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Reviews: Amy (2015)

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Reviews: Jimmy’s Hall (2015)

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  • [New – 7/2/15] | Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ Spirituality & Practice
    • Excerpt: A stirring morality play about creating community, leading others, and having respect for one’s enemies.
  • [New – 1/1/15] | Carlos del Río @ El rincón de Carlos del Río [Spanish]
    • Excerpt: Jimmy’s Hall empieza muy bien, pero se va desinflando a medida que avanza, sobre todo porque es un poco confusa, y porque todo el encanto que tiene la primera parte, se va diluyendo en la segunda mitad para centrarse más en conflictos políticos que no están bien desarrollados del todo.
  • Matthew McKernan @ FilmWhinge
    • Excerpt: Jimmy’s Hall is moving, especially towards the end, and it does make you angry – just as every Ken Loach film should – but, sadly, it just doesn’t seem moving or angry enough.
  • [New – 5/14/15] | Jason Pirodsky @ Expats.cz
    • Excerpt: Despite the serious subject matter, Jimmy’s Hall is one of the lightest and breeziest features in the long and distinguished career of director Loach.
  • [New – 1/9/15] | Sarah Ward @ FilmInk

Reviews: A Little Chaos (2015)

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  • [New – 6/26/15] | Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: Rickman’s film holds many charms, not the least of which is his own performance as the King who would be commoner for one fantastical afternoon.
  • [New – 7/3/15] | Tony Dayoub @ Cinema Viewfinder
    • Excerpt: Though admirable that Rickman offers up an atypical female character in De Barra, one who does not locate her self-worth in the success of her relationship or her man’s career, no attempt is made to holistically integrate her estimable individuality into the reality of the 17th Century French society as it truly was. This translates into a fundamental disingenuity that results in A LITTLE CHAOS coming off as a kind of denial of feminism.
  • [New – 6/26/15] | Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
    • Excerpt: All of it feels haphazardly assembled.
  • [New – 6/26/15] | Kenji Fujishima @ Slant Magazine
  • [New – 5/17/15] | MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com
    • Excerpt: Romantic and funny and smart and wise and just plain different. This is a historical costume dramedy romp about gardening. How cool is that?
  • [New – 5/28/15] | Alan Mattli @ Facing the Bitter Truth [German]
    • Excerpt: Slight to the point of weightlessness, Alan Rickman’s sophomore directing effort is a pleasant enough stroll through Louis XIV’s royal gardens.
  • [New – 4/16/15] | Jason Pirodsky @ Expats.cz
    • Excerpt: A sumptuously filmed period piece from Alan Rickman (his second film as director after 1997’s The Winter Guest), A Little Chaos might be lightweight in conception, but it’s brought to vivid life through some evocative atmosphere and a pair of sympathetic performances in the lead.
  • [New – 4/10/15] | Sarah Ward @ Concrete Playground

Reviews: Magic Mike XXL (2015)

