Category: Film Reviews

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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...

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Film Review: Paper Towns (★★★)

John Green’s latest film adaption Paper Towns, directed by Robot & Frank’s Jake Schreier, doesn’t reach John Hughes’s level of teen awareness...

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Film Review: Pixels (★★)

I’m finding it harder than usual to assign a star rating to/review this Adam Sandler project. On the one hand, Pixels is as lazy a film as he’s ever done...

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Film Review #2: The Look of Silence (★★★★)

Documentary filmmaker Joshua Oppenheimer once more exposes the darkest recesses of humanity with the outstanding The Look of Silence, a companion piece to his...

Film Review: Southpaw (★★★)

The right casting can often make all the difference when it comes to a slightly generic film. In the case of Southpaw, while you can tell that this was initially...

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Film Review #2: Trainwreck (★★★★)

It’s really a beautiful thing when you find yourself falling in love with a movie. For me, it only happens a few times a year, but it’s happened for sure...

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Film Review: Mr. Holmes (★★½)

There’s something instantly intriguing about the idea of Sherlock Holmes in his retirement years. A mind that sharp, what would it do without cases to solve? Throw...

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Film Review: Ardor (★★★)

John Maclean already claimed the title Slow West for his Michael Fassbender-starrer this summer, but there’s another Western in theaters that fits the bill even...

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Film Review: Ant-Man (★★★)

Now more than ever, I really wish that we could have seen what Edgar Wright had planned for Ant-Man. Throughout the version that is hitting screens, we see tons of hints...

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Film Review: Fan Girl (★★½)

LOS ANGELES FILM FESTIVAL: Here’s the thing about Fan Girl – it’s great if you like the band All Time Low rather than if you like its appealing cast....

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Film Review: The Stanford Prison Experiment (★★★½)

One of the most captivating experiences I’ve had in a theater so far this year, The Stanford Prison Experiment is absolutely riveting. Uncomfortable by design but...

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Film Review: French Dirty (★★★½)

LOS ANGELES FILM FESTIVAL: The joy of film festivals are their personal ventures you won’t see in the multiplex. Here, filmmakers weave home video footage into their...

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Film Review: Trainwreck (★★★½)

The comedic brilliance of female actresses is no secret to the industry.  People like Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, even veterans like Lily Tomlin and Meryl Streep...

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Film Review: The Look of Silence (★★★)

Though it might not be of particularly strong interest to anyone who hasn’t seen director Joshua Oppenheimer‘s award winning and Academy Award nominated prior...

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Film Review: Irrational Man (★★★)

Every so often, Woody Allen chooses to repeat himself in one way or another. With his latest outing Irrational Man, he is sort of crossing his own streams between...

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Film Review: Mad Women (★★★)

Filmmaker Jeff Lipsky is someone who’s unafraid to push boundaries. From Flannel Pajamas to Twelve Thirty, he’s a writer/director who tells a story in a way...

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Film Review: Court (★★★)

The late Roger Ebert is famously quoted as saying “the movies are like a machine that generates empathy.” He believed that cinema possessed an unmatched...

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Film Review: In The Treetops (★★★)

LOS ANGELES FILM FESTIVAL: Teenage ennui is frequently a risky move for compelling cinema. Written, directed and starring Matthew Brown, not far from his teenage years...

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Film Review: Stealing Cars (★★½)

LOS ANGELES FILM FESTIVAL: Winner of the new Zeitgeist Award at the L.A. Film Festival, Stealing Cars feels like if Starred Up wanted to be Cool Hand Luke featuring...

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Film Review: I Am Chris Farley (★★★)

Between the death of Robin Williams and the release of this year’s documentary regarding the juxtaposition of comedy and tragedy, Misery Loves Comedy, this year,...

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Film Review: Boulevard (★★★)

As much as we all know that Robin Williams is an all time great comedian, I’ve always been more affected by his dramatic work. He’s been nominated (and...