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Steven Soderbergh is one of the finest talents working today, so it’s a shame that his final film, Side Effects, is such a profound mess. We’re given a truly talented cast, mixed with an intriguing premise, and a first half that really builds up something big, but the constant twists in the film’s closing act… Read more »

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Warm Bodies starts promising, offering an interesting world with some properly defined rules. But it all goes downhill once the romance hits, turning something slightly charming into a world that is increasingly grating. Zombie romance sounds like a tricky genre, and while it does work for quite a bit of the film’s duration, it ultimately… Read more »

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Note: the film is released theatrically on February 8th, but it’s currently available for renting and Video On Demand. A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III is a strange feature, a short mind trip that becomes surprisingly focused near the film’s optimistic conclusion. This is an endearing film with an outstanding cast, and… Read more »

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Mama is an odd little film, a movie that seemingly wants to be a fairy tale, old-fashioned horror, a psychological thriller, and…a mess, I suppose. The creative energy is quite remarkable, for they have crafted a compelling tale that also feels stretched; this premise is intriguing, but it feels like a 30-minute tale made into… Read more »

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Amour is a slow, deliberate, intense, and emotional affair, but it’s also one of the most challenging films I’ve ever come across. It bombards our emotions with remarkable subtlety, while at the same time providing some of the most profoundly moving and connecting scenes I’ve seen in a film in years. These are two great… Read more »

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Not Fade Away is a music drama set during 1960s emergence of rock-n-roll, and with that delivers a solid character study that navigates conventions fluidly. Its mastering of music is quite remarkable, for it handles hit singles in a context that provides us with social commentary, character observations, and stark contrasts to modern day. Yet… Read more »

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Predicting the Oscar Nominations

Tomorrow morning is just another Thursday for some people, but for us film lovers, it’s the second coming of Christmas. Alright, that was too far. But it is the announcement of Oscar nominations, almost six weeks before the actual ceremony, and we’ll get an idea of just which films will dominate the box office and… Read more »

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Zero Dark Thirty is meticulous, methodical, boldly directed, and above all a brilliant piece of filmmaking by Kathryn Bigelow. The film will earn attention on many fronts, whether that be its overhyped take on torture or its possibly politicized take, but this is a deliberate movie that delivers a bare-bones story. It also holds an… Read more »

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Gangster Squad is a lot of things, but the one I didn’t expect? Good. As in, really good. The film’s grounding in noir style and a gritty thriller approach make it an odd, campy fun, with plenty of decorated veterans and a surprising amount of humor. It’s an enjoyable, blood-filled gem that doesn’t deserve its… Read more »

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There are movies that are so bad they’re good, there are movies that are so bad they’re painful, and there are movies that are so bad they are Texas Chainsaw 3D. It’s a movie of such incompetence on all horror fronts, destroying the main character of Leatherface and making the film feel like a travesty…. Read more »