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The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel opens not in India, where The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel was set, but in the New York City board room of a corporation that finances retirement properties. Sonny Kapoor (Dev Patel), the enthusiastic manager of the original hotel, and Mrs. Donnelly (Maggie Smith), the hotel’s co-manager, are there to make a pitch for funding. While Sonny is extremely nervous since …

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I really knew very little about the British singer songwriter Amy Winehouse, apart from what news passed through the media in the UK. I felt no deep attachment to Amy Winehouse and put her quick rise to fame down to her evident talent and uniqueness within the UK music industry. Taking that into account, I thought it was unlikely that I’d be rushing to the cinema to see this documentary. As the …

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An expressionistic fairy tale, The Red Shoes (1948) takes filming theater to new heights by using cinematic techniques in its rendering of performed fantasy. By doing so, the uncanny, somewhat haunting qualities of Hans Christian Andersen’s tragic fairy tale are made more deeply palpable and affective. An experiment in cinematic techniques, the film shows how through film, and the manipulation of recorded time, one can transform the performing arts.

Reviews Screen Shot 2015-07-10 at 7.54.37 PM
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On the surface, the Parkers seem like an unremarkable family, spending their days at work and school, trying to stay cool in the stifling heat of an Australian summer. Just under that calm surface, however, is a family in crisis, in no small part thanks to the boredom brought on by their recent move to the tiny town of Nathgari. Matthew Parker (Joseph Fiennes) insists that his family’s move was necessary, and while his wife Catherine (Nicole Kidman) tries to make the …

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There are two schools of film criticism. The first is the open model, wherein a critic will advise and recommend a film based on the varying tastes of his or her readership (movie opinions are, after all, the ultimate in subjectivity). The second is a more closed, authoritative model, one by which a critic tells his readers that a film is, beyond a shadow of a doubt, either good or bad based on his or her own superior judgment. I tend to speak and write with authority …

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In any other movie about transgender sex workers searching for revenge on the streets of Los Angeles, our way into this world would likely be Razmik (Karren Karagulian), the Armenian cab driver who occasionally drives into the world of Sin-Dee (Kitana Kiki Rodriguez) and Alexandra (Mya Taylor) for an escape. We might learn about his efforts to hide this part of his life from his wife and young daughter and later observe as he reconciles his desires and those around him who have traveled to a foreign country with.

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Stung is about killer wasps. There’s no beating around the bush, its various story arcs are put into motion and interacted with by mutated homicidal insects. There are several legs, antennae, and stingers, but what does it all amount to?

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Was the first Magic Mike a painting and Magic Mike XXL a rough-hewn sketch? Or was the first film too tepidly self-serious and this sequel its no-frills, easygoing, party animal antithesis? I think all of those statements hold true in their own ways, yet the core energy of this franchise (since now we must refer to it as such) is somehow grander than all of them. Also, somehow, I am a fan of both films, and yet even as Steven Soderbergh’s 2012 original hovered just …

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