Reviews > Film

28 Sep 2015 // 6:30 AM

The Radness of King George

George Strait may be stepping away form the stage, but he'll never be far from our hearts.

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You’ll Get Emotional About Real Estate While Watching ‘99 Homes’

When the bank forecloses what's left is devastated neighborhoods, miserable faces, lines of distracted shoppers at the Thrift City, and exhausted day laborers on the street corner, hoping for work.

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‘Everest’ Sets You Up for Worry

Everst features any number of clichés, from dramatic scoring and lingering looks at the airport to teary close-ups and dark clouds over far horizons.

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Eli Roth’s ‘Green Inferno’ Can’t Compare to ‘Cannibal Holocaust’

By mocking his characters instead of having his audience invested in them, the director turns his terror into something trying.

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Oh, Throckmorton! Counting Bad Days With “The Great Gildersleeve”

Gildy's continual laughs, hums, grumbles, yips, and sighs draw his voice from the silky and obsequious into annoyed growls in the new collection from Warner Video.

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Buster Keaton’s ‘Steamboat Bill, Jr.’ Is Still Painfully Funny

William Canfield Jr. (Buster Keaton) is a thin, rigidly foolish figure, who's liable to be clotheslined by wires or sent cartwheeling over an inconveniently placed railing.

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‘Day for Night’ Is a Film Master’s Passionate Ode to His Craft

François Truffaut never produced a more meaningful or downright entertaining tribute to the art of film and filmmaking than 1973's Day for Night.

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As in Real Life, the Characters in ‘Sicario’ Are Motivated—But Not Always Stable

Authority and outrage both go a long way toward defining the cause in Sicario, Denis Villeneuve's grim contemplation of the ongoing drug war.

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Johnny Depp Plays a Monster in ‘Black Mass’

Gangster Jimmy (Depp) is less deviant than representative, here; an embodiment of the delusions that drive institutions.

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‘Cutie and the Boxer’: Art and Wisdom in New York City

This terrific documentary details the difficulties of maintaining marriage and creating art, as these efforts overlap and sometimes compete.

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TIFF 2016: ‘Dheepan’ + ‘Green Room’

Many movies feature climactic scenes of barbarity, but the best ones prepare viewers for what’s to come. We have two different examples in Toronto, Dheepan and Green Room

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Absent of Extras and High on Cheese, ‘Thrashin’’ Still Offers Nostalgic Pleasure

Before ubiquitous YouTube clips and easily accessible skate videos, Thrashin' was the film for our fix of handplants, bonelesses, crazy high judo airs, and the like.

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‘The Lesson’ Tries to Find Justice in an Apathetic System

The Lesson falls short of excellence, but it still manages to be an impressively competent tale of the trials of economic desolation in a post-Soviet state.

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On François Ozon Crossdressing Melodrama, ‘The New Girlfriend’

In François Ozon’s latest, the ostensible perversion of crossdressing is the basis of a comic melodrama about repressed and mixed-up desires.

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‘All American High Revisited’ Is Hardly Typical

Torrance High School was used as the setting for both Beverly Hills 90210 and Buffy the Vampire Slayer, which may be one reason it seems like a “typical American high school".

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‘Love & Mercy’ and the Dualities of Brian Wilson

Operating through a series of simple juxtapositions, Love & Mercy is kept riveting due to the stellar and nuanced performances by Paul Dano and John Cusack.

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‘The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe’ Is Not as Salacious as It Sounds

Given the choice of the numerous film depictions of Monroe's life, this is the one to watch.

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TIFF 2015: ‘Bang Gang (A Modern Love Story)’

Bang Gang (A Modern Love Story) offers another way to see teen sex and desire; not as deviant and deserving of punishment, but as a step toward maturity.

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‘Heaven Knows What’ Offers Little Hope to an Invisible Subculture

Despite some stylistic flourishes, this film's portrayal of the harsh world of drug addiction could make viewers "just say no" to Heaven Knows What.

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‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ Makes for a Furiously Good Time

Fury Road is a tour de force that may be the definitive Mad Max film, with a rich story world and intriguing characters and a Blu-ray featuring 90 minutes of making-of material.

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