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Ephemeral Architecture Jul 29, 2015 Artist Philip M Soucy presents his first solo exhibition featuring new works in mixed media and oils as well as ceramic and installation pieces. 102 other events on Wednesday, July 29
 
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Tuesday, July 21,2015
Film

'Irrational Man' and the dark side of becoming yourself

Woody Allen’s latest is yet another meditation on fate, comeuppance, and murder

By Glenn Heath Jr.
Irrational Man is a tale of two corpses. Joaquin Phoenix, an incredibly enigmatic and fidgety actor who can speak volumes by simply furling his brow, embodies them both with unsettling dedication. As
Tuesday, July 21,2015
Film

Wasting away in 'A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence'

Deadpan drama from Swedish auteur Roy Andersson leads our rundown of movies screening around town

By Glenn Heath Jr.
With A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence, Swedish director Roy Andersson concludes his trilogy about "being a human being," which began with 2000's Songs From the Second and 2007's You, the Living.
Tuesday, July 14,2015
Film

'Tangerine' is alive and kicking

Sean Baker’s propulsive new indie follows two indelible characters as they pound the L.A. pavement

By Glenn Heath Jr.
For 88 jet-fueled minutes, Sean Baker's Tangerine careens through the urban corridors of Los Angeles with the laser-targeted intensity of a woman scorned. 
Tuesday, July 14,2015
Film

Ian McKellen shines in elegant, minor 'Mr. Holmes'

New spin on iconic detective from Bill Condon leads our rundown of movies screening around town

By Glenn Heath Jr.
Once held in (somewhat) high acclaim for making Gods and Monsters and Kinsey, two subversive biopics with human sexuality on the mind, Bill Condon sold out to Hollywood in 2006.
Tuesday, July 7,2015
Film

'Cartel Land' and the desperation of citizen soldiers

Documentary explores grassroots resistance to Narco-violence on both sides of the border

By Glenn Heath Jr.
Cartel Land, the latest in a long line of recent films to address the impact of narco violence, has an eye for visual drama yet suffers from narrative imbalance. 
Tuesday, July 7,2015
Film

'A Murder in the Park' is paint-by-numbers filmmaking

Documentary about famous Chicago murder case leads our rundown of movies screening around town

By Glenn Heath Jr.
Documentaries don't come more straightforward than A Murder in the Park. It's so stylistically rote one might confuse it for an extended episode of Nightline.
Tuesday, June 30,2015
Film

'Magic Mike XXL' aims to please in more ways than one

Channing Tatum and his buff brothers return in a surprisingly smart and seamless sequel

By Glenn Heath Jr.
Magic Mike XXL hardly resembles its predecessor in tone. Replacing the somber "great recession" subtext is a classical and expressive spin on the road film. 
Tuesday, June 30,2015
Film

'Terminator: Genisys' can’t spell, or do much of anything right

New action sequel starring Arnold Schwarzenegger leads our rundown of movies screening around town

By Glenn Heath Jr.
And just when sequels seemed enjoyable again. Fresh off of the pure joy and exhilaration that is Magic Mike XXL, now we must endure Terminator: Genisys
Wednesday, June 24,2015
Film

'The Overnight' gets hot and heavy after hours

New sex comedy starring Jason Schwartzman, Adam Scott, and Taylor Schilling is a raucous romp

By Glenn Heath Jr.
Some might argue that bad sex is better than no sex at all. The Overnight begs to differ, opening with a revealing scene that shows just how compromised the joys of intimacy can become after years of recycled habits.
Wednesday, June 24,2015
Film

Al Pacino experiences a renaissance in 'Manglehorn'

New indie drama from David Gordon Green leads our rundown of movies screening around town

By Glenn Heath Jr.
Gruff and grumpy, Al Pacino stars as A.J. Manglehorn, a droopy locksmith living alone in a rural Texas town. He owns a quaint brick-and-mortar operation but spends much of his time making house calls to stranded motorists who’ve locked themselves out of their car.
 
 
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