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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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: Frank & Cindy (★★★)

LOS ANGELES FILM FESTIVAL: I’m never one to mind a self-indulgent film. A personal touch usually resonates with me more than something written as an assignment....

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Film Review: The Confines (★★½)

LOS ANGELES FILM FESTIVAL: It takes a lot for a horror film to win me over unless it’s infused with a satirical streak of comedy. Great stories are hard to find, and...

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Film Review: People Places Things (★★★)

LOS ANGELES FILM FESTIVAL: People Places Things isn’t really about people, places or things. That’s a grand statement. It’s much more specific. It’s about the...

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Film Review: Magic Mike XXL (★★★½)

Just like Magic Mike turned out to be a surprisingly deep and satisfying film about the quest for the American Dream through the art of male stripping, Magic Mike XXL...

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Film Review #3: Inside Out (★★★½)

Pixar’s look inside the human mind is one of the studios most original and complex ideas, filled with bright colors and candy for the kids

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AFI Docs Film Review: Listen to Me Marlon (★★½)

Marlon Brando is best remembered in the roles he made iconic, which Stevan Riley's documentary, using never before heard recordings, struggles to live up to

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Film Review #2: Inside Out (★★½)

Remember when you hated being the first to finish your test during class? You thought you easily had all the answers wrong – why else would YOU be the first done?...

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Film Review: Felt (★★)

Film Review: For better or worse, the psychological thriller/über-feminist film “Felt” is undeniably unforgettable. The collaborative effort between...

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Film Review: Inside Out (★★★½)

The buzz has been huge for Pixar’s latest venture about the mind of a little girl and the emotions that live within her.  Writer/directors Pete Docter and Ronaldo...