Wish I Was Here

Wish I Was Here Movie Review

R, 106 m., 2014

Zach Braff (Aidan Bloom), Kate Hudson (Sarah Bloom), Joey King (Grace Bloom), Pierce Gagnon (Tucker Bloom), Mandy Patinkin (Gabe), Josh Gad (Noah Bloom), Ashley Greene (Janine), Jim Parsons (Paul). Directed by Zach Braff and produced by Matthew Andrews, Adam J. Braff, Zach Braff, Michael Shamberg, Stacey Sher. Screenplay by Adam J. Braff and Zach Braff.

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Lucy

Lucy Movie Review

R, 89 m., 2014

Scarlett Johansson (Lucy), Morgan Freeman (Professor Norman), Min-sik Choi (Mr. Jang), Analeigh Tipton (Caroline), Amr Waked (Pierre Del Rio). Written and directed by Luc Besson. Produced by Virginie Silla.

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Happy Christmas

Happy Christmas Movie Review

R, 88 m., 2014

Anna Kendrick (Jenny), Melanie Lynskey (Kelly), Mark Webber (Kevin), Lena Dunham (Carson), Joe Swanberg (Jeff). Written and directed by Joe Swanberg. Produced by Peter Gilbert and Swanberg.

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Sex Tape

Sex Tape Movie Review

R, 94 m., 2014

Cameron Diaz (Annie), Jason Segel (Jay), Rob Lowe (Hank),  Ellie Kemper (Tess), Rob Corddry (Robby), Jolene Blalock (Catalina), Randall Park (Edward). Directed by Jake Kasdan and produced by Todd Black, Jason Blumenthal, Steve Tisch. Screenplay by Kate Angelo and Jason Segel & Nicholas Stoller.

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The Purge: Anarchy

The Purge: Anarchy Movie Review

R, 103 m., 2014

Frank Grillo (Sergeant), Carmen Ejogo (Eva Sanchez), Zach Gilford (Shane), Kiele Sanchez (Liz), Zoë Soul (Cali). Written and directed by James DeMonaco. Produced by Michael Bay, Jason Blum, Andrew Form, Bradley Fuller, Sebastien Lemercier.

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Mood Indigo

Mood Indigo Movie Review

UNRATED, 94 m., 2013

Romain Duris (Colin), Audrey Tautou (Chloé), Gad Elmaleh (Chick), Omar Sy (Nicolas), Aïssa Maïga (Alise), Charlotte Le Bon (Isis), Sacha Bourdo (La souris), Philippe Torreton (Jean-Sol Partre). Directed by Michel Gondry and produced by Luc Bossi. Screenplay by Gondry & Bossi (in French and English), based on a novel by Boris Vian.

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I Origins

I Origins Movie Review

R, 106 m., 2014

Michael Pitt (Ian), Brit Marling (Karen), Astrid Bergès-Frisbey (Sofi), Steven Yeun (Kenny), Archie Panjabi (Priya Varma), Cara Seymour (Dr. Simmons). Written and directed by Mike Cahill. Produced by Cahill, Hunter Gray, Alex Orlovsky.

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Boyhood

Boyhood Movie Review

R, 165 m., 2014

Ellar Coltrane (Mason), Patricia Arquette (Mom), Ethan Hawke (Dad), Lorelei Linklater (Samantha). Written and directed by Richard Linklater. Produced by Linklater, Jonathan Sehring, John Sloss, Cathleen Sutherland.

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Rage

Rage Movie Review

UNRATED, 92 m., 2014

Nicolas Cage (Paul Maguire), Rachel Nichols (Vanessa Maguire), Aubrey Peeples (Caitlin Maguire), Danny Glover (Det. Peter St. John), Peter Stormare (Francis O’Connell). Directed by Paco Cabezas and produced by Michael Mendelsohn and Richard Rionda Del Castro. Screenplay by Jim Agnew and Sean Keller.

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Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes Movie Review

PG_13, 130 m., 2014

Andy Serkis (Caesar), Jason Clarke (Malcolm), Gary Oldman (Dreyfus), Keri Russell (Ellie), Toby Kebbell (Koba), Kodi Smit-McPhee (Alexander), Kirk Acevedo (Carver), Judy Greer (Cornelia). Directed by Matt Reeves and produced by Peter Chernin, Dylan Clark, Rick Jaffa, Amanda Silver. Screenplay by Mark Bomback and Jaffa & Silver, based on the novel by Pierre Boulle.

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Begin Again

Begin Again Movie Review

R, 104 m., 2013

Mark Ruffalo (Dan), Keira Knightley (Gretta), James Corden (Steve), Hailee Steinfeld (Violet), Mos Def (Saul (as Yasiin Bey)), Adam Levine (Dave), CeeLo Green (Troublegum (as Cee Lo Green)), Catherine Keener (Miriam). Written and directed by John Carney. Produced by Tobin Armbrust and Anthony Bregman.

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Life Itself

Life Itself Movie Review

R, 120 m., 2014

Featuring Roger Ebert. A documentary directed by Steve James and produced by Garrett Basch, James, and Zak Piper.

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Tammy

Tammy Movie Review

R, 97 m., 2014

Melissa McCarthy (Tammy), Susan Sarandon (Pearl), Kathy Bates (Lenore), Allison Janney (Deb), Dan Aykroyd (Don), Gary Cole (Earl), Sandra Oh (Susanne), Mark Duplass (Bobby), Toni Collette (Missi), Nat Faxon (Greg), Ben Falcone (Keith Morgan). Directed by Ben Falcone and produced by Will Ferrell, Melissa McCarthy, Adam McKay. Screenplay by McCarthy & Falcone.

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They Came Together

They Came Together Movie Review

R, 83 m., 2014

Paul Rudd (Joel), Amy Poehler (Molly), Cobie Smulders (Tiffany), Melanie Lynskey (Brenda), Max Greenfield (Jake), Ellie Kemper (Karen), Jason Mantzoukas (Bob), Ed Helms (Eggbert), Michael Ian Black (Trevor), Bill Hader (Kyle), Christopher Meloni (Roland). Directed by David Wain and produced by Michael Showalter. Screenplay by Showalter & Wain.

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Snowpiercer

Snowpiercer Movie Review

R, 126 m., 2013

Chris Evans (Curtis), Jamie Bell (Edgar), John Hurt (Gilliam), Tilda Swinton (Mason), Alison Pill (Teacher), Octavia Spencer (Tanya), Ewen Bremner (Andrew). Directed by Joon-ho Bong and produced by Tae-sung Jeong, Tae-hun Lee, Steven Nam, Chan-wook Park. Screenplay by Bong and Kelly Masterson (in English, Korean, Japanese and French), based on an original story by Jacques Lob & Benjamin Legrand and Jean-Marc Rochette, and a screen story by Bong.

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Venus in Fur

Venus in Fur Movie Review

UNRATED, 96 m., 2013

Emmanuelle Seigner (Vanda), Mathieu Amalric (Thomas). Directed by Roman Polanski and produced by Robert Benmussa and Alain Sarde. Screenplay by Polanski & David Ives (in French and German).

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Third Person

Third Person Movie Review

R, 137 m., 2013

Liam Neeson (Michael), Mila Kunis (Julia), James Franco (Rick), Olivia Wilde (Anna), Adrien Brody (Scott), Maria Bello (Theresa), Kim Basinger (Elaine). Written and directed by Paul Haggis. Produced by Paul Breuls, Haggis, and Michael Nozik.

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The Rover

The Rover Movie Review

R, 103 m., 2014

Robert Pattinson (Rey), Guy Pearce (Eric), Scoot McNairy (Henry), Tawanda Manyimo (Caleb), David Field (Archie). Directed by David Michôd and produced by David Linde, Michôd, and Liz Watts. Screenplay by Michôd, based on a story by Joel Edgerton.

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Obvious Child

Obvious Child Movie Review

R, 84 m., 2014

Jenny Slate (Donna Stern), Jake Lacy (Max), Gaby Hoffmann (Nellie), Gabe Liedman (Joey), David Cross (Sam), Richard Kind (Jacob Stern), Polly Draper (Nancy Stern), Paul Briganti (Ryan), Cindy Cheung (Dr. Bernard), Stephen Singer (Gene). Directed by Gillian Robespierre and produced by Elisabeth Holm. Screenplay by Robespierre.

