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Devil's Knot
Jim Holden explores the narrative failures of Devil's Knot
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Published on September 17, 2014
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Battle Company: Korengal
Deciding to focus on the experiences of the US soldiers involved reaps remarkable results
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Published on September 07, 2014
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Cold in July
Symptomatic of a trend in recent neo-noir to ape eighties filmmaking; by Tom Steward
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Published on August 06, 2014
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The Lego Movie
Working through dichotomies of playing vs. preserving and creativity vs. conformity
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Published on July 31, 2014
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The Lone Ranger
An audio commentary on Gore Verbinski's much-maligned revisionist western.
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Published on July 22, 2014
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Belle
Interrogating historical veracity and progressive potential in a generic context
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Published on July 08, 2014
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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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