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Let's talk about sex

Lars von Trier gives you what he wants
Throughout its two volumes and four hours of explicit sexuality, masochism, philosophical debate, and self-analysis, Nymphomaniac remains the steadfast vision of a director talking to himself, and assuming you’ll be interested enough in him to listen and pay close attention.
By: CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  April 09, 2014

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Ashes and dioramas

Wes Anderson makes a film about nostalgia
History, rather than ennui, is the incursion that motivates this, his most antic and most somber work.
By: CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  March 28, 2014

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Passion of the strongman

A reclusive New Yorker takes the stage in Bending Steel
The film’s aim is modest and powerful: to focus on the physical and psychological hurdles Schoeck must overcome not only to become a true strongman, but also to become an engaging performer.
By: CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  January 09, 2014

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Performance and grisly reality collide in the astonishing Act of Killing

 Memories of murder
A group of genocidal Indonesian gangsters/government-sanctioned militiamen agree to discuss their crimes if they can do so on their own terms, by stylishly reenacting them in the mode of Hollywood genre films.
By: CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  September 13, 2013

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Blackfish exposes SeaWorld’s poor treatment of its prized possessions

 Bitter Orca
Gabriela Cowperthwaite’s unimaginative Blackfish has just enough gripping footage to make up for its unrelenting structural blandness.
By: CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  August 08, 2013

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Never go far

 Without a little Big Star
 Without a little Big Star
By: RICK WORMWOOD  |  July 25, 2013



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Spencer McCall’s bewildering The Institute

Life is elsewhere
Ostensibly, the first feature film by Spencer McCall seeks to provide a portrait of a San Francisco organization called the Jejune Institute, whose mission hovers somewhere between the poles of self-help, performance art, disinformation, and an alternate-reality game. But if this is a portrait, we're not in art class anymore.
By: NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  May 10, 2013

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Shane Carruth’s rapturous Upstream Color

Regaining Senses
One of the many triumphs of Shane Carruth's second film, Upstream Color , is that it demands to be heard as well as read.
By: CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  April 24, 2013

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Review: Emperor


Yes, Tommy Lee Jones plays the "supreme commander" of the US forces in this historical drama from Peter Webber ( Girl with a Pearl Earring ) that takes place after the Japanese surrender in World War II, and the Oscar winner puts in another towering performance.
By: BRETT MICHEL  |  March 12, 2013

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Review: Oz the Great and Powerful


Sam Raimi nearly overcomes the unenviable burden of revisiting a classic by delivering dazzling footage, but not so the performances.
By: JORDAN RIEFE  |  March 07, 2013

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Review: 21 And Over


As one of the Asian stereotypes in this hit-or-(mostly)-miss comedy from writer/directors Jon Lucas and Scott Moore says, "Fuck kids these days. Every one of you is drunk, stupid, and fat."
By: BRETT MICHEL  |  March 05, 2013



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Review: Dead Man Down


Following the stunning success of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo , Danish filmmaker Niels Arden Oplev makes his English-language bow with this bleak film noir that values character over tension.
By: JORDAN RIEFE  |  March 08, 2013

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Review: Jack The Giant Slayer


Stop me if you've heard this one before: a farm boy dreams of adventure, finds it, and falls in love with a princess along the way. (For everyone's sake, let's just hope she's not his sister.)
By: BRETT MICHEL  |  March 06, 2013

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Review: The Last Exorcism Part II


Now that the shaky-cam nonsense has been left behind, what remains are textureless, overlit, sub-TV-quality visuals that only accentuate the fact that our protagonist, Nell Sweetzer (Ashley Bell), is at least a decade older than the 17-year-old exorcised sect-escapee that she's playing.
By: BRETT MICHEL  |  March 06, 2013

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Review: Holy Motors


By: PETER KEOUGH  |  March 05, 2013

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Review: Phantom


Simultaneously bizarre and banal, director Todd Robinson's military procedural seems designed to please no one.
By: JAKE MULLIGAN  |  February 27, 2013



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Review: Snitch


Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson idles through this Ric Roman Waugh–directed action thriller as John Matthews, a construction company owner who infiltrates a cartel to persuade the DEA to set free his wrongly imprisoned son.
By: SCOTT SUGARMAN  |  February 27, 2013

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Review: The Sweeney


No single subgenre is as tired as "loose-cannon cop breaks the rules to bring down a band of ruthless criminals."
By: JAKE MULLIGAN  |  February 27, 2013

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Review: Identity Thief


Seth Gordon directs this funny, though formulaic, mismatched-duo comedy in which Jason Bateman's straight-laced family man must nab Melissa McCarthy, the identity thief who has ruined his credit, and haul her from Florida to Denver for prosecution.
By: BETSY SHERMAN  |  February 20, 2013

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Review: Safe Haven


Somewhere along the way Nicholas Sparks went from being just a bestselling author of preachy schmaltz to a full-on franchise (he produces the movies of his books).
By: TOM MEEK  |  February 14, 2013
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