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Jersey Boys

Jersey Boys Movie Review

R, 134 m., 2014

John Lloyd Young (Frankie Valli), Vincent Piazza (Tommy DeVito), Erich Bergen (Bob Gaudio), Michael Lomenda (Nick Massi), Christopher Walken (Gyp DeCarlo), Mike Doyle (Bob Crewe), Freya Tingley (Francine (17)), Renée Marino (Mary). Directed by Clint Eastwood and produced by Eastwood, Tim Headington, Graham King, and Robert Lorenz. Screenplay by Rick Elice & Marshall Brickman

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22 Jump Street

22 Jump Street Movie Review

R, 112 m., 2014

Jonah Hill (Schmidt), Channing Tatum (Jenko), Ice Cube (Captain Dickson), Dave Franco (Eric Molson (uncredited)), Nick Offerman (Deputy Chief Hardy), Peter Stormare (The Ghost), Rob Riggle (Mr. Walters (uncredited)), Wyatt Russell (Zook),  Richard Grieco (Booker), Amber Stevens (Maya), Jillian Bell (Mercedes), Jimmy Tatro (Rooster). Directed by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller and produced by Jonah Hill, Neal H. Moritz, Channing Tatum. Screenplay by Michael Bacall & Hill and Oren Uziel and Rodney Rothman.

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Hellion

Hellion Movie Review

R, 94 m., 2014

Aaron Paul (Hollis Wilson), Josh Wiggins (Jacob Wilson), Deke Garner (Wes Wilson), Juliette Lewis (Pam Noonan). Directed by Kat Candler and produced by Jonathan Duffy and Kelly Williams. Screenplay by Candler.

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The Signal

The Signal Movie Review

PG_13, 97 m., 2014

Brenton Thwaites (Nic), Olivia Cooke (Haley), Laurence Fishburne (Damon), Beau Knapp (Jonah), Lin Shaye (Mirabelle). Directed by William Eubank and produced by Tyler Davidson and Brian Kavanaugh-Jones. Screenplay by Carlyle Eubank, William Eubank and Dave Frigerio.

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The Sacrament

The Sacrament Movie Review

R, 95 m., 2013

AJ Bowen (Sam), Amy Seimetz (Caroline), Joe Swanberg (Jake), Kate Lyn Sheil (Sarah), Gene Jones (Father). Directed by Ti West and produced by Molly Conners, Jacob Jaffke, Peter Phok, Eli Roth, Christopher Woodrow. Screenplay by West.

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The Fault in Our Stars

The Fault in Our Stars Movie Review

PG_13, 126 m., 2014

Shailene Woodley (Hazel), Ansel Elgort (Gus), Nat Wolff (Isaac), Laura Dern (Frannie), Sam Trammell (Michael), Willem Dafoe (Van Houten)Directed by Josh Boone and produced by Marty Bowen and Wyck Godfrey. Screenplay by Scott Neustadter & Michael H. Weber, based on the novel by John Green.

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Edge of Tomorrow

Edge of Tomorrow Movie Review

PG_13, 113 m., 2014

Tom Cruise (Cage), Emily Blunt (Rita), Brendan Gleeson (General Brigham), Bill Paxton (Master Sergeant Farell), Jonas Armstrong (Skinner), Tony Way (Kimmel), Kick Gurry (Griff), Dragomir Mrsic (Kuntz), Charlotte Riley (Nance), Noah Taylor (Dr. Carter). Directed by Doug Liman and produced by Jason Hoffs, Gregory Jacobs, Tom Lassally, Jeffrey Silver, Erwin Stoff. Screenplay by Christopher McQuarrie and Jez Butterworth & John-Henry Butterworth, based on a novel by Hiroshi Sakurazaka.

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We Are the Best!

We Are the Best! Movie Review

UNRATED, 102 m., 2013

Mira Barkhammar (Bobo), Mira Grosin (Klara), Liv LeMoyne (Hedvig), Johan Liljemark (Kenneth), Mattias Wiberg (Roger), Jonathan Salomonsson (Elis), Alvin Strollo (Mackan), Anna Rydgren (Bobos mamma), Peter Eriksson (Bobos pappa). Directed by Lukas Moodysson and produced by Lars Jönsson. Screenplay by Moodysson (in Swedish), based on a story by Coco Moodysson.

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Night Moves

Night Moves Movie Review

R, 112 m., 2013

Jesse Eisenberg (Josh), Dakota Fanning (Dena), Peter Sarsgaard (Harmon), Alia Shawkat (Surprise), Logan Miller (Dylan), Katherine Waterston (Anne), James Le Gros (Feed Factory Clerk). Directed by Kelly Reichardt and produced by Saemi Kim, Neil Kopp, Chris Maybach, Anish Savjani, Rodrigo Teixeira. Screenplay by Jonathan Raymond (as Jon Raymond) & Reichardt.

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A Million Ways to Die in the West

A Million Ways to Die in the West Movie Review

R, 116 m., 2014

Seth MacFarlane (Albert), Charlize Theron (Anna), Amanda Seyfried (Louise), Liam Neeson (Clinch), Giovanni Ribisi (Edward), Neil Patrick Harris (Foy), Sarah Silverman (Ruth), Wes Studi (Cochise), Evan Jones (Lewis). Directed by Seth MacFarlane and produced by Jason Clark, MacFarlane, and Scott Stuber. Screenplay by MacFarlane & Alec Sulkin & Wellesley Wild.

From the big, expansive shots of Monument Valley, home to so many classic Westerns by John Ford, to the rousing opening score and the larger-than-life titles with a golden, sunburned hue, Seth MacFarlane’s A Million Ways to Die in the West seems to be setting us up for a non-ironical take on the old-fashioned American genre. MacFarlane being MacFarlane, however, this cannot last. Of course, this will be a Blazing Saddles-esque attempt at skewering the genre MacFarlane seems bent on recreating.

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Maleficent

Maleficent Movie Review

PG, 97 m., 2014

Angelina Jolie (Maleficent), Elle Fanning (Aurora), Juno Temple (Thistletwit), Sharlto Copley (Stefan), Imelda Staunton (Knotgrass), Sam Riley (Diaval), Jamie Sives (Shepherd (uncredited)), Lesley Manville (Flittle)Directed by Robert Stromberg and produced by Joe Roth. Screenplay by Linda Woolverton.

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Filth

Filth Movie Review

R, 97 m., 2013

James McAvoy (Bruce), Jamie Bell (Lennox), Eddie Marsan (Bladesey), Imogen Poots (Drummond), Brian McCardie (Gillman), Emun Elliott (Inglis), Joanne Froggatt (Mary), Jim Broadbent (Dr. Rossi), Kate Dickie (Chrissie), Shirley Henderson (Bunty), Martin Compston (Gorman), Iain De Caestecker (Ocky). Directed by Jon S. Baird and produced by Mark Amin, Christian Angermayer, Baird, Will Clarke, Stephen Mao, Ken Marshall, James McAvoy, Jens Meurer, Celine Rattray, Trudie Styler. Screenplay by Baird, based on the novel by Irvine Welsh.

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Chef

Chef Movie Review

R, 114 m., 2014

Jon Favreau (Carl Casper), John Leguizamo (Martin), Bobby Cannavale (Tony), Emjay Anthony (Percy), Scarlett Johansson (Molly), Dustin Hoffman (Riva), Sofía Vergara (Inez), Oliver Platt (Ramsey Michel), Amy Sedaris (Jen), Robert Downey Jr. (Marvin). Directed by Jon Favreau and produced by Sergei Bespalov, Favreau, and Karen Gilchrist. Screenplay by Favreau.

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X-Men: Days of Future Past

X-Men: Days of Future Past Movie Review

PG_13, 131 m., 2014

Patrick Stewart (Professor X), James McAvoy (Charles Xavier), Michael Fassbender (Erik Lehnsherr), Ian McKellen (Magneto), Jennifer Lawrence (Raven / Mystique), Nicholas Hoult (Hank / Beast), Hugh Jackman (Logan / Wolverine), Ellen Page (Kitty Pryde), Shawn Ashmore (Bobby / Iceman), Peter Dinklage (Dr. Bolivar Trask), Halle Berry (Storm), Booboo Stewart (Warpath), Bingbing Fan (Blink), Daniel Cudmore (Colossus), Adan Canto (Sunspot), Omar Sy (Bishop), Evan Peters (Peter / Quicksilver), Lucas Till (Havok). Directed by Bryan Singer and produced by Simon Kinberg, Hutch Parker, Lauren Shuler Donner, and Singer. Screenplay by Kinberg, based on a story by Jane Goldman & Matthew Vaughn.

