Theatrical Reviews

by / on April 4, 2015 at 10:53 am / in Reviews, Theatrical Reviews

NEW RELEASE REVIEW: FURIOUS 7

It’s difficult to put down in words the feeling of anticipation you can get from something you’re about to experience that you’ve been looking forward to. Moments before your favorite band comes on stage, all you can feel is the […]

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by / on March 17, 2015 at 3:00 pm / in Indie Spotlight, Reviews, Theatrical Reviews

INDIE SPOTLIGHT/NEW RELEASE REVIEW: IT FOLLOWS

The entry below has been reposted from the original review which went up on my own blog a few hours before I posted it here. We open on a quiet suburban street. As a frantic, piercing music cue plays, a […]

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by / on March 13, 2015 at 9:14 am / in Reviews, Theatrical Reviews

NEW RELEASE REVIEW: RUN ALL NIGHT

Pretension plagues the world of film like ego plagues Kanye West. Typically associated with highbrow fare (hello, The Tree of Life!), it’s a word that exposes something, or someone, as intellectually fraudulent. Branding a movie/director/actor/writer as “pretentious” is the ultimate […]

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by / on February 27, 2015 at 12:30 pm / in Reviews, Theatrical Reviews

NEW RELEASE REVIEW: FOCUS

Whether it’s Robert Redford and Paul Newman outwitting the mob in The Sting, Leonardo DiCaprio charismatically endearing us to real-life criminal Frank Abagnale in Catch Me If You Can, or Kevin Kline’s hilarious, incompetent Otto in A Fish Called Wanda, […]

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by / on February 13, 2015 at 11:31 am / in Reviews, Theatrical Reviews

NEW RELEASE REVIEW: KINGSMAN: THE SECRET SERVICE

James Bond has managed to helm a film franchise that’s remained relevant over the course of 53 years and 23 movies (with a 24th coming later this year) for many reasons – his suave, sophisticated demeanor, the fancy cars he […]

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by / on February 6, 2015 at 1:02 pm / in Reviews, Theatrical Reviews

NEW RELEASE REVIEW: JUPITER ASCENDING

Ambition, in regards to film at least, is one of those flowery, romanticized terms cinephiles use to describe movies that don’t necessarily add up to the sum of their parts, but have moments of profound impact or ideas that stick […]

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by / on January 30, 2015 at 2:22 pm / in Reviews, Theatrical Reviews

NEW RELEASE REVIEW: PROJECT ALMANAC

Suspension of disbelief, that flimsy, subjective notion that’s shorthand for, “how much bullshit will an audience accept” is one of the pillars of storytelling. Almost everyone is willing to suspend his/her disbelief…to a point. For instance, The Simpsons haven’t aged […]

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by / on January 27, 2015 at 11:07 am / in Reviews, Theatrical Reviews

NEW RELEASE REVIEW: A MOST VIOLENT YEAR

In economics, there’s a theory about the invisible hand: individuals who act in their own self-interest create unintended benefits for society at large. It’s intended as a way to explain how markets are able to survive in spite of cutthroat […]

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by / on January 16, 2015 at 12:29 pm / in Reviews, Theatrical Reviews

NEW RELEASE REVIEW: AMERICAN SNIPER

Roger Ebert was fond of saying, “Movies aren’t about what they’re about; they’re about how they’re about them.” It’s a great quote that really gets to the heart of filmmaking – a great filmmaker can elevate a relatively mundane story, […]

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by / on January 9, 2015 at 10:52 am / in Reviews, Theatrical Reviews

NEW RELEASE REVIEW: SELMA

Unless you’ve intentionally sheltered yourself from current events (an increasingly more appealing alternative to following them), it’s impossible not to associate Ava DuVernay’s new film Selma, which receives a nationwide release this week after being in limited release since Christmas, […]

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