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The Salvation

The Salvation

As a member of the Danish avant-garde filmmaking collective Dogma 95 (a group which included Lars von Trier and Thomas Vinterberg) director Kristian Levring upheld a Read More

The Captive

The Captive

I’m guiltier than most at giving auteur Atom Egoyan the benefit of the doubt, but with his latest film, The Captive, I’m starting to wonder which one Read More

Hot Tub Time Machine 2

Hot Tub Time Machine 2

They say comedy is all about timing. So it would figure, logically, that a movie dealing with temporal displacements and reversals would be a true side-splitter. Read More

The DUFF

The DUFF

The DUFF references 1985 classic The Breakfast Club early on, stating the labels thrust upon Shermer High School students in that film are outdated. It’s a Read More

McFarland, USA

McFarland, USA

Back in the ’50s, Disney decided that it needed to supplement its still struggling animation division with a series of live action films. After going through Read More

Fifty Shades of Grey

Fifty Shades of Grey

Call it deviant or kinky, but bondage and discipline, and its psychological cousins sadism and masochism, are not social norms today. Instead, they are Puritanical adult Read More

The Rewrite

The Rewrite

The Rewrite marks the fourth collaboration between writer/director Marc Lawrence and star Hugh Grant. Okay, so they aren’t exactly Scorsese and De Niro. They’ve never delivered Read More

Da Sweet Blood of Jesus

Da Sweet Blood of Jesus

Everybody knows Spike Lee. Spike Lee and his “joints” are brand names like Tide, Dockers, and Sinatra. For almost thirty years, Lee, through artistry and self-promotion, Read More

Jupiter Ascending

Jupiter Ascending

It’s like a shaggy dog festooned with diamonds. It’s ’50s sci-fi schlock gussied up with ’00s CGI. It’s ambitious and overreaching, ludicrous and, in the end, Read More

The Voices

The Voices

Thirty years ago, during the height of the VHS boom, a movie like The Voices would be considered an envelope-pushing, clever cult classic. It would offer Read More

Seventh Son

Seventh Son

One’s reaction to the ridiculous Seventh Son is a single word: “Naturally.” You’ll be saying it to yourself a lot during the death march running time Read More

Ballet 422

Ballet 422

There is no such thing as a permanent piece of art. Paper yellows, paint cracks, celluloid burns, memories fade. But compared to those ephemeral forms, dance Read More

Felix and Meira

Felix and Meira

In Fill the Void, Hadas Yaron played an independent woman who decides to become a conservative Jew. In Maxime Giroux’s Felix and Meira, Yaron does it in Read More