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The Railway Man

The Railway Man Movie Review

R116 m., 2013

Colin Firth (Eric), Nicole Kidman (Patti), Stellan Skarsgård (Finlay), Jeremy Irvine (Young Eric), Hiroyuki Sanada (Takeshi Nagase), Sam Reid (Young Finlay). Directed by Jonathan Teplitzky and produced by Chris Brown, Bill Curbishley, Andy Paterson. Screenplay by Paterson and Frank Cottrell Boyce, based on the book by Eric Lomax.

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The Immigrant

The Immigrant Movie Review

R, 120 m., 2013

Marion Cotillard (Ewa Cybulska), Joaquin Phoenix (Bruno Weiss), Jeremy Renner (Orlando the Magician / Emil), Dagmara Dominczyk (Belva). Directed by James Gray and produced by Gray, Anthony Katagas, Greg Shapiro, Christopher Woodrow. Screenplay by Gray & Ric Menello (as Richard Menello).

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Cold in July

Cold in July Movie Review

R, 109 m., 2014

Michael C. Hall (Richard Dane), Don Johnson (Jim Bob), Sam Shepard (Russel), Vinessa Shaw (Ann Dane), Nick Damici (Ray Price), Wyatt Russell (Freddy). Directed by Jim Mickle and produced by Adam Folk, Linda Moran, Marie Savare. Screenplay by Nick Damici and Mickle, based on the novel by Joe R. Lansdale.

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Million Dollar Arm

Million Dollar Arm Movie Review

PG, 124 m., 2014

Jon Hamm (JB), Pitobash (Amit (Deepesh Solanki)), Suraj Sharma (Rinku), Madhur Mittal (Dinesh), Aasif Mandvi (Aash), Bill Paxton (Tom House), Lake Bell (Brenda), Alan Arkin (Ray). Directed by Craig Gillespie and produced by Mark Ciardi, Gordon Gray, Joe Roth. Screenplay by Thomas McCarthy.

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Godzilla

Godzilla Movie Review

PG_13, 123 m., 2014

Bryan Cranston (Joe Brody), Elizabeth Olsen (Elle Brody), Aaron Taylor-Johnson (Ford Brody), Juliette Binoche (Sandra Brody), Sally Hawkins (Vivienne Graham), David Strathairn (Admiral William Stenz), Ken Watanabe (Dr. Ishiro Serizawa), Victor Rasuk (Sergeant Tre Morales), Brian Markinson (Whelan), Al Sapienza (Huddleston), Patrick Sabongui (Lieutenant Commander Marcus Waltz), Yuki Morita (Akio’s Mother). Directed by Gareth Edwards and produced by Bob Ducsay, Jon Jashni, Mary Parent, Brian Rogers, and Thomas Tull. Screenplay by Max Borenstein, based on a story by Dave Callaham (as David Callaham).

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Palo Alto

Palo Alto Movie Review

R, 100 m., 2013

Emma Roberts (April), James Franco (Mr. B), Val Kilmer (Stewart), Colleen Camp (Sally Grossman), Jack Kilmer (Teddy), Keegan Allen (College Boy #1), Nat Wolff (Fred). Directed by Gia Coppola and produced by Vince Jolivette, Miles Levy, Sebastian Pardo, and Adriana Rotaru. Screenplay by Coppola, based on a story by James Franco.

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Neighbors

Neighbors Movie Review

R, 97 m., 2014

Seth Rogen (Mac Radner), Rose Byrne (Kelly Radner), Zac Efron (Teddy Sanders), Dave Franco (Pete), Ike Barinholtz (Jimmy), Halston Sage (Brooke), Christopher Mintz-Plasse (Scoonie), Lisa Kudrow (Dean Carol Gladstone), Hannibal Buress (Officer Watkins), Jason Mantzoukas (Doctor Theodorakis). Directed by Nicholas Stoller and produced by Evan Goldberg, Seth Rogen, and James Weaver. Screenplay by Andrew J. Cohen (as Andrew Jay Cohen) & Brendan O’Brien.

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God’s Pocket

God's Pocket Movie Review

R, 88 m., 2014

Christina Hendricks (Jeanie Scarpato), Philip Seymour Hoffman (Mickey Scarpato), Eddie Marsan (Smilin’ Jack Moran), Richard Jenkins (Richard Shellburn), John Turturro (Arthur ‘Bird’ Capezio), Caleb Landry Jones (Leon Hubbard), Eddie McGee (Petey Kearns), Lenny Venito (Little Eddie), Sophia Takal (Temple Graduate), Peter Gerety (McKenna). Directed by John Slattery and produced by Lance Acord, Jackie Kelman Bisbee, Sam Bisbee, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Slattery, Emily Ziff. Screenplay by Slattery and Alex Metcalf, based on a novel by Peter Dexter.

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The Double

The Double Movie Review

R, 93 m., 2013

Jesse Eisenberg (Simon / James), Mia Wasikowska (Hannah), Wallace Shawn (Mr. Papadopoulos), Noah Taylor (Harris), Rade Serbedzija (Frightening Old Man), Yasmin Paige (Melanie Papadopoulos), James Fox (The Colonel), Nathalie Cox (Jack’s Wife), Phyllis Somerville (Simon’s Mother), Sally Hawkins (Receptionist at Ball). Directed by Richard Ayoade and produced by Amina Dasmal and Robin C. Fox. Screenplay by Ayoade and Avi Korine, based on a novel by Fyodor Dostoevsky.

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Belle

Belle Movie Review

PG, 104 m., 2013

Gugu Mbatha-Raw (Dido Elizabeth Belle), Tom Wilkinson (Lord Mansfield), Miranda Richardson (Lady Ashford), Sarah Gadon (Elizabeth Murray), Sam Reid (John Davinier), Matthew Goode (Captain Sir John Lindsay), Emily Watson (Lady Mansfield), Tom Felton (James Ashford), Penelope Wilton (Lady Mary Murray). Directed by Amma Asante and produced by Damian Jones. Screenplay by Misan Sagay.

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The Amazing Spider-Man 2

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Movie Review

PG_13, 142 m., 2014

Andrew Garfield (Spider-Man / Peter Parker), Emma Stone (Gwen Stacy), Jamie Foxx (Electro / Max Dillon), Dane DeHaan (Green Goblin / Harry Osborn), Colm Feore (Donald Menken), Felicity Jones (Felicia), Paul Giamatti (Aleksei Sytsevich), Sally Field (Aunt May), Marton Csokas (Dr. Ashley Kafka), Embeth Davidtz (Mary Parker), Denis Leary (Captain Stacy (uncredited)), B.J. Novak (Alistair Smythe). Directed by Marc Webb and produced by Avi Arad and Matthew Tolmach. Screenplay by Alex Kurtzman & Roberto Orci & Jeff Pinkner, based on a screen story by Kurtzman & Orci & Pinkner and James Vanderbilt, and on the Marvel comic book by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko.

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The Quiet Ones

The Quiet Ones Movie Review

PG_13, 98 m., 2014

Jared Harris (Professor Joseph Coupland), Sam Claflin (Brian McNeil), Olivia Cooke (Jane Harper), Erin Richards (Krissi Dalton), Rory Fleck-Byrne (Harry Abrams), Laurie Calvert (Phillip). Directed by John Pogue and produced by Tobin Armbrust, James Gay-Rees, Ben Holden, Simon Oakes, Steven Chester Prince. Screenplay by Craig Rosenberg and Oren Moverman and Pogue, based on the screenplay by Tom de Ville.

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The Other Woman

The Other Woman Movie Review

PG_13, 109 m., 2014

Cameron Diaz (Carly Whitten), Leslie Mann (Kate King), Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Mark King), Don Johnson (Frank), Kate Upton (Amber), Taylor Kinney (Phil), Nicki Minaj (Lydia). Directed by Nick Cassavetes and produced by Julie Yorn. Screenplay by Melissa Stack (as Melissa K. Stack).

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Locke

Locke Movie Review

R, 85 m., 2013

Tom Hardy (Ivan Locke), Ruth Wilson (Katrina (voice)), Andrew Scott (Donal (voice)), Olivia Colman (Bethan (voice)), Tom Holland (Eddie (voice)), Ben Daniels (Gareth (voice)), Bill Milner (Sean (voice)). Written and directed by Steven Knight and produced by Guy Heeley and Paul Webster.

