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    Review: A Most Wanted Man

    Friday, July 25, 2014

    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, […]

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    Review: Boyhood

    Friday, July 25, 2014

    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 […]

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    Mixed Review: Wish I Was Here

    Friday, July 18, 2014

    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 […]

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    Contest: “Boyhood” Screening Passes

    Thursday, July 17, 2014

    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 […]

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    Review: Begin Again

    Friday, July 4, 2014

    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 […]

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