Jake Gyllenhaal plays an unscrupulous news cameraman in the thriller Nightcrawler

Nightcrawler Movie Review – Bankrupt

Nightcrawler is a portrait of modern society that comes from first time director David Goyer. Several reviews have focused on the role that television news plays in the events of the film, but television news is irrelevant these days and “if it bleeds it leads” is a truism that’s post-evisceration thanks to films like Network.…

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Whiplash Movie Review – Temper

Many movies have explored fame, but few really consider greatness. Fame is sort of an ancillary condition, a lucky consequence of timing. Greatness however comes from pushing yourself and your skills beyond previous limits. Usually when it comes to skill movies either preach the discovery of happiness via realigned expectations, such as in the excellent…

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The Trip to Italy Movie Review – Spelunking

The Trip was on odd film, a travel film that brought the audience closer to the characters due to their constant loquacious attempts to keep everyone at a distance. Although much of the comedic film was improvised, room was left alongside the epicurean delights for squirmy feelings of loneliness and misgivings.  The sequel, the Trip…

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Calvary Movie Review – Climb

Calvary is the new Brendan Gleeson vehicle from John McDonagh. Independent cinema makes it possible to write “Brendan Gleeson vehicle,” a state of affairs that allows us to enjoy the acting chops of the rudy Irish gentleman outside of the usual supporting roles for burly foreigners. Another delight of independent cinema is watching the McDonagh…

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Guardians of the Galaxy Review – Star

Guardians of the Galaxy is the story of a scrappy underdog trying his best to maintain his way of life in the face of an evil empire. I am talking, of course, about director James Gunn and his newfound employment with the Walt Disney Corporation, an intergalactic entity that now owns the rights to both…

Boyhood Review – Grounded

The Texas pastoral Boyhood is a new film from Richard Linklater (Dazed and Confused, Before Sunrise), notable not for its subject matter but for how it was made. Or, more accurately, when it was made. Shot over 12 years, Boyhood captures the decade long adolescence of a young boy, along with his sister and parents,…

Snowpiercer Review – Propulsion

The latest film from Bong Joon-ho arrives with a very strange staggered release schedule, indicative of the reported tension between Bong and the Weinsteins. However the film has finally arrived on US shores, which is cause for celebration. Bong is the notable director of some of the best Korean films in recent years (Mother, Memories…