidenced by the laundry list of productions using the tale as inspiration. There have Read More

Creed

Creed

There are a few key dramatic moments in Creed when Bill Conti’s iconic Rocky score kicks in, but it’s only for a note or two before Read More