“American Sniper” (2014) & Meditations on Criticism (Review/Opinion)
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“American Sniper” (2014) & Meditations on Criticism (Review/Opinion)

Movies aren’t always for whom we think they are. With the release, reception, and buzz around American Sniper, there’s an important conversation we’re not having…

“Foxcatcher” (2014): A Flawed Golden Eagle (Review)
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“Foxcatcher” (2014): A Flawed Golden Eagle (Review)

What I loved about Bennett Miller’s Foxcatcher is that it is the first time in my recent memory that I have been confronted exclusively by…

Triple Feature: “John Wick,” “Nightcrawler,” and “Fury” (2014): The Pulp, the Camera, and the Cultures of Violence (Review)
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Triple Feature: “John Wick,” “Nightcrawler,” and “Fury” (2014): The Pulp, the Camera, and the Cultures of Violence (Review)

2014 was a pretty lackluster year in entertainment media. I say that now even though the year isn’t over and I have not seen every…

“The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” (2014): Thorin Back Again (Review)
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“The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” (2014): Thorin Back Again (Review)

In the serialized world of cinema and continuity that we live in, opinions are finite. That occasionally puts critics like myself in difficult positions, where…

“Beyond the Lights” (2014): Why You Wanna Fly, Blackbird (Review)
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“Beyond the Lights” (2014): Why You Wanna Fly, Blackbird (Review)

It a premise that you have heard before: a young pop princess who is constantly asked to succumb to the hypersexual and fame-whoring demands of…

“The Theory of Everything” (2014): Biopic By The Numbers… (Review)
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“The Theory of Everything” (2014): Biopic By The Numbers… (Review)

It’s as compassionate and life-affirming a tale we as a species can refer to. The story of Stephen Hawking is one of incomparable perseverance and…

“The Tribe” (2014): Hear No Evil, See Much Evil (Review)
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“The Tribe” (2014): Hear No Evil, See Much Evil (Review)

The Ukrainian film The Tribe by director Miroslav Slaboshpitsky may be the first of its kind: a film whose dialogue consists entirely of sign language. It has no…

Five Reasons Why “Birdman (or The Unexpected Virtues of Ignorance)” is a Very Good Movie
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Five Reasons Why “Birdman (or The Unexpected Virtues of Ignorance)” is a Very Good Movie

Birdman or The Unexpected Virtues of Ignorance is such a good movie that it really shouldn’t have been.   It’s story of an actor tying to…

“Interstellar” (2014): Our Destiny Lies Above Us (Review)
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“Interstellar” (2014): Our Destiny Lies Above Us (Review)

The experience of seeing this film is one that is best left untainted by knowledge of what is to come, therefore this review will steer…

TCFF: “House Of Manson” (2014): Heinous Acts (Review)
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TCFF: “House Of Manson” (2014): Heinous Acts (Review)

When watching a movie about a man who is as deranged as Charles Manson you would expect the performance to be unhinged and almost cartoon…