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Reviews Screen Shot 2015-11-26 at 12.10.21 AM

Seth Rogen loves his friends, and loves to reteam with them whenever he has the opportunity to. This is the End proved that in 2013 and then some, featuring scores of his fellow comedians all playing themselves while performing absurdly hilarious situational comedy. 2014 saw The Interview, in which he and his best friend James …

Reviews Screen Shot 2015-11-25 at 11.33.57 PM

As audiences, we too often see familiar reinventions of classic stories. Sometimes, and only sometimes, they’re not too familiar, and bring something interesting to the table, like Darren Aronofsky’s Noah. On the flipside, the much more common side, they’re derivative and not all that special in the slightest, like another biblical …

Reviews Screen Shot 2015-11-25 at 11.06.58 PM

As a star, a good part of James Dean’s appeal was his detachment. Of course, there was the hunk, but Dean was a trained actor (he practiced at Lee Strasberg’s coveted Actors Studio in Manhattan), who knew how to embody the nuances of character, particularly a quality of restlessness. Often playing a “disaffected youth”, Dean had a natural …

NP Approved King Kong

Most of the time, old science fiction films are viewed as quaint because of their primitive visual effects. They’re respected, but only because of what they were harbingers of. This is not the case with King Kong, the 1933 masterpiece from directors Merian C. Cooper and Ernest B. Schoedsack. King Kong ‘chief…

NP Approved Entertainment

Rick Alverson seems to have, as a director, mastered the art of unease. 2012’s The Comedy gave us a glimpse at this mastery, as the incredibly funny Tim Heidecker was given a character defined solely by his inability to display empathy, thus perpetually existing in an endless void of profanities. The absurd lengths…

Reviews Spotlight

With the crispness of a freshly printed newspaper, Spotlight reflects both the precision in reporting required by the Boston Globe’s Spotlight investigative journalism team as well as the depth of the groundbreaking stories they uncover. In many ways, the film has the feel of diving into the ink of a long-form newspaper…

Reviews Screen Shot 2015-11-23 at 8.57.31 AM

Casino, Martin Scorsese’s 1995 gangster epic set in Las Vegas, was the third in an informal mob trilogy that started with 1973’s Mean Streets and continued with Goodfellas in 1990. The connective tissue of these films is that each shows the mob at different levels, Mean Streets showing the really low level guys, moving up the rung a few steps …

Home Entertainment Screen Shot 2015-11-22 at 1.38.22 PM

Faust (Kino Lorber), directed by F.W. Murnau, based on the play of the same name by Goethe and the play “The Tragical History of Doctor Faustus” by Christopher Marlowe, ranks with Metropolis as one of the greatest achievements of German silent cinema. Gosta …

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