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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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Under the Skin

Under the Skin burrows its way into the psyche with a controlled visual and aural onslaught that dazzles and unnerves in equal measure. It’s accessibly abstract, a collection of stunning images and sonic cues that beg for exhaustive analysis while remaining coherent cogs in an efficient storytelling machine. The fantastical story of an extra-terrestrial masquerading […]

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Alan Partridge

Steve Coogan has been portraying Alan Partridge for more than two decades, introducing the character on BBC Radio, then moving on to television shows, specials, and web series. There was even a fake autobiography, I, Partridge, published a few years ago. A film featuring the narcissistic radio host was inevitable and Alan Partridge works largely […]

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Dom Hemingway

It’s a shame such a spirited performance from Jude Law is wasted in such an unpleasant movie. There’s potential in Dom Hemingway the sociopathic character, fueled by Law’s hyper boorishness, but Dom Hemingway the film doesn’t know what to do with him. It seems the strategy of writer-director Richard Shepard is to toss the brute […]

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Breathe In

Three solid performances aren’t enough to lift Breathe In above its triteness and well-worn subject matter. With a restrained approach in portraying the decay of a stereotypical family on autopilot, director and co-writer Drake Doremus positions his film as high-minded, but there’s nothing here that’s enlightening. When we see the trapped husband and father, and […]

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Anita

Anita is a functional film about an astounding person who faced the whirlwind and didn’t blink. It doesn’t do meaningful service to the larger story of persecution and discrimination and never scratches the surface of the poisonous vituperation that swirled around it. None of these things may have been necessary, though. Director Freida Lee Mock […]

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God’s Not Dead

If you get a text message from a friend that reads “God’s not dead,” you’ll know they’ve been to the movies recently. That’s because the Christian-themed film God’s Not Dead ends with an on-screen plea for audience members to text the film’s titular message to everyone in their contacts list. Here’s a movie whose concept […]