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Boyhood
Review

Boyhood

★★★★★ Dir: Richard Linklater (2014) With Boyhood, surely Richard Linklater‘s magnum opus thus far, the director and its stars have created an absolute flat-out joy of a film; A film about time, responsibility, love and the power of family. A film about a mother, father, daughter and son growing up in their own unique ways. Linklater started … Continue reading

Welcome to New York
Review

Welcome to New York

★★★★☆ Dir: Abel Ferrara (2013) Pusher of the darkest cinematic material in the great city of New York, Abel Ferrara is once again scraping the bottom of a barrel marked “depravity” with this extraordinary tale of a sex addicted banker with political aspirations. Based on the trail of Dominique Strauss-Kahn, at the time the head of the IMF, who sexually assaulted a … Continue reading

Chef
Review

Chef

★★★☆☆ Dir: Jon Favreau (2014) Jon Favreau takes some time off from billion dollar superhero movies and space cowboys to get back to his indie roots with this sweet little film about a down but not out chef who also feels the urge to get back to what made him. Though this isn’t some kind of … Continue reading

Miss Violence
Review

Miss Violence

★★★☆☆ Dir: Alexandros Avranas (2013) Those hilarious Greeks are at again with Alexandros Avranas‘ Miss Violence. Sorry, a little bit of sarcasm there; We’re off into very dark territory. The chilly tones which have already emerged (fully formed or lifted wholesale from Michael Haneke) with Giorgos Lanthimos‘ brilliant Dogtooth, Athina Rachel Tsangari‘s original and interesting Attenberg and the fearless and harrowing Luton … Continue reading

Life Itself
Review

Life Itself

★★★★☆ Dir: Steve James (2014) “He is a nice guy… but he’s not that nice” states one of Roger Ebert‘s closest friends in Steve James‘ touching documentary of the life and death of one of the most famous writers and consumers of film in history. His tumultuous relationship with rival and pal Gene Siskel, the films he … Continue reading

The Immigrant
Review

The Immigrant

★★★☆☆ Dir: James Grey (2014) The outspoken director’s fifth film and his fourth with Joaquin Phoenix is a lavish period drama focusing on Marion Cotillard‘s Ewa; A Polish immigrant coming through Ellis Island with her sister in search of a new life in the 1920s New York City. But when her sister is taken ill and the desperate immigrant is saved … Continue reading