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Nightcrawler (2014)

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Nightcrawler (2014)

Nightcrawler is a wickedly brilliant thriller, a social satire and an eerie look into the mind of a sociopath who can manipulate with the power of cold-blooded reason. That sounds like a tall order, but this is a deceptively simple plot made functional by a well-mounted script and a near-perfect performance by Jake Gyllenhaal. Gyllenhaal […]

| November 3, 2014 | 0 Comments
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The Equalizer (2014)

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The Equalizer (2014)

In its introductory scenes The Equalizer is not a bad movie. However, once the plot gets underway it becomes one. Here is yet another movie about a one-man arsenal hell-bent on mopping the floor with grimy hoodlums who are turning the world into a cesspool of inhuman cruelty while wallowing in blood and gore. You’ve […]

| September 29, 2014 | 0 Comments
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A Walk Among the Tombstones (2014)

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A Walk Among the Tombstones (2014)

For those who treasure the great film noir thrillers of yore, A Walk Among the Tombstones seems like return to a genre that Hollywood has forgotten how to make. These days, action thrillers are unremittingly simple-minded, put together by filmmakers who are so terrified of offending moviegoers with short attention spans that every detail of the […]

| September 22, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Sin City: A Dame to Kill For (2014)

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Sin City: A Dame to Kill For (2014)

When it’s all over, after you’ve wallowed in the den of scum and villainy wrapped up in the spiky heart of Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, you may come away with a sense of hollow indifference. That’s really surprising and achingly disappointing if you have fond memories of the original Sin City from […]

| August 24, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Under the Skin (2014)

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Under the Skin (2014)

Jonathan Glazer’s Under the Skin opens with a scene that could easily have found a home in 2001: A Space Odyssey. We’re somewhere in deep space, looking at evolving shapes that emerge from the darkness. You don’t notice it at first, but as the shapes form, a voice is quietly emerging from the soundtrack. The […]

| July 29, 2014
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BLOG: Bates Motel, and the rewriting of movie folklore.

BLOG: Bates Motel, and the rewriting of movie folklore.

“Norman Bates no longer exists.  He only half-existed to begin with.” – dialogue from Psycho It is the second part that’s key. I have seen Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho so many times that it seems less like a movie and more like a place in my mind.  Like a great piece of music, I know every […]

| May 11, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Blue Ruin (2014)

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Blue Ruin (2014)

John Saulnier’s Blue Ruin is a joy to anyone who is utterly bored with the Hollywood revenge fantasy of Jason Bourne and the ridiculous Taken series with Liam Neeson. While those movies are disposable fantasy, Saulneir’s film is about the messy, bloody business of revenge as it might happen to the ordinary person next door […]

| April 28, 2014 | 0 Comments
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The Machine (2014)

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The Machine (2014)

I can’t get anywhere without my GPS.  I’m told that I am “directionally challenged.”  I depend on my cell phone for so much that I could be accused leaving normal functions to wires and microchips.  When I get home, I spend a majority of my time on the computer.  I don’t think I’m alone.  This […]

| April 10, 2014 | 0 Comments
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