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Film Reviews

Film Reviews

The End of the Tour

Jeremy Saulnier’s superb low-budget revenge thriller Blue Ruin made my list of 2014’s best films, but its scant distribution kept mass audiences from seeing...

Before the Semester

Now that Boyhood finally made the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences acknowledge that Richard Linklater exists, the filmmaker is back to his...

Mirage

An inoffensive movie unless you think about it, A Hologram for the King begins with Alan Clay (Tom Hanks) on a flight to Jeddah,...

Drive by Night

If you were one of the hate-watchers who left Batman vs. Superman worn out and frustrated, maybe what you need is a lo-fi superhero...

Nature Boy

When they’re not busy trawling through Marvel Comics’ back catalog, Disney is busy raiding their own animation back catalog for stories to remake. They’ve...

Smash-Up

In recent years we’ve seen great flowerings of filmmaking from countries as far-flung as Iran, Mexico, South Korea, and Romania. The foreign scene that...

Heard that Song

Amber Heard recently complained about her supermodel good looks getting her typecast in eye-candy roles in lowbrow slasher flicks and action thrillers. Maybe, but...

Drone Wars

Now that drones have become part of the way we fight war, for good or ill, they’ve started to be incorporated into war movies...

Drifting Cowboy

>I Saw the Light opens with a bold statement of intent: Hank Williams (Tom Hiddleston), perched on a stool on an otherwise bare stage,...

Doris’ Day

Amid the increasing awareness of sexism and ageism in Hollywood, a small number of low-budget filmmakers have caught onto the fact that they can...