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The Grand Budapest Hotel

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REVIEW: Tom Steward asks whether we're seeing a new side to Wes Anderson in his latest effort.
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Published on April 10, 2014

   
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The Wolf of Wall Street
ALTERNATE TAKE: How does the film both buy into and challenge its morally corruptive urges?
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Published on April 10, 2014
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Captain America: The Winter Soldier

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REVIEW: A consummate blending of conspiracy thriller intrigue and action movie heroics.
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Published on March 30, 2014
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On the ethos and methods of this site, by James MacDowell...
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Under the Skin

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A strange and mesmerising piece of surrealism.
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Published on March 20, 2014
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Alternate Takes

Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit
What does this reboot tell us about the current international climate?
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Published on March 17, 2014
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Articles

Experiential Art: Musical performance, live cinema, and Abel Gance’s Napoléon
The spectatorial experience of live performance, from the silent era to the digital present.
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Published on February 13, 2014
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The Lego Movie

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The best Hollywood film based on children's toys made so far
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Published on March 13, 2014
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Frozen
Progressive representations of the princess in Disney's latest fairy tale
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Published on February 13, 2014
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Before Sunrise after Before Midnight: genre and gender in the Before series
James MacDowell asks, what does Linklater's most recent film do to its predecessors?
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Published on September 17, 2013
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Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit

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Despite its ostensibly topical edge, there is little bite in this spy-thriller reboot
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Published on February 10, 2014
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The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
Overcoming the middle chapter syndrome...
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Published on February 10, 2014
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Tales of Immorality: Side Effects and Trance
A re-evaluation of unpleasantness in Boyle and Soderbergh's recent thrillers
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Published on May 21, 2013
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Iniside Llewyn Davis

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A beautiful and evocative portrait of a struggling folk singer
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Published on January 31, 2014
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Leviathan
A consideration of the tension between digital actuality and artificiality
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Published on February 10, 2014
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Fairytales of Liminality in Beasts of the Southern Wild
A film about the arbitrariness and necessity of boundaries
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Published on February 23, 2013
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