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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘When Marnie Was There’ Is Another Beautiful Gem From Studio Ghibli

Film: When Marnie Was There
Starring: Sara Takatsuki, Kasumi Arimura
Directed By: Hiromasa Yonebayashi

Based on Joan G. Robinson’s 1981 novel of the same name, When Marnie Was There is a beautifully affecting – and at times tragically depressive – animated feature from director Hiromasa Yonebayashi (The Secret World of Arrietty) and the iconic studio behind the works of legendary animator/director Hayao Miyazaki (My Neighbor Totoro, Spirited Away) and other beloved features such as Grave Of The Fireflies, Only Yesterday and most recently, The Tale Of Princess Kaguya.

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Tomorrowland’ Lacks Wonder And Coherence

Film: Tomorrowland
Starring: Britt Robertson, George Clooney
Directed By: Brad Bird

As the first shot rolls on Tomorrowland, we see Clooney’s Frank Walker talking to the camera about his pessimistic predilections towards the future. Once he is done telling his story, the camera pans over Britt Robertson’s Casey Newton, someone self-dubbed as an optimist as she smiles into the camera while Frank grunts.

It would be fair to say that watching these two ideological agendas play out amongst a swath of beautiful CGI would be fun, to say the least. Unfortunately, that’s not the case here. Brad Bird’s newest …

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Welcome To Me’ Is Kristen Wiig At Her Best

Film: Welcome To Me
Starring: Kristen Wiig, Wes Bentley
Directed by: Shira Piven

As if you needed another reason to love Kristen Wiig.

Welcome To Me may be the definition of an offbeat movie. Both hilarious and heartbreaking, the film tells the tale of a mentally unwell woman who uses her lottery winnings to purchase air time on at a local TV station. She uses that time to host one-hundred episodes of her very own talk show, starring herself, with absolutely no guests.…

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Independent Film Festival Boston 2015 – Day 8: ‘Me And Earl And The Dying Girl’

As the 13th Annual Independent Film Festival Boston drew to a close on Wednesday, a wave of melancholy seemed to hit every viewer eagerly waiting for the closing night film, Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, in a sold out theater at Coolidge Corner Theater.

Brian Tamm, the fest’s Executive Director, took the stage for the last time. He humbly thanked all of the people that attended this year’s fest before a rousing fit of applause was dedicated to Nancy Campbell, the fest’s Program Director, for her immaculate work in curating this year’s film events. Before the film …

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ALL HOPE IS LOST: ‘Unfriended’ Is Getting A Sequel

Don’t say we never tried to warn you.

According to our pals at Bloody-Disgusting, Universal Pictures has already begun work on a sequel to the recently-released horror film Unfriended. In fact, the site claims that the as-of-yet untitled sequel is already being scripted by Nelson Greaves, who wrote the first film that was produced by Timur Bekmambetov. No release date has been set, but I don’t think a summer or fall 2016 release is out of the question.

Unfriended opened in the middle of April and has since accumulated $25 million at the US box office. That …

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Unfriended’ Is Not Worth The Price Of Admission

Film: Unfriended
Starring: Heather Sossaman, Matthew Bohrer
Directed by: Levan Gabriadze

Serving as the first ‘all on-screen’ horror film to open in thousands of theaters nationwide, Unfriended boasts a relatively fresh gimmick and almost nothing else.

Remember that long period of silence at the beginning of Wall-E? Replace the colorful animation, comedy, and adorable robots with the computer screen of a high school-aged girl named Blaire who likes to watch videos online without making them full screen and you pretty much have the opening fifteen minutes of Unfriended.…

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘While We’re Young’ Is Baumbach At His Weakest

Film: While We’re Young
Starring: Ben Stiller, Naomi Watts
Directed by: Noah Baumbach

Noah Baumbach has spent the majority of his career exploring the idea of identity and what it means to different people at various stages in life. It’s a theme that runs throughout every single one of his works, but never has it been presented in such an oddly mischevious way than in his latest feature, While We’re Young.

Living on the wrong side of forty, a filmmaker (Ben Stiller) and his wife (Naomi Watts) have recently discovered they are growing increasingly bored by their continued existence. …

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Cut Bank’ Finds Murder And Mystery In A Quiet Town

Film: Cut Bank
Starring: Liam Hemsworth, Billy Bob Thornton
Directed by: Matt Shakman

Set against the backdrop of a quiet community too small to make national headlines, Cut Bank tells a story of murder and hope through the eyes of a desperate young man.

Liam Hemsworth is Dwayne McLaren, a twenty-something who has spent the better part of the last half decade wanting nothing more than to move out of Cut Bank, the small town he calls home. One day Dwayne’s life is forever changed when he and his girlfriend, Cassandra, witness the first murder in the community’s history, which …

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Superfast!’ Is The Worst Film Of 2015

Film: Superfast!
Starring: Alex Ashbaugh, Dale Pavinski
Directed by: Jason Friedberg, Aaron Seltzer

In a not-so-shocking turn of events, the team behind Meet The Spartans and Vampires Suck have delivered yet another box office bomb with their latest work, Superfast!.

Billed as a parody of the Fast And Furious franchise, Superfast! stars a cast of unknown actors and actresses who sometimes look like people you might remember from the Fast And Furious movies, only this crew is far less toned. They have little to no acting ability, nor does the script give them anything to do other than phone …

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Danny Collins’ Is Al Pacino At His Very Best

Film: Danny Collins
Starring: Al Pacino, Annette Benning
Directed by: Dan Fogelman

Set in suburban New Jersey and littered with enough product placement to please Michael Bay, Danny Collins finds love, laughter, and redemption with a runtime under two hours.

Al Pacino was born to play Danny Collins. A one-time rockstar, Collins has spent the better part of the last four decades living a lie. He’s famous, but not because of material he wrote, and every single day for as long as he can remember that fact has eaten away at his soul, all while Collins did his best to …

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Monsters: Dark Continent’ Has Little To Do With Monsters

Film: Monsters: Dark Continent
Starring: Johnny Harris, Sam Keeley
Directed by: Tom Green

Taking place ten years after the events in Gareth Edwards’ Monsters and featuring an entirely different cast of characters in a completely different environment, Monsters: Dark Continent showcases another, far less thrilling side of cinematic universe expansion.

It opens with a soldier standing under a blazing sun while his narration tells us how the world has changed since the monsters arrived. Being a low class kid from Detroit, our hero was left with the option to either fight for his life or make the most of the …

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Insurgent’ Is A Complete Disaster

Film: Insurgent
Starring: Shailene Woodley, Theo James
Directed by: Robert Schwentke

Coming off a film that seemed to exist solely for the purpose of setting up its sequel(s), Insurgent offers more of the same mediocrity the Divergent series has become synonymous with over the last year. It’s neither better nor worse than its predecessor. It simply is, and that is far from enough to hold viewer’s interest.

Picking up sometime after the events of the first film, Insurgent opens to find Tris, Four, and the others who fled the city taking shelter in the quiet community of Amity. It’s a …