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42

Published by on Monday, July 22, 2013 - 5:00am | 0 Comments

Having arrived on DVD and Blu-Ray the day of baseball’s all-star game, at a moment when race relations in America become ever more tenuous following the George Zimmerman verdict, 42: The Jackie Robinson Story depicts the drama of one man overcoming a firestorm of hate and prejudice to become Major League Baseball’s first black player.

Home
Published by on Friday, July 19, 2013 - 5:00am | 0 Comments

Mental illness in all its forms is devastating for the individual, their families, and the communities they inhabit. One mere incident can cause someone to lose their footing for years, and the odds are almost always stacked against them. Home: _ is a fictional study of one man’s quest to manage his illness, earn a living, and make amends with his family, while resisting the impulses that might dislodge him from his specific plan.

Spring Breakers
Published by on Thursday, July 11, 2013 - 5:00am | 1 Comments

“Spring Break Forever” is the mantra uttered throughout most of Spring Breakers, a subversive satire about recklessness and materialism of the spring break tradition. What used to be a chance for college students to take a brief intermission from the second semester, the spring break week has become one of the most cherished weeks of the academic calendar.

Stories We Tell
Published by on Thursday, July 4, 2013 - 5:00am | 0 Comments

Sarah Polley is an actress, writer, and director whose career began in the mid-1980s. She comes from a rather dynamic family in Toronto. Her mother, Diane Polley, was a stage actress and her father, Michael, also had a short-lived theatrical career until the two married and had children. Sarah, the youngest of several children, looked and acted differently than the others, enough that jokes and rumors pervaded the family.

World War Z
Published by on Monday, July 1, 2013 - 5:00am | 1 Comments

World War Z joins the vast but incalculable amount of zombie films and franchises as a promising, sprawling epic. Directed by Marc Forster and adapted from Max Brooks’ 2006 novel, the film attempts to confront the oft-tackled zombie genre with more seriousness, replacing gore with mystery.

Stoker
Published by on Thursday, June 27, 2013 - 5:00am | 0 Comments

Psychological thrillers are becoming rarer in an age where tentpole films dominate cinemas and account for the largest slice of the pie. That is why Hollywood tends to look across the Atlantic, or this time, across the Pacific to find talented filmmakers who can offer alternative fare. Stoker features the English-language debut of Park Chan-wook, one of the most celebrated South Korean directors.

Now You See Me
Published by on Monday, June 24, 2013 - 5:00am | 1 Comments

Grandeur is imperative for suspending disbelief, whether it is an illusion or cinema, and it is that grandeur in Now You See Me that allows the film to present the assumption that there is a trick around every corner.  Magic and cinema have always had a close relationship, from the moment George Mêlées recognized that physical film can be manipulated to his liking.

Man of Steel
Published by on Thursday, June 20, 2013 - 5:00am | 1 Comments

Superman has had dated existence in film and television. Superman Returns (2006) delivered a ho-hum attempt to bring the first caped superhero back to glory, but the target demographics never embraced the updated effort. Man of Steel updates Superman for the 21st century utilizing the grit of The Dark Knight Trilogy, hoping to capitalize on the bottomless fandom of Marvel’s Cinematic Universe.

This is the End
Published by on Monday, June 17, 2013 - 5:00am | 0 Comments

Imagine that the world around you is crumbling and you are stuck in a large home with some of America’s most recognizable faces. Food and water are scarce, drugs are plentiful, and a close fraternal bond is there to help each other survive the apocalypse. That is the premise of The is the End, where a sextet of modern comedy heroes, some of which have grown up together in film and television, wait out the end of the world.

The Way Way Back
Published by on Thursday, June 13, 2013 - 5:00am | 0 Comments

There is no hiding the stereotypical characters and plot in The Way Way Back, while the exposition can be nauseating provoking some to walkout. However, if you stay the course, the reward is a film that is thoughtfully executed despite the conventional teenage coming-of-age narrative. It is the humble summer flick for the thoughtful cinema goer: simple but exploratory, and delightfully endearing.

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