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REVIEW: ‘The Big Short’ (★★★)

  Breaking down the billionaire boys club that broke America In The Big Short, the surprisingly irreverent new film from Adam McKay (Step Brothers, Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy), we’re told, “you might think you know what happened, but you don’t.” Now, that’s not the most original phrasing for a story like this but it is truthful. Most Americans ...

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REVIEW: ‘Joy’ (★★★½)

  There’s something truly fantastic about the opening scene of Joy. It’s a black and white television soap opera starring none other than All My Children’s Susan Lucci. Stiff acting, Bob Mackie-type gowns and Dynasty hair, elaborate names like Bartholomew, Clarinda and Danica pepper this sequence and although we don’t know what it means in context it sets us up ...

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REVIEW: ‘The Revenant’ (★★★★)

“You breathe…keep breathing.” One part tale of bloodthirsty revenge, one part tale of undying love, Alejandro G. Iñárritu’s The Revenant is a film of extremes. Extremes of blisteringly cold weather, of violently bloody massacres but also of paternal devotion and tenderness that is almost shocking in its thoughtfulness. Following up after the fanciful fantasy of his Oscar-winning Birdman, Iñárritu goes back ...

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REVIEW: ‘Creed’ (★★★★)

  In a year that has been filled with remakes, sequels and reboots it’s hard to imagine that what seems like another attempt to reboot the Rocky franchise (most recently was 2006’s Rocky Balboa) wouldn’t have a need to even exist. But make no mistake, this isn’t a seventh Rocky film, it’s the first Creed and it stands on its own. Not ...

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AFI Review: Angelina Jolie Pitt’s ‘By the Sea’ (★★)

  Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt’s By The Sea attempts to break down and humanize two of the most alien and illustrious faces in Hollywood in an intimate setting. Angelina Jolie Pitt’s third directorial project breaks away from the prestige of her last film, Unbroken, but the vanity project she offers is glossy, artificial and incoherent. Throughout all of By ...

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REVIEW: Foreign Language Film Oscar Winners 1952-1957

After the first five foreign film winners coming from Italy, France, and Japan, the Academy decided to change it up a bit with their next five and gave them to France, Japan, and Italy. I guess I’m getting a big lucky finding some similarities in these batches of winners, I’m sure that won’t always be the case with the future ...

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REVIEW: ‘Room’ (★★★★)

  A story of mother-child devotion, Lenny Abrahamson’s Room, based on Emma Donoghue’s book, is a stunning exploration of commitment, love, and survival. Ma and her son Jack live in a 10-by-10 room, held there by a captor, nicknamed ‘Old Nick,’ who kidnapped Ma seven years prior. Ma tells Jack stories, creating a world of only the ‘room.’ They have ...

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REVIEW: ‘Miles Ahead’ (★★★)

  “Get the fuck off me, Hitler” Don Cheadle’s gaudy, prismatic passion-project biopic Miles Ahead just had its world premiere. It was the closing night film of the New York Film Festival and it is very much an anti-thesis to Marc Abraham’s recent I Saw the Light. The contrast is dramatic. Where I Saw the Light is dull, Miles Ahead ...

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MVFF38: ‘Carol’ starring Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara

  Set in an era when glances an small gestures speak volumes, Todd Haynes’s Carol is a luscious and profound piece on relationships, sexuality and repression. Based on the Patricia Highsmith novel “The Price of Salt,” the film details the meeting, flirtation and romance between two very different women; Carol is a wealthy New York City suburbanite in a rocky ...

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