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Gambit

PG_13, 89 m., 2012

Colin Firth (Harry Deane), Tom Courtenay (The Major), Alan Rickman (Lionel Shahbandar), Alex Macqueen (Mr. Dunlop), Joe Berryman (Gas Station Cashier), Cameron Diaz (PJ Puznowski), Cloris Leachman (Grandma Merle), Anna Skellern (Secretary Fiona). Directed by Michael Hoffman and produced by Mike Lobell, Rob Paris, Adam Ripp. Screenplay by Joel Coen & Ethan Coen, based on a short story by Sidney Carroll.

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Brick Mansions

Brick Mansions Movie Review

PG_13, 90 m., 2014

Paul Walker (Damien Collier), David Belle (Lino), RZA (Tremaine Alexander), Robert Maillet (Yeti), Carlo Rota (George the Greek), Catalina Denis (Lola), Ayisha Issa (Rayzah). Directed by Camille Delamarre and produced by Luc Besson, Claude Léger, and Jonathan Vanger. Screenplay by Besson, based on the screenplay Banlieue 13 by Besson and Bibi Naceri.

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Blue Ruin

Blue Ruin Movie Review

R, 90 m., 2013

Macon Blair (Dwight), Devin Ratray (Ben Gaffney), Amy Hargreaves (Sam), Kevin Kolack (Teddy Cleland), Eve Plumb (Kris Cleland). Written and directed by Jeremy Saulnier. Produced by Richard Peete, Vincent Savino, Anish Savjani.

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Transcendence

Transcendence Movie Review

PG_13, 119 m., 2014

Johnny Depp (Will Caster), Paul Bettany (Max Waters), Rebecca Hall (Evelyn Caster), Kate Mara (Bree), Cole Hauser (Colonel Stevens), Morgan Freeman (Joseph Tagger), Cillian Murphy (Agent Buchanan), Clifton Collins Jr. (Martin), Falk Hentschel (Bob), Kristen Rakes (Computer Programmer). Directed by Wally Pfister and produced by Kate Cohen, Broderick Johnson, Andrew A. Kosove, Annie Marter, Marisa Polvino, Aaron Ryder, David Valdes. Screenplay by Jack Paglen.

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A Promise

UNRATED, 94 m., 2013

Rebecca Hall (Lotte Hoffmeister), Alan Rickman (Karl Hoffmeister), Richard Madden (Friedrich Zeitz), Toby Murray (Otto Hoffmeister), Maggie Steed (Frau Hermann), Shannon Tarbet (Anna). Directed by Patrice Leconte and produced by Olivier Delbosc and Marc Missonnier. Screenplay by Leconte and Jérôme Tonnerre, based on the novel Journey Into the Past by Stefan Zweig.

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Fading Gigolo

Fading Gigolo Movie Review

R, 90 m., 2013

John Turturro (Fioravante), Woody Allen (Murray), Vanessa Paradis (Avigal), Sharon Stone (Dr. Parker), Sofía Vergara (Selima), Liev Schreiber (Dovi). Written and directed by John Turturro. Produced by Bill Block, Paul Hanson, Jeffrey Kusama-Hinte.

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The Raid 2

The Raid 2 Movie Review

R, 150 m., 2014

 

Iko Uwais (Rama), Julie Estelle (Alicia ‘Hammer Girl’), Arifin Putra (Uco), Tio Pakusodewo (Bangun), Oka Antara (Eka), Ryûhei Matsuda (Keichi (as Ryuhei Matsuda)), Ken’ichi Endô (Hideaki Goto (as Kenichi Endo)). Directed by Gareth Evans and produced by Nate Bolotin, Ario Sagantoro, Aram Tertzakian. Screenplay by Evans.

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Only Lovers Left Alive

Only Lovers Left Alive Movie Review

R, 123 m., 2013

Tom Hiddleston (Adam), Tilda Swinton (Eve), Mia Wasikowska (Ava), John Hurt (Marlowe), Anton Yelchin (Ian), Slimane Dazi (Bilal), Jeffrey Wright (Dr. Watson). Written and directed by Jim Jarmusch. Produced by Reinhard Brundig and Jeremy Thomas.

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Oculus

Oculus Movie Review

R104 m., 2013

Karen Gillan (Kaylie Russell), Brenton Thwaites (Tim Russell), Katee Sackhoff (Marie Russell), Rory Cochrane (Alan Russell), Annalise Basso (Young Kaylie), Garrett Ryan (Young Tim), Miguel Sandoval (Dr. Shawn Graham). Directed by Mike Flanagan and produced by Marc D. Evans, Trevor Macy. Screenplay by Flanagan & Jeff Howard, based on a short screenplay by Flanagan & Jeff Seidman.

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Joe

Joe Movie Review

R, 118 m., 2013

Nicolas Cage (Joe), Tye Sheridan (Gary), Gary Poulter (Wade a.k.a. G-Daawg), Ronnie Gene Blevins (Willie-Russell). Directed by David Gordon Green and produced by Green, Lisa Muskat, Derrick Tseng, Christopher Woodrow. Screenplay by Gary Hawkins, based on the novel by Larry Brown.

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Draft Day

Draft Day Movie Review

PG_13, 110 m., 2014

Kevin Costner (Sonny Weaver Jr.), Jennifer Garner (Ali), Chadwick Boseman (Vontae Mack), Tom Welling (Brian Drew), Terry Crews (Earl Jennings), Ellen Burstyn (Barb Weaver), Frank Langella (Anthony Molina), Rosanna Arquette (Angie), Chi McBride (Walt Gordon), Denis Leary (Coach Penn), Wade Williams (O’Reilly), W. Earl Brown (Ralph Mowry), Kevin Dunn (Marvin). Directed by Ivan Reitman and produced by Ali Bell, Joe Medjuck, Gigi Pritzker, and Reitman. Screenplay by Scott Rothman & Rajiv Joseph.

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The Unknown Known

The Unknown Known Movie Review

PG_13, 103 m., 2013

Featuring: Donald Rumsfeld (Himself), Errol Morris (Himself – Interviewer (voice)). A documentary written and directed by Errol Morris and produced by Amanda Branson Gill, Mike Charlton (Baghdad), Ali El Chami (Baghdad), Robert Fernandez, and Morris.

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Under the Skin

Under the Skin Movie Review

R, 108 m., 2013

With: Scarlett Johansson, Paul Brannigan, Robert J. Goodwin (Tearoom Customer (uncredited)), Krystof Hádek (as Krystof Hadek), Michael Moreland, Scott Dymond, Jeremy McWilliams. Directed by by Jonathan Glazer and produced by Nick Wechsler and James Wilson. Screenplay by Walter Campbell and Glazer.

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Nymphomaniac: Vol. II

Nymphomaniac: Vol. II Movie Review

UNRATED, 123 m., 2013

Charlotte Gainsbourg (Joe), Stellan Skarsgård (Seligman), Shia LaBeouf (Jerôme), Jean-Marc Barr (Debtor Gentleman), Udo Kier (The Waiter), Jamie Bell (K), Willem Dafoe (L), Mia Goth (P), Michael Pas (Old Jerôme), Stacy Martin (Young Joe). Directed by Lars von Trier and produced by Marie Cecilie Gade, Peter Aalbæk Jensen, Louise Vesth. Screenplay by von Trier.

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Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Captain America: The Winter Soldier Movie Review

PG_13136 m., 2014

Chris Evans (Steve Rogers / Captain America), Samuel L. Jackson (Nick Fury), Scarlett Johansson (Natasha Romanoff / Black Widow), Sebastian Stan (Bucky Barnes / Winter Soldier), Anthony Mackie (Sam Wilson / Falcon), Frank Grillo (Brock Rumlow), Cobie Smulders (Maria Hill), Toby Jones (Dr. Arnim Zola), Emily VanCamp (Kate / Agent 13), Hayley Atwell (Peggy Carter), Georges St-Pierre (Georges Batroc), Robert Redford (Alexander Pierce). Directed by Anthony Russo and Joe Russo and produced by Kevin Feige. Screenplay by Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely.

