Film

Stage Fright

Stage Fright

| July 15, 2014 | 0 Comments

Stage Fright is the kind of horror movie that some people will really love.  Going in, I thought I was going to be one of them.  Unfortunately, I was not. Jerome Sable’s feature film debut as writer/director has a lot of potential right off the bat.  An unexpected combination of tones—theater, horror, musical, comedy—grabs the […]

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Labyrinth

Labyrinth

| July 15, 2014 | 0 Comments

A mystery links two women living centuries apart.  Alice (Vanessa Kirby) is a modern woman who unearths a ring with a labyrinth symbol.  800 years earlier, Alais (Jessica Brown-Findlay; Downton Abbey) is given a mysterious book with clues and references to a labyrinth and the fabled Holy Grail.  Without knowing it, the two women’s destinies […]

Nymphomaniac: Volumes 1 & 2

Nymphomaniac: Volumes 1 & 2

| July 9, 2014 | 0 Comments

Lars von Trier’s films are exhausting.  They’re long, they’re intense, they’re challenging, they’re discomforting, and they’re often upsetting in their directness.  However, they’re also among the most intimidatingly original, innovative, and expressive of anyone’s work in my lifetime.  They’re deeply intelligent in their magnitude of calibrated sorrow, and the full scope of human complexity is […]

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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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A Hard Day’s Night

A Hard Day’s Night

| July 3, 2014 | 0 Comments

London, 1964. Our feet tap and fingers snap to Eight Days a Week. We know all their hits on the radio and have seen them on the telly, but never like this: John, Paul, George, and Ringo – The Beatles – in person. OK, it’s not 1964 and unfortunately only half of the World’s Favorite […]

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Infliction

Infliction

| July 1, 2014 | 0 Comments

I volunteered to review Infliction because the description led me to believe that this was a true story, and that it was the actual raw footage of a real killing spree.  That sounded interesting to me, but as soon as the film started I started to suspect that I had been misled.  It turns out […]

No Vacancy

No Vacancy

| July 1, 2014 | 0 Comments

I’m reluctant to even try to avoid spoilers on this one since No Vacancy is so unbelievably obvious in its execution that its insulting that it thinks it’s successfully deceiving its audience.  The story is about a group of twenty-somethings taking a road trip to Las Vegas when two of their tires blow.  They find […]

We’re in the Movies: Palace of Silents & Itinerant Filmmaking

We’re in the Movies: Palace of Silents & Itinerant Filmmaking

| June 24, 2014 | 0 Comments

Flicker Alley’s latest Blu-ray release is one of their most fascinating yet, as it offers viewers a sort of film history potpourri, a grab bag of silent film ephemera centered on the lives of average Americans and their roles in the production and exhibition of silent films. A pair of documentaries lie at the core […]

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Enemy

Enemy

| June 24, 2014 | 0 Comments

Jake Gyllenhaal plays Adam, a bored college history professor more or less living with his girlfriend Mary (Melanie Laurent).  One evening, Adam watches a movie on the recommendation of a colleague and spots an actor who looks alarmingly like himself.  Intrigued by this, Adam tracks down his doppelganger, Anthony, only to discover that not only […]

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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