Review: The Drop

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A viewing of The Drop prompted a repeat examination of Tom Hardy’s “one man” film from earlier this year: the unique and compelling Locke. Taken in tandem, it’s hard to think of two recent performances that have displayed such a stunning array of acting chops. In The Drop, Hardy plays Bob Saginowski, a skittish, deliberate, […]

Review: Starred Up

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When it comes to an intensely raw portrayal of prison life, it would seem hard for any film to top Steven McQueen’s Hunger (2008). Startlingly, Starred Up submerges itself into even deeper territory. Weaving a father/son (they’re new prison mates) plot with starkly observed, uncanny realism, David Mackenzie’s film also includes three of the year’s […]

Review: Trip to Italy

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British comics Rob Brydon and Steve Coogan share an amusing penchant for performing incessant spot-on impressions in The Trip To Italy. In Michael Winterbottom’s sequel to 2011′s The Trip, the semi-fictional pair have the enviable task to take an all-expenses-paid excursion along Italy’s Liguria and Amalfi coast. Their mission: write a few reviews of high-end […]

Review: When The Game Stands Tall

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Family values, family values. It’s not whether you win or lose but how you play the game. There’s no “I” in team. The wording of these bromides is changed slightly but they come thick and heavy in When The Game Stands Tall. Jim Caviezel plays high school coach Bob Ladoucer whose team at De La […]

Review: Rich Hill

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As a chaser to Richard Linklater’s monumental Boyhood, take a peek at this Sundance award-winning documentary profiling three destitute white kids from rural Missouri. Their level of poverty and all-around impoverishment makes Linklater’s screen kid look like he’s part of the Trump family. Three distinctively different kids emerge. One is all-get-out upbeat, another, mostly dour […]

Interview: Mitch Levine “In Confidence”

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Mitch Levine is a director, writer, and producer of theatre, film, opera, and dance, whose latest short film, “In Confidence” had its Los Angeles premiere at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood last month. In Confidence tells the compelling story of Molly who makes a heavy and dangerous choice and must deal with the consequences.  The […]

Review: The Giver

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The goal: get rid of suffering and dissension and along with them, any shade of diverse thinking. First, trash emotion–have everyone pop pills everyday to suppress it. Leave out books, animals, and any changes in the weather while we’re at it. Now eliminate color. Yes, color. Such is the world of The Giver, the new […]

Review: Guardians of the Galaxy

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Way back when Marvel Studios announced Guardians of the Galaxy, fans collectively raised an eyebrow. Even those of us who are familiar with the comics were perplexed as to why Kevin Feige and company would create a franchise around such an obscure group of characters. However, after seeing the finished product, I can definitely say […]

Contest: Screening Passes “Into the Storm”

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Twister 2! Wanna see it early? Go to GofoBo.com/rsvp and enter the code “CINEDKD107″ to get a pass! First 25 people to do it will win! When: Monday August 4th – Tonight Where: Cinemark University City Penn 6 Good Luck! Send to Kindle

Review: Get On Up

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The main thing I wished to grab hold of from a James Brown biopic was a facsimile of the incredible rush I’d received when I saw him live at The Arena in Philadelphia in the late 1960′s. Get On Up may not quite get all the way there there but it’s a more than adequate […]

Review: Magic in the Moonlight

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Colin Firth plays Stanley, a frenetic, highfaluting Houdini-like magician who performs in Chinese makeup and relishes debunking spiritual mediums in his spare time. In Woody Allen’s Magic In The Moonlight, his 44th film, Stanley poses as an “import-export” businessman and goes after young spiritualist Sophie Baker (Emma Stone). Stanley, according to his fellow magician sidekick, […]

Review: A Most Wanted Man

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It’s hard not to wonder how throughout his career Philip Seymour Hoffman’s gearing up for roles like John le Carre’s Gunther Bachmann may have fed his demons. In his last starring role before his untimely death from a drug overdose earlier this year, Hoffman’s character, a German intelligence agent specializing in defusing potential terrorist operations, […]

Review: Boyhood

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Like Seinfeld, Boyhood is about nothing in particular. Yet its staggering charm is that it manages to be about the things that matter most. The Richard Linklater film accomplishes no small miracle in reflecting a slice of life that, as it stretches over 12 years, boasts an authentic take on existence itself. It is unique […]