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  • [New – 7/2/15] | Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire
    • Excerpt: If Soderbergh’s original — inspired by the “male entertainer” days of star/producer Channing Tatum — seemed a throwback to the Tom Cruise movies of the ‘80s (I’m thinking specifically of movies like ‘Cocktail,’ ‘Top Gun,’ ‘The Color of Money,’ and ‘Days of Thunder,’ whose basic premises were all: “Tom Cruise is the world’s best _____”), ‘XXL’ most closely recalls a heist movie, in which a gang of thieves gets back together for one last score. In fact, it bears an uncanny resemblance to Soderbergh’s own (divisive) 2004 film ‘Ocean’s 12,’ reassembling the old crew under sketchy auspices for a more leisurely and occasionally expectation-confounding follow-up.
  • [New – 7/2/15] | Chris Barsanti @ PopMatters
    • Excerpt: …a playful, good-natured fantasy for both those creating it and those watching it.
  • [New – 7/2/15] | Nicholas Bell @ Ioncinema
  • [New – 7/2/15] | Kevin Carr @ 7M Pictures
    • Excerpt: As I watched this movie and reflected upon the other big female fantasy movie of 2015 – “Fifty Shades of Grey” – I had to wonder what is wrong with the women seeing these movies?
  • [New – 7/2/15] | Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: Instead of being treated to Tatum’s incredible dancing, we’re bludgeoned with simulated sex acts and American Idol auditions,the only set pieces of note both having appeared in the film’s trailer.
  • [New – 7/2/15] | Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
    • Excerpt: In the first film, stripping was something from which Mike needed to escape. In the sequel, it’s inescapable.
  • [New – 7/2/15] | Susan Granger @ www.susangranger.com
    • Excerpt: Sleazy, sybaritic, yet surprisingly sweet sequel, revolving around a troupe of male strippers who are determined to elevate women’s self-esteem…
  • [New – 7/2/15] | Mark Hobin @ Fast Film Reviews
    • Excerpt: Yes the narrative is a merely (ahem) skin deep examination of this lifestyle, but it’s still a better movie than it has any right to be.
  • [New – 7/2/15] | MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com
    • Excerpt: A cringe-worthy jamboree of dimbulb manflesh that’s even more embarrassing than the first film.
  • [New – 7/2/15] | Charlie Juhl @ Citizen Charlie
    • Excerpt: There are more believable characters in Jurassic World and I’m not talking about the humans
  • [New – 7/3/15] | Jeremy Kibler @ The Artful Critic
    • Excerpt: Thinner than a G-string but entertaining in an episodic road-trip sort of way.
  • [New – 7/2/15] | Kristin Dreyer Kramer @ NightsAndWeekends.com
  • [New – 7/2/15] | Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys
  • [New – 7/2/15] | Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion
    • Excerpt: Little more than a slapdash woman’s wish-fulfillment fantasy–in which male entertainers bare their all for their pleasure–that embodies a man’s wish-fulfillment one, in which their jiggling and shaking sets women a-flutter.

Reviews: The Overnight (2015)

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Reviews: Terminator Genisys (2015)

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  • [New – 7/2/15] | Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: There’s really only one reason to see “Terminator Genisys” and you probably know what that is – the return of Ahnuld, the Governator, now the Guardian who is ‘old but not obsolete,’ his human exterior aging as he skips across time with the young woman he was sent to protect.
  • [New – 7/2/15] | Andy Crump @ Paste Magazine
    • Excerpt: …winks and nudges so much it’ll bruise your ribs.
  • [New – 7/2/15] | Jim Dixon @ Examiner.com
  • [New – 7/2/15] | Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
    • Excerpt: Everything here … is so imprecise that the stakes are virtually nonexistent.
  • [New – 7/2/15] | Susan Granger @ www.susangranger.com
    • Excerpt: As the sci-fi fantasy continues, it’s transecting and tangled, proving time travel is a tricky thing…
  • [New – 7/2/15] | MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com
    • Excerpt: I have a terrible feeling of deja vu. I have a terrible feeling of deja vu. I have a terrible feeling of deja vu. I have a terrible feeling of deja vu.
  • [New – 7/2/15] | Charlie Juhl @ Citizen Charlie
    • Excerpt: Terminator Genisys is just as forgettable as 2009’s Terminator Salvation; anyone still remember the plot of that one? I didn’t think so.
  • [New – 7/2/15] | Ben Kendrick @ Screen Rant
    • Excerpt: Terminator Genisys is a good entry point for new viewers, with worthwhile setup for future installments, but falls short in evolving core elements of the series.
  • [New – 7/2/15] | Oktay Kozak @ Oregon Herald
  • [New – 7/2/15] | Brent McKnight @ The Last Thing I See
  • [New – 7/3/15] | Ross Miller @ Thoughts On Film
    • Excerpt: Just about passable fare if you’re not looking for anything intellectually demanding but even in the realm of leave your brain at the door mindless entertainment, it leaves a lot to be desired.
  • [New – 7/2/15] | Simon Miraudo @ Student Edge
  • [New – 7/2/15] | Darren Mooney @ the m0vie blog
    • Excerpt: Calling time…
  • [New – 7/2/15] | Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys
  • [New – 7/2/15] | Kristy Puchko @ Spinoff Online
    • Excerpt: Clarke (Emilia, not Jason) and Schwarzenegger make for a wonderful odd couple, sharing an authentic intimacy, believable bravado and a sharp awareness of the material that makes “Terminator Genisys” a solid addition to the series.
  • [New – 7/2/15] | Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion
    • Excerpt: Another movie so crammed with visual razzle-dazzle in the service of empty, repetitive action that long before it ends, you feel exhausted by the excess.
  • [New – 7/3/15] | Sarah Ward @ artsHub

