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April 9 2014
Themes of revenge and redemption ultimately take root, revealing themselves in the physical conflicts between Joe and the human threats knocking at his door
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April 2 2014
Not surprisingly, Nymphomaniac: Volume II-which opens Friday, April 4, at Hillcrest Cinemas-devours any such romanticism almost immediately
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April 2 2014
The epic back-story behind Alejandro Jodorowsky's failed attempt to adapt Frank Herbert's Dune in 1975 is one of madness and creativity crashing together
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March 26 2014
With only a torn picture of a woman for a reference point, the audience struggles to fill in the context of Adam's deep malaise. As a result, Enemy is consistently baffling, favoring surrealism...
film2
March 26 2014
"A bear and a mouse can't be together," screams the rodent mistress of an orphanage for mice in the opening sequence of Ernest and Celestine
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March 18 2014
When news broke that Danish auteur Lars von Trier would follow up his apocalyptic Melancholia with a massive, two-part epic titled Nymphomaniac containing explicit sex scenes, many...
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March 18 2014
The jazzy score that lingers over the opening images of Roger Mitchell's lovely Le Week-End is the first sign that it will embrace an improvisational narrative style.
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March 11 2014
While never sloppy, The Grand Budapest Hotel constructs its multiple plots to reveal the poetry of such stream-of-consciousness, the endless possibility of story
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March 11 2014
Stranger by the Lake-which opens Friday, March 14, and screens for one week at Hillcrest Cinemas-echoes the suspenseful craft of Hitchcock and Chabrol
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March 5 2014
Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me-which opens Friday, March 14, at La Jolla Village Cinemas-is so interesting partly because it juxtaposes its central subject's wrecking-ball attitude with her nostalgic memories...
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March 5 2014
It's not clear if Godfrey Reggio's (Koyaanisqatsi, Powaqqatsi) striking Visitors is an ambitious science-fiction parable or merely a formalist documentary
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Feb. 25 2014
This year's Oscar gambit has been especially seedy. The whole Woody Allen vs. Mia Farrow throwdown has been a black eye for Cate Blanchett, although she still looks to be the favorite in the Best Actress...
film2
Feb. 25 2014
Oscar will be on many people's minds this weekend, including the various filmmakers behind the five short documentaries vying for the gold statuette
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Feb. 19 2014
If the filmmakers behind The Amazing Spiderman were smart, they'd kick that Andrew Garfield guy to the curb and cast Adam Bakri in the titular web-slinging role.
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Feb. 19 2014
It's crucial to have an aesthetic identity that complements the content. A film like Tim's Vermeer proves this thesis
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Feb. 12 2014
What happens when your vision of family is suddenly uprooted? How does one react when this longstanding perspective is revealed to be entirely wrongheaded?
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Feb. 12 2014
It would be easy to rebuke a flimsy and clumsy genre film like Girl on a Bicycle. On paper, it's rom-com recycling
film1
Feb. 5 2014
Stylistically simple and ideologically frank, The Monuments Men is refreshingly old-fashioned; some might even call it naïve, depicting through a rosy lens a horrific conflict that claimed...
film2
Feb. 5 2014
On Sunday, Feb. 2, Hoffman died in a New York City apartment of an apparent heroin overdose, sending a shockwave of sadness across the film landscape
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Jan. 29 2014
Sebastián Lelio's Gloria begins and ends on the dance floor. However, the sly tonal differences between the two sequences are indicative of the film's deceptive power as an evolving character...

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