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Posted July 30, 2014in Film Review

Prolific but redundant

“Magic in the Moonlight” 3 stars Rated PG-13 97 minutes Comedy Starring: Colin Firth, Antonia Clarke, Natasha Andrews Woody Allen has mastered the art of making the same trivial film over and over again. His “Blue Jasmine” experiment was an exception that resulted in an utter failure of tone. Part

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Posted July 23, 2014in Film Review

Skin game

“A Most Wanted Man” 3 stars Rated R 121 minutes Thriller Starring: Grigoriy Dobrygin, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Homayoun Ershadi Anton Corbjin’s unconventional post-9/11 spy thriller (based on John le Carré dated 2008 novel) remains an engaging experience in spite of myriad aspects that weigh it down. Notably, one of Philip

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Posted July 16, 2014in Film Review

Cultural touchstone

“Boyhood” 5 stars Rated R 166 minutes Drama Starring: Ellar Coltrane, Patricia Arquette, Ethan Hawke Just when you thought there was nothing new under the sun, Richard Linklater goes and makes the most anti-Hollywood movie ever conceived. In Linklater’s case, concept was everything — execution was quite another. Planning an

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Posted July 09, 2014in Film Review

Splendid isolation

“Me and You” 4 starsNot Rated 106 minutes Drama Starring: Tea Falco, Jacopo Olmo Antinori, Sonia Bergamasco Bernardo Bertolucci’s long awaited return to filmmaking after a decade-long absence is a beautifully photographed and provocative, coming-of-age drama in the vein of Bertolucci’s “La Luna” and his last film “The Dreamers.” As

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Posted July 02, 2014in Film Review

Sophomore slump

“The Rover” 2 stars Rated R 103 minutes Drama Starring: Guy Pearce, Robert Pattinson, Scoot McNairy Director/co-writer David Michôd suffers a sophomore slump in this disappointing follow-up to his well-crafted debut “Animal Kingdom” (2010), a crime drama about family of Melbourne gangsters led by a violence-prone matriarch (brilliantly played by

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Posted June 25, 2014in Film Review

Kinky boots

“Venus in Fur” 5 stars Not Rated 96 minutes Drama Starring: Emmanuelle Seigner, Mathieu Amalric Roman Polanski’s 20th film is an exquisite deconstructionist articulation of a quicksilver sadomasochistic tug-of-war between a middle-aged theater director and an enigmatic actress auditioning for a role in his upcoming play “Venus in Furs.” She

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Posted June 18, 2014in Film Review

Bromancing with guns out

“22 Jump Street” 2 stars Rated R 112 minutes Comedy Starring: Channing Tatum, Jonah Hill, Ice Cube Everything about the concept of a “Jump Street” franchise reeks of Hollywood’s perpetual drive to repackage a formula and call it a movie. This year has been an abysmal year for Hollywood movies

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Posted June 11, 2014in Film Review

Time-warped nightmare profusion

“Edge of Tomorrow” 2 stars Rated PG-13 113 minutes Action Starring: Tom Cruise, Emily Blunt, Bill Paxton All high-concept, but affording only minimal entertainment reward by way of its stale ghost-in-the-machine storyline, “Edge of Tomorrow” is the “Groundhog Day” of sci-fi movies. Based on a Japanese novel (“All You Need

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Posted June 04, 2014in Film Review

Loose with math

“A Million Ways to Die in the West” 3 stars Rated R 116 minutes Comedy Starring: Seth MacFarlane, Charlize Theron, Liam Neeson Of the hundred or so gags, jokes and one-liners that comic genius Seth MacFarlane throws at the wall over the course of his bawdy and sometimes grotesque western

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Posted May 28, 2014in Film Review

Pure cinema

“The Dance of Reality” 5 stars Not Rated 130 minutes Drama Starring: Brontis Jodorowsky, Pamela Flores, Jeremias Herskovits After a 23-year hiatus from making feature films — his last was “The Rainbow Thief,” a work-for-hire film from 1990 starring Peter O’Toole and Omar Sharif that he disowned after it was

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