Reviews: Dark Star: H.R. Giger’s World (2015)

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  • [New – 6/11/15] | Sarah Gopaul @ Digital Journal
    • Excerpt: ‘Dark Star: H.R. Giger’s World’ is an in-depth documentary that is interested in more than just the famous artist who was recruited to design the creature in ‘Alien.’
  • [New – 6/25/15] | Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: Writer/director Belinda Sallin’s documentary about Giger was filmed during the last years of the artist’s life, his mobility already curtailed, so her documentary is somewhat housebound. But what a house!
  • [New – 5/22/15] | James Jay Edwards @ FilmFracture
  • [New – 5/21/15] | Jennie Kermode @ Eye For Film
  • [New – 6/4/15] | Andrew Wyatt @ St. Louis Magazine
    • Excerpt: Dark Star possesses an unmistakably elegiac quality, and Giger aficionados will likely find it a stimulating but melancholy experience.

Reviews: Escobar: Paradise Lost (2015)

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Reviews: Gemma Bovary (2015)

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  • [New – 5/29/15] | David Bax @ Battleship Pretension
    • Excerpt: Men, even kind and gentle ones like Martin, have a tendency to cast the women in their lives in perfunctory roles. In this way, despite having a man as its lead, Gemma Bovery is a film about women, about how men see women and about the minimizing effect that can have on women’s lives.
  • [New – 6/18/15] | Susan Granger @ www.susangranger.com
    • Excerpt: Sensual and satirical, making your mouth water for – fresh, flaky croissants!
  • [New – 3/13/15] | Aaron Pinkston @ Battleship Pretension
    • Excerpt: The film largely plays as an adaptation/homage to Madame Bovary, with many inside jokes and references, to which I am not in the least familiar. For the ignorant ones like me, the film lays its influence on pretty thickly, making the plot mechanics an active part of the story, but I’m certain I missed a number of story and character connections along the way.
  • [New – 6/25/15] | Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion
    • Excerpt: A good inside joke…its ace in the hole is Luchini.
  • [New – 6/18/15] | Sarah Ward @ Trespass Magazine

Reviews: Heaven Knows What (2015)

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  • [New – 10/2/14] | Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ SpiritualityandPractice.com
    • Excerpt: The downward ride of two self-destructive heroin addicts living on the mean streets of New York City.
  • [New – 6/4/15] | Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: Cinematography by Sean Price Williams is extraordinary, overhead shots of junkies walking along a tony NYC street or a tight shot in a corner of a public library creating a specific, insular world within a diverse and distinctive city
  • [New – 5/28/15] | Donald Jay Levit @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews
  • [New – 6/25/15] | Jonathan Richards @ www.jonrichardsplace.com
    • Excerpt: Spend an uncomfortable hour and a half with Heaven Knows What and you’ll come out with a better grasp of the street junkie’s life, but you may find yourself muttering “Heaven knows why.”
  • [New – 6/12/15] | Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion
    • Excerpt: While one can certainly admire the way in which Holmes and the Safdies immerse us in the hellish world of these characters, the result is really nothing more than a wallow in nihilism.
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