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Video Review: The Imitation Game (2014)

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Video Review: The Imitation Game (2014)

| January 16, 2015 | 0 Comments
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The Imitation Game (2014)

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The Imitation Game (2014)

Benedict Cumberbatch has made his niche as that actor that you like, yet never quite warm up to. There’s a standoffish quality about his screen presence that pushes you away and, although you’re not turned off, you watch him with great curiosity. For a good while during The Imitation Game, I watched him doing the […]

| January 14, 2015
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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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Gone Girl (2014)

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Gone Girl (2014)

No one would blame you if you approached David Fincher’s adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s best seller Gone Girl with a bit of trepidation. In most cases a hugely successful book turned into a movie leaves its faithful audience with the feeling of “Did they even bother to read the book?” It is a relief to […]

| October 7, 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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Life Itself (2014)

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Life Itself (2014)

For those of us who write about film – spurred for this critic by a passion for the medium that oozes from my very pores – Roger Ebert was our great mentor, a poetic grandfatherly figure who seemed to simplify the art of simply being honest. For 46 years, Ebert wrote about movies in a […]

| July 7, 2014 | 0 Comments
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The LEGO Movie (2014)

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The LEGO Movie (2014)

“The LEGO Movie” is a happy and exhilarating ball of fun.  It’s a bright, colorful, quick-witted adventure that stretches the animated form as far as it can possibly go, spinning its characters into other dimensions and other realms.  In short, it does exactly what animation is supposed to do.  It plays around in a magical […]

| February 7, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Her (2013)

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Her (2013)

The world around Theodore Twombly contains a lot of empty space.  In his job, in his social life, and in his heart, he is a lonely man.  He’s not depressing to be around, but you sense that there is a good deal of melancholy about him.  You might passively notice him at work, but if […]

| January 26, 2014 | 0 Comments