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Review: Her (Jonze, 2013)

In Spike Jonze’s latest film Her, Joaquin Phoenix plays Theodore Twombly, a professional letter-writer for-hire who composes personal correspondence with his creative mind, sensitive nature, and some high-tech voice-recognition software. While he’s good at his job, he’s also going through a divorce. He can clearly express feelings for others, but has begun closing himself off emotionally. That’s his baseline when …

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Review: All Is Lost (Chandor, 2013)

Cinematically speaking, there are few places more moving, more honestly heartbreaking than on the big screen with a lone character struggling to survive. To be lost, stranded in a desolate place is to provide a narrative hook that is immediately intimate and resoundingly relatable. As modern movies like Cast Away, 127 Hours, and Life of Pi attest, there are many …

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Review: The Counselor (Ridley Scott, 2013)

I had read Cormac McCarthy’s script for The Counselor earlier this year. Like you will no doubt hear in other reviews of the film itself, it’s not a story that is easy to follow. And I have to agree. Sometimes, one may foolishly wonder if the screenwriter himself may know what’s going on. But it was an intoxicating, albeit dense …

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Review: 12 Years a Slave (Steve McQueen, 2013)

In matters regarding a historical time frame, accuracy is key in presenting a story so that people can understand what occurred, and to give us all proper perspective to reflect upon and try not to repeat the horrors of the past. In British director Steve McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave, if you are familiar with his film style from Hunger …

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Review: Captain Phillips (Paul Greengrass, 2013)

2013 seems to be the year of survival stories. From Gravity to All is Lost and here with Captain Phillips the one man (or woman) against the world scenario is rich and in full effect. The hijacking of the U.S. container ship the Maersk Alabama in April of 2009 was big news, with a major military undertaking and whose details …

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Review: Gravity (Alfonso Cuarón, 2013)

Since Alfonso Cuarón’s audacious dystopian sci-fi film, Children of Men, was released in 2006, cinephiles everywhere have been wondering how, and later as the years ticked on, when he would follow-up on the ambition and promise of that film. Now at last the wait is over. Gravity has been released, and those who fail to find the movie a worthwhile follow-up to Cuarón’s last will …

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The Grandmaster (Wong Kar-wai, 2013)

Most famous and renowned for his passionate tales of romance, Wong Kar-Wai still seems like an inspired fit for Chinese martial arts moviemaking. The beloved director has a lyrical control of tone and atmosphere, can precisely pace a picture, and has exhibited careful control of the camera. The challenge of melding artful storytelling with thrillingly executed fight sequences, a daunting …

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Rush (Ron Howard, 2013)

Ron Howard’s latest film Rush depicts the epic rivalry between Formula 1 race car drivers Niki Lauda and James Hunt. The film covers the six-year period from their amateur beginnings to their infamous battle for the World Championship in 1976. Peter Morgan’s straightforward and efficient script paints Lauda (as played by Daniel Brühl) as cool and tenacious, as he uses …

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Don Jon (Joseph Gordon-Levitt, 2013)

I must say, I have to give kudos to Gordon-Levitt for doing something so seemingly mainstream yet very dark as a debut feature. Though the film is often very funny and sometimes pretty charming, Gordon-Levitt is luckily also not afraid to show his own character’s deepest flaws – it opens right with his character Jon describing in seductive, disturbing detail …

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