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Rating: 8/10 Along with superhero franchises, animated, kid-oriented movies are among the most reliable financial linchpins in Hollywood today. The guarantee of parents taking a handful of children to laugh at goofy cartoons has turned studios like Pixar and Dreamworks into financial powerhouses. However, Sausage Party, the raunchy new film from the mind of Seth Rogen, does not have...
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Rating: 9 By the time we see the frail middle-aged bank teller open the door to her branch on a deserted Texas small town street, director David McKenzie has already established tension, and our expectations. He opens his 2016 neo-western Hell or High Water with a 90 second-ish long-take. A sketchy looking blue sedan revealed by the revolving...
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Rating: 9 Loneliness and desperation are not the most uncommon qualities for a film to heave onto it’s protagonist. Lonely characters searching for connections have a long and rich history in much all artistic mediums. As common as the themes are, few capture the fundamental absurdity the social constructs built around romantic relationships, as veteran Greek director Yorgos...
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Rating: 6/10 In the latter half of the 20th century, it would be hard to think of many individuals more iconic and influential than Elvis Presley and Richard Nixon. Elvis was by far the most popular musical act in the world, the personification of cool, and almost single-handedly made rock & roll the dominant force in pop...
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Rating: 8.5/10 One of the most enduring features of Archer, is the boundless competence of it’s titular character. Despite his apparently aloof and immature disposition, his infinite confidence is matched only by his ability to actually measure up to his own expectations. The seventh season’s third episode, “Deadly Prep,” delves into Sterling’s more vulnerable side. Here, we see Sterling...
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Rating: 9/10 Though the title of Jeremy Saulnier’s sophomore effort, the 2016 release Green Room (which opened on the festival circuit in 2015), is primarily a reference to a crucial location in the film, the color itself is conspicuously present. Cornfields, dyed hair, the lush forests of the Pacific Northwest, even the film itself has a definite green tint....
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Summary After it’s record setting opening weekend, Warner Brothers’ Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice dropped 55% from it’s $51.34 million sophomore showing, leaving it at a healthy total of $260 million domestically (an even more robust worldwide tally of $784 million). Edging out the WB superhero tentpole by less than $300,000 was the Melissa McCarthy vehicle The Boss from Universal,...
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Rating: 8/10 As Will (Logan Marshall-Greene) and his girlfriend Kira (Emayatzy Corinealdi) drive to a dinner party, a coyote jumps out in front of their car, and is maimed. Will puts the canine out of it’s misery with a tire iron. The action is obscured from the viewer by the hood of the car, but...
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Rating: 8/10 The seventh season of Archer starting by setting itself up as one of the most unique seasons yet. While the show has seen the protagonists change setting and profession before, it has not delivered, or even really attempted, the kind of season-long arc hinted in the flash-forward cold open of the premier episode. The...
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Rating: 8/10 Despite his status as a relatively mainstream director, Richard Linklater has always shown an interest in experimenting with structure. Though his filmography does feature plenty of thoroughly conventional films, he always has a keen interest in presenting as realistic a picture as possible, even sometimes at the expense of narrative convention. This completely naturalistic approach...
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Rating: 8.5/10 While certainly violent, and featuring plenty of gunplay, 1972’s The Getaway is generally lighter fare than most of the work from noted director Sam Peckinpah. While The Wild Bunch and Straw Dogs give Peckinpah a particularly grim and lurid reputation for their depictions of violence and sex, The Getaway seeks far more to thrill and entertain, rather...
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Rating: 9/10 Throughout it’s six full seasons, Archer‘s undisputed strength has been it’s deep bench of thoroughly hilarious, and fully realized, supporting characters. Even when the storylines stray further and further from the generic spy espionage plots of it’s early seasons, the familiar and fleshed out characters, and their unique interactions and relationships, always remain. This...
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Rating: 9/10 In any discussion of films considered “harrowing,” or particularly hard to watch, those about the Holocaust are invariably among the most often considered. 2015’s Son of Saul, the Oscar-winning debut of Hungarian director Lásló Nemes, certainly belongs to this conversation, while also providing a new approach to the topic. The titular character of Saul (Géza Röhrig) is...
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Rating: 8/10 Examinations of evil have been long been a constant in storytelling. Argentinean writer/director Pablo Trapero’s 2015 film The Clan (just now receiving a theatrical release in the U.S., after setting box office records in Argentina) certainly has an argument for being part of this canon. The Clan tells the true story of Arquimedes Puccio (Guillermo Francella),...
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Rating: 8.5/10 With his 2016 issue-driven thriller Eye in the Sky, Gavin Hood presents a story so thoroughly intertwined with it’s message, the exhilarating and tense elements are not divorced from it’s point of view, but a reflection of it. It is rare for “political” movies to not only provide a balanced perspective, but complement it with...
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