“Chappie” (2014): Like a Baby but Less Forgivable (Review)
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“Chappie” (2014): Like a Baby but Less Forgivable (Review)

Like a baby, Chappie has lots of elementary ideas and notions of creativity but it cannot execute any of them like an adult. As such…

“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…

“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…

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…

“Before the Last Curtain Falls” (2014): Life is a cabaret ol’ chum so come to the Cabaret (Review)
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“Before the Last Curtain Falls” (2014): Life is a cabaret ol’ chum so come to the Cabaret (Review)

Before the Last Curtain Falls (or Bevor der letzte Vorhang fällt) is a film that documents the final show of renowned Belgian cabaret Gardenia, a…

RIFF “The Culture High” (2014): A Fun Bit of Weed Propaganda (Review)
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RIFF “The Culture High” (2014): A Fun Bit of Weed Propaganda (Review)

The debate about the legalization of marijuana is a difficult subject which many people are not willing to touch in public with a ten-foot pole. It’s…

RIFF: “The Babadook” (2014): Slow and Steady Scares You Most (Review)
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RIFF: “The Babadook” (2014): Slow and Steady Scares You Most (Review)

The loss of a loved one and the grief that comes there after can be difficult for a lot of people, some can get over…

RIFF: “Force Majeure” (2014): One Awkward Vacation (Review)
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RIFF: “Force Majeure” (2014): One Awkward Vacation (Review)

Like director Ruben Östlund’s previous film, Play, Force Majeure (Turist) is not an easy film to watch (though still not nearly as uncomfortable) and open to…