American Sniper – Hero Cut Down
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American Sniper – Hero Cut Down

Clint Eastwood’s best war film is Letters from Iwo Jima. Its partner film, Flags of…

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Selma: The Content of Character, the Belief in a Dream
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Selma: The Content of Character, the Belief in a Dream

“If you lose hope, somehow you lose the vitality that keeps life moving, you lose…

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A Most Violent Year – Old School Elegant Storytelling
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A Most Violent Year – Old School Elegant Storytelling

One thing that threads throughout JC Chandor’s work, with three films under his belt now,…

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Gone Girl Review: Sympathy for the Devil
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Gone Girl Review: Sympathy for the Devil

“So if you meet me Have some courtesy Have some sympathy, and some taste Use…

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What We Talk About When We Talk About Birdman
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What We Talk About When We Talk About Birdman

“I could hear my heart beating. I could hear everyone’s heart. I could hear the…

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True Stories of Political Oppression, Grief Recovery and Imitation Games
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True Stories of Political Oppression, Grief Recovery and Imitation Games

Review: Portrait of the Artist in Boyhood
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Review: Portrait of the Artist in Boyhood

“He stood at the window of the empty cafe and watched the activites in the…

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The Bittersweet Celebration of Life Itself
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The Bittersweet Celebration of Life Itself

What we know about life: it lasts mere seconds by any measure. What we know…

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Mommy – Xavier Dolan’s Breathtaking, Revisionist Coming of Age
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Mommy – Xavier Dolan’s Breathtaking, Revisionist Coming of Age

The Search: From Silent Films to the War in Chechnya
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The Search: From Silent Films to the War in Chechnya

Oscar-winning director Michel Hazanavicius has shifted his focus from riffing on famous genres to making…

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Foxcatcher – Bennett Miller’s Third Great Film about the American Dream
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Foxcatcher – Bennett Miller’s Third Great Film about the American Dream

“That’s why they call it the American Dream, because you have to be asleep to…

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Maps to the Stars: Cronenberg’s Best Film in a Decade
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Maps to the Stars: Cronenberg’s Best Film in a Decade

“I started making plans to kill my own kind,” Violent Femmes David Cronenberg is an…

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The Homesman – Haunted by How the West was Won
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The Homesman – Haunted by How the West was Won

The Homesman works as both an entertaining western as well as a subtle commentary on…

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Philippe Lacôte Run is Magical Realism in a Time of Crisis
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Philippe Lacôte Run is Magical Realism in a Time of Crisis

The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby – the Reappearance of Character
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The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby – the Reappearance of Character

The romantic comedy genre has been gang raped by small-minded fantasy pushers. There was a…

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How to Train Your Dragon 2 – Wild Ride as Good as First
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How to Train Your Dragon 2 – Wild Ride as Good as First

Atom Egoyan’s Film Receives First Boos at Cannes
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Atom Egoyan’s Film Receives First Boos at Cannes

I’m not really sure what the reasoning was behind accepting Atom Egoyan’s Captives into the…

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A masterpiece of subtlety – Mike Leigh’s Mr. Turner
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A masterpiece of subtlety – Mike Leigh’s Mr. Turner

“Color is my daylong obsession, joy, and torment.” ― Claude Monet With Mike Leigh’s Mr.…

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Nicole Kidman Does Grace Kelly in Cannes Opening Film
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Nicole Kidman Does Grace Kelly in Cannes Opening Film

Grace of Monaco does many interesting things but one thing it won’t do is enable…

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Critics over the moon for Under the Skin
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Critics over the moon for Under the Skin

First, a question: Who’s Twice as Hot as Scarlett Johansson? Answer: Scarlett Johansson and her…

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