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A Field in England
Ben Wheatley's new film, British Gothic and folk-horror.
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Published on September 21, 2013
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A Good Day to Die Hard
Pathos serves as a painful reminder of heroism
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Published on March 07, 2013
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A History of Violence
"Rather bizarrely and embarrassingly, it didn’t occur to me that ‘A History of Violence’ was a title that had a potentially mundane, as well as grand, meaning (i.e: 'this character has a history of violence', as well as 'this is A History Of Violence'), until I had left the cinema..."
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Published on October 03, 2005
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Apocalypto
"Unusual in some surface respects, but still predominantly highly conventional, Apocalypto is a misguided, muddled film, with pretensions far above its station... Its script is severely lacking, and is a genreless missmash of ideas with a tone so uneven you begin to wonder if you’re even watching the finished product..."
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Published on February 04, 2007
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Apollo 18
How does a found footage film fake authenticity?...
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Published on September 20, 2011
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A Scanner Darkly
"This Alternate Take will explore some of the many meanings this film's form conveys in relation to the subject it is depicting. This deserves noting because, though it is certainly not perfect in all respects, on this level A Scanner Darkly is - frankly - stunningly good..."
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Published on September 18, 2006
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Atonement
"The movie sabotages itself in its insistence on keeping that which is most obviously ‘clever,’ rather than rich and resonant, about McEwan’s novel..."
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Published on October 17, 2007
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Attack the Block
Consciously blurring boundaries between social stereotype, hero, and antihero...
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Published on July 04, 2011
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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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