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Begin Again (2014)

It’s difficult to have particularly strong feelings about Begin Again. It’s a simple and easy film that doesn’t push any boundaries or cause a lot of drama, but while it’s playing, it’s pleasant enough that you probably won’t notice. It’s inoffensive, feel-good, and it has some catchy songs. Right. I should mention that Begin Again […]

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Gun Woman (2014)

A character remarks in Gun Woman that the entire story’s premise and execution sounds like it’s right out of a manga. I haven’t read many mangas in my life, but I was inclined to agree. This is one of the more ridiculous movies that you’ll see in your life, if you choose to watch it, […]

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U Turn (1997)

A man owes money to a gangster. He is on his way to deliver the payment when his car breaks down. He finds himself on the outskirts of a town just off the highway, Superior. He meets a mechanic, Darrell (Billy Bob Thorton), who agrees to fix the car but says it might take some […]

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Frances Ha (2013)

A film attempting to capture what post-college life is like for those who don’t adjust well, Frances Ha focuses on a single character, Frances (Greta Gerwig) and the situations she is forced to deal with when her life is disrupted after her best friend and roommate, Sophie (Mickey Sumner), decides to move on with her […]

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You’re Next (2013)

Home invasion films are nothing new and as a result it takes some ingenuity to make an individual effort stand out for the crowd and feel different. That’s precisely what director Adam Wingard has done with You’re Next, both a moderately scary and somewhat humorous entry into the genre. The difference between this film and […]

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Chef (2014)

Carl Casper (Jon Favreau) is one of those professionals whose home life is less than stellar thanks to his dedication to his field. He’s separated from his wife, Inez (SofĂ­a Vergara), doesn’t spend a whole lot of time with his son (Emjay Anthony), and otherwise has no personal life to speak of. He’s a chef. […]

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Venus in Fur (2014)

A cat and mouse game of the best degree, Venus in Fur is a film that’s as thrilling and constantly entertaining as any thriller you can find. It consists almost exclusively of two people either acting in, or talking about, a play, and yet, thanks to wonderful filmmaking and great acting, each line feels like […]

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Tammy (2014)

I can’t recall ever watching a movie in a theater whose crowd was as dead as the one for Tammy. I don’t often do a “crowd report,” but for some comedies I feel as if that’s necessary, because some people think I have terrible taste in comedies. (Those people include me, by the way; I […]

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Snowpiercer (2014)

Snowpiercer is certainly one way to tackle the issues of class disparity and climate change — at once, no less. The film’s entire premise is based on these two ideas, and then it takes its characters and audience on a great thrill ride of a movie. It does so effortlessly and stylishly. From its opening […]

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Movie 43 (2013)

Before Movie 43 was released, the cast list was announced. Names like Elizabeth Banks, Hugh Jackman, Halle Berry, Gerard Butler, Emma Stone, Kate Winslet, Gerard Butler, Anna Faris, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Kristen Bell, Sean William Scott, Dennis Quaid, Greg Kinnear, Uma Thurman — the list goes on and on — were announced to be involved. That’s […]

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Ghost World (2001)

Based on the comic book of the same name written by Terry Zweigoff, Ghost World is a coming-of-age story different from most similar films you’ll see come out of Hollywood. It doesn’t adhere to genre conventions, it takes a different direction in its story, it contains far more wit and satire than most movies are […]

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How to Train Your Dragon 2 (2014)

I saw How to Train Your Dragon a couple of years after most people and while I liked it at the time, I wasn’t quite as enamored with it as seemingly everyone else on the face of the planet. Sure, it was cute and funny and enjoyable — not to mention absolutely gorgeous — but […]

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Lullaby (2014)

There are heartbreaking movies and then there are manipulative movies that break hearts by constantly hitting them with sledgehammers. Lullaby feels more like the latter, unfortunately. This is a movie where the smallest of moments work the best, while the big, tear-soaked ones feel fake. And you can’t have that type of feeling in a […]

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This Is the End (2013)

If you happen to like the comedic offerings of most of the actors involved in This is the End, you’re going to enjoy this movie. The actors involved are Seth Rogen, Jay Baruchel, James Franco, Jonah Hill, Craig Robinson, and Danny McBride. The film’s premise is that all of these people — playing themselves — […]

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All Cheerleaders Die (2014)

In 2001, fresh college graduates Lucky McKee and Chris Sivertson decided to make a film called All Cheerleaders Die. I don’t know if many people saw it; I know I certainly haven’t. Now, 13 years later, the directorial team has remade their own film, which some people might automatically dismiss as egotistical, but I think […]

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Joy Ride 3 (2014)

The Joy Ride series has always been one about morality. It exists to teach lessons — lessons we should already know, but regardless… — to both its characters and its audience. The first film was about telling us how bad pranking others is, while the second was about theft. You’d think that we’d keep moving […]

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Albatross (2011)

Emelia Conan Doyle (Jessica Brown Findlay), an aspiring author because of her assumed relationship to the Sherlock Holmes novelist — and something she continually tells people — is a bit of a loose spirit. She drifts from place to place and basically does whatever she wants. Her penchant for sarcasm is unmatched. At the beginning […]

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Citizen Toxie: The Toxic Avenger IV (2000)

Apparently someone at Troma Entertainment saw Superman III and thought, “Hey, that was fun; let’s do that with the Toxic Avenger.” I am kidding, somewhat, especially because that’s not at all what Citizen Toxie: The Toxic Avenger IV is like. But it does have two different versions of its title character — one good, one […]

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