Reviews: Newlyweeds (2013)

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Published on: January 31, 2013

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Reviews: Branded (2012)

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Published on: January 17, 2013

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  • [New - 1/17] | Luke Bonanno @ DVDizzy.com
    • Excerpt: You are right to suspect that the filmmakers used to make movie trailers. You’re also probably right to assume that, following the countless failings of this film, they probably will do so again soon.

Reviews: The Gatekeepers (2012)

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Published on: January 17, 2013

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  • Chris Barsanti @ Film Journal International
    • Excerpt: An eye-opening documentary about the hollow victories of Israel’s top anti-terror fighters, The Gatekeepers is a tart, complicated cocktail of a film sure to send audience members out of the theatre with heads abuzz and arguments a-popping.
  • David Bax @ Battleship Pretension
    • Excerpt: That The Gatekeepers even exists is commendable enough on its own. But the sticky, compelling and frustrating result is even more stunning.
  • Tim Brayton @ Antagony & Ecstasy
    • Excerpt: As a work of contemporary political history and moral philosophy, it’s essential viewing.
  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: This brave documentary draws a line in the sand. One just wishes Moreh had asked these men what they were doing to change the situation now other than having changed their minds.
  • Susan Granger @ www.susangranger.com
    • Excerpt: Unprecedented and deeply unsettling, it offers little hope for a lasting peace in that war-torn region.
  • MaryAnn Johanson @ Film4.com
    • Excerpt: Whatever you know – or think you know – about the Middle East and Israel’s role in its politics may well be challenged or even completely overturned…
  • Marty Mapes @ Movie Habit
    • Excerpt: Director Dror Moreh doesn’t rest on his scoop
  • Piers Marchant @ Sweet Smell of Success
    • Excerpt: Oscar-nommed doc runs the gamut of political ferver from hope to despair and back again.
  • [New - 5/16] | Jonathan Richards @ www.jonrichardsplace.com
    • Excerpt: The questions that haunt this very haunting documentary are desperately basic ones: Do the things we do in the name of protecting our security work? Do they work on a moral level? Do they work on a practical level? Do they make things better? Or do they make things worse?
  • Cole Smithey @ ColeSmithey.com
    • Excerpt: “The Gatekeepers” is an exceptionally well-crafted documentary that commands repeated viewings to fully absorb the enormous quantity and quality of editorial information it provides about one of the world’s most contentious ongoing political and human dilemmas. See it.
  • Ron Wilkinson @ MonstersandCritics.com
    • Excerpt: An inside look into one of the most secretive and sophisticated intelligence apparatus in the world may not be what you expected.
  • Amber Wilkinson @ Eye For Film

Reviews: The Iran Job (2012)

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Published on: January 17, 2013

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  • [New - 1/17] | Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: …an amusing cultural fish out of water look at how a big, likable, outgoing Black American basketball player fits into life in Shiraz in southwestern Iran. Then it becomes something more around the halfway mark…

Reviews: The Rabbi’s Cat (2012)

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Published on: January 17, 2013

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Reviews: Bestiaire (2012)

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Published on: January 3, 2013

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Reviews: Hitler’s Children (2012)

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Published on: January 3, 2013

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  • [New - 1/3] | Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: Zeevi not only has found himself five incredible subjects, but he’s woven his film together so that their experiences and opinions are studies in contrasts and commonalities.

Reviews: It’s Such a Beautiful Day (2012)

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Published on: January 3, 2013

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Reviews: Dabangg 2 (2012)

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Published on: December 21, 2012

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Reviews: Parental Guidance (2012)

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Published on: December 21, 2012

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Reviews: Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away (2012)

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Published on: December 20, 2012

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Reviews: The Guilt Trip (2012)

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Published on: December 20, 2012

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Reviews: Love Is All You Need (2013)

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Published on: December 20, 2012

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Reviews: Dangerous Liaisons (2012)

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Published on: December 13, 2012

