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A MOST VIOLENT YEAR Review

“Just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in!”

In Francis Ford Coppola’s The Godfather Part III, Michael Corleone succinctly sums up how hard it is for a criminal to go legit. No matter how hard you try to escape that world, it will always be over your shoulder. In that sweeping crime saga, audiences knew what Corleone was involved in and can easily understand how hard it is to gain legitimacy. However, what if you were never in it in the first place and were merely guilty by association? That is just one dilemma of many that writer/director J.C. Chandor explores in his understated yet potent crime drama, A Most Violent Year.

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TWO DAYS, ONE NIGHT Review

Possibly one of the most harrowing life experiences is having to face is the fear of being laid off. There is a dark cloud that hovers over you as you are left to ponder just what will happen and just what exactly the future has in store. There are many reasons an owner might lay off staff. Business is bad. Performance issues. Seasonal work has dried up. Keeping the employee would prevent others from receiving annual bonuses. (Wait, what?) But that is just the situation that the Dardenne brothers look at in their latest film, Two Days, One Night.

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STILL ALICE Review

Films about debilitating diseases can be uplifting like The Theory of Everything, sentimental like The Notebook, unexpected like Amour or surprisingly funny like The Intouchables. Some films put the disease front and center while others treat it as part of a character. How the film handles and tackles the drama surrounding the disease can make or break it. The latest film from the directing team of Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland, Still Alice, is a film that looks at Alzheimer’s Disease, and unlike the aforementioned films, it never rises above being a heavy-handed “disease-of-the-week” TV movie.

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WE ARE THE BEST! Review

Outcasts. Misfits. Weirdos. Troublemakers. These are labels that could easily be attached to any number of teenage social groups. What’s a young person suppose to do when they are looked down upon by others? Well crying about it isn’t the answer. Accepting who you are and standing up for yourself and your friends by forming a punk band is the obvious answer. What? In Stockholm of the early eighties that is exactly what two young girls do. Tired of being told to confirm and be like any other teenage girl at school two friends decide to start a band to protest the state of music and society as they see it. Lukas Moodysson’s latest film We Are the Best! follows three girls as they try to establish their identities through their music and their friendship.

JODOROWSKY’S DUNE Review 8.5

JODOROWSKY’S DUNE Review

Release Date: March 21, 2014 (Limited)
Director:
MPAA Rating: NR
Film Pulse Score: 8.5/10

[This is a repost from AFI Fest 2013.  Jodorowsky’s Dune hits theaters today.]

In 1984, Universal Studios released David Lynch’s

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HER Review

Release Date: December 18, 2013 (Limited); January 10, 2014 (Wide)
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MPAA Rating: R
Film Pulse Score: 8/10

[This is a repost of our review from AFI Fest 2013.  Her opens in select cities

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AFI Fest 2013: THE SELFISH GIANT Review


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Life is tough when you’re living in the impoverished part of town.   What are your prospects?  Looking around what does life really have to offer?  If that’s what’s

AFI Fest 2013: THE GREEN INFERNO Review 3.5

AFI Fest 2013: THE GREEN INFERNO Review

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With Cabin Fever and Hostel, writer-director Eli Roth made an auspicious debut and left an indelible mark on the horror genre.   His films had an off-beat

AFI Fest 2013: Full Lineup Announced

AFI Fest 2013: Full Lineup Announced

The final lineup of this year’s AFI Fest has been released with the full list of independent, world cinema, and midnight selections being announced.  The special screenings and galas have been previously announced with screenings of Alexander Payne‘s Nebraska, Ben Stiller‘s The