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V.23 No.28 | 7/10/2014
“Strolling around Paris with my lover, Olivia Wilde? God, I’m so depressed.”

Film Review

Third Person

Paul Haggis explores the audacity of despair in morose, muddled anthology

The man behind Crash tries his hand at another all-star anthology with the confused, contrived melodrama Third Person.

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V.23 No.27 | 7/3/2014
“Magic and wonderment, everybody. Magic and wonderment. ... OK, 10 percent less wonderment, Ella.”

Film Review

Earth to Echo

Found-footage sci-fi film is a weak echo of earlier, better efforts

Found-footage, sci-fi film Earth to Echo aims for Spielbergian nostalgia, but is just a faint echo of earlier, better efforts.

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V.23 No.26 | 6/26/2014
Not even a half-caf mocha frap can save this day.

Film Review

Obvious Child

Pro-choice dramedy is pregnant with possibility

Comedian Jenny Slate impresses in mood-straddling abortion-based dramedy Obvious Child.

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V.23 No.25 | 6/19/2014
Now that’s an album cover.

Film Review

We Are the Best!

Spirited Swedish flashback gives audiences punk-rock girl power times three

Swedish auteur Lukas Moodysson gives audiences an ’80s flashback with punk rock girl power pic We Are the Best!

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V.23 No.24 | 6/12/2014

Book Review

Reel People, Real Lives

The New Biographical Dictionary of Film (Sixth Edition)

Movie nerds, the sixth edition of David Thomson’s seminal biographical dictionary will give you plenty to chew on and argue over.

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V.23 No.23 | 6/5/2014
Ralph Steadman and Johnny Depp

Film Review

For No Good Reason

Artistic documentary illustrates the life and work of Hunter S. Thompson collaborator Ralph Steadman

Johnny Depp interviews Hunter S. Thompson collaborator Ralph Steadman in an artistic new documentary.

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V.23 No.21 | 5/22/2014
“Mr. Darcy? Honey, you’re thinking of a different movie.”

Film Review

Belle

Historical biopic is too polite to get worked up over slavery

Belle, a well-meaning historical biopic about a mixed-race aristocrat, is too polite to get worked up about slavery.

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V.23 No.20 | 5/15/2014
“Who here wants to score some Martinis and some stewardesses?”

Film Review

Million Dollar Arm

American baseball gets some Indian spice in extremely likable, Disney-approved biopic

Disney pitches genuine feel-good sports movie with Million Dollar Arm.

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V.23 No.19 | 5/8/2014
“Is that another penis?”

Film Review

Neighbors

Raunchy frat film milks comedy from boners and bad behavior

Seth Rogen milks comedy from boners and bad behavior in raunchy frat film Neighbors.

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V.23 No.18 | 5/1/2014
Yeah, OxiClean isn’t even gonna get that stain out.

Film Review

Blue Ruin

Indie revenge drama delivers cold comfort

Revenge is a dish best served cold in indie revenge drama Blue Ruin.

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V.23 No.17 |
"Fighting fire with fire ..."
All photos courtesy of Zentropa
"Fighting fire with fire ..."

Film

Nymphomaniac Vol. II: Pitch-dark existentialist fairy tale zigs feminist zag

Embattled Dutch auteur Lars von Trier's “Depression Trilogy”Antichrist, Melancholia and now Nymphomaniacculminates in a revelatory and arguably feminist existentialist fairy tale. Admittedly, it's more Grimms' than Aesop.

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V.23 No.17 | 4/24/2014
Spaceships! Yay!

Film Review

Jodorowsky’s Dune

Surrealist filmmaker’s long-lost masterpiece comes to life in imaginative, inspirational documentary

Cult filmmaker explores sci-fi classic in Jodorowsky’s Dune.

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V.23 No.16 | 4/17/2014
Well, she’s no E.T.

Film Review

Under the Skin

Experimental sci-fi film wonders what it’s like to be human ... and then harvest the internal organs of other humans for mysterious alien purposes

Experimental sci-fi film Under the Skin introduces audiences to sex and violence, alien-style.

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V.23 No.15 | 4/10/2014
“Did you say something, dear—you bothersome and insufferable twit?”

Film Review

Le Week-End

Love and marriage go through the ringer during a bittersweet anniversary trip to Paris

Middle-class British couple Meg and Nick have been married for 30 years. In an attempt to rekindle the ol’ flame, they decide to spend their wedding anniversary in Paris. From the start it doesn’t look like this expedition is going to bear fruit.

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V.23 No.14 | 4/3/2014
“Welcome to the Grand Budapest Hotel. May we make you uncomfortable?”

Film Review

The Grand Budapest Hotel

Wes Anderson’s screwball caper finds the art in artifice

The Grand Budapest Hotel is a whimsical chocolate box painting of a comedy, could be Wes Anderson’s most Wes Andersony film to date.

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