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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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