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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Mistress America’ Is Not To Be Missed

Film: Mistress America
Starring: Greta Gerwig, Lola Kirke
Directed By: Noah Baumbach

Noah Baumbach and Greta Gerwig have outdone themselves yet again.

Mistress America is the pinnacle of Baumbach’s career up to this point, and it’s only suiting that time come in a work created with, not to mention starring, his equally talented spouse. It’s funny and heartfelt, with just enough dramatic weight to keep things grounded while the level of absurdity rises to heights the still young-filmmaker has never before explored, and it all relies on a career-best performance from the ever-infallible Gerwig.

James Shotwell is the

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘No Escape’ Offers Surprisingly Few Thrills

Film: No Escape
Starring: Owen Wilson, Lake Bell
Directed By: John Erick Dowdle

Films like No Escape may be the most frustrating of all forms of mediocre cinema, if only because you know it could be something great. Maybe it’s the script, or maybe it’s the cast, or maybe it’s a combination of both along with a director who clearly has no idea how to handle what is essentially a survival-horror film, but something about No Escape simply does not work.

Owen Wilson stars as Jack Dwyer, an ex-pat who recently uprooted his entire family and moved them from Austin, …

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MOVIE REVIEW: Avoid The ‘Blood Moon’ At All Costs

Film: Blood Moon
Starring: George Blagden, Tom Cotcher
Directed By: Jeremy Wooding

Poor direction and lackluster cinematography unravel any potential for fun or scares in Jeremy Wooding’s Blood Moon.

Werewolves are tough. The idea of people who transform into beasts and back again seems like the kind of fodder that would provide material for dozens of great films, but the track record for such creature features is far from something to celebrate. Aside from maybe five films released over the last hundred years, the market for good werewolf horror has essentially been a wasteland of half-cooked ideas and low …

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Hitman: Agent 47’ Is One Of 2015’s Worst

Film: Hitman: Agent 47
Starring: Rupert Friend, Angelababy
Directed By: Alexander Bach

Big, dumb, loud and long, Hitman: Agent 47 is one of the worst video game adaptations ever made. This is not an opinion, but rather a matter of fact. In a world where we have seen Super Mario Bros turned into real-life plumbers who travel to a town called ‘DinoHattan,’ Aleksander Bach’s directorial debut has found a way to make gaming culture seem stupider than ever before. If I weren’t so disgusted I might actually be half impressed, but I’m not. I’m just disappointed.

One would think a …

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘People, Places, Things’ Is An Absolute Must-See

Film: People, Places, Things
Starring: Jermaine Clement, Regina Hall
Directed by: Jim Strouse

The older you get the more you realize there is never an ideal time to figure out who you are, why you’re here, or what it is you’re supposed to be doing with the increasingly limited amount of life you have left. The best you can do is to try and find what makes you happy while doing all the stuff that gets in the way of doing what you really want, even if you don’t know what it is you really want to do. This is …

Straight Outta Compton

MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Straight Outta Compton’ Is Surprisingly Tame

Film: Straight Outta Compton
Starring: O’Shea Jackson Jr., Corey Hawkins
Directed by: F. Gary Gray

Straight Outta Compton is a lot of fun until it’s not.

Beginning in the late 1980s, Straight Outta Compton opens with a visceral depiction of life in South Central Los Angeles at a time when tension between police and the citizens of Compton was beginning to boil over into national headlines. Eazy-E, then just another street dealer trying to get by, is seen fleeing from police in the middle of a drug raid. Dr. Dre, otherwise known to family and friends as Andre, is looking …

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Shaun The Sheep’ Is The Best Family Film Of 2015

Film: Shaun The Sheep
Written by: Mark Burton, Richard Starzak
Directed by: Mark Burton, Richard Starzak

In a time when the word ‘Minion’ can send chills down the spine of any person with children, Shaun The Sheep delivers a fun and refreshing take on family entertainment that literally anyone can enjoy.

A spin-off from the iconic Wallace And Gromit animation empire, Shaun The Sheep is a British stop-motion cartoon that is currently receiving the big screen treatment on an international scale. Shaun The Sheep‘s first movie finds Shaun, the farmer who watches over him, and the farmer’s dog Bitzer …

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘The Runner’ Won’t Win Any Awards

Film: The Runner
Starring: Nicolas Cage, Peter Fonda
Directed by: Austin Stark

Despite a strong performance from Nicolas Cage, The Runner fails to capture the tension and excitement of political turmoil in an original light.

The Runner is a rare breed of film that places fictional characters amidst real world tragedies to tell a made-up story about the human experience. The setting in this instance is New Orleans in the immediate aftermath of the 2010 BP oil spill, which forced countless members of the regional fishing and boating industry to fall on hard times. Many lost their jobs, and those …

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Listen To Me Marlon’ Is The Must-See Doc Of 2015

Film: Listen To Me Marlon
Starring: Marlon Brando
Directed by: Stevan Riley

I have never in my life experienced a film as magically, yet meticulously put together as Listen To Me Marlon. It’s a game-changing documentary in a year filled with incredible documentaries, with a narrative that is deeply moving and utterly entrancing from the opening to the closing message.

Marlon Brando needs no introduction, but he has one to offer at the beginning of Listen To Me Marlon. The film–created by Stevan Riley–uses previously unseen footage and unheard personal recordings from Brando to tell the iconic star’s …

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Irrational Man’ Is An Odd Woody Allen Film

Film: Irrational Man
Starring: Joaquin Phoenix, Emma Stone
Directed by: Woody Allen

Caught between the woman he should love and the one who will be his ruin, a man finds himself discovering the reason for his existence in Woody Allen’s Irrational Man.

Coming off the lukewarm, albeit whimsically nihilistic Magic In The Moonlight, Woody Allen has delivered the latest in his one-a-year film series. It’s neither the highlight of Woody’s later years, nor the low mark on a storied career that has experienced more peaks and valleys than the great Rocky Mountains. It’s a witty, entirely Woody …

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Pixels’ Is A Disaster In Every Way

Film: Pixels
Starring: Adam Sandler, Kevin James
Directed by: Chris Columbus

Adam Sandler has official hit rock bottom, and he’s dragging your childhood heroes, as well as the great Peter Dinklage, down with him.

Pixels is exactly what we fear seeing when we pay to go to the movies. From beginning to end the film, which plays like an extended version of the spoiler heavy trailer with needless exposition added to extend its running time, is a complete waste of everything needed to make movies. The cast—while talented—folds completely under the pressure to make something memorable out of what I …

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Unexpected’ Is A Wonderfully Simple Indie Gem

Film: Unexpected
Starring: Cobie Smulders, Gail Bean
Directed by: Kris Swanberg

Unless you’re planning for it, the news that you’re about to have a baby can be both an exciting and terrifying experience in someone’s life. For Samantha Abbott (Cobie Smulders), there was probably no good time for the news that she would soon give birth to her first child to arrive. It’s not that she never wanted children, but she always planned to have them at some unknown point in the future when her life was a bit more settled. Unfortunately for Samantha, life rarely cares about the plans …

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