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JOHN WICK: CHAPTER 2 Blu-ray Review

I don’t think I’m alone when I say what a surprise the first John Wick film was on nearly every level. From its top-notch, next-level action sequences to its unique worldbuilding, Wick’s first outing, featuring the stellar Keanu Reeves, became a sleeper hit in 2014

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Art of Brooklyn Film Fest: FUTURE ’38 Review

There’s something fun about predicting the world of the future. We know our guesses will be massively off, but through our visions clouded by our favorite works of sci-fi, we think forward and see a world dramatically different from our own.

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FUNERAL PARADE OF ROSES Review

There are not a lot of films like Funeral Parade of Roses, the feature-length debut from writer/director Toshio Matsumoto; in all actuality, I don’t think there exists another film remotely comparable.

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DEAN Review

Writer/director/star Demetri Martin delivers in his directorial debut, Dean, a story about a man struggling to make sense of his world. Known to many as a contributor on The Daily Show and his show Important Things with Demetri Martin, the stand-up comedian is also a New York Times best-selling author, who undoubtedly pulls from his real-life experiences in this movie about an illustrator named Dean who is stuck in a rut.

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WONDER WOMAN Review

The DC Extended Universe finally has a coherent, entertaining, and genuine superhero story. The sincerity of Wonder Woman comes, in part, from its period setting and positioning outside of a meticulously structured, episodic timeline. Mostly, though, director Patty Jenkins’ origin story succeeds by creating a convincing heroine who’s actually selfless and a true source of inspiration.

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GHOST WORLD Criterion Blu-ray Review

I was just entering my senior year of high school when Terry Zwigoff’s Ghost World was released and proved to be one of the most formidable films of my adolescence. Based on the Daniel Clowes comic book series, the film seemed to be speaking directly to me, a self-perceived disenfranchised youth who hated authority and loved everything odd and kitsch.

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DRONE Review

Jason Bourque’s latest film, Drone, is an unfortunately boring addition to recent films interrogating the impacts of drone warfare on the pilots and decision makers.

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WAKEFIELD Review

Wakefield works more as a concept than as a reality, but it’s a very well developed concept.

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BUSTER’S MAL HEART Review

Playing like Donnie Darko crossed with half-baked Coen brothers sensibilities, Buster’s Mal Heart feigns complexity and depth to hide a relatable, yet tedious story about a man trapped in his mundane reality.

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THE MISSING SUN Review

The mystifying nature of The Missing Sun works well in maintaining a certain level of captivation since no developments nor actions are alluded to in any noticeable way. There is an unpredictability to it all that is able to keep interest levels piqued. Although, there is a sense that that same fog of stimulation slowly condenses over time, occupying and obstructing the path to insight through obfuscation. Which opens the door to questioning the ambiguity present; its structure, an appearance that once indicated careful construction starts to look more hurried in its creation and semi-neglected in its development as the film moves forward. That the ambiguity that sustained interest in the beginning was not cultivated nor curated with consideration but more so a happenstance formation born out of narrative absences.

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THE COMMUNE Review

Thomas Vinterberg’s latest, The Commune (or Kollektivet), both feels out of place and perfectly placed in his filmography.

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THE SURVIVALIST Review

If you thought John Hillcoat’s post-apocalyptic drama The Road was a little too upbeat and light, then Stephen Fingleton’s feature debut, The Survivalist, will be right up your alley. In what could be the feel-bad movie of the year, Fingleton presents a gritty future, where the world’s oil supplies are depleted and the population has dwindled. We’ve seen this backdrop several times before but not in such an unflinching and graphically real way.

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DISCO INFERNO Review

After an extensive run on the festival circuit Alice Waddington’s debut film, Disco Inferno, has made its’ way to the general public; now available through Amazon and Vimeo On Demand. It’s not often that a director gets the ability to showcase their debut - let alone one that also happens to be a 12-minute short - in front of 63 individual, international festival audiences. Not to mention, being awarded on 10 separate occasions on top of those 63 inclusions. What’s even better is the fact that those 10 awards amongst 63 inclusions are justifiable considering the talent on display within those 12 minutes.