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Reviews Screen Shot 2015-10-21 at 6.45.01 PM

Take any existing property aimed toward children, slap some excessive CGI onto every frame, and the result will most likely be adored by its target audience, but hated by parents. That’s the solitary path many family films follow these days, from The Smurfs to Alvin and the Chipmunks and its far worse sequels. Several things can be done to …

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László Nemes acclaimed feature debut, Son of Saul, marginalizes dense content of concentration camp activities through its distinct but abusive cinematic style. Though immediately calling one’s attention to its unique visual rhetoric, wherein a mobile camera fastened into selective focus follows Saul (Géza Röhrig) move about the camp, the film’s potential to…

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Porumboiu’s The Treasure is an effective deadpan comedy with dry, satirical content and a resigned tone despite guffaw-worthy exchanges. It is made almost entirely of medium to long two and three shots, with little cinematic flourishes. But this conventional cinematic rhetoric is not in any way a hindrance to the film’s emotive power; instead, the film’s…

NP Approved Screen Shot 2015-10-19 at 7.23.31 PM

Beware all ye who enter here! Guillermo del Toro’s latest film, Crimson Peak, is not the horror-filled ghost story it’s being promoted as but rather like is first masterpiece The Devil’s Backbone (and his protagonist Edith’s (Mia Wasikowska) novel), a story with horror and ghosts. It is more indebted to Hitchcock’s Notorious and the writings …

Home Entertainment Screen Shot 2015-10-19 at 6.37.43 PM

Jurassic World (Universal) is the fourth movie in a franchise that makes dinosaurs the stars. The perfect summer film, it features action all the way through with few slow spots, mostly because director Colin Trevorrow keeps assorted dinosaurs on screen most of the time.

Reviews Screen Shot 2015-10-17 at 7.07.02 PM

As far as cinematic stunts, tricks, and gimmicks go, it’s hard find fault – at least narrative fault (the technical kind may be altogether a different matter) – with Victoria, a single-take, Berlin-set crime-thriller shot over the course of two hours and 18 minutes by actor-turned-writer-director Sebastian Schipper (Sometime in August). Shot across …

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