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Alan Partridge

R, 90 m., 2013

Steve Coogan (Alan Partridge / Jason Statham / Jason Bourne / Jason Argonaut), Anna Maxwell Martin (Janet Whitehead), Nigel Lindsay (Jason Tresswell), Simon Greenall (Michael), Colm Meaney (Pat Farrell), Felicity Montagu (Lynn Benfield), Phil Cornwell (Dave Clifton), Darren Boyd (Martin Finch), Tim Key (Side Kick Simon). Directed by Declan Lowney and produced by Kevin Loader and Henry Normal. Screenplay by Peter Baynham, Steve Coogan, Neil Gibbons, Rob Gibbons, and Armando Iannucci.

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Dom Hemingway

Dom Hemingway Movie Review

R, 93 m., 2013

Jude Law (Dom Hemingway), Richard E. Grant (Dickie Black), Demian Bichir (Mr. Fontaine), Emilia Clarke (Evelyn), Kerry Condon (Melody), Madalina Diana Ghenea (Paolina (as Madalina Ghenea)). Directed by Richard Shepard and produced by Jeremy Thomas. Screenplay by Shepard.

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Sabotage

Sabotage Movie Review

R109 m., 2014

Arnold Schwarzenegger (John ‘Breacher’ Wharton), Sam Worthington (James ‘Monster’ Murray), Joe Manganiello (Joe ‘Grinder’ Phillips), Josh Holloway (Eddie ‘Neck’ Jordan), Max Martini (Tom ‘Pyro’ Roberts), Terrence Howard (Julius ‘Sugar’ Edmonds), Mireille Enos (Lizzy Murray), Olivia Williams (Caroline). Directed by David Ayer and produced by Ayer, Bill Block, Paul Hanson, Palak Patel, Joe Roth, Albert S. Ruddy, Ethan Smith, Skip Woods. Screenplay by Woods.

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Noah

Noah Movie Review

PG_13138 m., 2014

Russell Crowe (Noah), Jennifer Connelly (Naameh), Emma Watson (Ila), Logan Lerman (Ham), Douglas Booth (Shem), Anthony Hopkins (Methuselah), Ray Winstone (Tubal-cain), Kevin Durand (Rameel). Directed by Darren Aronofsky and produced by Aronofsky, Scott Franklin, Arnon Milchan, Mary Parent. Screenplay by Aronofsky and Ari Handel.

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The Grand Budapest Hotel

The Grand Budapest Hotel Movie Review

R, 100 m., 2014

Ralph Fiennes (M. Gustave), F. Murray Abraham (Mr. Moustafa), Tony Revolori (Zero), Mathieu Amalric (Serge X.), Adrien Brody (Dmitri), Saoirse Ronan (Agatha), Willem Dafoe (Jopling), Edward Norton (Henckels), Léa Seydoux (Clotilde), Jeff Goldblum (Deputy Kovacs), Jason Schwartzman (M. Jean), Jude Law (Young Writer), Tilda Swinton (Madame D.), Harvey Keitel (Ludwig), Tom Wilkinson (Author), Bill Murray (M. Ivan), Owen Wilson (M. Chuck). Directed by Wes Anderson and produced by Anderson, Jeremy Dawson, Steven M. Rales, Scott Rudin. Screenplay by Anderson & Hugo Guinness.

Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel is, perhaps above all else, a film about intrusions. It is about the intrusion of war upon an otherwise peaceful world, and of its refugees upon a land to which they are strangers. It is about the intrusion of an interloper into a would-be grieving family’s lives. In the case of said interloper, it is even about the vulgar intruding into the otherwise elegant.

Take, for instance, the first scenes, in which a young girl goes to the statue of a man labeled “Author” and begins to read a book. The narration, by Tom Wilkinson, is first intruded upon by the image of the man himself seemingly reading his narration to the camera and then of a little boy shooting a BB handgun at the Author as he’s trying to explain his part in the story. This framing device is then intruded upon by another framing device involving a flashback to the 1960s in which a young “Author” (Jude Law) first visits the Grand Budapest Hotel and, with little help from the inattentive concierge (Jason Schwartzman), meets Mr. Moustafa (F. Murray Abraham), the hotel’s reputed owner. This triggers the elongated flashback that will take up the bulk of the film’s scant 100 minute running time.

In said bulk, Ralph Fiennes plays Monsieur Gustave H., an only mildly effeminate (old) ladies’ man who runs the titular mountain estate by day and seduces lonely, elderly women by night. From his carefully crafted speech patterns to his royal purple wardrobe to his cologne, the aptly named L’Air de Panache, Gustave H. has cultivated a meticulous way about himself and navigates the film’s setting, a fictional middle-Eastern European country on the precipice of fascist occupation and war, walking on eggshells with remarkable self-possession and poise.

When one of Gustave’s lady friends, credited as Madame D. (Tilda Swinton), is found strangled to death, he is sent to prison and it is up to he, some cellmates and his own young lobby boy Zero Moustafa (Tony Revolori) to bust out of the prison and find the real culprit. But then, this is an oversimplification of this film’s plot.

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Cesar Chavez

Cesar Chavez Movie Review

PG_13, 102 m., 2014

Michael Peña (Cesar Chavez), Rosario Dawson (Dolores Huerta), America Ferrera (Helen Chavez), Jacob Vargas (Richard Chavez), John Malkovich (Bogdanovich Senior), Lisa Brenner (Jackie Stringer). Directed by Diego Luna and produced by Pablo Cruz, Lianne Halfon, Luna, Larry Meli, Keir Pearson, Russell Smith. Screenplay by Pearson and Timothy J. Sexton.

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Bad Words

Bad Words Movie Review

R, 89 m., 2013

Jason Bateman (Guy Trilby), Kathryn Hahn (Jenny Widgeon), Allison Janney (Dr. Bernice Deagan), Philip Baker Hall (Dr. Bowman), Rohan Chand (Chaitanya Chopra), Ben Falcone (Pete Fowler), Patricia Belcher (Ingrid), Beth Grant (Bedazzled Judge). Directed by Jason Bateman and produced by Bateman, Jeff Culotta, Ted Hamm, Sean McKittrick, Mason Novick. Screenplay by Andrew Dodge.

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Nymphomaniac: Vol. I

Nymphomaniac: Vol. I Movie Review

UNRATED, 118 m., 2013

Charlotte Gainsbourg (Joe), Stellan Skarsgård (Seligman), Stacy Martin (Young Joe), Shia LaBeouf (Jerôme), Christian Slater (Joe’s Father), Uma Thurman (Mrs. H), Sophie Kennedy Clark (B), Connie Nielsen (Joe’s Mother). Directed by Lars von Trier and produced by Louise Vesth. Screenplay by von Trier.

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Muppets Most Wanted

Muppets Most Wanted Movie Review

PG, 107 m., 2014

Ricky Gervais (Dominic Badguy), Ty Burrell (Jean Pierre Napoleon), Tina Fey (Nadya), Steve Whitmire (Kermit the Frog / Foo Foo / Statler / Beaker / Lips / Rizzo the Rat / Link Hogthrob / The Newsman (voice)), Eric Jacobson (Miss Piggy / Fozzie Bear / Sam Eagle / Animal (voice)), Dave Goelz (The Great Gonzo / Dr. Bunsen Honeydew / Zoot / Beauregard / Waldorf (voice)), Bill Barretta (Pepe the King Prawn / Rowlf the Dog / Dr. Teeth / The Swedish Chef / Bobo the Bear / Big Mean Carl / Baby Boss / Carlo Flamingo / Leprechaun Security Guard (voice)), Matt Vogel (Constantine / Floyd Pepper / Sweetums / Pops / Robin / Lew Zealand / Crazy Harry / 80’s Robot / Camilla / Uncle Deadly (voice)), Peter Linz (Walter / Manolo Flamingo (voice)), David Rudman (Scooter / Janice / Miss Poogy / Bobby Benson / Wayne (voice)). Directed by James Bobin and produced by David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman. Screenplay by Bobin & Nicholas Stoller.

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Jodorowsky’s Dune

Jodorowsky's Dune Movie Review

PG_13, 90 m., 2013

Featuring: Alejandro Jodorowsky, Michel Seydoux, H.R. Giger, Chris Foss, Brontis Jodorowsky, Nicolas Winding Refn, Richard Stanley, Devin Faraci, Drew McWeeny, Gary Kurtz. A documentary directed by Frank Pavich. In English, French, German and Spanish, with subtitles.

