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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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V.23 No.31 | 7/31/2014
“There’s something in your eye. ... Oh, that’s my finger. Sorry.”

Film Review

I Origins

Sci-fi love story speculates there’s more to life than meets the eye

By Devin D. O’Leary
Indie filmmaker explores science and spirituality in the eyeball-obsessed I Origins.

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V.23 No.30 | 7/24/2014
Whatever they’re watching, it’s not a very popular movie.

Film Review

Life Itself

Poignant documentary points the camera at the life of movie critic Roger Ebert

By Devin D. O’Leary
Filmmaker goes from being reviewed by Roger Ebert to making a movie about the famed critic’s final days in Life Itself.

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V.23 No.29 | 7/17/2014
This is what we call the money shot.

Film Review

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

Apes + machine guns = awesome

By Devin D. O’Leary
Smart, surprising Dawn of the Planet of the Apes proves the old axiom that apes + machine guns = awesome.

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Film

This Week at the Guild Cinema

Festival of Film Noir, Wal-Mart: The High Cost of a Low Price, and Green

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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

By Devin D. O’Leary
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

By Devin D. O’Leary
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

By Devin D. O’Leary
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

By Devin D. O’Leary
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

Review by Elisa McGovern

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

By Devin D. O’Leary
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

By Devin D. O’Leary
Belle, a well-meaning historical biopic about a mixed-race aristocrat, is too polite to get worked up about slavery.

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