Mixed Review: Wish I Was Here

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In our first ever “mixed review” Don and I (Steve) will both be reviewing Zach Braff’s new film “Wish I Was Here” since we were both on completely opposite ends of the spectrum. An effective lead character in a comedy-drama (dramedy) need not be particularly likeable. Depth or charisma are traits that often compensate when […]

Contest: “Boyhood” Screening Passes

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This is the description from Wikipedia The film was shot intermittently over a twelve-year period, as Coltrane grew from childhood to adulthood; filming began in the summer of 2002 and was completed in October 2013. HOLY SHIT DOESN’T THAT SOUND AMAZING? You can win tickets to go see this uh-mazing movie early! Email “info@cinedork.com” with […]

Review: Land Ho! (Video)

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A pair of ex-brothers-in-law meet for the first time in years and take a break from the frustrations in their lives to road trip the expansive, Icelandic countryside. Mitch, the New Orleans native, is a recently retired surgeon bored with the dreariness of his post-career life; and, so eager to meet young, attractive women that […]

Bluebird Seeks Distribution w/ Kickstarter & New Trailer

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After first premiering on the opening night of the Tribeca Film Festival’s 2013 Narrative Competition, Bluebird went on to win Best Actress (shared by the female ensemble) at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival in the Czech Republic, and the Ecumenical Jury Prize; however, despite these and other festival appearances, the movie never closed a […]

Review: Begin Again

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You can make the same movie twice if you’re Woody Allen, or, of course, Michael Haneke. Less famous directors know the risk going in, yet John Carney stuck to his guns in putting forth essentially a bigger-budget, A-list version of his similarly themed, very good 2007 film, Once. Once (later a hit Broadway musical) evoked […]

Review: Snowpiercer (w/ Video)

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The year is 2031 and as a result of climate change as well as humanity’s drastic response to it, the Earth has fallen into a post-apocalyptic winter. The remaining survivors are forced on board a train that circles the globe at breakneck speeds. The train has become a microcosm for society at large, with its […]

Review: Tammy

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Sorry to bring up Lucille Ball, one of the comic icons of the early TV generation in relation to–er, Melissa McCarthy. Yet I can’t help but liken the rotund, too-easily-misunderstood McCarthy to a sorry replica of Ball (Lucy on steroids if you will). You want to grasp the thrill of experiencing an underdog who digs […]

Contest: Screening Passes “The Purge: Anarchy”

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Just like every Horror franchise that makes at least $5 we are getting a sequel!!! If you don’t remember the first Purge movie, let me remind you what happened. A lot of people died. Now! You get a special opportunity to see the newest Purge American Tradition! Before it even comes out! Where: Rave University […]

Review: Happy Christmas (Video)

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Writer/Director Joe Swanberg has quietly become a very prolific filmmaker, turning in over 10 films since 2011 many of them with largely improvised scripts. But his last movie, Drinking Buddies, was met with greater enthusiasm thanks largely to its relatable subject material and cast of known actors. Happy Christmas is a movie that has similar […]

Review: Obvious Child

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Obvious Child tackles the subject of an aspiring stand-up comedian (played by real life stand-up Jenny Slater) who decides to get an abortion after a one-night stand. Just when this bracingly funny film seems too intent on toying with its subject, Slater and director Gillian Robespierre soon shift gears into a resonant realism. The rest […]

Review: Jersey Boys

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Let’s first get something out of the way. It’s just too good to be true that a running theme in Jersey Boys depicts a creative relationship between Four Seasons group members Bob Gaudio and lead singer Frankie Valli (both executive producers of the film) while leaving out a key element in the group’s success. Producer […]

Review: The Grand Seduction

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In a perfect world, by its sheer innocuousness a film like The Grand Seduction would deflect harsh judgement. Problem is, the goings-on in this film reach so far into the corny corner, they did finally transform this viewer’s tolerance from initial submission straight to irritability. Heaven forbid how much dumber still this would have been […]

Review: Supermensch: The Legend Of Shep Gordon

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Nowadays 68-year-old Shep Gordon loves his home in Maui and reflects on having hung out with the Dalai Lama. Before he goes on to manage the likes of Alice Cooper and Anne Murray, start a film studio, and amass a probable vast fortune and a wealth of celebrity friends, we are treated to his reminiscence […]

