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Concerning Violence Is a Devastating Essay of Colonization Concerning Violence Is a Devastating Essay of Colonization
Rise of the Wretched
, December 03, 2014
Göran Hugo Olsson's profound essay doc aspires to upset in the truest sense. As its vintage footage of the cruelties of colonial life shocks... More>>
Peter Jackson's Hobbit-Embiggening Project Hits Its Spectacular End Peter Jackson's Hobbit-Embiggening Project Hits Its Spectacular End
Middle-Earth Mortal Kombat
, December 03, 2014
The biggest laugh I heard from the audience at my screening of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies came from seven words in the end... More>>
Doc Poverty Inc. Fails to Inform or Guide Doc Poverty Inc. Fails to Inform or Guide
, December 03, 2014
Robert Reich must be appalled. Reich, an economist who’s served in the administrations of three presidents and an outspoken critic of the... More>>
Director Sam Esmail's Debut Comet Is Beautiful but His Characters Yammer Director Sam Esmail's Debut Comet Is Beautiful but His Characters Yammer
, December 03, 2014
Sam Esmail’s first film has a visual assurance that suggests the arrival of a gifted director, but the characters he’s created are so... More>>
Artflick A Spell to Ward Off the Darkness Lets You Pick the Meaning Artflick A Spell to Ward Off the Darkness Lets You Pick the Meaning
, December 03, 2014
Landscapes and lyric conundrums distinguish the first two-thirds of this find-your-own-meaning artflick, which unfurls like some stranger's life... More>>
Sad Artist Finds a Girl in the Self-Serious Billy Bates Sad Artist Finds a Girl in the Self-Serious Billy Bates
, December 03, 2014
Billy (James Wirt), the anguished painter writhing and moaning through Billy Bates, is what trailer-speak might call a "tortured artist" —... More>>
1975's The Beast Works Best as a Grotesque Bestial-Sex Comedy 1975's The Beast Works Best as a Grotesque Bestial-Sex Comedy
, December 03, 2014
Winningly grotesque bestial-sex comedy The Beast works best when it's a shockingly vivid porno rather than a sleepy the-rich-eat-themselves... More>>
Jessica Chastain Saves Miss Julie From the Arcane Jessica Chastain Saves Miss Julie From the Arcane
, December 03, 2014
Strenuously acted dramas make for strenuous viewing, and Liv Ullmann's rigorous adaptation of Strindberg's Miss Julie, which uproots the action... More>>
Red Knot Shares the Heartbreaking Honesty of Why Relationships Fail Red Knot Shares the Heartbreaking Honesty of Why Relationships Fail
, December 03, 2014
Choosing Arctic backdrops to parallel the story of a marriage growing chillier by the minute is certainly not the freshest idea around. But Scott... More>>
1960's The Passionate Thief, a Prototypical 'One Crazy Night' Adventure 1960's The Passionate Thief, a Prototypical 'One Crazy Night' Adventure
, December 03, 2014
On the surface, Mario Monicelli's 1960 comedy The Passionate Thief bears similarities to contemporary entries in the one-crazy-night genre. There... More>>
The Foxy Merkins Pokes Fun at the Lesbian Hooking Subculture The Foxy Merkins Pokes Fun at the Lesbian Hooking Subculture
, December 03, 2014
The Foxy Merkins would have made an idiosyncratic and amusing short film; at 80 minutes, it's a one-joke comedy that quickly overstays its... More>>
Dying of the Light Is an Ambling Creaky CIA Drama Dying of the Light Is an Ambling Creaky CIA Drama
, December 03, 2014
Even if you've never actually seen Nicolas Cage strapped to a chair, his face bloodied, his eyes rolling like those of a feisty but anguished... More>>
A Riveting Thriller, Pioneer Will Make You Feel the Paranoia A Riveting Thriller, Pioneer Will Make You Feel the Paranoia
, December 03, 2014
Director Erik Skjoldbjærg never met a migraine he didn’t love. Whether his protagonists’ headaches, dizzy spells, and... More>>
The Laughs in Take Care Feel Better Than Its Romance The Laughs in Take Care Feel Better Than Its Romance
, December 03, 2014
Shot almost entirely in one small apartment, the indie comedy Take Care feels something like a play. Writer/director Liz Tuccillo puts viewers... More>>
Slasher Flick The Pyramid Should be Nasty Fun but It Falls Short Slasher Flick The Pyramid Should be Nasty Fun but It Falls Short
, December 03, 2014
The Pyramid, a slasher film set in a previously undiscovered pharaoh's tomb, is exclusively populated by whiny narcissists, like fame-hungry... More>>
Garfield Creator Jim Davis Explains Why Cats Rule the Internet Garfield Creator Jim Davis Explains Why Cats Rule the Internet
...And why Jon actually might be talking to himself
, November 26, 2014
Garfield creator Jim Davis is well aware of the internet's cat obsession. In fact, he's got an upcoming strip about it. "But if I told you the... More>>
Gape at the Wonders of the Sublime Antarctica Gape at the Wonders of the Sublime Antarctica
, November 26, 2014
The heavens dance. From the bottom of the world, where your eyes might freeze in your face, we see stars pulse against seams of luminous dust,... More>>
Horrible Bosses 2 is the comedy the first should have been Horrible Bosses 2 is the comedy the first should have been
, November 26, 2014
The third-greatest scourge of the earth, right after online comments sections and bedbugs, is the unfunny comedy sequel, which may be why you... More>>
In The Imitation Game, Benedict Cumberbatch's Codebreaker Gets Lost in the Plot In The Imitation Game, Benedict Cumberbatch's Codebreaker Gets Lost in the Plot
, November 26, 2014
“Politics really isn't my specialty,” shrugs Alan Turing (Benedict Cumberbatch) to a naval commander (Charles Dance) in an early job... More>>
The Scarifying Babadook Is a Rare Horror Triumph The Scarifying Babadook Is a Rare Horror Triumph
, November 26, 2014
If we're honest, most of us who relish a good horror film don't actually hope to feel something like horror. The appeal is, instead, that of... More>>
Miracolo! Miracolo! Monicelli's Farces -- and Magnani's Marvelousness -- Hit Film Forum Miracolo! Miracolo! Monicelli's Farces -- and Magnani's Marvelousness -- Hit Film Forum
, November 26, 2014
The more ludicrous life gets, the more we need Italian comedy. When the world gets you down, the most surefire cure might be Anna Magnani —... More>>
First-Rate Doc Remote Area Medical Reminds You How Bad Things Were Before Obamacare First-Rate Doc Remote Area Medical Reminds You How Bad Things Were Before Obamacare
, November 26, 2014
In 1985, philanthropist Stan Brock founded Remote Area Medical, a charity intended, according to the title card that opens Jeff Reichert and... More>>
Olympic Swimming Doc Touch the Wall Warrants a Silver, at Best Olympic Swimming Doc Touch the Wall Warrants a Silver, at Best
, November 26, 2014
Unlike most competition-based documentaries, Touch the Wall shrewdly maintains a narrow focus, splitting its attention between four-time Olympic... More>>
Bummed Over Miyazaki's Retirement? Watch The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness
, November 26, 2014
Riveting behind-the-scenes documentary The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness offers some comfort for viewers facing a world without new feature films... More>>
The Tedious Before I Disappear Should Disappear Already The Tedious Before I Disappear Should Disappear Already
, November 26, 2014
In case you needed more proof that the SXSW festival has become an overblown tech and marketing event with zero artistic credibility, look no... More>>
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