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Foxcatcher

Foxcatcher

| November 14, 2014 | 0 Comments

On the surface, Foxcatcher has the synopsis of a Wes Anderson movie: a socially awkward gazillionaire played by Steve Carrell employs Channing Tatum and Mark Ruffalo to wear vintage pastel unitards and wrestle. This eccentric narrative is coupled with one-liners and a large, glaring prosthetic nose on Carrel. Except Bennett Miller’s epic is a strict […]

Manhattan Romance

Manhattan Romance

| November 9, 2014 | 0 Comments

Manhattan Romance is a film about a filmmaker who is making a film about couples, in the middle of New York, even though he doesn’t have love of his own. Sounds a bit like a Woody Allen joint, but it isn’t. Danny, played by Tom O’Brien, who is also a real-life writer and director, plays […]

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Viva la libertà

Viva la libertà

| November 7, 2014 | 0 Comments

Toni Servillo seemingly has the reputation of Italian cinema weighing on his shoulders. Most films coming out of the Peninsula and making it to international shores star, well, him. In fact, amongst American audiences, the 55-year old Servillo is the most known Italian chameleon since Marcello Mastroianni. In Viva la libertà, which in the provided […]

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RiffTrax Live: Anaconda

RiffTrax Live: Anaconda

| November 1, 2014 | 0 Comments

Hollywood is a magical, yet mercurial place. Anyone can write a screenplay, no matter how farfetched, and have it turned into a feature length film. Sometimes, big studios fall prey to the promise of a big name attached to the project (such as Jon Voight). For example: how about a group of young fimmakers looking […]

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Forward 13: Waking up the American Dream

Forward 13: Waking up the American Dream

| October 27, 2014 | 0 Comments

Forward 13: Waking up the American Dream is a documentary about a homeowner who is just fed up with the system. The system to which I refer is the home loan modification system that only works, it seems, to put homeowners further in debt and eventually in a foreclosure state. Caught in the wake of […]

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Citizenfour

Citizenfour

| October 24, 2014 | 0 Comments

Citizenfour is the last and latest piece in filmmaker’s Laura Poitras ‘New American Century’ trilogy. The preceding films, My Country, My Country and The Oath, examined U.S. life and policy in the post-9/11 world. Citizenfour is no different. Like her focus on the Iraqi occupation and Guantanamo Bay, Poitras now takes aim at government surveillance […]

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Evolution of a Criminal

Evolution of a Criminal

| October 9, 2014 | 0 Comments

Evolution of a Criminal, which is a documentary about 16-year-old Darius Clark Monroe’s brush with the law in a way that is so astonishing and flabbergasting, is a film that sort of stays with you. This powerful and award-winning film opens in New York on October 10; Los Angeles on October 17; and other U.S. […]

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Advanced Style

Advanced Style

| September 26, 2014 | 0 Comments

As I watched Advanced Style, I was reminded of a wonderful saying by George Bernard Shaw, in that “Youth is a wonderful thing and its a crime to waste it on children”. It is this very notion that we see on the big screen, as we’re given an insight into the grace, elegance and charm […]

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Finding Fela!

Finding Fela!

| September 13, 2014 | 0 Comments

Renowned Dancer and choreographer Bill T. Jones’ work in bringing the life and times of iconic Nigerian musician Fela Kuti to the Broadway stage is detailed in a documentary due to premiere at the Music Box Theatre on Chicago’s North Side on September 12. Finding Fela! is Emmy Award-winning Alex Gibney’s documentary, and it details Fela’s […]

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The Television-Styled Puff Piece Called Life Itself

The Television-Styled Puff Piece Called Life Itself

| September 5, 2014 | 0 Comments

Life Itself (2014) is a documentary about the late and great film critic Roger Ebert.  Rather than focusing on his life, as its title implies it will, the film focuses on his death.  It opens with footage of Ebert in the midst of his last battle in the war against cancer.  Steve James, the director of Life […]

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