Review: 22 Jump Street

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The history of sequels is tricky. For every Back to the Future 2, there’s a Teen Wolf Too. For every Toy Story 3, a Madagascar: Europe’s Most Wanted. And for every Godfather 2 there’s a Godfather 3. While making a sequel to a well-liked movie seems like common sense to most, the truth is that […]

Review: How to Train Your Dragon 2

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Return to Berk, a magic land where Vikings ride Dragons. Follow Hiccup, sexy, sexy, older Hiccup, as he explores uncharted territories with his faithful buddy Toothless. Watch as our hero once again proves to his dad, the evil Drago, and others that they just need to give peace and love a chance, man. The sequel […]

Review: Edge of Tomorrow

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It’s a small pity many more viewers will catch this admittedly entertaining film than 2011′s far better Source Code. While both are sci-fi endeavors with a Groundhog Day-like time-loop as their touchstone, Edge Of Tomorrow edges into a muddled zone of plausibility despite its highly engaging first half. Luckily, Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt play […]

Review: The Fault in Our Stars

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You would think disease films are the bane of critics far and wide. The casual assumption is here comes another Love Story in its umpteenth incarnation replete with maudlin sentimentality and wooden stereotype characters. This film treatment of the wildly popular young adult novel The Fault In Our Stars manages to avoid much of the […]

Review: Maleficent isn’t Maleficent in Maleficent

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When it was announced that Disney would be making a movie starring Maleficent with Angelina Jolie cast in the lead role, the news was met with unfiltered excitement from people raised on the Disney Princess classics. So much excitement that you briefly forget we’re culturally motivated to instinctively push back against the idea of a […]

Review: Fed Up

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Trying to swim through the haze of food warnings these days can be trying. In the documentary Fed Up a convincing case is made that we are often lost in the thicket of corporate advertising, ill-advised government subsidies, political posturing, and shoulder shrugging at all levels. Though it’s emotionally a lot harder for many of […]

Review: Ida

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Learning devastating truths can be daunting. Experiencing the unnerving discovery of post-war realities in as spare yet vivid a manner as presented in Pawel Pawlikowski’s Ida verges on breathtaking. Pawlikowski shoots in black-and-white, uses an almost square screen format, has long stretches without dialogue, and forces the viewer to focus intently on the micro reactions […]

Review: A Million Ways To Die in the West

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Substituting a plethora of fart jokes and sudden bull-goring for actual brains, the screenplay for A Million Ways To Die In The West runs the gamut from raunchy to silly. Though not as frequent as in Seth McFarlane’s previous film, Ted, the laughs here spew forth despite the film’s fits and starts. You may need […]

Review: The Immigrant

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Even a strong performance from the estimable Marion Cotillard and a fairly good one from the always irascible Joaquin Phoenix fail to ignite the stodgy, humdrum The Immigrant. Supporting characters are uniformly stock, the story stretches plausibility, and Ellis Island seems like Alcatraz one day, a Barnum Bailey circus the next. Jeremy Renner as a […]

Review: The Double

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The downright vapidness of the character of Simon James (Jesse Eisenberg in one of dual roles) is best summarized in a nursing home scene with his aged mother. After she remarks that her favorite song is now playing, he coldly replies, “There is no song; and you hate music.” Simon will go on to frustratingly […]

Review: Does Adam Sandler Even Want to be in Blended?! (Video)

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Adam Sandler turns 48 years old later this year, and Billy Madison is a year from its 20th anniversary. If that sentence makes you feel old, just imagine how it must feel to the most successful movie man-boy of the last two decades. 2014’s Adam Sandler is not the same star he used to be. […]

Skip Million Dollar Arm & watch Sugar Instead

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Starring Jon Hamm as sports agent J. B. Bernstein, Million Dollar Arm tells the true story of the contest that found two MLB-quality pitchers in the slums of India. But another recent movie about a foreign-based baseball pitcher does what Million Dollar Arm attempts to do much more successfully. Find out more in this Multiplex […]

Review: Chef

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You don’t have to be a food and restaurant aficionado to get a gratifying kick out of Chef but it certainly will heighten your sensual pleasure from this crowd-pleaser by Jon Favreau. Favreau stars in the film as Carl Caspar, an acclaimed Los Angeles chef who’s talented, hard-working, street-wise, and stone technologically-deficient. Taking a break […]

