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10 Films That the Critierion Collection Should Release

We all have one — a private wish list of films that we hope get the full-blown special edition home video treatment. Thanks to technology, a wealth of specialist distributors, and a fan base eager for more and more movie trivia, almost every known catalog title has been presented with a bunch of contextual bells […]

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56 Up

With each new installment of the stellar Up documentary series, the drama grows deeper, the wrinkles rewrite previous years full of promise and problems. It’s flabbergasting to think that 49 years ago, a group of British filmmakers decided to explore class distinctions and an old Jesuit proverb (“Give me the child until he is seven, […]

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Never Mind the Sequels, Pixar Is Not Out of Ideas

With Pixar’s official announcement of a release date for Finding Dory, the Finding Nemo sequel that was first mentioned last year, and with the release of Monsters University just a few months away, I suppose it’s time again to ask whether the once-revered Pixar is out of ideas. After all, the studio produced the mildly […]

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A Good Day to Die Hard

John McClane has become a superhero in increments. Taken sequentially, each Die Hard sequel feels like a semi-reasonable, if not precisely logical, extension of its predecessor. Die Hard 2 is a bigger version of Die Hard, moving the lone terrorist-fighting cop from an office building to a sprawling airport; Die Hard with a Vengeance ups […]

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Evil Dead (2013)

Last year, Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard’s gloriously meta The Cabin in the Woods came along and saved a slumping Winter/Spring season from the January through April movie doldrums. In 2013, it’s Sam Raimi, Rob Tapert, and Bruce Campbell to the rescue — and yes, another forest-bound cottage is involved. As the original masterminds behind […]

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The Company You Keep

The ghosts of other, greater film whisper through Robert Redford’s stilted drama about sixties radicalism and millennial ennui, highlighting just how pat and unambitious an effort this is. This shouldn’t be a surprise coming from Redford, given that his directorial efforts (Quiz Show to The Horse Whisperer) have tended towards the lachrymose. What makes The […]

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Trance

It’s his own fault. Over the last few years, director Danny Boyle has set the bar so high, artistically speaking, that fans may feel a bit… underwhelmed by his latest offering: a tricky heist whodunit thriller entitled Trance. Speckled with his own unique visual panache and quirky in terms of narrative and character, the end […]

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The Contrarian: The Hobbit is Way Better than Any of the LotR Movies

That The Two Towers, the weakest of the LotR movies, is one of the most critically lauded films of the last ten years and that The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, as of writing this piece, is certified rotten by the “Top Critics” on Rotten Tomatoes is a tragic miscarriage of filmic justice.  An Unexpected Journey is not only the best […]