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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

By Devin D. O’Leary
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

By Devin D. O’Leary
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

By Devin D. O’Leary
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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V.23 No.13 | 3/27/2014
Joe (Charlotte Gainsbourg) and Seligman (Stellan Skarsgard) talk sex and fly-fishing.
Zentropa

Film Review

Nymphomaniac: Volume I

Lars von Trier’s fetish is the specialization of knowledge

By Samantha Anne Carrillo
The first volume of the final installment in Lars von Trier's "Depression Trilogy," Nymphomaniac finds a battered sex addict talking sex, polyphony and fly-fishing with a bookish fisherman.

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V.23 No.12 | 3/20/2014
Tina Fey: Tigress of Siberia

Film Review

Muppets Most Wanted

The Muppets are back and they never “felt” so good

By Devin D. O’Leary
All is right with the world ... so long as there’s a Muppets movie in theaters. Here’s another pitch-perfect outing of epic silliness.

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V.23 No.11 | 3/13/2014
“I feel the need ... the need for a movie career.”

Film Review

Need For Speed

Aaron Paul is in the driver’s seat for zippy car chase film that ends up “braking bad”

By Devin D. O’Leary
Need for Speed is based on the popular EA series of the same name. In the original games, players race exotic sports cars and ... Nope, that’s pretty much all there is to it.

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V.23 No.10 | 3/6/2014
What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas.

Film Review

Gloria

Honest Chilean drama admits love isn’t any easier the second time around

By Devin D. O’Leary
Gloria doesn’t spend a lot of time introducing us to its main character. This isn’t a first-date situation. Lelio’s sensitive romantic drama simply drops us into her life and lets us discover who she is over the course of time.

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V.23 No.8 | 2/20/2014
This is already looking like a bad idea.

Film Review

In Secret

Americans (with English accents, pretending to be French) contemplate sex and death in gloomy love story

By Devin D. O’Leary
We’re so accustomed to scandal that it’s hard to imagine a 150-year-old novel that could shock modern audiences.

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V.23 No.7 | 2/13/2014
Why so unhappy, attractive French people?

Film Review

The Past

Emotional French drama explores the secrets and lies of one very troubled family

By Devin D. O’Leary
The Past is an incredibly subtle movie. Everything is played in low-key, soft voice. Very little is explicit. Mostly because none of these people wants to talk about anything that’s happening. Or has happened.

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V.23 No.5 | 1/30/2014

Film Review

How I Live Now

Grim survivalist drama proves teen love will survive the apocalypse

By Devin D. O’Leary
Initially,15-year-old Daisy isn’t the most sympathetic of characters, spitting every line of dialogue out with snotty disdain. That changes, though, when she clamps eyes on her cousin Eddie.

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V.23 No.4 | 1/23/2014
Gabriella Montez: The Dark Years

Film Review

Gimme Shelter

Sincerely contrived teen drama finds Vanessa Hudgens in a family way

By Devin D. O’Leary
Pity the poor teenaged Disney star. Sure, they get three or four good years headlining a sitcom on the Disney Channel and a couple of pop hits out of it. But they spend the next 10 years trying desperately to shed their goody two-shoes image.

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V.23 No.3 | 1/16/2014
“I can’t just control-alt-delete my feelings.”

Film Review

Her

Joaquin Phoenix loves his new operating system. No, literally.

By Devin D. O’Leary
Her is a magnificent film in many ways. You may be surprised at how hard it hits you in the center of the rib cage.

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V.23 No.2 | 1/9/2014
“The times they are a-cha ... hold on, is that Justin Timberlake?”

Film Review

Inside Llewyn Davis

Coen brothers get musical in melancholic character study

By Devin D. O’Leary
The Coens have always displayed a cheerful sympathy for all their characters, even the bad ones. But it’s hard to work up much empathy for Llewyn Davis.

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V.22 No.52 | 12/26/2013
“No way, guys. Disco will never die.”

Film Review

American Hustle

The con is on in David O. Russell’s hilarious history lesson

By Devin D. O’Leary
Who do we hate more: the wrongdoers or the whistleblowers? The criminals or the cops?

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Dark Beer and Dark Films for a Dark Weekend

Hey hop heads: This Saturday is the Winter Solstice, the darkest, longest night of the year. In preparation, Bird of Paradise (5409 Gibson SE) will be holding its first annual Dark Beer Festival tonight at 6pm, featuring a line up of black-barleyed libations for you to huddle up with while evil spirits stalk the pre-Solstice night outside. Flights of four different beers are $8 and include several special edition ales from brewers like Sierra Nevada and O'Dell.

Once you've slept off your courage stoking beer fix, you'll be ready for the Dark Matter Film Festival's Horror Bites! marathon at the Guild Cinema (3405 Central NE) on Saturday at 2pm. Horror Bites! will feature a collection of short horror and sci-fi films handpicked by such local luminaries as the Alibi's own Devin O'Leary.

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