Review: Million Dollar Arm

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Varnished to a fault, the wildly uneven Million Dollar Arm throws one too many gopher balls yet enjoys an admirable relief effort from Jon Hamm, and a terrific save from Lake Bell. The based-on-a-true-story yarn of the recruitment of two novice pitchers from India, the film unabashedly gives an intentional walk to baseball details in […]

Review: Palo Alto

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Bouncing between early-afternoon high school soccer team practices, and late-night suburban house parties, April (Emma Roberts) finds her love life stuck in the adolescent paralysis of virginity. She holds a secret crush on cute but troubled Teddy (Jack Kilmer, son of Val), and timidly flirts with the soccer coach Mr. B (James Franco, who wrote […]

Gareth Edwards’ Godzilla is a Masterful Mess of a Summer Blockbuster

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  The most exciting thing about this new version of Godzilla is the approach that was taken by its director, Gareth Edwards, who as most critics have pointed out was clearly influenced by the big event movies of Steven Spielberg such as Jaws and Jurassic Park. So is Gareth Edwards the next Steven Spielberg? Probably […]

Review: Neighbors

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There are two different types of audiences for comedies; those who go to Seth Rogen movies, and those who go to Zac Efron movies. With one lining up to see a bunch of men in their thirties, smoking weed and spitting out one-liners typically involving sex or drugs, and the other expects a more family-safe […]

Review: Belle

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Tom Wilkinson and Emily Watson could probably save a popsicle from melting on a hot day. While saving the film Belle from disaster may not be as big a challenge, the duo manage to camouflage the movie’s weaknesses and provide a buffer against this somewhat whitewashed story of race, class and gender. Dido (Gugu Mbatha-Raw), […]

Review: Neighbors

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Neighbors isn’t nearly original enough or nasty enough. Or funny enough. Lactation jokes, air bag gags, innumerable marijuana cracks–what else have you got, director Nicholas Stoller (Forgetting Sarah Marshall, which was equally forgettable as this one)? Any frat comedy starring Zac Ephron already has two strikes against it. The presence of Seth Rogen might be […]

Interview: Producer Gabe Cowan on his Tribeca Films

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Devin of the Pretentious Film Majors got the chance to sit down with producer Gabe Cowan as he discusses his two films in this year’s Tribeca Film Festival, one of which was Courtney Cox’s directorial debut called “Just Before I Go”.  Gabe shares what it was like working with Courtney on her first film as […]

Review: Locke (Tom Hardy Never Leaves His BMW)

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On a late night highway drive into London, Tom Hardy navigates a series of phone calls that unravel his life in close to real time, despite his never leaving the confines of a BMW X5. If that idea doesn’t intrinsically sound compelling, there is little in Locke that will convince you otherwise; however, its subtle-yet-bold […]

Review: Blue Ruin

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Breaking the mold of the revenge thriller, director Jeremy Saulnier’s Blue Ruin avoids numbing caricatures and limp cliches. Its edge-of-your-seat suspense is earned through sharp editing and tight composition yet what propels its intriguing storyline more than anything is its nervous, apologetic main character, Dwight Evans (Macon Blair). A train wreck of a human being, […]

Interview: Alexander Berman and Edouard de Lachomette (App)

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APP is a short film that examines the relationship between technology and love.  It tells the story of a man who must prove that his wing-woman mobile app is worth investing in by using it to pick up a girl at a bar.  It’s a funny and touching story written by Alexander Berman and produced […]

Tribeca Interview: Keep On Keepin’ On’s Quincy Jones & Alan Hicks

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Keep On Keepin’ On took home the Audience Award winner for Best Documentary Feature at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival, and has since been picked up by RADiUS-TWC for wider distribution. But before the rest of the world gets a chance to see the documentary, Cinedork’s own Devin Southard sat down with key members of the […]

Contest: “Locke” Screening Passes

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Locke looks like one hell of a ride. They’re even talking about Tom Hardy (Bane in Batman 3 for all you people who can’t quite remember who he is) getting nominated for an Oscar! Holy Shit! YOU. Yes you. Not the person behind you at work that’s annoying the shit out of you. YOU can […]

