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Knight of Cups

Terrence Malick has earned the enviable reputation of an unadulterated, undeniable genius. His films attract the industry’s top talent based on his name alone. Knight of Cups boasts a great lineup including Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett, Natalie Portman, Wes Bentley, Brian Dennehy, Antonio Banderas, and a long list of notable actors who make brief appearances. It […]

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Slow West

Slow West takes aim at the Western genre with a totally fresh scope while simultaneously capturing a nostalgic majesty that recalls the grand Cinemascope Westerns of the ’50s and ’60s. But its incredible depth of field, stunning composition, and richly saturated color palette take the vistas even further, building a classically picturesque atmosphere that brilliantly […]

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Welcome To Me

Welcome To Me is an exercise in vicarious discomfort and an exploration of the social responsibilities surrounding mental illness. It’s also a perfect vehicle for Kristin Wiig’s painfully quirky on-screen persona, which gets pushed to its limits here. Not unlike its main character, though, the film suffers from an identity crisis. Unable to capture a […]

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Drive Hard

Drive Hard tries hard to be tongue-in-cheek B-movie pulp that entertains you for 89 minutes with slick action and funny dialogue. It tries to build a fun rapport between two competent leads while a fast-paced, cross-country car chase taps your adrenaline. It tries to make you feel sympathy for Thomas Jane’s down-on-his-luck Peter Roberts and […]

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God’s Pocket

In God’s Pocket, the neighborhood is the main character. It’s a lower-middle-class working-man’s neighborhood as seen in 1983. In this antiquated area, everybody knows everybody, everybody grew up together, and everybody owes somebody money. It’s a brutal, familiar, tight-knit corner of the world that’s forcibly romanticized by the narrations of heavy-handed reporter Richard Shellburn (Richard […]

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014)

The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles were ridiculous back in the ’80s, but somehow they worked. This 2014 edition acknowledges the tackiness of the concept with a combination of nostalgia and self-deprecating humor – but the fact is that it’s still ridiculous, only now it lacks the freshness, originality, and pop culture value that spurred its decades-old […]

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The Future of Cinema Is Digital, Whether Filmmakers Like It or Not

Digital video is displacing 35mm film as the primary means of producing, distributing, and exhibiting movies. Digital cameras are smaller, cheaper, and easier to operate. So are digital prints and projectors. In North America, 85% of cinema screens are now digital. Economically, it’s tough to deny that digital is the preferable medium for movies. Still, […]

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Arnold Isn’t a Bankable Star Anymore. Here’s How He Can Make a Comeback

It’s official: Arnold Schwarzenegger is no longer a box office draw. Every theatrical release he’s headlined since his post-Governator re-emergence into cinema has been a box office flop. The failure of his latest film, Sabotage, is the clincher. I’m as disappointed as you are; not only in the lack of reception for this iconic action […]

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Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Gone are the days where you meet your enemy on the battlefield. That was Captain America’s heyday: the glory years of Greatest-Generation-America. Unfortunately for Cap, today’s wars are fought by satellites and algorithms and the bad guys hide in the shadows. In Captain America: The Winter Soldier, we have a hero who is struggling to […]

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The Grand Budapest Hotel

Each film from auteur Wes Anderson is more meticulously crafted than the last. His latest, The Grand Budapest Hotel, is a fairy tale for adults, with a precise vision honed into brilliantly executed set pieces, populated with quirky characters in a delightful storybook world. It’s a fun and fast-paced film filled with adventure and intricate beauty. […]

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Beach Pillows

Beach Pillows is writer/producer/director Sean Hartofilis’ first feature film. It’s an intimate and relatable character study of a depressed, late-20-something guy stuck in a small-town suburb as his uninspired life crumbles before his apathetic eyes. His friends use him, his girlfriend cheats on him, and his writing career never materializes, leaving him to work full […]