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Divergent

Divergent Movie Review

PG_13, 139 m., 2014

Shailene Woodley (Tris), Theo James (Four), Kate Winslet (Jeanine), Miles Teller (Peter), Jai Courtney (Eric), Zoë Kravitz (Christina), Ansel Elgort (Caleb), Ray Stevenson (Marcus), Maggie Q (Tori). Directed by Neil Burger and produced by Lucy Fisher, Pouya Shahbazian, Douglas Wick. Screenplay by Evan Daugherty and Vanessa Taylor, based on a novel by Veronica Roth.

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Blood Ties

Blood Ties Movie Review

R, 127 m., 2013

Clive Owen (Chris), Billy Crudup (Frank), Marion Cotillard (Monica), Mila Kunis (Natalie), Zoe Saldana (Vanessa), Matthias Schoenaerts (Scarfo), James Caan (Leon), Noah Emmerich (Lieutenant Connellan), Lili Taylor (Marie), Domenick Lombardozzi (Mike), John Ventimiglia (Valenti), Griffin Dunne (McNally), Jamie Hector (Nick), Yul Vazquez (Fabio De Soto), Eve Hewson (Yvonne). Directed by Guillaume Canet and produced by Alain Attal, Canet, John Lesher, Hugo Sélignac, Christopher Woodrow. Screenplay by Canet & James Gray, based on the film Les liens du sang by Jacques Maillot and Pierre Chosson and Eric Veniard, based on the novel Deux freres, un flic, un truand by Bruno Papet and Michel Papet.

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Veronica Mars

Veronica Mars Movie Review

PG_13, 107 m., 2014

Kristen Bell (Veronica Mars), Jason Dohring (Logan Echolls), Enrico Colantoni (Keith Mars), Chris Lowell (Stosh ‘Piz’ Piznarski), Percy Daggs III (Wallace Fennel), Tina Majorino (Cindy ‘Mac’ Mackenzie), Krysten Ritter (Gia Goodman), Martin Starr (Stu ‘Cobb’ Cobbler), Gaby Hoffmann (Ruby Jetson), Andrea Estella (Bonnie DeVille), Jerry O’Connell (Sheriff Dan Lamb), Francis Capra (Eli ‘Weevil’ Navarro), Ryan Hansen (Dick Casablancas), Brandon Hillock (Deputy Jerry Sacks), Maury Sterling (Deputy Lyles). Directed by Rob Thomas and produced by Dan Etheridge, Danielle Stokdyk, and Thomas. Screenplay by Thomas & Diane Ruggiero, based on a story by Thomas and characters by Thomas.

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Need for Speed

Need for Speed Movie Review

PG_13, 132 m., 2014

Aaron Paul (Tobey Marshall), Dominic Cooper (Dino Brewster), Imogen Poots (Julia Maddon), Scott Mescudi (Benny), Rami Malek (Finn), Ramon Rodriguez (Joe Peck), Harrison Gilbertson (Little Pete), Dakota Johnson (Anita), Stevie Ray Dallimore (Bill Ingram), Michael Keaton (Monarch), Alan Pflueger (Flyin’ Hawaiian), Brian L. Keaulana (Right Seater), Logan Holladay (‘DJ’ Joseph), Carmela Zumbado (Jeny ‘B’), Jalil Jay Lynch (Jimmy MacIntosh). Directed by Scott Waugh and produced by John Gatins, Patrick O’Brien, Mark Sourian. Screenplay by George Gatins, based on a story by George Gatins & John Gatins.

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Le Week-End

Le Week-End Movie Review

R, 93 m., 2013

Lindsay Duncan (Meg), Jim Broadbent (Nick), Igor Gotesman (Montmartre Receptionist), Olivier Audibert (Taxi Driver), Sophie-Charlotte Husson (Plaza Receptionist), Etienne Dalibert (Hotel Porter), Mauricette Laurence (Old Lady in Church), Gabriel Mailhebiau (Chez Dumonet Waiter), Violaine Baccon (Girl on motorbike), D. Damien Favereau (La Dame de Pic Maitre), Jeff Goldblum (Morgan), Déborah Amsellem (Hotel Shop Assistant), Stéphane De Fraia (Waiter at Morgan’s Apartment), Brice Beaugier (Robert Ertel), Charlotte Léo (Dominique Ertel). Directed by Roger Michell and produced by Kevin Loader. Screenplay by Hanif Kureishi.

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Enemy

Enemy Movie Review

R, 90 m., 2013

Jake Gyllenhaal (Adam + Anthony), Mélanie Laurent (Mary), Sarah Gadon (Helen), Isabella Rossellini (Mother), Joshua Peace (Teacher at School), Tim Post (Anthony’s Concierge), Kedar Brown (Security Guard), Darryl Dinn (Video Store Clerk), Misha Highstead (Lady in the Dark Room), Megan Mann (Lady in the Dark Room), Alexis Uiga (Lady in the Dark Room). Directed by Denis Villeneuve. Screenplay by Javier Gullón, based on the novel by José Saramago.

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Better Living Through Chemistry

Better Living Through Chemistry Movie Review

UNRATED, 91 m., 2014

Sam Rockwell (Doug Varney), Olivia Wilde (Elizabeth Roberts), Michelle Monaghan (Kara Varney), Jane Fonda (Jane Fonda), Ray Liotta (Jack Roberts), Norbert Leo Butz (Agent Andrew Carp), Ben Schwartz (Noah), Ken Howard (Walter Bishop), Jenn Harris (Janet), Harrison Holzer (Ethan Varney), Peter Jacobson (Dr. Roth), Sonnie Brown (Principal Song-Carmichael), Ron Heneghan (Officer Willits), Ken Arnold (Ed), Tracy McMullan (Bree Bishop). Directed by Geoff Moore & David Posamentier and produced by Felipe Marino and Joe Neurauter. Screenplay by Moore & Posamentier.

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The Art of the Steal

The Art of the Steal Movie Review

R, 90 m., 2013

Kurt Russell (Crunch Calhoun), Matt Dillon (Nicky Calhoun), Jay Baruchel (Francie Tobin), Kenneth Welsh (‘Uncle’ Paddy MacCarthy), Chris Diamantopoulos (Guy de Cornet), Katheryn Winnick (Lola), Jason Jones (Interpol Agent Bick), Terence Stamp (Samuel Winter), Devon Bostick (Ponch), Elle Downs (Female Border Guard), Durward Allan (Julius Friedman), Rob deLeeuw (Van Der Beer), Karyn Dwyer (Ginger), Christopher Dyson (Ranking Officer), Jasmin Geljo (Detective Brodowski). Written and directed by Jonathan Sobol. Produced by Nicholas Tabarrok.

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300: Rise of an Empire

300: Rise of an Empire Movie Review

R, 102 m., 2014

Sullivan Stapleton (Themistocles), Eva Green (Artemisia), Lena Headey (Queen Gorgo), Hans Matheson (Aeskylos), Callan Mulvey (Scyllias), David Wenham (Dilios), Rodrigo Santoro (Xerxes), Jack O’Connell (Calisto), Andrew Tiernan (Ephialtes), Igal Naor (King Darius), Andrew Pleavin (Daxos), Peter Mensah (Persian Emissary), Ben Turner (General Artaphernes), Ashraf Barhom (General Bandari), Christopher Sciueref (General Kashani). Directed by Noam Murro and produced by Mark Canton, Bernie Goldmann, Gianni Nunnari, Deborah Snyder, Zack Snyder, and Thomas Tull. Screenplay by Zack Snyder & Kurt Johnstad, based on the graphic novel Xerxes by Frank Miller.

Zack Snyder more or less made his reputation with his sophomore effort, 300 (2006), a glossy, stylish and hyper-violent take on the historical gladiator epic. It was long, bloody and tedious. Snyder returns as co-writer/producer of Noam Murro’s 300: Rise of an Empire, a simultaneous sequel, prequel and parallel storyline which, by contrast, is kind of a blast. Continue reading

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Grand Piano

Grand Piano Movie Review

R, 90 m., 2013

Elijah Wood (Tom Selznick), John Cusack (Clem), Kerry Bishé (Emma Selznick), Tamsin Egerton (Ashley), Allen Leech (Wayne), Don McManus (Reisinger), Alex Winter (Assistant), Dee Wallace (Marjorie Green), Jim Arnold (Janitor), Jack Taylor (Patrick Godureaux), Beth Trollan (Emma’s Publicist), Ricardo Alexander (Executive (as Richard A. Newby)), Rachel Arieff, Angie Arieu (Emma’s admirer), Chris Bobrowski (Chaz – The Lords of Uifam band member). Directed by Eugenio Mira and produced by Rodrigo Cortés and Adrián Guerra. Screenplay by Damien Chazelle.