Tribeca Feature: Audience Choice Award Winner Keep On Keepin’ On

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What began as a Kickstarter funded project has become the Audience Choice Documentary winner at Tribeca Film Festival 2014 as well as having worldwide distribution rights bought by Radius-TWC.  Not bad for first time director Alan Hicks who won the Best New Documentary Director prize at the festival this year. Referred to by some as […]

Review: Under the Skin

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Alright, a movie where Scarlett Johansson plays a mysterious alien who tries to see how fast she can lure men into her van must be the cat’s meow, right? She’s not shy about shedding her clothes, either. Piquing your interest, you say? Not a bad turnaround from Johansen’s role in Her, where we didn’t get […]

Review: Only Lovers Left Alive

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The highly uncommon Only Lovers Left Alive oozes atmosphere and maintains a perfect tone–down-tempo, suave, irresistible. It’s formal rigor leaves not a hair out of place. It’s three primary actors don’t merely raise the bar for vampire movies, they shatter it. Tilda Swinton nearly singes a hole in the screen, Tom Hiddleston is scary with […]

Review: The One I Love (Tribeca Film Festival)

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WOW! The One I Love is incredible, completely original and a knockout experience. I can’t go into plot details too much without ruining what is sure to be one of the greatest twists of the year (well two twists really) so I’ll just give you the setup: an unhappily married couple (Mark Duplass, Elizabeth Moss) […]

Video Interview: Gueros director Alonso Ruizpalacios #TFF2014

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Pretentious Film Majors’ Devin Southard sits down with director Alonso Ruizpalacios to talk about his film Gueros coming of age story gueros making it’s debut at Tribeca Film Festival and what it’s like to have Jeff Goldblum to be moved by his work. Click here for more on Gueros For Devin’s review of the film, […]

Review: Walking With the Enemy

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When a director needs to mention not once but twice in the opening credits that his film is based on a true story, we might be wise to take it as a harbinger of what exaggerations lie ahead. In Walking With The Enemy, a man in Nazi-occupied Hungary actually impersonates a Nazi officer in order […]

Tribeca Review: Manos Sucias

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Set against the same Colombian backdrops as unimaginable amounts of drug warfare, Manos Sucias is a look at narco-drug trafficking without the glamour that often accompanies this genre. Structuring the narrative largely within the course of two days, first-time filmmaker Josef Wladyka creates a narrow focus on a big subject. Manos Sucias follows Delio, a […]

Video Interview: Best New Narrative Director Josef Wladyka

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Fresh off winning the award for Best New Narrative Director, Manos Sucias director Josef Wladyka talks with Pretentious Film Majors’ Zachary Shevich about the long, arduous process Josef undertook of researching and preparing to make his debut feature film. Find out how much time Wladyka spent in Colombia, how much of the story was inspired by […]

Video Interview: Hans Petter Moland from Tribeca 2014

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Director Hans Petter Moland discusses his latest film, In Order of Disappearance, while in New York for the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival. What’s his working relationship like with Stellan Skarsgaard? Was this an intentional satire of films like Taken? How does Moland direct actors in multiple languages? Find out in this interview! For Zach’s review […]

Tribeca Talks: Stories By Numbers – David Simon Reveals Project No One Will Let Him Make & Other Highlights

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At this afternoon’s Tribeca Talks: Future of Film Series, panelists including film critic Anne Thompson, FiveThirtyEight.com founder Nate Silver, The Wire & Treme creator David Simon, and House of Cards‘ show runner Beau Willimon discussed the importance and effect of number crunching on storytelling. For a panel called, “Stories by Numbers:  Mining Narratives From Big […]

Tribeca Review: Gueros

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Nowadays it is very easy to identify a coming-of-age story when you see one.  Usually it makes its’ presence known by compounding the audience with a number of clichés that range anywhere from montages of flashbacks or an elder character attempting to guide a younger, seemingly lost character onto the path of self discovery and […]

Video Interview: Whoopi Goldberg for Keep On Keepin’ On

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Whoopi Goldberg spoke with Pretentious Film Majors’ Devin Southard at the Tribeca Film Festival premiere of the new documentary produced by Quincy Jones, “Keep On Keepin’ On” about jazz legend Clark Terry and his student Justin Kauffman. Whoopi shares why documentaries are important, the need for Clark Terry’s story to be told, and discusses some […]

