Saturday
Dec202014

Whiplash- New Release

The ending to “Whiplash” must be my favorite of the year; a gut punch twist followed up an incredible climax that needs no words to describe.  

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Saturday
Dec202014

The Babadook- New Release

Australian filmmaker Jennifer Kent’s directorial debut “The Babadook” is easily the best horror film of 2014.

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Saturday
Dec202014

The Theory of Everything- New Release

What a unnecessarily formulaic and unimaginitive film, especially when the material is about a man who is considered to use his imagination to better his genius.

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Saturday
Dec202014

Foxcatcher- New Release

Miller’s direction is always in control and molds incredible performances out of his trio.

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Saturday
Dec202014

Under the Skin- New Release

Johansson is impressive turning from blank expression to flirtatious temptress.

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Sunday
Dec072014

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay- Part 1 - New Release

I felt its bloatedness, but at the same time I also felt the real heart and soul that makes this YA novel so different from its immature competition. 

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Sunday
Dec072014

Horrible Bosses 2- New Release

It’s as if Anders knew his leads’ strength in improvisation and wildly encouraged/forced them to never leave a moment of silence between the three, and to just keep speaking over each other until he said cut.

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Monday
Nov242014

Oh What Teeth You Have- New Release

First time director Jillian Cantwell crafts a horror treat in the short film “Oh What Big Teeth You Have” and proves that behind the camera she has some real bite.

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Friday
Nov212014

Interstellar- New Release

The visual effects were being sold as something that could only be properly enjoyed by watching it in the theater, however, for the most part, I was never really in awe or stimulated to such great heights.

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Monday
Nov172014

Young Filmmaker's Spotlight- Conor Holt

Catching a young talented director on the rise is pretty fun.  It's like knowing that band that everyone owns something from before they ever made it big.  Roseville, Minnesota native Conor Holt is that director that everyone will know of eventually but as of now I get to act super cool like I've discovered something.  I was happy to be privy to Holt's directorial debut, "A Better Life", at the 2013 Twin Cities Film Festival where I quickly found out that I was not the only one who thought highly of the director and his project that day.  

I have access to the full 12-minute feature of "A Better Life" and I consider myself lucky to be able to post it on my site for your viewing pleasure.  Please check out what Holt was able to do with just a $1500 grant and you can also check out my review of his film with this link. 

 

A Better Life - Short Film from Conor Holt on Vimeo.

Monday
Nov102014

Birdman- New Release

There are so many levels here and Iñárritu makes you sprint along with him but never makes you feel like you can’t keep up.  “Birdman” is an exhilarating experience,  one to be savored.

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Monday
Nov102014

John Wick- New Release

People keep asking me if Keanu Reeves is back, yeah I’m thinking he’s back!

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Wednesday
Nov052014

Dear White People- New Release

a deeply funny and smart film that will hopefully make you feel awkward at times.

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Wednesday
Nov052014

Comet- New Release

Director Sam Esmail doesn’t know when to put on the brakes on Dell’s lengthy dialogue and makes a 90 minute running time feel like 190.

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Wednesday
Nov052014

Old Fashioned- New Release

“Old Fashioned” isn’t going to do much for those who don’t share the same beliefs, but it holds as a strong and refreshing enough a story for those who do.

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Wednesday
Nov052014

To Say Goodbye- New Release

Director Timothy Torabpour and his brother screenwriter Hamid Torabpour have clearly done the research from all angles of the consequences of suicide, and it spills out into “To Say Goodbye” with with a powerful dramatic weight.

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Wednesday
Nov052014

Just Before I Go- New Release

Courtney Cox makes as good as a directorial debut as you’d expect with the underwhelming and sloppy wannabe dramedy “Just Before I Go”.

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Wednesday
Nov052014

Fury- New Releas

Brad Pitt proves again why he’s one of the few last ‘movie stars’ and Shia LaBeouf gives his finest performance.

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Thursday
Oct302014

Nightcrawler- New Release

Gyllenhaal is the clear cut treat in Dan Gilroy’s directorial debut “Nightcrawler” while he creates a can’t look away ferocity even as Gilroy's higher aspirations fail to be realized.

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Thursday
Oct302014

Wild Canaries- New Release

I understand “Wild Canaries” is supposed to be a very frollicking New Yorky comedy, but I would have rather just pinched myself over and over and over than watch this movie, and it would have been a less painful experience.

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