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    Review: The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Them

    Saturday, September 20, 2014

    The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Them is a distillation of two separate movies subtitled “Him” and “Her.” Viewers will get a chance to see the original two films in October. After watching “Them” a disturbing paradox presents itself. Admittedly, what seems like a half-baked, occasionally dull synthesis might have been caused by too harsh a […]

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    Review: A Walk Among the Tombstones

    Saturday, September 20, 2014

    Veteran screenwriter Scott Frank (Get Shorty, the underrated Out of Sight) directs revenge movie honcho Liam Neeson in this at once ugly and grim suspense-cum-horror tale. Based on the novel by Lawrence Block, Neeson portrays Matthew Scudder, an unlicensed private investigator and former NYPD cop. The film contains plenty of familiar crime movie fodder: Scudder’s […]

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    Review: The Drop

    Friday, September 12, 2014

    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, […]

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    Review: Roomiess

    Thursday, September 11, 2014

    Web series often fall into the trap of relying on a one-dimensional gimmick to entertain the viewer, hoping the short episode runtime will prevent the gag from becoming stale. Roomiess, on the other hand, does away with this stereotype, and goes for the simplicity of a single room, two characters, and great writing. Stu and […]

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    Review: Starred Up

    Sunday, September 7, 2014

    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 […]

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Editorial: The Three-Picture Horse Race

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

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 […]

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

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EDITORIAL: Girls and Nudity

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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 […]

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Review: Ride Along

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 […]

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Contest: An Evening with Kumail Nanjiani and Jonah Ray – Prince Theater

Residing at one of the top LA comedy clubs Kamail Nanjiani and Jonah Ray are easily recognizable in the many movies in which their comedic timing is sharp. These two are going to be headlining the Prince Music Theater this Saturday at 7PM. For tickets and more information click here. We are also giving away […]

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INTERVIEW: Francisco Lorite on his new film ‘Mediation’

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 […]

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Shameless: Simple Pleasures

Praise the television gods, my rain dances worked! For nine months I’ve been praying to get Shameless back early. Twelve episodes a season with the Gallagher clan is not enough to sustain me through a whole year. Shameless is one of the most underrated shows on television. The characters and stories that this show brings […]

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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 […]

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