Tribeca Review: Garnet’s Gold

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There was a brief period in my early childhood where I went through a phase of wanting to be a pirate.  Sailing on ships seemed cool and pillaging villages looked like a lot of fun, but the big appeal came from searching for lost treasure.  Having the chance to go on a larger than life […]

Tribeca Review: Chef (Jon Favreau directs)

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While Chef may have had a relatively light premise its star studded cast was still enough to lend it some legitimacy. What keeps you engaged with the relatively shaky premise of this film is its heavy use of of technology and social media along with a number of geographic culture shocks that provide occasional laughs, […]

Steve Hofstetter Interview

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Recently, I was able to sit down with comedian and YouTube star Steve Hofstetter before he did a stand-up show at the Hard Rock Cafe in Philadelphia.  We had a great conversation while he ate his dinner and prepped for the show.  It was a lot of fun, and the show was terrific.  Steve’s set […]

Tribeca Review: Below Dreams

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An uncommonly loose portrait of life in New Orleans, Garret Bradley’s debut feature film uses a documentary-like cinema verite style to create a movie that values tone over narrative. Weaving together *but just barely) the lives of three very different people, only connected by the city they share, Below Dreams’ naturalistic approach to scene structure […]

Tribeca Review: In Order of Disappearance

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Stellan Skarsgård has a unique set of skills in Norwegian director Hans Petter Moland’s In Order of Disappearance, and among them is operating a snow blower. Set against the sparse, snow-soaked landscapes of Norwegian, Norwegian director Hans Petter Moland’s In Order of Disappearance casts Skarsgård in the old-guy-after-revenge role that’s been popularized by Liam Neeson […]

Review: Joe

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There comes a point in David Gordon Green’s Joe where main character Joe (an excellent Nicholas Cage) starts to act as if he might be insane. Hardly restrained up to this point, the film proceeds to take two steps forward and one step backward in terms of finesse. Green, whose sharp-focused observations ultimately fail to […]

Review: Draft Day

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Its blaring print advertisement quote compares Draft Day to Bull Durham and Field of Dreams. If you go in looking for a shred of either film, you’ll feel as cheated as this film’s Cleveland Browns fans feel after a pre-draft day trade. Brown’s GM Sonny Weaver Jr. (Kevin Costner) gives up three future first round […]

Review: Dom Hemingway

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There hasn’t been an actor playing this “against type” since Bill Murray as FDR. In Dom Hemingway Jude Law stars as a blustery Cockney smart-ass safe-cracker with bad teeth and a few extra pounds on his gut. Law, usually solidly cerebral (the excellent Side Effects, Anna Karenina), here is big on balls and small on […]

Review: The Unknown Known

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Although it’s disappointing politically that the bedeviling Donald Rumsfeld fails to emulate Robert McNamara in Errol Morris’ documentary, The Fog of War, it makes for compelling cinema in Morris’ new film The Unknown Known. Whereas McNamara gave plenty of mea culpa heft to his turn in the spotlight, Rumsfeld is instead intent on making sure […]

Review: Nymphomaniac: Part Two

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Ever the tricky jokester, Lars Von Trier mixes it up in his two-part opus, Nymphomaniac. The grandiloquent literary and fly fishing allusions of Nymphomaniac Part One and its hand-in-hand farcical shadings yield in Part Two to a much more somber tone. Sadomasochism rises to the fore as soon as you can say 50 Shades of […]

I talked about movies and also incredibly violent riots with my Venezuelan friend

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  Recently, there has been a lot of news coverage on the country of Venezuela and the riots taking place within its borders.  I was interested in seeing how the insurmountable violence and widespread fear has affected the movie industry over there, so I asked my friend David who lives in Venezuela if he could […]

Review: Cesar Chavez

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  Diego Luna’s Cesar Chavez glosses over some rather important aspects of the underlying essence of its subject matter. Although admirable in taking the course of the biopic Lincoln versus, say Mandela, in keeping its scope focused on a narrow swath of time, it fails to go deep in portraying the great 1960s labor organizer. […]