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  • Christopher Bourne @ Film-Forward
    • Excerpt: Opulently designed, this version re-creates 1930’s Shanghai in the golden tones and soft focus of old Hollywood glamour. Dangerous Liaisons is a diverting and beautifully designed film, and a well-acted piece of eye candy.
  • [New - 2/7] | Peter Nellhaus @ Coffee Coffee and more Coffee
    • Excerpt: Most interesting to me is how flexible the essential story is for adaptation to film, both in when and where the story takes place.
  • Jamie S. Rich @ DVD Talk
    • Excerpt: This Chinese appropriation of Dangerous Liaisons is a noble effort. It might even be seen as a really great one if there weren’t already better examples of how to adapt the classic French novel to cinema.

Reviews: Django Unchained (2012)

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Published on: December 13, 2012

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Reviews: The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012)

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Published on: December 13, 2012

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Reviews: Jack Reacher (2012)

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Published on: December 13, 2012

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Reviews: Les Misérables (2012)

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Published on: December 13, 2012

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Reviews: Let Fury Have the Hour (2012)

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Published on: December 13, 2012

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Reviews: Quartet (2012)

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Published on: December 13, 2012

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  • [New - 9/26] | Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan
    • Excerpt: Quartet is a light, charming, frothy affair, and as such it should be seen as such.
  • Luke Bonanno @ DVDizzy.com
    • Excerpt: Though fairly simple, straightforward, and predictable, Quartet is also effortlessly charming and entertaining throughout. It is quite like a smaller, retirement home variation on Maggie Smith’s The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel and delights in a similar way.
  • Christopher Bourne @ Twitch
    • Excerpt: Dustin Hoffman, by discreetly staying out of the way of the great actors and actual singing stars and musicians he has assembled, has created a quietly touching and poignant tribute to the artists he has so lovingly put on display.
  • Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ SpiritualityandPractice.com
    • Excerpt: A meditation on aging and the possibilities for transformation of four retired opera singers in a retirement community.
  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: …American actor Dustin Hoffman’s feature directorial debut and although it aims for the same demographic [as "Best Exotic Marigold Hotel"] and has its own share of cliches, it’s a mite better than Madden’s film.
  • Susan Granger @ www.susangranger.com
    • Excerpt: This deliciously tart comedy revives the old Mickey Rooney/Judy Garland ‘let’s put on a show’ formula with great panache.
  • MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com
    • Excerpt: A lovely film with heartfelt performances from a fantastic cast that focuses on the upsides of getting older…
  • Piers Marchant @ Sweet Smell of Success
    • Excerpt: Four notable British thespians perform as four notable British opera singers in Dustin Hoffman’s sweet little ensemble.
  • Matthew McKernan @ FilmWhinge
    • Excerpt: Quartet tries to present the ‘modern’ elderly, who are open to rap and who swear profusely, though to a 12A standard, but there is none of reality’s complications in the film’s representation. In fact, for a film that lectures about acceptance, there is a lot of denial.
  • Darren Mooney @ the m0vie blog
    • Excerpt: It’s not quite pitch perfect, but it hits a lot of the right notes…
  • R. Kurt Osenlund @ Slant Magazine
  • Jonathan Richards @ www.jonrichardsplace.com
    • Excerpt: Quartet is not the fare you turn to for startling insights into the human condition. But it will take a hard heart indeed to resist the wonderful gala program to which the story builds, and the tried but true romance of reconciling lovers too long apart.
  • Marcio Sallem @ Em Cartaz [Portuguese]
  • Tom Santilli @ Examiner.com
    • Excerpt: Cut from the same cloth as last year’s The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Quartet is a film featuring a talented cast of senior” British actors, centering on the idea that there can still be enjoyment and excitement in life, even in one’s golden years.”
  • Norm Schrager @ Meet In the Lobby
    • Excerpt: For any bland flavor Quartet may leave lingering, these stars more than make up for it, easily providing the most sophisticated of tastes.
  • Frank Swietek @ One Guy’s Opinion
    • Excerpt: Pretty thin stuff…a geriatric version of the old “let’s put on a show!” plot…but it’s been cannily cast for maximum effect, and Hoffman gives the actors plenty of room to do their thing.
  • Betty Jo Tucker @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews
    • Excerpt: Divatude becomes Maggie Smith, who definitely knows how to command the screen here.

