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Review: Under the Skin

Saturday April 19, 2014

Under the Skin

Scarlett Johansson stars as predatory alien in Jonathan Glazer's (Sexy Beast, Birth) adaptation of Michel Faber's novel. Eric D. Snider calls it a nightmarish, adults-only version of E.T. -- if E.T. fed on Elliott instead of befriending him. Under the Skin, a movie that requires -- and rewards -- your attention and imagination, is now playing in theaters across the country. Read Eric's review.

Review: Hide Your Smiling Faces

Friday April 11, 2014

Hide Your Smiling Faces

"Do you ever think about dying? About someone killing you, or you killing yourself?" Youthful summertime memories and untapped adolescent angst take center stage in Daniel Patrick Carbone's honest, impressionistic first film. Eric D. Snider reviews.

Reviews: Oculus

Monday March 31, 2014

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Much better than a film about a haunted mirror has any right to be. Directed, co-written, and edited by Mike Flanagan, this effective tale of terror stars Katee Sackhoff, Annalise Basso, Garrett Ryan, and Brenton Thwaites. Read our review.

Review: The Grand Budapest Hotel

Monday March 31, 2014

Grand Budadpest Hotel

Wes Anderson's latest, starring an impressive line-up of stars including Ralph Fiennes, Tilda Swinton, Jason Schwartzman, Jude Law, and of course Bill Murray, is "funny, if not gut-busting, and well-executed, if not a masterpiece," argues our reviewer Eric D. Snider. Read his review.

Review: What We Do in the Shadows

Monday March 24, 2014

What We Do in the Shadows

In this New Zealand mock documentary, a group of vampires lives together, Real World-style, in Wellington. What could have been a lame extended sketch (think bloody dishes in the sink) turns into an inventive comedy in the talented hands of Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi. According to Eric D. Snider, What We Do in the Shadows deserves to be a hit. Read our review.

Review: Journey to the West: Conquering the Demons

Tuesday March 11, 2014

Journey to the West: Conquering the Demons

Stephen Chow (Kung Fu Hustle, Shaolin Soccer) returns with a loose reimagining of a classic Chinese novel -- and it's characteristically bug-eyed and silly, by turns creative, clever, and exhausting.

Read Eric D. Snider's review of Journey to the West: Conquering the Demons, starring Qi Shu and Zhang Wen.

 

Review: Cheap Thrills

Friday February 28, 2014

Cheap Thrills

"Hilarious, felonious, painful, and disgusting" -- if that sounds like a fun combination to you, we have just the movie for you: Cheap Thrills, directed by E.L. Katz. Either incisive commentary on the current American socio-economic condition or just a hell of a good time, the film pits desperate (and drunk) men against increasingly outrageous dares. Read Eric D. Snider's review.

Berlinale Dispatch: What Remains of the Fest

Friday February 28, 2014

Journey to the West

A week later, Jürgen takes a look back at the 64th Berlin International Film Fest -- and lists the five moments from smaller movies that stuck with him: Rinko Kikuchi says good-bye to her bunny Bunzo in Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter, Denis Lavant joins a monk during his slow-motion walk through Marseilles in Tsai Ming-liang's Journey to the West, and a transvestite samurai beheads garden gnomes in Der Samurai.

Review: The Congress

Thursday February 20, 2014

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Robin Wright plays a very of herself--real and animated--in this science-fiction film that's partially based on a Stanislaw Lem novel. Directed by Ari Folman (Waltz with Bashir), The Congress is "meta-referential, loosely satiric, and vaguely disquieting," writes Eric D. Snider in his review.

Review: Ernest & Celestine

Thursday February 13, 2014

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A mouse and a bear become unlikely friends in this Oscar-nominated animated feature from the team behind A Town Called Panic. Eric D. Snider found the film both tender and goofy, evoking a unique sense of wonder and imagination. Read his four-star review.

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