Review: Nymphomaniac Part 1

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Mixing the eloquent and the pointless and dressing up his profane observations with intellectual frosting, Lars Von Trier presents Nymphomnia Part 1, the first part of a three-hour-plus feeding frenzy of lust and guilt. Loveless sex holds court as Joe (Charlotte Gainsbourg), found bloodied on the street, reluctantly tells her rescuer (Stellan Skarsgard) her story. […]

Review: Bethlehem

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Dumbfoundingly similar in its finale to the recent Oscar-nominated Palestinian film, Omar, the Israeli Bethlehem mines equivalent emotional turf. Devoid of explanatory context, Bethlehem, via credible and interesting characters, lays out a sad premise: both sides are inhumane, lying and vengeful to a mortal fault. As in Omar, what proceeds as a suspenseful action yarn […]

Review: The Grand Budapest Hotel

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Wes Anderson prefers not to enter himself into a particular time and place unless he’s able to twist and turn his subject until it’s ready to fit into HIS world. In The Grand Budapest Hotel, his eighth and best feature, his enchanting stylization rises to a level of obsessiveness that bodes well for the adventurous […]

Review: The Bag Man

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John Cusack and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day may have been an apt title for Cinedigm’s new slow-burn thriller The Bag Man. Starring as the decidedly undescriptively named “Jack,” Cusack kills or is almost killed by nearly every character in this movie, and little of it is his own fault. He must […]

Review: Mr. Peabody and Sherman

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Stephen Colbert voices the surly character Paul Peterson in Mr. Peabody and Sherman, the new animated reworking of the Rocky and Bullwinkle Show characters. Invited to the dog and his adopted human son’s home for dinner, Peterson is having none of this erudite mutt’s shenanigans. Peterson’s s daughter Penny bullied Sherman into actually biting her […]

Review: The Wind Rises

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Content to portray the daydreams, everyday life and sturdy determination of a nerdy kid turned genius aeronautical engineer, Japanese anime master Hayao Miyazaki has some observers ticked off at him. Based on the life of Jiro Horikashi, the designer of the Zero fighter plane used in Pearl Harbor, The Wind Rises exhibits the usual amazing […]

Cinedork Staff Predicts the Oscar Winners

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With  the 86th annual academy awards coming up tonight, we here at Cinedork decided to offer up our predictions for who we think will be taking home the coveted golden statues tonight.       Send to Kindle

Review: Omar

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Omar’s got a problem: how to balance staying the good street soldier in the West Bank Palestinian liberation movement while remaining on course to settle down with the sister of his comrade-in-arms. We are introduced to Omar (Adam Bakri) as he scales a wall more than 20 feet high in the Occupied Territories in order […]

Giveaway: Bad Words College Screening @ Rave University City

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Cinedork.com along with our partners at the Pretentious Film Majors and friends at Focus Features are giving FREE seats to an advanced screening of the new spelling bee comedy directed by and starring Jason Bateman, Bad Words. The Pretentious Film Majors will host the event this Thursday night, February 27th, at 7:30pm, at Philadelphia’s Rave University […]

10 Hidden Treasures you can Watch on Netflix Now

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1. 2 Days in Paris: From French filmmaker Julie Delpy, who also wrote and starred in the Before Sunrise trilogy, comes a funny and sentimental story of two lovebirds having a very unromantic weekend in the most romantic place on earth. Delpy plays French native Marion, who brings her longtime boyfriend, Jack, a sarcastic and […]

Review: 3 Days to Kill

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Luc Besson, the most provocative of guilty pleasures when he’s on his game, wrote 3 Days To Kill’s story, co-wrote its screenplay, and produced. The film’s campy violence marks a return to form for Besson while it also heralds a continuation of a renaissance in the acting career of Kevin Costner begun with the TV […]

Review: Like Father, Like Son

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Like Father, Like Son tells how two families deal with the bombshell revelation that their six-year-old sons were switched at birth. Director Hirokazo Kore-da, whose marvelous ouevre continues its focus on children facing unusual predicaments, leads us through an impossibly heartwrenching situation without a touch of melodrama. Some of this is a wry mirror held […]

Review: A Winter’s Tale

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Like a Saturday Night Live skit spun out of control and barely keeping itself together, this impossibly imbecilic film somehow prevails to its end shot, stellar cast in tow. Since A Winter’ s Tale professes to be a serious film, this is something of a feat. Russell Crowe, Colin Farrell, Jennifer Connelly, Will Smith and […]

