Category: Film Reviews

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Film Review: Zipper (★★)

It’s almost maddening how much for a misfire Zipper is to me. There are so many interesting ways that a film about a rising political star with a growing addiction...

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Film Review: We Are Your Friends (★½)

While I loved Magic Mike and actually enjoyed Entourage a decent amount, if you took the very worst elements from both of those films, mixed in as many movie cliches as...

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Film Review: Queen of Earth (★★★)

The last time director Alex Ross Perry teamed up with Elisabeth Moss it was for the underwhelming Listen Up, Phillip (underwhelming for me, at least). Their latest film...

Film Review: Z for Zachariah (★★½)

Sometimes movies suffer to some degree through no fault of their own. In the case of Z for Zachariah, I think the slight lack of satisfaction that I have is partly due...

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Film Review: The End of the Tour (★★★½)

There’s nothing ostentatious about “The End of The Tour.” The film is visually bleak with not much to look at. And there’s not much of an emotional climax...

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Film Review #2: Grandma (★★★½)

Read Clayton’s take on “Grandma” here. In a lot of ways, Grandma is a film that manages to sneak up on you. For about two thirds of its brisk running...

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Film Review: Straight Outta Compton (★★★★)

“It’s the film of my generation.”  I uttered that exact phrase to my wife following what was one of the most vibrant experiences in a theater in some...

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Film Review: American Ultra (★★)

There’s enough of a solid foundation holding up American Ultra to make you logically expect more than it ultimately has to offer. The film has its moments, but...

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Film Review: Digging for Fire (★★★)

There’s something really pleasurable about watching a new act in a filmmaker’s career. With his new movie Digging for Fire, multi-hyphante Joe Swanberg has...

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Film Review: Cop Car (★★½)

When director Jon Watts was tapped for the upcoming Spider Man film you probably had same reaction as me (and most people), “Who’s that?” It seems the...

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Film Review: People, Places, Things (★★★)

In all honesty, if you were to just read a description of the plot of People, Places, Things without having seen the movie, I doubt you’d be interested in seeing...

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Film Review: Ten Thousand Saints (★★★)

If you’re a fan of strong supporting characters, then the coming of age period piece Ten Thousand Saints (or 10,000 Saints if you prefer) is basically manna from...

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Film Review: Prince (★★★)

The most notable recent Dutch contributions to cinema is a bleak slate – not for their quality, but for their content, including many of Lars Von Trier’s...

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Film Review: Final Girl (★★)

Intermittently entertaining at best, Tyler Shields’s Final Girl trips on its own potential by never committing to its underlying camp factor. Clearly an attempt to...

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Film Review: The Man From U.N.C.L.E. (★★★½)

Despite my devotion to pre-1970s films, I lack the same interest in classic television. So though I’ve heard of the 1964 television series The Man From...

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Film Review: Mistress America (★★★½)

At this point, I’ll pretty much watch anything that Noah Baumbach and Greta Gerwig decide to do together, considering how good Frances Ha was and now how good...

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Film Review: Fantastic Four (★★)

Considering the pretty low bar set by the first two (or technically three) films featuring these comic book characters, this new version of Fantastic Four only needed to...

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Film Review: The Gift (★★½)

There’s something a bit frustrating about The Gift, but I can’t quite put my finger on it. A great deal of this thriller from actor/writer/director Joel...

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Film Review: Ricki and the Flash (★★★)

For a fair bit of the running time of Ricki and the Flash, I wasn’t sure I cared too much for the film. Then, I began to enjoy it more and more, with the climax...

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Film Review: Fort Tilden (★★★)

It took a while for Fort Tilden to finally hit theaters, but the 2014 SXSW Grand Jury Award winner is finally here, and its upcoming August release couldn’t have...

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Film Review: Phoenix (★★★)

In what’s obviously a reworking of Alfred Hitchcock’s incomparable Vertigo, Christian Petzold’s Phoenix is a lurid, often bleak tale of identity...

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Film Review: The End of the Tour (★★★½)

Wow. As much as I’ve come to expect strong work from filmmaker James Ponsoldt and actor Jesse Eisenberg, I was absolutely blown away by Jason Segel‘s...

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Film Review: Best of Enemies (★★★★)

Witness the birth of the modern news media in one of the year's best docs

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Film Review: Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation (★★½)

If you watched the latest installment of ScreenJunkies “Honest Trailers” series, then you know the ground the Mission: Impossible films tread is well worn to...

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Film Review: The Vatican Tapes (★★)

It’s hard to do much in the way of original filmmaking when doing an exorcism story. You really need to figure out a way to set yourself apart or else much of what...