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You’re Next

You’re Next

| August 23, 2013 | 0 Comments

Adam Wingard’s You’re Next was a huge hit on the festival circuit in 2011 when it was picked up for distribution for Lionsgate, who promptly confused hardcore horror fans anxiously awaiting the film by announcing an August 2013 release date. As far as inexplicable movie studio maneuvers go, this is about as confounding as they […]

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Thérèse

Thérèse

| August 23, 2013 | 0 Comments

François Mauriac’s legendary 1927 novel of French provincial life has been gloriously brought to the screen by the inestimable Claude Miller in his final film Thérèse. Sumptuously photographed to capture the full beauty of the pine-forested Landes area in southwest France, Thérèse  is a beautifully conceived drama of exquisite taste. Marvelously played by the luminous […]

This is Martin Bonner

This is Martin Bonner

| August 13, 2013 | 0 Comments

Spend a week in the life of Martin Bonner (Paul Eenhoorn), an elderly man who has recently relocated to Reno, Nevada to try to figure his life out.  Working with a company that helps prison inmates transition back into the real world, Martin’s hobbies include antiquing, museums, and air guitar.  Through his job, he meets […]

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Sharknado

Sharknado

| July 28, 2013 | 0 Comments

The bad movie has become almost its own genre by this point, and like any other genre, some people catch lightning in a bottle and turn out really exceptional bad movies.  The concept of a “good bad movie” may seem oxymoronic, but if you’re someone like me who can’t get enough of these things, then […]

Springsteen & I

Springsteen & I

| July 22, 2013 | 0 Comments

An artist unparalleled in many ways Bruce Springsteen has built his colossal career and his faithful following by lending a voice to the voiceless and the disenfranchised. In a world where everyone wants to be seen as a King or a Queen…or a Boss, he has never stopped making music about the working class, the […]

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Coffee Town

Coffee Town

| July 22, 2013 | 0 Comments

Breaking ground as the first full-length feature film produced and distributed by CollegeHumor, the chief producer of digital comedic content for over a decade, Coffee Town poses a very relevant and serious question for today’s young/not-so-young 30-somethings: What would you do if your makeshift office at a Starbucks-esque kind of joint was being threatened by corporate heads […]

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Iceberg Slim: Portrait of a Pimp

Iceberg Slim: Portrait of a Pimp

| July 19, 2013 | 0 Comments

At first I wasn’t too excited about reviewing the new documentary out in theaters July 19—Iceberg Slim: Portrait of a Pimp. But when I realized that rock musician, author, actor, public speaker and director Ice-T was one of the executive producers, I decided to give it a shot. And the documentary, presented in a mixed […]

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Fruitvale Station

Fruitvale Station

| July 15, 2013 | 0 Comments

It has been a while since a film as raw and relevant as Fruitvale Station has come along. Its timely release came during a weekend in which heightened feelings swept the nation, a weekend of fierce contemplation and examination, of strong rhetoric and of sadness, loss and grief. So, naturally the resonance of this film […]

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Yellow

Yellow

| July 15, 2013 | 0 Comments

Homage is a tricky business. Lean too hard on an influence without moving into outright mimicry (i.e. Ti West’s The House of the Devil), and a filmmaker risks being labeled derivative. Stray too far from that influence, and the audience might not recognize what is being paid homage in the first place. This is especially […]

The Hunt

The Hunt

| July 12, 2013 | 0 Comments

Neurologist Oliver Sacks once said, “Every act of perception, is to some degree an act of creation, and every act of memory is to some degree an act of imagination.” Perception and the malleability of memory are key components in director Thomas Vinterberg’s latest film The Hunt. The story follows Lucas (played by Mads Mikkelsen), a […]