Review: That Awkward Moment

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A deceitfully overwrought premise, bargain-basement plot, and paint-by-numbers characters add up to a Valentine’s Day film disaster. The lipstick on this donkey is provided by a bunch of photogenic, fairly talented actors. Yet even Brando and Hepburn couldn’t do much with this concoction that seems like it was stillborn in a Five and Under store. […]

Review: Labor Day

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Not since American Pie has the all-American baked classic received this much attention in a film. In Labor Day, pastry dominates the vacuum created by a movie that wears its heart on its sleeve and ought to hide its melodramatic script in a drawer. When he’s not Mr Fix-it-up-er or mopping their hardwood floor, escaped […]

Editorial: 8 Movies That Made Me Wish I Was At Sundance

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Every year the Sundance Film Festival premieres some of the most exciting new movies being made, spotlighting both established auteurs and first-time filmmakers. The films showcased here can go on to awards glory or box-office success, while others will be panned and forgotten. But while the Hollywood elite mingle with media-leaders, I am confined to my Philadelphian apartment, which is […]

Editorial: The Three-Picture Horse Race

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This year, the Oscar race is closer than it has been in decades. It’s a horse race between not two, but three movies: 12 Years a Slave, American Hustle and Gravity. Gravity and American Hustle both took 10 Oscar nominations while 12 Years a Slave nipped at their heels with 9. American Hustle won the […]

Editorial: “Year of the Black Movie” & Other Problematic Labels

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This past Thursday, Oscar nominations were unveiled, and with it came the typical mix of surprises and snubs. However, this year, there was a buzz of discontent coming from Oscar watchers for the dearth of recognition for African-American films. Sure, Twelve Years A Slave picked up 9 nominations, the third most of all the films […]

Editorial: 8 Reasons to Be Overly Excited for The Lego Movie

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Heading into the normally dreadful January/February months, amongst the normal offerings of schlocky horror and bland comedy comes a shining beacon of hope. A bright, promising movie-going experience primed for trips down memory lane. The Lego Movie, due out February 7th, might have seemed like a strange idea at one point (then again, so did a David […]

Editorial: 8 Movies to Worry About in 2014

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The New Year’s parties have ceased and the “Best & Worst Films of the Year” pieces have summarily been turned in to editors for publishing; however, not quite yet ready to do away with lists and rankings, writers from /Film to International Business Times have turned to the annual Most Anticipated List to grade 2014′s film […]

Potted Potter Interview

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Recently, I had the pleasure of watching Potted Potter, The Unauthorized Harry Potter Experience.  The show was a lot of fun and definitely unique.  You can read my review of it here.  The day after seeing Potted Potter, I had the chance to chat with James Percy and Delme Thomas, the two lead performers from […]

OSCARS: The 8 Most Egregious Omissions

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2013 was a year full of strong films, and the Academy’s decision reflected that nominating nine films for Best Picture; however, all but three above-the-line nominations went to movies nominated for night’s big award. The exceptions are all well-established actresses in films with multiple nominations. A lot of lesser seen movies like Mud and Short Term 12 were ignored, while overlooked favorites like Before Midnight and Prisoners received just […]

Review: Ride Along

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James doesn’t like Ben (Kevin Hart), who lives with James’ dishy sister. James (Ice Cube) is a real cop and a bit of a rogue one at that. Ben’s only notion of police work comes from his advanced knowledge of video games yet he’s somehow just been accepted into Atlanta’s police academy. In the first […]

INTERVIEW: Francisco Lorite on his new film ‘Mediation’

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Pretentious Film Major Jackie Leon recently had the chance to interview director Francisco Lorite about his film, Mediation, which premiered January 11th . Mediation is a short film that documents an extremely dramatic divorce mediation between a couple blinded by their own egos. This is what Francisco had to say about the film, his production company and his […]

Review: August: Osage County

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In this John Wells adaptation of Tracy Letts’ Pulitzer-prize winning play, The Weston family, long-marinated in misery and malevolence, let it all out at a post-funeral meal. The verbal fireworks are ugly enough to make the most dysfunctional family seem rather normal by comparison. A testimony to the bounty of Meryl Streep’s extraordinary talent and […]