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V.26 No.12 | 3/23/2017
“What do you mean, you’ve never seen White Men Can’t Jump?”

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Wilson

Woody Harrelson is your friendly neighborhood misanthrope in softhearted graphic novel adaptation

By Devin D. O’Leary
The humor employed here is angry and uncomfortable (and frequently quite funny, if you’re so inclined), but the script stops short of plumbing the crushing, existential loneliness at the center of it all.
V.26 No.11 | 3/16/2017
The Sense of an Ending

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The Sense of an Ending

Modest British drama pits the past against the present, but neither one is really that big a deal

By Devin D. O’Leary
The Sense of an Ending features some subtle performances and an intrigue-filled setup, but squanders much of its potential with a too-teasing narrative and an inability to pay off properly in the end.
V.26 No.10 | 3/9/2017
The Ottoman Lieutenant

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The Ottoman Lieutenant

Period romance is predictable but pretty

By Devin D. O’Leary
It’s no Doctor Zhivago, but in its own thrifty way, The Ottoman Lieutenant delivers polished, well-paced (if entirely predictable) costumed romance.
V.26 No.9 | 3/2/2017
Get Out

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Get Out

Jordan Peele turns racial tension into all-out terror in timely horror-comedy

By Devin D. O’Leary
Horror films, at their best, have always served as a mirror for society’s most up-to-date fears. Now comes another timely take on the genre, exploiting a topic that could not be more ripped-from-the-headlines: racism in America.
V.26 No.8 | 2/23/2017
The Red Turtle

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The Red Turtle

Silent tale of survival holds surprising depth

By Devin D. O’Leary
The Academy Award-nominated The Red Turtle has surprising depth and is positively hypnotic.
V.26 No.7 | 2/16/2017
Toni Erdmann

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Toni Erdmann

German comedy-drama finds odd connection between ridiculous father and uptight daughter

By Devin D. O’Leary
One sure sign of this German dramedy's success is how quickly the American remake rights were snapped up.
V.26 No.6 | 2/9/2017
Pear Cider and Cigarettes

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2017 Oscar Nominated Short Films (Animated)

This year’s short films are long on talent

By Devin D. O’Leary
The Oscar-nominated animated short films screening at the Guild Cinema are a diverse collection.
V.26 No.5 | 2/2/2017
Julieta

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Julieta

Spanish provocateur returns with a surprisingly low-key melodrama about familial guilt

By Devin D. O’Leary
Almodóvar is back with a colorful new melodrama, Julieta.
V.26 No.4 | 1/26/2017
xXx: Return of Xander Cage

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xXx: Return of Xander Cage

The Xander Zone returns, taking us all back to the era of exxxtreme

By Devin D. O’Leary
Is there any point to criticizing a lunkheaded Vin Diesel action movie for being a lunkheaded Vin Diesel action movie? Get ready for the Xander Zone.
V.26 No.3 | 1/19/2017
20th Century Women

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20th Century Women

Coming-of-age dramedy looks for family in friends

By Devin D. O’Leary
20th Century Women is an ensemble cast character sketch, imagining its people as products of their late 1970s era and environment.
V.26 No.2 | 1/12/2017
“I’ll take two.”

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Elle

Script-flipping European thriller finds Isabelle Huppert getting down with her bad self

By Devin D. O’Leary
Alibi film expert Devin O’Leary discusses Paul Verhoeven’s latest work, Elle.
V.26 No.1 | 1/5/2017
There’s the ocean. And there are the waves.

Film Review

Ocean Waves

Animated story of teenage love finally washes up on American shores

By Devin D. O’Leary
Ocean Waves, an animated story of teenage love, finally washes up on American Shores
V.25 No.51 | 12/22/2016
Jackie

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Jackie

Camelot is born in media-savvy biopic about JFK’s grieving widow

By Devin D. O’Leary
Jackie is an intellectual, visually stylized exercise in nostalgia and myth-making—crystalizing the moment when politics became more about optics.
V.25 No.50 | 12/15/2016
La La Land

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La La Land

Modern-day musical should garner fans despite flaws

By Devin D. O’Leary
Damien Chazelle’s La La Land is lovingly assembled and will nab fans with its sheer nostalgic novelty.
V.25 No.49 | 12/8/2016
Incarnate

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Incarnate

The devil is not in the details in redundant new exorcism drama

By Devin D. O’Leary
Incarnate is terribly derivative and made up of random scraps of a whole bunch of other movies—right down to the “gosh, where have I seen that before?” ending.
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