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With A Duo of Superb Performances, <i>Green Book</i> Warms Your Heart

With A Duo of Superb Performances, Green Book Warms Your Heart

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11/30/2018

Today’s films are often judged by how nuanced they are at presenting their central themes. They must be direct, but not overtly obvious; thought provoking, but not contradictory; open to interpretation, but not frustratingly vague. However, Green Book, a 2018 dramedy set in the early sixties chronicling the relationship between African-American pianist Dr. Don Shirley…

Trust and convenience in <i>Hunter Killer</i>

Trust and convenience in Hunter Killer

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10/26/2018

Hunter Killer starts underwater, outside of a hulking steel submarine. Inside of it, a human crew is briefly introduced. The men controlling the monitors talk and joke back and forth, and their captain reprimands them for the chatter. There’s nothing immediately spectacular here, but the heart of the film is introduced in these  opening moments….

<i>The Nun</i> Probably Should Have Stayed in the Convent

The Nun Probably Should Have Stayed in the Convent

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09/14/2018

The Conjuring universe is an anomaly when it comes to modern horror movie franchises. While horror movies usually go downhill from the second installment on, The Conjuring franchise has not only found great commercial success with all of its entries, but most of them have also been critically well-received, with the exceptions of the first…

New Hendrix Biopic Emerges from the "Purple Haze"

New Hendrix Biopic Emerges from the "Purple Haze"

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10/03/2014

  Music biopics have a tendency to rear toward hagiography, as the stars they depict often end up falling into the stereotype of tortured genius or underdog who bucked the odds to become a superstar. These films are almost surely Oscar-bait and rarely provide new insight into the artist’s life. JIMI: All Is by My…

The Drop  is a Bucket of Mediocrity

The Drop  is a Bucket of Mediocrity

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09/15/2014

The Drop is an emotionally manipulative crime drama that forcibly links multiple, supposedly character-driven plot threads in order to build to one of the most laughably-executed twists in recent memory.  Tom Hardy stars as Bob, a bartender who has to deal with the fact that his bar, a “drop point” where the Chechen mob often…

Movie Monster Madness and the Bay

Movie Monster Madness and the Bay

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06/13/2014

In 1949, longtime San Francisco-based journalist Herb Caen published a collection of essays about the city entitled Baghdad by the Bay. (If you’re interested, it’s available for purchase here.) The moniker, which Caen came up with himself, was apparently meant to encapsulate the city’s verdant—and growing—multicultural exoticism and to conjure an association with the ancient…

A Million Ways to Force a Joke!

A Million Ways to Force a Joke!

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06/13/2014

Love him or hate him, Seth MacFarlane has a knack for mocking society and pop-culture.  His first feature-length film, Ted, played out like an extended episode of Family Guy, was raunchy, mildly funny, and just likable enough to be recommendable.  Following the success of this hour-and-a-half theatrical debut comes A Million Ways to Die in…

Cannes Film Festival Spotlights Art Films

Cannes Film Festival Spotlights Art Films

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06/05/2014

At the end of last month, the world watched as one of the most prestigious events in cinema unfolded in the south of France. The 68th Cannes Film Festival was in full swing, with all the stars, glamour, and pomp it entails. Often considered the biggest name in high-profile art film, Cannes is one of…

Only Lovers Left Alive  is "cool"

Only Lovers Left Alive  is "cool"

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04/19/2014

Pale-skinned, blood-sucking creatures of the night, spend their time listening to obscure music and traipsing around the ruins of Detroit. No, this isn’t a documentary about Midtown, but you can be forgiven for thinking so. These are the subjects of Jim Jarmusch’s latter-day vampire film, Only Lovers Left Alive, a film that revels so much…

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