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November 2014

Joan Crawford Retains a Fierce Sense of Control in ‘I Live My Life’

I Live My Life is a film that lands in the lineage of the '30s films about the screwball comedy derived from marital bickering.


Films That Went From Bombs to Beloved: 20 - 11

Not every cinematic bomb remains forgettable. Sometimes, a failure is just a gemstone in disguise that will only reveal itself well past the release date.


In ‘The White Tower’, A Mountain Is More Than a Mountain

All of the climbers in White Tower allegorize their treks up the mountain to some extent.


‘Big Hero 6’ Earns a Big Thumb’s Up

While fans of the possible franchise might feel cheated, Big Hero 6 proves that Disney did the right thing by bringing Marvel into its multi-billion dollar,


In ‘The Bounty Killer’, Tomas Milian Plays a Victim Turned Victimizer

Eugenio Martin's 1966 spaghetti western is a thrill ride all the way to the close, which features one of the most dramatic death scenes in the genre.


‘Nasty Habits’ Is an Allegory in Search of a Story

Nasty Habits tries too hard to be a Nixonian allegory set in a pseudo-convent, forcing its plot parallels onto places they don't belong.


Celebrating Untoward Shenanigans with ‘Arsène Lupin: Double Feature’

These two Arsène Lupin pictures give viewers a glamorous look at the lives of jewel thieves, with sparkling dialogue and double-crosses abound.


The 10 Best Non-Horror Horror Films for a Halloween Hangover

There are only 364 days left until next Halloween, so get prepared to face the real horrors of the world with these ten titles.


‘Raffles’ Is an Education on How to Become a Proper Gentleman Thief

These two versions of the minor classic character Raffles are two peas -- or pearls -- in a pod.


Alexandre Aja Puts Daniel Radcliffe on the ‘Horns’ of a Dilemma

For a genre that rarely deviates from the cyclical and the tried and true (torture porn this time around, '70s throwback terror another), Horns is a welcome bit of weirdness.


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Counterbalance: The Avalanches' 'Since I Left You'

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"Get a drink, have a good time now. Welcome to paradise, and read all about the 305th most acclaimed album of all time. An Australian plunderphonics pioneer is this week’s Counterbalance.

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