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Thursday, January 29 2015

‘Legends of the Knight’ Is a Little Too Reverent About the Dark Knight

Legends of the Knight takes the cultural impact of Batman seriously by highlighting a few of his biggest fans, even though the hero worship gets a little redundant by its conclusion.


Wednesday, January 28 2015

Sundance Film Festival 2015: ‘Princess’ and ‘The Wolfpack’

In the fictional film Princess and the documentary The Wolfpack, a child's resilience might thwart even the most determined of boogey men.


There’s a Real Warmth Beneath the Cold Exterior of ‘Ida’

Pawel Pawlikowski's frosty drama, although perhaps too simple for its own good, elevates strong emotional connections from an entirely chilly exterior.


Monday, January 26 2015

Sundance Film Festival 2015: ‘Z for Zachariah’ and ‘The Witch’

Both The Witch and Z for Zachariah point to the terrifying uselessness of religion in the face of the wilderness.


Cougar Copulates With Crazy in the Ludicrous ‘The Boy Next Door’

This loopy and stupid film promises eros and instead delivers an earache.


Friday, January 23 2015

Johnny Depp Is Lost Once Again in the Clueless Caper ‘Mortdecai’

As the eccentric art thief Charlie Mortdecai, Johnny Depp says things cleverly instead of saying clever things.


Broken Families Boxed In: ‘Mommy’

Mommy reminds you that mothers are not supposed to be sexual, and that children and everyone else need boundaries on mothers' behaviors.


Thursday, January 22 2015

‘Boy Meets Girl’ Is a Treasure of Cinematic References

Leo Carax sculpts together cinema references and turns them into something new, only later allowing the influences behind specific pieces to make sense in your mind.


Tuesday, January 20 2015

We Suffer for Love, Love Is Suffering: ‘The Night Porter’

Liliana Cavani's jarring and morally gray exploration of fascist power dynamics reminds us that just as we go through hell to get to love, love can itself be hell.


Leanne Pooley’s Everest Documentary Will Have You ‘Beyond the Edge’ of Your Seat

This documentary may be straightforward and unfussy, but the story of Sir Edmund HIllary and Tenzing Norgay remains throat-grabbing over half a century later.


Monday, January 19 2015

The Chemistry Between Kevin Hart and Josh Gad Barely Keeps ‘The Wedding Ringer’ Afloat

The two lead actors of The Wedding Ringer make the film tolerable, saving it from the so-so work of the man behind the camera.


‘Time Bandits’ Gets Darker With the Viewer’s Age

Watching Time Bandits as an adult isn't a letdown by any means, but It's not the wonder-filled experience of youth, either.


Friday, January 16 2015

Roger Ebert and Steve James Define and Transcend the Documentary Form in ‘Life Itself’

The insights of the late, great Roger Ebert shed light on how documentaries fit in the film world, as well as the myopic processes of Oscar voting.


‘Paddington’ Is a Practically Perfect Family Film

With one paw in the cinematic strategies of the past and the other in pure post-modern magic, Paddington is no run-of-the-mill kid's flick.


In ‘Blackhat’, Michael Mann Has Made an Impressionistic Action Movie

In this global thriller about digital terrorism, the visuals do not shape the story but rather are the story.


‘Gangs of Wasseypur’ Is a Bloody Good Gangster Epic

Gangs of Wasseypur is tumultuous, five hour gangster saga, stuffed with humor as bleak as the story is bloody.


The Extended Director’s Cut of ‘Nymph()maniac’ Is the Must See Version

The fully realized five hour version of Lars Von Trier's Nymph()maniac feels as worthy of revisits as your copy of Crime and Punishment or Ulysses.


Thursday, January 15 2015

‘Pride’ Celebrates Unity Through Diversity

Pride is the rare crowdpleaser that gives audience members more to think about once they’ve wiped away their tears and stopped smiling after it's over.


Wednesday, January 14 2015

A Great Cast Has Nothing to Do in ‘This Is Where I Leave You’

Even though the actors are given parts that suit their usual skills, they all bring extra self awareness to their work.


Tuesday, January 13 2015

The Jokes and Michael Caine Impressions Are Still Fresh in ‘The Trip to Italy’

Even though it lacks the novelty of its predecessor, The Trip to Italy is nonetheless just as hilarious.


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