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Non-Stop

Non-Stop Movie Review

PG_13, 106 m., 2014

Liam Neeson (Bill Marks), Julianne Moore (Jen Summers), Scoot McNairy (Tom Bowen), Michelle Dockery (Nancy), Nate Parker (Zack White), Corey Stoll (Austin Reilly), Lupita Nyong’o (Gwen), Omar Metwally (Dr. Fahim Nasir), Jason Butler Harner (Kyle Rice), Linus Roache (David McMillan), Shea Whigham (Agent Marenick), Anson Mount (Jack Hammond), Quinn McColgan (Becca), Corey Hawkins (Travis Mitchell), Frank Deal (Charles Wheeler). Directed by Jaume Collet-Serra and produced by Alex Heineman, Andrew Rona, Joel Silver. Screenplay by John W. Richardson & Christopher Roach (as Chris Roach) and Ryan Engle, based on a story by Richardson & Roach (as Chris Roach).

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The Lunchbox

PG, 104 m., 2013

Irrfan Khan (Saajan Fernandes), Nimrat Kaur (Ila), Nawazuddin Siddiqui (Shaikh), Lillete Dubey (Ila’s Mother), Nakul Vaid (Rajeev), Bharati Achrekar (Auntie), Yashvi Puneet Nagar (Yashvi), Denzil Smith (Mr. Shroff), Shruti Bapna (Mehrunnisa), Nasir Khan (Ila’s Father), Lokesh Raj (Duke’s Owner), Sadashiv Kondaji Pokarkar (Dabbawallah at Ila’s House), Aarti Rathod (Saajan’s Neighbor), Krishna Bai (Toothless Woman), Raj Rishi More (Ila’s Brother). Directed by Ritesh Batra and produced by Anurag Kashyap, Guneet Monga, Arun Rangachari. Screenplay by Batra (in Hindi and English with subtitles).

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The Bag Man

The Bag Man Movie Review

R, 108 m., 2014

Robert De Niro (Dragna), Dominic Purcell (Larson), John Cusack (Jack), Crispin Glover (Ned), Celesta Hodge (Janet), Martin Klebba (Guano), Sticky Fingaz (Lizard (as Kirk ‘Sticky Fingaz’ Jones)), Theodus Crane (Goose), Rebecca Da Costa (Rivka). Directed by David Grovic. Screenplay by Grovic and Paul Conway, based on the original screenplay Motel by James Russo.

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The Wind Rises

The Wind Rises Movie Review

PG_13, 126 m., 2013

With the voices of: Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Jirô Horikoshi), John Krasinski (Honjô), Emily Blunt (Nahoko Satomi), Martin Short (Kurokawa), Stanley Tucci (Caproni), Mandy Patinkin (Hattori), Mae Whitman (Kayo Horikoshi / Kinu), Werner Herzog (Castorp), Jennifer Grey (Mrs. Kurokawa), William H. Macy (Satomi), Zach Callison (Young Jirô), Madeleine Rose Yen (Young Nahoko), Eva Bella (Young Kayo), Edie Mirman (Jirô’s Mother), Darren Criss (Katayama). An animated film directed by Hayao Miyazaki and produced by Toshio Suzuki. Screenplay by Miyazaki, based on a comic by Miyazaki.

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3 Days to Kill

3 Days to Kill Movie Review

PG_13, 117 m., 2014

Kevin Costner (Ethan Renner), Amber Heard (Vivi Delay), Hailee Steinfeld (Zooey Renner), Connie Nielsen (Christine Renner), Tómas Lemarquis (The Albino), Richard Sammel (The Wolf), Marc Andréoni (Mitat Yilmaz), Bruno Ricci (Guido), Jonas Bloquet (Hugh), Eriq Ebouaney (Jules), Joakhim Sigue (Abbate), Alison Valence (Sumia), Big John (Louis), Michaël Vander-Meiren (Jacques), Paolo Calia (JPG Salesman). Directed by McG and produced by Luc Besson, Adi Hasak, Ryan Kavanaugh, Marc Libert, and Virginie Silla. Screenplay by Hasak & Besson, based on a story by Besson.

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Pompeii

Pompeii Movie Review

PG_13, 105 m., 2014

Kit Harington (Milo), Carrie-Anne Moss (Aurelia), Emily Browning (Cassia), Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje (Atticus), Jessica Lucas (Ariadne), Jared Harris (Severus), Joe Pingue (Graecus), Kiefer Sutherland (Corvus), Currie Graham (Bellator), Dylan Schombing (Young Milo), Maxime Savaria (Biggest Thracian), Ron Kennell (The Weasel), Tom Bishop Sr. (Cassia’s Carriage Driver), Rebecca Eady (Milo’s Mother), Sasha Roiz (Proculus). Directed by Paul W.S. Anderson and produced by Anderson, Jeremy Bolt, Don Carmody, Robert Kulzer. Screenplay by Janet Scott Batchler & Lee Batchler and Michael Robert Johnson.

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In Secret

In Secret Movie Review

R, 107 m., 2013

Elizabeth Olsen (Thérèse Raquin), Oscar Isaac (Laurent), Tom Felton (Camille), Jessica Lange (Madame Raquin), Shirley Henderson (Suzanne), Matt Lucas (Olivier), Mackenzie Crook (Grivet), John Kavanagh (Inspector Michaud), Lily Laight (Young Thérèse), Matt Devere (Therese’s Father), Dimitrije Bogdanov (Young Camille), Aleksandr Ivanovic (Coachman #1), Filip Dedakin (Coachman #2), Richard Sharkey (Chief Clerk), Miodrag Milovanov (Funeral Priest). Directed by Charlie Stratton and produced by William Horberg, Mickey Liddell, Pete Shilaimon. Screenplay by Stratton, based on a play by Neal Bell, based on the novel Therese Racquin by Émile Zola.

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Winter’s Tale

Winter's Tale Movie Review

PG_13, 118 m., 2014

Colin Farrell (Peter Lake), Matt Bomer (Young Man), Lucy Griffiths (Young Woman), Michael Patrick Crane (Ellis Isle Doctor), Brian Hutchison (Ellis Isle Official), Kevin Corrigan (Romeo Tan), Alan Doyle (Dingy Worthington), Russell Crowe (Pearly Soames), Jessica Brown Findlay (Beverly Penn), Jon Patrick Walker (Optometrist), David O’Brien Hart (Penn House Butler), William Hurt (Isaac Penn), Maurice Jones (Cecil Mature), Mckayla Twiggs (Young Willa), Matthew R. Staley (Oyster Boy). Directed by Akiva Goldsman and produced by Goldsman, Marc Platt, and Michael Tadross. Screenplay by Goldsman, based on a novel by Mark Helprin.

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Jimmy P.

Jimmy P. Movie Review

UNRATED, 117 m., 2013

Benicio Del Toro (Jimmy Picard), Mathieu Amalric (Georges Devereux), Gina McKee (Madeleine), Larry Pine (Dr. Karl Menninger), Joseph Cross (Dr. Holt), Gary Farmer (Jack), Michelle Thrush (Gayle Picard), Misty Upham (Jane), Jennifer Podemski (Doll), Michael Greyeyes (Allan), A Martinez (Bear Willie Claw), Jesse Arehart-Jacobs (Puppeteer 1), Elya Baskin (Dr. Jokl), Loren Bass (Neurologist), Anton Bassey (Sam). Directed by Arnaud Desplechin and produced by Pascal Caucheteux and Jennifer Roth. Screenplay by Desplechin, Kent Jones, and Julie Peyr.

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Endless Love

Endless Love Movie Review

PG_13, 104 m., 2014

Alex Pettyfer (David Elliot), Gabriella Wilde (Jade Butterfield), Bruce Greenwood (Hugh Butterfield), Joely Richardson (Anne Butterfield), Robert Patrick (Harry Elliot), Rhys Wakefield (Keith Butterfield), Dayo Okeniyi (Mace), Emma Rigby (Jenny), Anna Enger (Sabine), Fabianne Therese (Checka), Mike Bland (Harry’s Friend), Jake Schultz (Harry’s Friend), Jeff Pope (Mechanic (as Jeff Wayne Pope)), Zechariah Pierce (Waiter), Ryan Lewis (Maserati Driver). Directed by Shana Feste and produced by Pamela Abdy, Stephanie Savage, Josh Schwartz, Scott Stuber. Screenplay by Feste and Joshua Safran, based on a novel by Scott Spencer.

