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The Heart Machine (2014)

The Heart Machine is a debut feature by writer-director Zachary Wigon, and features a really unnerving performance from John Gallagher, Jr., whom I admired so much in Short Term 12. He’s fantastic. My review of The Heart Machine is now … Continue reading

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Private Violence (2014): HBO Documentary

A very well-made new HBO documentary about domestic violence and those who advocate for victims and survivors. It premiered tonight on HBO and has also opened nationwide in a limited release. My review of Private Violence is now up at … Continue reading

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Housebound (2014)

The poster kind of captures the mood of Housebound, a horror film by Gerard Johnstone (his debut as a director and a writer). It’s a horror film, it’s also hilarious. I liked it a lot. Not easy to pull of … Continue reading

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Watchers of the Sky (2014)

A powerful documentary about genocide. It’s unbelievable how much ground they cover, and how well it’s put together. Packs an enormous punch. I gave it four stars. Hell of an accomplishment. My review of Watchers of the Sky is now … Continue reading

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A Picture of You (2013); directed by J.P. Chan

J.P. Chan’s A Picture of You is unsure of what it wants to be at first. Its opening is almost soap-y in its melodramatic on-the-nose presentation of a bickering adult brother and sister, Jen and Kyle (played by, respectively, Jo … Continue reading

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Addicted (2014)

I prefer my erotica to be served up sans 12-step lecture. My review of Addicted is now up at Rogerebert.com.

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Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day (2014)

It’s sweet and screwball, manic and poignant. Liked it a lot. My review of Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day is now up at Rogerebert.com.

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King Creole (1958): The Dreamspace of “New Orleans”

Young Danny Fisher (Elvis Presley) in King Creole (1958) is a high school flunky a couple times over (“I’m not going back to school. Before you know it, I’ll be a freshman again”), working jobs as a busboy in seedy … Continue reading

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The Canal (2014); directed by Ivan Kavanagh

Pretty damn creepy. I actually screamed twice while watching it. Terrifying. An Irish ghost story. A haunted house. A man gone mad. I enjoyed it. My review of The Canal is now up at The Dissolve.

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Nightcrawler (2014); written and directed by Dan Gilroy

Jake Gyllenhaal plays Lou Bloom in Nightcrawler, a weird isolated guy in Los Angeles, with only a high school degree, and a very strange personality, who literally stumbles over the underground high-speed world of freelance crime journalism: the “nightcrawlers” with … Continue reading

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