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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘And So It Goes’

Film: And So It Goes
Starring: Michael Douglas, Diane Keaton
Directed by: Rob Reiner

Rob Reiner has made an art out of telling simple stories with relatable characters. In a time where every film tries to be bigger and more extravagant than the one that came before, Reiner’s work exists to remind cinemagoers that the only thing a movie needs to be a hit is a good story with a few solid laughs. Big name stars help, too, of course, but they’re not a prerequisite for success.

And So It Goes is the latest work from Reiner, and like many …

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘The Purge: Anarchy’

Film: The Purge: Anarchy
Starring: Frank Grillo
Directed by: James DeMonaco

A year after The Purge proved audiences were still interested in home invasion horror, The Purge: Anarchy has arrived with a mishandled attempt at franchise expansion that will likely be forgotten before the end of the year.

I was incredibly excited for The Purge: Anarchy after the initial trailer debuted online at the end of 2013 because it looked like the film I had hoped the original Purge would be. It always seemed strange to me that a film with a premise about all crime being legal for twenty-four …

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes’

Film: Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes
Starring: Jason Clarke, Andy Serkis, Gary Oldman
Directed By: Matt Reeves

Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes builds on the foundation laid by its predecessor in ways that are both stunning and deeply satisfying.

Ten years have passed since the events witnessed in Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes when the latest film, Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes opens. In that time, humans have largely died off, and those that have survived have sought shelter in the dystopian remains of our great cities. The apes, who have spent …

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Begin Again’

Film: Begin Again
Starring: Mark Ruffalo, Kiera Knightley
Directed by: John Carney

Using essentially the same set of skills that helped make Once an international success, John Carney has struck gold a second time by blending music and drama in Begin Again.

Dan is an aging record label executive that has become disinterested in the music being played at radio today. He got into music to invest in real musicians with unique points of view, but he’s come to the realization that that type of talent is a very rare breed. He’s been searching for seven years to find …

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Premature’

Film: Premature
Starring: Craig Roberts, Katie Findlay
Directed by: Dan Beers

Groundhog’s Day meets American Pie in the new comedy Premature.

Growing up is hard, and as well grow older we often wish we could have a second chance in various situations. Premature explores the possibilities of such an opportunity being presented, albeit without the consent of the person stuck living the same day over and over. We follow a young man who, following a number of odd events, realizes that every time he ejaculates he is transported to the beginning of that same day. Even worse, each day …

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘They Came Together’

Film: They Came Together
Directed by: David Wain
Written By: David Wain, Michael Showalter
Starring: Paul Rudd, Amy Poehler, Bill Hader

As film theory would have it, every genre goes through four stages: Primitive, Classical, Parodic and Revisionist. In the case of the romantic comedy, by my estimation, we’ve completed this cycle twice. The first cycle began with some of the genre’s early classics, from It Happened One Night to The Apartment, before Woody Allen turned the genre on its head with Annie Hall.

More recently, the genre enjoyed a second golden age with films like Sleepless in

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Edge Of Tomorrow’

Film: Edge Of Tomorrow
Starring: Tom Cruise, Emily Blunt
Directed by: Doug Liman

Though it falls short of its potential, Edge Of Tomorrow is as good as blockbuster science fiction will likely get in 2014.

Tom Cruise is Major William Cage, an officer in the army who has managed to make it his entire career without spending a single day on a battlefield, despite the fact mankind has spent the past several years embroiled in a war with an extraterrestrial force that we do not fully understand. After speaking out of line to a high ranking military official, however, Cage …

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘X-Men: Days Of Future Past’

Film: X-Men: Days Of Future Past
Starring: Patrick Stewart, Hugh Jackman
Directed by: Bryan Singer

Like a phoenix rising from the surface of the sun, Bryan Singer has returned to the X-Men franchise he helped build and delivered its most entertaining chapter to date.

There was a time not too long ago when it seemed the X-Men franchise had ran off the rails of box office entertainment. It was around the same time The Last Stand hit theaters, which coincidentally was the first film to not have filmmaker Bryan Singer’s involvement. The results were okay at best, but certainly not …

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Sx_Tape’

Film: Sx_Tape
Starring: Ian Duncan, Caitlyn Folley
Directed By: Bernard Rose

It is almost impossible to believe that the found footage genre made it almost a decade into its existence before a film blending haunted abandon places and poorly filmed sex scenes was given a large scale marketing effort to try and cash in on whatever instant clicks it can garner, but here we are in 2014 and Sx_Tape is only just now rolling out to VOD and cursed tiny theaters nationwide.…

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Godzilla’

Film: Godzilla
Starring: Aaron Taylor Johnson, Bryan Cranston, Elizabeth Olsen
Directed by: Gareth Edwards

Four years after bursting onto the national film scene with the release of Monsters, filmmaker Gareth Edwards has added his unique cinematic vision to the legend of Godzilla in a fitting and thrilling way. The results, while mixed, prove Edwards has a long and digitally created career ahead.

Starting as all modern reboots do, Godzilla begins with something akin to an origin story. Images and archive footage of bomb tests flash across the screen during the opening credits, some with the addition of Godzilla’s silhouette …

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘The Double’

Film: The Double
Directed By: Richard Ayoade
Starring: Jesse Eisenberg, Mia Wasikowska

Submarine, Richard Ayoade’s bittersweet 2010 coming-of-age tale, introduced the funnyman as a filmmaker with the sort of eye for simple, nostalgic and effective storytelling that would suggest he likely cites Wes Anderson as a primary influence. With The Double, his second feature as writer/director, Ayoade retains that level of intimacy while bringing a variety of other influences to the table. The result is a story that feels all too familiar, even if it’s brought to life by a captivating dual performance from Jesse Eisenberg.

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IFF Boston Review: ‘The Trip To Italy’

Film: The Trip To Italy
Directed by: Michael Winterbottom
Starring: Steve Coogan, Rob Brydon

Four years after embarking on a trip through Northern England, Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon are back together for another two hours of good conversation, great food, and questionable impersonations.

The Trip To Italy is more or less an exercise in seeing whether or not magic can strike twice. The setup and general flow is almost identical to The Trip, but with the slightest of variations littered throughout in order to give our leads a few new things to discuss. For example, it’s Rob who …