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    Review: Dom Hemingway

    Friday, April 11, 2014

    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 […]

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    Review: Nymphomaniac: Part Two

    Friday, April 4, 2014

    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 […]

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    Jason Talks Movies and Riots with his Venezuelan Friend

    Monday, March 31, 2014

      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 […]

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    Review: Cesar Chavez

    Friday, March 28, 2014

      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. […]

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    Katsucon Interview Series: Joshua (Neon Genocide)

    Friday, March 28, 2014

    So, sadly, this is the last part of the Katsucon 2014 cosplay interviews. We’ve seen some amazing work across multiple genres. Today, we’re going to end it with a cosplay from arguably one of today’s most popular forms of entertainment, video games. Specifically, Square Enix’s Final Fantasy series. Interview with Joshua (Neon Genocide): How long […]

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Review: 3 Days to Kill

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Giveaway: Vikings Season Two Premiere Tickets

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Video Discussion: House of Cards’ HUGE Twist [SPOILERS]

Netflix’s groundbreaking original series House of Cards (Kevin Spacey, Robin Wright, Kate Mara) is back for a thrilling second season, and the first episode “Chapter 14″ wasted very little time getting back into the groove of delivering mesmerizing twists and turns to this dirty politics story. In a talk chock full SPOILERS, the Pretentious Film Majors […]

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Review: Like Father, Like Son

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Review: A Winter’s Tale

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 […]

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Review: That Awkward Moment

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. […]

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Jan
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Review: Labor Day

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 […]

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

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 […]

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Jan
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Editorial: The Three-Picture Horse Race

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

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 […]

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