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‘Room’: Unable to Break Free

With such rich source material, this film is both superficially gripping and psychologically rich.

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An Epochal Tragedy Transforms Into a World Cinema Masterwork in ‘Throne of Blood’

By combining Macbeth with elements of traditional Japanese drama, Akira Kurosawa produced a singular, transcultural film experience.

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‘Breaker Morant’ Is an Epic Tale, Set During the Boer War

Breaker Morant uses a story about three colonial soldiers to illuminate much larger issues concerning war, heroism, and empire.

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Brian de Palma’s ‘Dressed to Kill’ Is Still Sexy, Still Shocking, Still Classic

Dressed to Kill doesn't address itself to every viewer, but for those who love horror and the tradition of suspense that de Palma so expertly participates in, it will always deliver.

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How Does One Make a Stuffy Script Humorous?

The BFI celebrates the obscure public information films of the eccentric British character actor and director Richard Massingham, uncovering much to enjoy.

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‘30 for 30: Trojan War’: Stars and Scandals at USC

It's easy to draw the connections between Hollywood "production" of Pete Carroll's Trojans and the ways that other aspects of coaching, including mentorship and moral guidance, went wrong.

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London Film Festival 2015: ‘Don’t Grow Up’ + ‘The Invitation’

Teenagers flee rampaging homicidal adults in Don’t Grow Up, and a dinner party turns vicious in The Invitation, two flawed but interesting thrillers screening in the “Cult” strand at this year’s fest.

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‘Felt’ Is Buried Beneath Its Own Style

Felt is unique, but its narrative shortcomings hinder its chance at lasting impact.

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London Film Festival 2015: ‘Mountains May Depart’ + ‘James White’ + ‘Departure’

Mother-son relationships are perceptively explored in the debut films from Josh Mond and Andrew Steggall, and in Jia Zhangke’s decades-spanning latest.

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Jobs and His iPhone Are Ideal Objects for Study in ‘Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine’

As it investigates the contradictions Steve Jobs embodied, this film also contemplates how Jobs and Apple continue to transform the "whole planet".

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London Film Festival 2015: ‘Suffragette’

Though frequently succumbing to obviousness, Sarah Gavron’s earnest drama is powerful and moving, and constitutes a solid start to the 2015 London Film Festival.

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9 Oct 2015 // 9:00 AM

‘Pan’ Doesn’t Fly

The problems here are numerous, the reasons for them ridiculous.

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Thriller ‘Reversion’ Has Some Hard Edges

Reversion is hardly subtle in its critique of our tech-dependent lives, and the idea that we might seek comfort, inspiration, and fulfillment of emotional needs from our devices.

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The Dardennes’ Laboring Body in ‘Two Days, One Night’

Although one might hesitate to call this a propaganda film for labor, it nonetheless expresses concern for those who labor by exploring how precarious working conditions affect one’s daily lives.

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‘The Honeymoon Killers’ Is a Freak of Cinema That You Will Never Forget

Kastle puts you in a front row seat on a mad rollercoaster ride alongside the deranged characters of Martha and Ray that is at once thrilling and terrifying.

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‘The People Under the Stairs’ Is Craven’s Most Original, Deranged, and Off the Wall Film

The People Under the Stairs falls into a category all its own, moving deftly from horror to comedy to social allegory, all wrapped in a wonderfully lunatic package.

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Who’s Surveilling Whom in ‘(T)Error’?

(T)Error follows an FBI sting operation as it happens; and then the FBI decides to follow the filmmakers...

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‘Northern Soul’: Rebellion at 45rpm

In the dance halls, we can see the transformation of lost individuals into a glorious tribe of dressed up, sweaty acolytes, flashing their baggy trousers and swirling their flared skirts.

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‘Malice’ and ‘Blown Away’ Are Two ‘90s Thrillers With Popcorn Niche Appeal

Star casts and noirish action make for fun nostalgia viewing.

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Don’t Believe the Hype: ‘Magic Mike XXL’ Is No Big Deal

Magic Mike XXL could have ratcheted up the expectations one has for the rom-com, but ultimately it does very little with the space that it ekes out for itself among the genre’s norms.

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Because Blood Is Drama: Considering Carnage in Video Games and Other Media

// Moving Pixels

"It's easy to dismiss blood and violence as salacious without considering why it is there, what its context is, and what it might communicate.

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