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Film Festival yo_1-1

Jake Paltrow’s Young Ones had its world premiere at this year’s Sundance and celebrated its German premiere at Filmfest Munich this week. The dystopian drama, almost a futuristic Western, explores a dried out world in which water is rare and people are willing to do anything to gain access to a…

NP Approved Snowpiercer 2

They don’t make ‘em like this anymore. Then again, I don’t think they’ve ever made them quite like this. Joon-ho Bong’s futuristic pic Snowpiercer, his first English-language outing, is unlike anything you have ever seen. It’s a grand story told on an intimate level, bursting with intrigue, excitement, and real…

Reviews transformers1

By the fourth installment, it seems almost pointless to complain about how loud, obnoxious and vacuous the whole experience is with these Transformers films, and yet it is almost impossible to stop. Destruction obsessed director Michael Bay seems hell bent on leaving no building un-demolished, no metropolis …

Reviews rigor_mortis_2013_1

“We will use crow’s blood instead of chicken blood” is one of the less weird lines casually uttered in the course of Rigor Mortis, a movie as mad as any we’re likely to see this year. There is a suicide scene that becomes a mental montage of otherworldly imagery; there is…

Reviews 22jumpstreet-1

Hollywood executives don’t think in terms of slates, of individual films, anymore. Instead, they think in terms of series, franchises, and now that Marvel/Disney has brought comic-book-inspired serial storytelling to mainstream audiences, mega-franchises. It’s not a total surprise then when a modestly budgeted action-comedy…

NP Approved how_to_train_your_dragon_2_movie-wide

It’s been four years since we were introduced to Hiccup and Toothless, the two behind perhaps the greatest tale about a boy and his dragon. In How to Train Your Dragon, the two of the overcame insurmountable odds to convince their village and humans and dragons could co-exist in harmony instead of fighting each other. Now, in …

Reviews 08-maleficent

MaleficentMaleficent, directed by Robert Stromberg is a Disney live action film released this year. Linda Woolverton, of the Lion King fame, has written the screenplay. This film is latest from Stromberg, who has been a part of gems like Avatar and Alice in Wonderland.

Reviews badass-trailer-for-edge-of-tomorrow

Whoever came up with the “Live. Die. Repeat.” tagline certainly earned their salary (or deserves a reward of some kind). Those three words perfectly capture the semi-familiar premise behind Tom Cruise’s (Oblivion, War of the Worlds, Minority Report) latest foray into the science-fiction/action genre, Edge of Tomorrow, a loose …

Reviews x-men-cp-06354907

In many respects, this is the X-Men film I’ve been waiting 14 years for. I’ve been an X-Men fan for nearly 25 years, read the comics in their 2nd or 3rd renaissance in the early 90s and watched the cartoon that was on at the same time. I will not, however, go on to document the many divergences from the Chris Clairmont original story because …

Reviews dofp_2014_1

When a filmmaker’s stumbles—as inevitable as the seasons turning and spectacle-filled summers—he (it’s usually a he) will often return to the genre or franchise where he saw his greatest commercial and critical success. For Bryan Singer, two expensive and underwhelming…

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