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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 […]

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The 10 Best Religious Themed Films of All Time

There are a lot of genres that Hollywood gets right. This town appears to be full of experts at drama, action, comedy, family films, and with a few exceptions, science fiction, fantasy, and horror. One area where they tend to fail, however, is in the area of religion and faith. Something about Christianity (or any […]

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Pompeii

Ah… Pompeii. What choice cheese you are. Neither gouda nor cheddar, Edam nor Danish Blue, but cheese none the less. Perhaps, it would be better to call you Velveeta, a slippery, silly imitation of the real thing — or even better, a purely processed cheese-food slice, nondescript in both flavor and appearance. Under the always-awkward directing […]

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Omar

For such a razor-sharp thriller, the West Bank-set Omar smuggles a dense packet of ambiguity into its compact running time. This shouldn’t be a rarity, given how many stories there are about the conflict between occupiers and occupied, the dueling taxonomy of “freedom fighters” and “terrorists.” But too often these clashes are related in absolutes, […]

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The 10 Worst Spoofs of All Time

At one time, this type of film was a favorite, an almost-always clever comedy where laughs were balanced against a knowing deconstruction of the subject matter, cinematic strategies, or genre story structures. Now, they’re mostly junk, excuses for actors to earn a decent paycheck while the filmmakers flail around aimlessly, crafting clueless crap. While there’s […]

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The LEGO Movie

“Everything is awesome” is the goofy, satiric musical refrain that plays over the opening sequences of The LEGO Movie. It’s purposely grating, on-the-nose in the most comedically intentional way, and yet there is no more appropriate descriptor for this film. Everything is truly awesome in The LEGO Movie, which is the cinematic realization of our […]