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Moebius

Moebius

| August 22, 2014 | 0 Comments

Kim Ki-Duk is one of the most well-known South Korean directors in the world, thanks largely to his willingness to embrace controversy by depicting extremes of human behavior. Some of his past films have drawn attention for being difficult to watch for various reasons (including brutal depictions of violence and uncomfortable sexual themes), earning him […]

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

| August 17, 2014 | 0 Comments

I try to avoid Michael Bay’s attempts to profit through the rape and pillage of my childhood, but a morbid curiosity left me on the fence about seeing the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie until my brother convinced me that it wasn’t that bad and that he actually really enjoyed it.  I now assume […]

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Spanish Lake

Spanish Lake

| July 7, 2014 | 0 Comments

A new documentary called Spanish Lake that will premiere at select theaters throughout the country on July 10 looks at the white flight that has transpired in the town of Spanish Lake in the northeastern part of Saint Louis, Missouri, within the last couple of decades. The exodus of white families who had been living […]

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The Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

The Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

| July 6, 2014 | 0 Comments

The theme running through the new movie The Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is that apes don’t kill apes and that humans are not family because they kill one another. The last movie left viewers wondering as a virus called the Simian Flu hit the country, one that was spurred by an Alzheimer’s treatment […]

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Obvious Child

Obvious Child

| June 24, 2014 | 0 Comments

Thanks to Gofobo.com and Alamo Drafthouse, I was able to catch an advanced screening of Gillian Robespierre’s debut film.  Serving as both writer and director, Robespierre’s first film is a heartfelt and daring comedy about a stand-up comedienne’s (Jenny Slate; House of Lies) unplanned pregnancy and subsequent decision to get an abortion. Tonally, the film […]

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The Pleasures of Being Out of Step: Notes on the Life of Nat Hentoff

The Pleasures of Being Out of Step: Notes on the Life of Nat Hentoff

| June 22, 2014 | 0 Comments

The Pleasures of Being Out of Step: Notes on the Life of Nat Hentoff opens on June 25 at the IFC Center in New York City. And Hentoff, age 89, who was born in Boston and educated at Northeastern University, should be so proud to have this documentary available for all to see. Directed by […]

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Venus In Fur

Venus In Fur

| June 20, 2014 | 0 Comments

The role of submission, in both its physical and emotional manifestations, and its potential place in romantic relationships is explored compellingly in Roman Polanski’s latest film Venus In Fur. Based on the Tony Award-winning Broadway play by David Ives, which itself was based on Leopold von Sacher-Masoch’s novella, the film follows writer/director Thomas (Mathieu Amalric) […]

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A Picture of You

A Picture of You

| June 17, 2014 | 0 Comments

Kyle and Jen, estranged siblings, travel from New York City to rural Pennsylvania to pack up the home of their recently deceased mother. While there, they inadvertently make a shocking discovery that turns their world upside-down. A serious movie about life that collides into a funny movie about death, A Picture of You is a […]

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The 12th Annual Chicago African Diaspora Film Festival

The 12th Annual Chicago African Diaspora Film Festival

| June 16, 2014 | 0 Comments

The Chicago African Diaspora International Film Festival is back to celebrate 12 years of consecutive work in the Windy City. To be held from June 13-19, hosted by Facets Cinematheque and presented by Art Mattan Productions, the festival will showcase 14 documentary and fiction films set in The United States, South Africa, Trinidad and Tobago, […]

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How To Train Your Dragon 2

How To Train Your Dragon 2

| June 13, 2014 | 0 Comments

I think what I found so effective about How To Train Your Dragon was that in addition to being really fun, humorous, and a good adventure, it was thematically solid.  In the first installment of the franchise, the theme of symbiosis was incredibly powerful as we saw young Hiccup (Jay Baruchel; The is The End) […]

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