The Scene-Stealers Podcast and 'mother!'
Posted 14 hours ago

Trey Hock, Trevan McGee, Abby Olcese, and Johnny Szlauderbach all take on Darren Aronofsky's provacative new headtrip mother!

Dayveon Delivers
Posted 5 days ago

A quiet, cerebral meditation on poverty, adolescence, gang culture, and “family,” Dayveon tells a complicated story in a startlingly accessible way. Opening Sept. 22 at the Screenland at Tapcade.

‘Dayveon’ is Dynamic and Devastating
Scary as shIT
Posted 12 days ago

If Pennywise still gives you nightmares after all these years, the IT remake is going to ruin you.

New Pennywise will scare the ‘IT’ out of you
Second Nature Sinks
Posted 13 days ago

'Second Nature' is a woefully under-baked concept set in an absurd world that is entirely disconnected from reality.

DON’T WASTE A SECOND ON ‘SECOND NATURE’
Goon 2 not a knockout
Posted 19 days ago

The worst thing for a sequel is to do is the exact same thing as its predecessor.

‘Goon: Last of the Enforcers’ not the knockout you hoped for
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Childhood Dreams Come True in ‘Dave Made a Maze’

by Christian Ramos August 17, 2017 Print Reviews

‘Dave Made a Maze’ explores what happens when a little imagination turns into the adventure of a lifetime.

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Netflix’s ‘Icarus’ a Thrilling Documentary with Scary Relevance

by Eric Melin August 13, 2017 Print Reviews

‘Icarus’ is a thrilling, frighteningly relevant documentary that may go a long way toward explaining the danger of any state propaganda machine.

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‘Turn it Around: The Story of East Bay Punk’ Documents an Important Scene

by Eric Melin August 12, 2017 Print Reviews
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Turn it Around: The Story of East Bay Punk’s real triumph is that it tells a cohesive story out of so many jagged parts, and does it with an energy that was reflective of that special moment in time.

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13th Century Story Gets 21st Century Treatment in ‘Pilgrimage’

by Warren Cantrell August 11, 2017 Print Reviews
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Pilgrimage does a fine job side-stepping expectations and injects some 21st century life into a 13th century story.

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Criterion restores lost classic ‘The Breaking Point’ on Blu-ray

by Eric Melin August 10, 2017 Blu-ray/DVD Reviews
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These features and this restoration of Michael Curtiz’s The Breaking Point make a great case for this overlooked film joining the discussion of classic-era Hollywood all-timers.

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EMOTIONAL AFTERSHOCKS ABOUND IN ‘AFTER LOVE’

by Warren Cantrell August 9, 2017 Print Reviews
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After Love transcends culture and language to tell a story that is as universal as the very concept of love itself. Come for the drama, stay for the humanity: it’s worth it.

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‘Detroit’ reflects our country’s racial divide

by Tim English August 4, 2017 Print Reviews
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‘Detroit’ is a good film that relays an important story that sadly hammers home how little things have change and how far we have to in our battle with racism. Playing out like an expensive reenactment of the tragedy, though, it feels like there is too much story for a feature film.

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‘LANDLINE’ FAILS TO CONNECT

by Warren Cantrell August 4, 2017 Print Reviews
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For non-New Yorkers looking for something more than just a car-wash-style march through the sitcom talking points of young adulthood and infidelity, ‘Landline’ might come off as somewhat lacking.

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‘FUN MOM DINNER’ SERVES UP THE LAUGHS

by Warren Cantrell August 4, 2017 Print Reviews
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‘Fun Mom Dinner’ knows what it wants to do, and goes after it with a fearless attitude and hard-R-rating sensibilities.

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Criterion Blu-ray Illuminates Tarkvoksy’s Challenging, Deliberate ‘Stalker’

by Eric Melin July 28, 2017 Blu-ray/DVD Reviews
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Stalker, released originally in 1979, is a challenging piece of cinema. It’s a lengthy, talky quest for meaning, punctuated by long takes and huge moments of silence.

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‘Atomic Blonde’ Let Down by Script

by Eric Melin July 28, 2017 Print Reviews
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Atomic Blonde’s script, adapted from a graphic novel, is too clever for its own good, with twists that are obvious from the get-go, and a whole lot of misplaced sympathy that its characters never earn.

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‘Dunkirk’: Visually stunning, emotionally empty

by Tim English July 21, 2017 Print Reviews
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‘Dunkirk’ is an amazing visual achievement but feels as void of heart and character as it is full of filmmaking craftsmanship.

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‘SCORE: A Film Music Documentary’ hits the right notes

by Joe Jarosz July 21, 2017 Print Reviews
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‘SCORE: A Film Music Documentary’ opens at Screenland at Tapcade today. This is a full, encompassing look at film scores, starting with the beginning of film and organists in the theaters to modern-day movies and the full orchestras they incorporate.

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More than just ‘Footnotes’

by Joe Jarosz July 14, 2017 Print Reviews
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‘Footnotes’ is a whimsical and original musical comedy about Julie, a young woman struggling to make ends meet in France’s radically changing economy.

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‘War for the Planet of the Apes’ is the crown jewel of the remake trilogy

by Tim English July 14, 2017 Print Reviews
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[Rating: Rock Fist Way Up] Director Matt Reeves has done something truly spectacular with War for the Planet of the Apes. The third (and final?) installment in this reboot series is not only an emotionally dour thrill ride, but has once again highlighted the brilliance of Andy Serkis, whose performance as Ape leader Caesar proves [...]

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