Film Review

Film Review

Jackie & Ryan (2014)

The Manic Pixie Dream Girl (and the use of the term) has plagued romantic films for the past decade. There are none in sight in Jackie & Ryan, but writer/director Ami Canaan Mann has gone one better by creating the Laidback Folk Dream Guy instead. So utterly perfect is Ben […]

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Manglehorn (2014)

In the stories we tell, love is so often the key to happiness. In Al Pacino’s embittered locksmith though, it turns out to be the lock that’s imprisoned him behind a wall of rage and self-pity for the better part of his adult life. David Gordon Green’s Manglehorn is light […]

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Black Souls (2014)

Families are fraught with the threat of fireworks at the best of times. If that said family’s business happens to be illegal, just imagine what could happen. If, however, you don’t fancy any imagining right now, Calabrian crime drama Black Souls has gone and done it for you. Overly reliant […]

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Heaven Knows What (2014)

The history behind the Safdie brothers’ latest feature is one rich with promise. It’s a shame Heaven Knows What can’t live up to its own backstory. After meeting Arielle Holmes, a young woman living homeless in New York City, the brothers persuaded her to a write a book based on […]

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The Humbling (2014)

Nailing a Philip Roth adaptation is like going after the great white whale. No one’s sure success is possible and pursuing it usually comes at a cost. In The Humbling, it’s Barry Levinson and Al Pacino who don their captain’s gear to go all Ahab on one of the author’s […]

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The Price of Fame (2014)

Following his much mourned death, Charlie Chaplin found his first resting place in Switzerland to be only temporary. In 1978, two eastern European immigrants stole his remains for ransom. Unsurprisingly, this ill-conceived plot did not succeed. Taking the bare essentials from the case, Xavier Beauvois has shaped it into his […]

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She’s Funny That Way (2014)

Hollywood’s golden era may be long past but that hasn’t stopped countless attempts to replicate it. Peter Bogdanovich, himself a key figure in a Hollywood revival movement, is the latest to try with She’s Funny That Way, a star-studded comedy made from the leftover memories of Ernst Lubitsch, Cary Grant […]

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Birdman (2014)

He used to be Birdman. It’s the refrain that’s dogged Michael Keaton’s Riggan Thomson for years. Once famous for playing the winged superhero in a trio of films that finished two decades ago, he’s now only famous for… well playing Birdman two decades ago. But all that’s about to change […]

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Obvious Child (2014)

In 2009, School of Visual Arts graduate Gillian Robespierre wrote, produced and directed her first short film.  Five years later, it has blossomed to become a full theatrical feature and thanks to a Kickstarter campaign, Robespierre was able to show her film at Sundance Film Festival as part of its […]

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Night Moves (2013)

Consequences In Night Moves, the story of three ecoterrorists who blow up a dam and don’t know what’s coming after, Kelly Reichardt brilliantly extends her reputation for making limited material resonant. Providing little information about the details of the deed and minimal dialogue, she nonetheless manages to craft one of the […]