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Freeheld

Freeheld

| February 8, 2016

I really feel like the Supreme Court declaring that gay marriage is legal in all states recently may have taken the wind out of this film’s sails.  It’s a good story, well acted, well directed, emotionally strong, but it’s a victim of its own release date.  This story needed to either come out before the […]

Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs

| February 3, 2016

I was really excited to get a copy of this one to review as it was one of my favorite movies from last year.  Everyone remembers Steve Jobs as the genius who revolutionized digital content by putting an mp3 player in everyone’s pocket, but I for one didn’t know anything about his personal life, having […]

Serial Kaller

Serial Kaller

| January 28, 2016

Before Serial Kaller even starts, it helpfully gives viewers a warning. The logo for Loaded Film, one of the production companies who made the film, includes the slogan “for men who should know better.” If you feel like that applies to you, heed the warning: you should know better than to sit through another low-budget […]

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The World of Kanako

The World of Kanako

| January 28, 2016

Back in 2014, Japanese film diary, Eiga Geijutsu listed Tetsuya Nakashima’s The World of Kanako as one of the worst films to come out that year. After finally being able to see the film, thanks to Drafthouse Films picking it up for U.S. distribution, its understandable as to why the publication felt this way. For […]

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Experimenter:  The Stanley Milgram Story

Experimenter: The Stanley Milgram Story

| January 27, 2016

Fifty years ago, Dr. Stanley Milgram performed a series of experiments aimed at exploring the human race’s susceptibility to obedience.  His work is now infamous and at the time was panned as being unethical and cruel.  Basically, Milgram had a subject serve as a “teacher” and asked him or her to ask simple memorization questions […]

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I am Thor

I am Thor

| January 18, 2016

Ryan Wise’s documentary I am Thor (2015) perfectly captures the appeal of Jon Mikl Thor and his brand of Midgardian metal. As a fan of Thor myself, I can attest to this. The film opens with a brief history of the Rock God’s career pre-1987 retirement, but predominantly chronicles Thor’s tours since his comeback after […]

The Stanford Prison Experiment

The Stanford Prison Experiment

| January 12, 2016

I’m constantly thankful for the opportunities writing for Filmmonthly affords me.  Inevitably, some of my favorite films from each year are ones I get to review.  Many are like The Stanford Prison Experiment in that I had no idea they existed before the offer to review them comes through. I was somewhat familiar with The […]

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Everest

Everest

| January 9, 2016

Climbing Mount Everest has evolved from a rare endeavor for those bold enough to attempt it to a commercial enterprise where anyone with enough money and guts can hire a guide to help them get to the summit.  In 1996, a record number of people all attempted to get to the top at the same […]

The Gambler

The Gambler

| January 8, 2016

They say the house always wins.  Vincentas (Vytoutus Kaniusonis) knows this firsthand as he’s managed to accumulate a hefty gambling debt at the race track.  Being beaten by debt collectors and constantly falling deeper and deeper into debt might be enough to motivate anyone to turn things around and realize that gambling is not a […]

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Cherry Tree

Cherry Tree

| January 8, 2016

One of Hammer Films’s first productions after its 2000s resurrection was David Keating’s Wake Wood, a tale of grieving parents who make a bargain to bring their daughter back to life. It was fairly well-received, but did not receive much attention here in the States. Keating makes a return to British occult horror with his […]

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