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It took me about 40 minutes to give up on Headshot being anything approaching what you could call a “complete film.” That isn’t to say that it isn’t enjoyable. For those looking for violence, decently executed fights in the hands of skilled fighters, and orifices from which to bleed…

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Wolves is my first exposure to director Bart Freundlich, and if this film is any indication, his filmmaking is very earnest in its attempt to be sprawling and operatically emotional. Freundlich doesn’t always succeed in his emotional and thematic ambitions, but Wolves is a fairly fascinating attempt at understanding the holes wealth can leave in individual and familial lives.

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All art is political, even superhero art. And there’s little doubt that Logan, the second collaboration between writer-director James Mangold (The Wolverine, 3:10 to Yuma, Night & Day, Cop Land) and star Hugh Jackman, qualifies as art, as superhero art, and as political art. Set in a possible future for the X-Men universe – both a…

Film Festival The Erlprince (dir. Kuba Czekaj, 2016)

A mentally disabled 60 year-old woman named Pia realizes her 80 year-old mother will die one day. Her mother thinks it would be good idea to posit a group home so that she will know her daughter will be safe and happy. Her daughter on the other hand believes finding a man to marry might be the better option…

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We Are the Flesh (Arrow Video) is a bizarre Mexican horror film that offers a grim portrait of humanity. A young brother and sister (Diego Gamaliel, Maria Evoli), roaming an apocalyptic city, take refuge in the dilapidated lair of a strange hermit (Noe Hernandez). He puts them to work constructing a huge, cavernous structure where he acts out his insane and depraved fantasies. Trapped in this maddening world under …

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Allied (Paramount Home Entertainment) a wartime thriller with a large helping of romance, stars Brad Pitt as Max Vatan, a Royal Canadian Air Force wing commander on a top-secret mission in Casablanca. He has agreed to pose as the husband of French Resistance fighter Marianne Beausejour (Marion Cotillard). Under Marianne’s guidance, they …

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Time’s up. Put your pencils down.

The past six months of prognostication all boils down to tonight, when the envelopes are opened. As much as Best Picture might feel like a foregone conclusion (and I actually don’t think it is the most certain category of them all), some uncertainties remain. How long are the La La Land coattails?

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Katie Says Goodbye is a uniquely toxic experience, a relatively competent production featuring a stellar lead performance from rapidly rising star Olivia Cooke dedicated to perhaps the most noxious, ill-conceived thematic arc this side of literal cancer. Cooke stars as a naïve, wide-eyed waitress with a prostitution racket on the side. Neglecting …

Reviews Get Out

Jean-Paul Sartre was wrong. Hell isn’t other people. Hell is white people, specifically white faux-liberals, in Jordan Peele’s (Keanu, Key & Peele) writing-directing feature-length debut, Get Out, a horror-comedy mash-up of Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner?, The Stepford Wives, and The Puppet Masters that ruthlessly satirizes the misguided…

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Each year, the three Short Film categories at the Oscars wield tremendous power – which is to say, they tend to make or break a lot of Oscar pools. Predicting winners in these categories tends to be slipperier than so many of the major categories, for a variety of obvious and not-so-obvious reasons. We spend six months parsing all the…

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