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V.23 No.43 | 10/23/2014
Sam White (Tessa Thompson) would like you to rephrase that last remark.

Film Review

Dear White People

Unabashed comedy-drama about black and white college students plays all the race cards

By Devin D. O’Leary
Freshman director tackles race relations on campus in unabashed comedy-drama Dear White People.
V.23 No.42 | 10/16/2014
The Book of Life

Film Review

The Book of Life

Mexican-themed cartoon offers unexpected seasonal treats

By Devin D. O’Leary
Whimsically dark animted film The Book of Life takes a fantastical look at Mexico’s Day of the Dead traditions.
V.23 No.41 | 10/9/2014
Now make a wish and blow out your homework.

Film Review

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

Kid-centric comedy is better than its many adjectives

By Devin D. O’Leary
Cinematic adaptation of popular kids’ book Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day chooses unusual director.
V.23 No.40 | 10/2/2014
“You thinkin’ what I’m thinkin’?” “Yeah ... snacks.”

Film Review

The Notebook (Le Grand Cahier)

WWII chiller illuminates the art of survival

By Mark Lopez
Insular WWII drama delves into two young brothers’ survival training.
V.23 No.39 | 9/25/2014
John Lithgow and Alfred Molina

Film Review

Love Is Strange

Older couple opts for marriage, ends up out on the street in quietly emotional love story

By Devin D. O’Leary
Older gay couple gets married, touching off a quiet string of tragedy in empathatic indie Love Is Strange.
V.23 No.38 | 9/18/2014

Film Review

Tusk

Kevin Smith delivers the Canada-mocking, furry-loving, surgical horror-comedy you’ve been waiting for

By Devin D. O’Leary
Kevin Smith’s newest film, Tusk, is a WTF? combination of silly Canadian jokes and gory body horror.

Reel World

By Devin D. O’Leary

The Big Edit

New Mexico Film Foundation showcases “Life in New Mexico,” Globabquerque invites international cinema, Women in Film wants shot screenplays.
V.23 No.37 | 9/11/2014
“It’s a children’s book I’ve been working on. I hope you like it.”

Film Review

The Drop

Noted author Dennis Lehane tries his hand scripting his own slow-burn crime drama

By Devin D. O’Leary
James Gandolfini’s final film, The Drop, takes a stroll on the seedy side of Brooklyn.
V.23 No.36 | 9/4/2014
Cigars and Jiffy Pop? Now that’s camping.

Film Review

Land Ho!

Old friends are the best friends in slow-moving road trip through Iceland

By Devin D. O’Leary
Old friends reunite for a slow-moving road trip through Iceland in the indie comedy Land Ho!
V.23 No.35 | 8/28/2014
Hug it out, boys. Hug it out.

Film Review

Frank

Left-of-center musical comedy finds art in the craziest places

By Devin D. O’Leary
Heady black comedy Frank takes music to a strange, new place.
V.23 No.34 | 8/21/2014
The man himself, the African Elvis, the Bob Dylan of Nigeria, Fela Kuti!

Film Review

Finding Fela

Musical documentary looks at the African rabble-rouser who lit a fire under a hit Broadway musical

By Devin D. O’Leary
Alex Gibney’s documentary Finding Fela explores the explosive life of rabble-rousing Nigerian musician Fela Kuti.
V.23 No.33 | 8/14/2014
Emma Stone sees dead people.

Film Review

Magic in the Moonlight

Woody Allen’s 44th film casts a charming spell

By Devin D. O’Leary
Woody Allen tries a little sleight of hand with the slim but charming period romcom Magic in the Moonlight.
V.23 No.32 | 8/7/2014
Helen Mirren for Viagra

Film Review

The Hundred-Foot Journey

Exotic foodie romance comes with the Oprah stamp of approval

By Devin D. O’Leary
Steven Spielberg and Oprah Winfrey get togther for food and romance in The Hundred-Foot Journey.
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