Reviews: Save the Date (2012)

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Published on: December 13, 2012

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  • R. Kurt Osenlund @ Slant Magazine
  • [New - 5/30] | Jamie S. Rich @ DVD Talk
    • Excerpt: Save the Date dresses up in the trappings of a romantic comedy but slowly sheds those clothes and reveals itself to be something more. Actually, at first, it appears to be a twee urban love story, the kind of precious indie effort that becomes overwhelmed by its own quirkiness.

Reviews: Stand Up Guys (2012)

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Published on: December 13, 2012

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  • Luke Bonanno @ DVDizzy.com
    • Excerpt: Stand Up Guys might qualify as a pleasant surprise if it starred some unknown elderly actors, but with the likes of Al Pacino and Christopher Walken in the fray, it often disappoints. Even without high expectations, the movie’s erratic stumble through tones does not add up to the feel-good experience it’s clearly meant to.
  • Daniel Carlson @ Pajiba.com
  • Samuel Castro @ Ochoymedio.info [Spanish]
    • Excerpt: Con gracia, la última jornada de unos asesinos veteranos que son en realidad actores inmensos
  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: Considering the cast there are moments to be sure (Pacino’s one note performance doesn’t offer any of them), and the film is a real calling card for young Addison Timlin (“Afterschool,” SHOtime’s ‘Californication’), luminous as Doc’s waitress granddaughter Alex, but for most of its running time, “Stand Up Guys” is positively enervating.
  • Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
    • Excerpt: The movie is all over the place in terms of tone and only finds something resembling honesty when it drops the embarrassing shtick of crude comedy and lost-glory adventuring.
  • Dustin Freeley @ Movies About Gladiators.com
  • Susan Granger @ www.susangranger.com
    • Excerpt: Wobbly and contrived: given that cast, it could have and should have been so much better.
  • [New - 6/28] | MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com
    • Excerpt: Even when Walken, Pacino, and Arkin are phoning it in — on a rotary phone — they still earn their status as icons.
  • Jason Pirodsky @ Expats.cz
    • Excerpt: Stand Up Guys is the kind of half-hearted, half-serious Tarantino-esque pulp that went out of style in the late 90s. It’s always a pleasure to see these guys in action, but this material is so weak it drains all the fun away.
  • Jonathan Richards @ www.jonrichardsplace.com
    • Excerpt: Stand Up Guys delivers a tasty serving of entertainment, and a chance to watch three great old pros at work.
  • Marcio Sallem @ Em Cartaz [Portuguese]
  • Tom Santilli @ Examiner.com
    • Excerpt: Here’s a film that’s entertaining and thoughtful, starring three powerhouse actors performing right in their wheelhouses. It carries with it effective messages and life lessons with each character putting his own future on the line for the sake of family, trusting in the ideal that life is what we make of it…at any age.
  • Amir Siregar @ Flick Magazine [Indonesian]
  • Cole Smithey @ ColeSmithey.com
    • Excerpt: “Stand Up Guys” is a compact crime drama comedy about camaraderie among a specific generation of aging wiseguys

Reviews: Talaash (2012)

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Published on: December 13, 2012

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Reviews: Bad Kids Go to Hell (2012)

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Published on: December 7, 2012

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Reviews: Burn (2012)

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Published on: December 7, 2012

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  • [New - 12/7] | Tom Santilli @ Examiner.com
    • Excerpt: Though it’s a well-made and eye-opening film, as a Detroit-er, I also found myself feeling slightly agitated and frustrated while watching Burn. Another movie about how bad things are in Detroit?
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