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Adult World

Adult World Movie Review

R, 97 m., 2013

John Cusack (Rat Billings), Emma Roberts (Amy), Armando Riesco (Rubia), Shannon Woodward (Candace), Chris Riggi (Josh), Darin Scott (Apartment Manager), Scott Coffey (Bookstore Owner), Jo Mei (Yumi), Leah Lauren (Maggie), Reed Birney (Todd), Catherine Lloyd Burns (Sheryl), Becky Cerio (Bus Driver), John Cullum (Stan), Niki Dellios (Art Show Attendee), Alexander Edinger (Customer Max). Directed by Scott Coffey and produced by Manu Gargi, Alex Goldstone, Joy Gorman, and Justin Nappi. Screenplay by Andy Cochran.

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About Last Night

About Last Night Movie Review

R, 100 m., 2014

Kevin Hart (Bernie), Michael Ealy (Danny), Regina Hall (Joan), Joy Bryant (Debbie), Christopher McDonald (Casey McNeil), Adam Rodriguez (Steven Thaler), Joe Lo Truglio (Ryan Keller), Paula Patton (Alison), Terrell Owens (Himself), Catherine Shu (Asian Manicurist), David Greenman (Isaac), Bryan Callen (Trent), Paul Quinn (Drunk Regular), Hailey Boyle (New Roommate), Selita Ebanks (Pretty Lady). Directed by Steve Pink and produced by Will Gluck and William Packer. Screenplay by Leslye Headland, based on the screenplay by Tim Kazurinsky & Denise DeClue, based upon Sexual Perversity in Chicago by David Mamet.

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RoboCop

RoboCop Movie Review

PG_13, 117 m., 2014

Joel Kinnaman (Alex Murphy / RoboCop), Gary Oldman (Dr. Dennett Norton), Michael Keaton (Raymond Sellars), Abbie Cornish (Clara Murphy), Jackie Earle Haley (Rick Mattox), Michael K. Williams (Jack Lewis), Jennifer Ehle (Liz Kline), Jay Baruchel (Tom Pope), Marianne Jean-Baptiste (Chief Karen Dean), Samuel L. Jackson (Pat Novak), Aimee Garcia (Jae Kim), Douglas Urbanski (Mayor Durant), John Paul Ruttan (David Murphy), Patrick Garrow (Antoine Vallon), K.C. Collins (Andre Daniels). Directed by José Padilha. Screenplay by Joshua Zetumer, based on the 1987 screenplay by Edward Neumeier & Michael Miner.

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Vampire Academy

Vampire Academy Movie Review

PG_13, 104 m., 2014

Zoey Deutch (Rose Hathaway), Lucy Fry (Lissa Dragomir), Danila Kozlovsky (Dimitri Belikov), Gabriel Byrne (Victor Dashkov), Dominic Sherwood (Christian Ozera), Olga Kurylenko (Headmistress Kirova), Sarah Hyland (Natalie), Cameron Monaghan (Mason), Sami Gayle (Mia Rinaldi), Ashley Charles (Jesse), Claire Foy (Ms. Karp), Joely Richardson (Queen Tatiana), Dominique Tipper (Guardian Gabriela), Edward Holcroft (Aaron), Bronté Norman-Terrell (Camilla). Directed by Mark Waters and produced by Susan Montford, Don Murphy, Deepak Nayar, Michael Preger. Screenplay by Daniel Waters, based on a novel by Richelle Mead.

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The Monuments Men

 

The Monuments Men Movie Review

PG_13, 118 m., 2014

George Clooney (Frank Stokes), Matt Damon (James Granger), Bill Murray (Richard Campbell), Cate Blanchett (Claire Simone), John Goodman (Walter Garfield), Jean Dujardin (Jean Claude Clermont), Hugh Bonneville (Donald Jeffries), Bob Balaban (Preston Savitz), Dimitri Leonidas (Sam Epstein), Justus von Dohnányi (Viktor Stahl), Holger Handtke (Colonel Wegner), Michael Hofland (Priest (Claude)), Zahary Baharov (Commander Elya), Michael Brandner (Dentist), Sam Hazeldine (Colonel Langton). Directed by George Clooney and produced by Clooney and Grant Heslov. Screenplay by Clooney & Heslov, based on a book by Robert M. Edsel and Bret Witter.

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The Lego Movie

The Lego Movie Movie Review

PG, 100 m., 2014

With the voices of: Will Arnett (Batman / Bruce Wayne), Elizabeth Banks (Wyldstyle / Lucy), Craig Berry (Blake / Additional Voices), Alison Brie (Unikitty), David Burrows (Octan Robot / Additional Voices), Anthony Daniels (C-3PO), Charlie Day (Benny), Amanda Farinos (Mom), Keith Ferguson (Han Solo), Will Ferrell (Lord Business (voice) / President Business (voice) / The Man Upstairs), Will Forte (Abraham Lincoln (as Orville Forte)), Dave Franco (Wally), Morgan Freeman (Vitruvius), Todd Hansen (Gandalf / Additional Voices), Jonah Hill (Green Lantern). An animated film directed by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller and produced by Roy Lee and Dan Lin. Screenplay by Lord & Miller, based on a story by Dan Hageman & Kevin Hageman and Lord & Miller.

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That Awkward Moment

That Awkward Moment Movie Review

R, 94 m., 2014

Zac Efron (Jason), Miles Teller (Daniel), Michael B. Jordan (Mikey), Imogen Poots (Ellie), Mackenzie Davis (Chelsea), Jessica Lucas (Vera), Addison Timlin (Alana), Josh Pais (Fred), Evelina Turen (Sophie), Karen Ludwig (Mrs. Rose), Tina Benko (Ellie’s Mom), Joseph Adams (Ellie’s Dad), Lola Glaudini (Female Boss (Sharon)), John Rothman (Chelsea’s Father), Barbara Garrick (Chelsea’s Mother). Directed by Tom Gormican and produced by Scott Aversano, Justin Nappi, Andrew O’Connor, Kevin Turen. Screenplay by Gormican.

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Labor Day

Labor Day Movie Review

PG_13, 111 m., 2013

Kate Winslet (Adele), Josh Brolin (Frank), Gattlin Griffith (Henry), Tobey Maguire (Adult Henry), Tom Lipinski (Young Frank), Maika Monroe (Mandy), Clark Gregg (Gerald), James Van Der Beek (Officer Treadwell), J.K. Simmons (Mr. Jervis), Brooke Smith (Evelyn), Brighid Fleming (Eleanor), Alexie Gilmore (Marjorie), Lucas Hedges (Richard), Micah Fowler (Barry), Chandra Thomas (Bank Teller). Directed by Jason Reitman and produced by Helen Estabrook, Lianne Halfon, Reitman, Russell Smith, and Nicole C. Taylor. Screenplay by Reitman, based on the novel by Joyce Maynard.

The buzz has been bad since last year’s festival circuit with negative report piling upon negative report for months. Well, now the returns are in and my verdict is…the emperor has no clothes. In this case, it’s the critics who are naked, not the filmmaker. Can you remember the last time so many critics, mainstream and non-mainstream alike, ganged up on a film as if it was a harbinger of the apocalypse only for the film itself to be not only not bad but quite good (I feel in the minority about Ridley Scott’s The Counselor, for example)? Yet nevertheless, the Tomatomator hovers around 30% with a Rotten majority, while the ever-so-slightly more forgiving Metacritic score is 51/100 with mostly mixed reviews. What in the hell is going on here?

Such as it is, Jason Reitman’s Labor Day is, in my humble opinion, far from the disaster it’s suggested to be. Reitman, adapting a novel by Joyce Maynard (of To Die For), tells the story of one Labor Day weekend in a small New England town, circa 1987. Adele (Kate Winslet, whose previous January release was her truly disastrous role in the ensemble kerfuffle known as Movie 43) is a divorced single mom raising her son Henry (Gattlin Griffith of Changeling, among other films) alone in a quiet, somber household in a pretty, rural suburb.

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