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NP Approved a quiet passion

Terence Davies’ A Quiet Passion, a bright and engaging portrait of Emily Dickinson, is more family drama than biopic. Steadfastly anti-romantic, the film exaggerates the conventions of the standard biopic, dishing out expository lines of dialogue without any attempt to make them sound conversational. It’s not just that the…

NP Approved t2 trainspotting

It’s hard to imagine anyone outside of Danny Boyle, Ewan McGregor, Ewen Bremner, Jonny Lee Miller, or Robert Carlyle who wanted, let alone demanded, a sequel to the 1996 adaptation of Irvine Welsh’s blackly comic, transgressive, subversive satire, Trainspotting, but here we are 21 years later with T2 Trainspotting, a near…

SXSW 2017 free fire 1

Walking in to see Free Fire, all signs pointed to this being a movie that I could really sink my teeth into. It features a loaded cast, a 70s setting, the promise of copious amounts of gunplay, and the mind of Ben Wheatley. Say what you will about…

SXSW 2017 Prevenge_1

Most of the time when you say “pregnancy” and “horror” in the same sentence, you’re usually talking about something either pre-pregnancy or post-pregnancy. We’ve had plenty of films featuring demonic children or satanic conception, placing the impetus of the fear…

SXSW 2016 spaceship 1

At the center of Alex Taylor’s Spaceship is a group of cyber goth teenagers (which is apparently a thing now). These adolescents troll about expounding on the deeper meanings of life, toiling inconsequentially on the tenants of suicide, and generally not concerning…

Reviews Brazil

There is much to be said about Terry Gilliam’s epic dystopian masterpiece Brazil, not the least of which is the masterful way Gilliam tells the story of an imaginative man shackled by the machine of conformity. It’s also amazing that the film was made at all, considering the now-legendary amount of studio intervention that went so…

Reviews Legend

Tom Hardy’s dual performance in Legend as real-life identical twin gangster brothers Ronald and Reginald Kray is a remarkable one. The film itself, unfortunately, does not live up to its title. Narrated by Reggie’s wife Francis (Emily Browning), we watch as the Kray brothers rule…

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