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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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