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The Hungover Games (2014)

If you haven’t read my reviews of the Hangover series — why are you here, first off? — I’ll summarize. I think that is the worst theatrically released trilogy in cinema history and apart from the Mike Tyson cameos they are completely lacking in humor from frame one to conclusion. I note this because The […]

Kite (2014)

In 1998, a controversial and often-censored anime called Kite was released. I don’t think it’s ever seen a fully uncensored release in America, and it’s really only known by those who seek out the most controversial of media. It has a cult following — Quentin Tarantino was inspired by it for parts of Kill Bill, […]

Running Scared (2006)

Sure to someday be a cult favorite, Running Scared is a movie where everything goes wrong over the course of one night. You know those types of films, right? Where one event triggers a whole lot more, all spiraling downward and out of control? Running Scared‘s catalyst involves a child shooting his abusive father with […]

Narc (2002)

After a particularly dangerous and disastrous chase, undercover Narcotics officer Nick Tellis (Jason Patric) decides to resign from the Detroit Police Department. During this chase, he shot at a man who had a hostage and wound up causing the hostage, a pregnant woman, to miscarry. Thinking on his wife and child, he decided that it’s […]

Knights of Badassdom (2014)

I’m going to go ahead and make the presumption that a large portion of the audience isn’t going to have a clue as to what “LARPing” is. You are not the audience for this movie. That’s especially true if, once I describe to you what it is, you think the concept sounds silly, stupid, or […]

Adult World (2014)

Life following college can be hard, especially in this economy. Depending on the degree you pick, finding a job can be excruciatingly difficult. Moving back in with one’s parents is the only choice for many recent graduates. Adult World is a film that follows one such individual, and essentially becomes a coming-of-age film … for […]

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The Hungover Games (2014)

If you haven’t read my reviews of the Hangover series — why are you here, first off? — I’ll summarize. I think that is the worst theatrically released trilogy in cinema history and apart from the Mike Tyson cameos they are completely lacking in humor from frame one to conclusion. I note this because The […]

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Life of Crime (2014)

A kidnapping. A woman unsatisfied with her life is kidnapped by a couple of criminals. They want her husband to pay the ransom money; he’s off on vacation with his mistress, and has already sent in divorce papers. So we wait. What will come of this? Who will blink first? And why does one of […]

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As Above, So Below (2014)

An allegorical thrill ride that manages to subvert many of the clichés and pratfalls of the found footage genre, As Above, So Below will probably remind a lot of people of The Descent or, well, The Cave, but it’s a smarter movie than both of those — especially The Cave — and it probably generates […]

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The Drop (2014)

If you’ve heard of The Drop and plan to see it, it’s probably for one of two people. The first is James Gandolfini, who makes his final film appearance in this film. He plays the boss of a bar that becomes the center of money drops, and gets to do a typical crime drama role. […]

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Kite (2014)

In 1998, a controversial and often-censored anime called Kite was released. I don’t think it’s ever seen a fully uncensored release in America, and it’s really only known by those who seek out the most controversial of media. It has a cult following — Quentin Tarantino was inspired by it for parts of Kill Bill, […]

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Frank (2014)

Frank is an unsettling little movie. It’s a little depressing, very quirky, and nothing ever feels quite right about it. As soon as its titular — but not leading — character shows up, you know something’s off. It takes a while to figure out exactly what, and when you do you’re not going to feel […]

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Palo Alto (2014)

In 2010 James Franco published a book of short stories titled Palo Alto. The stories were tangentially linked and contained teenagers in Palo Alto, California doing bad things and having a tough family life — often leading to those aforementioned bad things. Now, the book has been adapted into a feature film by Gia Coppola, […]

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The Longest Week (2014)

The Longest Week is the most Wes Anderson-y movie you’ll see that in no way, shape, or form has anything to do with Wes Anderson. From the opening scene to the last, you’ll be able to see the Anderson inspirations. There’s some Woody Allen thrown in here, too. I don’t think many people are going […]

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The Captive (2014)

Take a step back after you see The Captive — if you do, indeed, choose to watch it — and try to piece it all together. I’m not sure it’s possible. Whether through the editing process — during which scenes have been chronologically scrambled and some points have been cut altogether (or were never filmed) […]

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Running Scared (2006)

Sure to someday be a cult favorite, Running Scared is a movie where everything goes wrong over the course of one night. You know those types of films, right? Where one event triggers a whole lot more, all spiraling downward and out of control? Running Scared‘s catalyst involves a child shooting his abusive father with […]

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The Ides of March (2011)

There’s something captivating about seeing smart people in the movies. Perhaps it’s because movie characters are often less intelligent than one would hope, or maybe even because in reality it seems that there aren’t any smart people left. Regardless, watching well-spoken, thoughtful individuals in every role in a feature film is a good way to […]

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Rapture-Palooza (2013)

Whimsical takes on the end of the world are nothing new. Just in 2013 alone we have This is the End, The World’s End, and this film, Rapture-Palooza. But while the other two films are about surviving the destruction of the planet, Rapture-Palooza is more concerned with (1) a creepy romance between two of its […]

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Persepolis (2007)

 The Middle East, in more recent years, is starting to become a place full of violent content. Everywhere one looks, there is a sense of fear and terror throughout, making it impossible to stay or even live. So getting a documented look at the place is tricky. Luckily, we have the 2007 animated feature “Persepolis” […]

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Narc (2002)

After a particularly dangerous and disastrous chase, undercover Narcotics officer Nick Tellis (Jason Patric) decides to resign from the Detroit Police Department. During this chase, he shot at a man who had a hostage and wound up causing the hostage, a pregnant woman, to miscarry. Thinking on his wife and child, he decided that it’s […]

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Jersey Girl (2004)

Jersey Girl probably sounded like a better idea before Gigli opened and was met to terrible reviews and poor returns at the box office. That film starred Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez, and was hated by almost everyone. It was panned so bad that Miramax, the studio distributing Jersey Girl, moved the later film’s release […]

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Knights of Badassdom (2014)

I’m going to go ahead and make the presumption that a large portion of the audience isn’t going to have a clue as to what “LARPing” is. You are not the audience for this movie. That’s especially true if, once I describe to you what it is, you think the concept sounds silly, stupid, or […]

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The Frozen Ground (2013)

Based on a true story — and actually feeling real, which is often not the case — The Frozen Ground is a film detailing a trio of interconnecting stories which give us a character on each side of the story. The film is about Robert Hansen (John Cusack), a serial killer who kidnapped, raped, killed, […]

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