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The Amazing Spider-Man 2
Does this film add anything, aesthetically or narratively, to superhero cinema?
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Published on June 10, 2014
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Fading Gigolo
An unsatisfying film best understood as a a movie about actor-directors
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Published on June 07, 2014
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The Canyons
Paul Schrader's latest explores our obsession with small screens
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Published on June 03, 2014
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The Grand Budapest Hotel
Considering Wes Anderson's representation of spaces...
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Published on April 30, 2014
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Captain America: The Winter Soldier
This franchise has unique narrative potential to engage with American history.
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Published on April 23, 2014
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The Wolf of Wall Street
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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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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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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The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
Overcoming the middle chapter syndrome...
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Published on February 10, 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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Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2
A sequel lacking in wit, invention, and memorable star performances
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Published on December 25, 2013
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Girl Most Likely
How does it fail as both a rom-com and a comedy-drama?
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Published on December 12, 2013
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Prince Avalanche
Casting an eye on David Gordon Green's earlier work...
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Published on December 06, 2013
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Enough Said
Tom Steward laments the loss of a fine screen actor...
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Published on November 27, 2013
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Austenland
Reluctant to deal with the protagonists' social world as Austen did...
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Published on November 18, 2013
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How I Live Now
A film with a complex, ambiguous stance towards control and freedom.
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Published on November 15, 2013
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Blue Jasmine
Redeploying and renegotiating elements from Allen's oeuvre...
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Published on November 05, 2013
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You're Next
Considering the relationship between horror and mumblecore...
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Published on November 02, 2013
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Byzantium
Uses the trope of the vampire to explore sensuality and restraint
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Published on October 29, 2013
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Fruitvale Station
The formal and social failings of this fatal account of Oscar Grant III
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Published on October 16, 2013
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