2015

Knight of Cups – Review (**)

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If you ever had the particular urge to watch Christian Bale suck on Natalie Portman’s toes, then this just might be the film for you. Otherwise, Knight of Cups is another maddeningly self-indulgent misfire from celebrated filmmaker Terrence Malick.

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Listen to Me Marlon – Review (****)

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Estate-approved documentaries can so often feel like staid puff-pieces, but considering that director Stevan Riley (Everything or Nothing) has been granted access to 200 hours of Marlon Brando’s unedited personal recordings, how could it be anything more or less than a resolutely honest look at a soul? 

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The Hunting Ground – Review (*** 1/2)

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Kirby Dick’s (This Film Is Not Yet Rated, The Invisible War) latest doc about an uncomfortable subject doesn’t feel as emotionally confronting as his best work and suffers a little from its own unabashedly one-sided perspective, but it’s a harrowing look at the campus rape “epidemic” all the same.

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Meru – Review (****)

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How often do we get to watch a documentary about a perilous man vs. nature adventure where one of the surviving conquerors directs it himself? Climbing legend Jimmy Chin and wife Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi co-helm this almost uncomfortably intimate and comprehensive look at three men who attempted the first ever ascent of the terrifying Shark’s Fin route of the Meru Peak in the Indian Himalayas.

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45 Years – Review (****)

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Andrew Haigh’s follow-up to 2011’s widely-acclaimed Weekend examines ghosts of the past in a slight if thoroughly gripping manner, aided by arguably career-best performances from Charlotte Rampling and Tom Courtenay.

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Mustang – Review (*** 1/2)

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Deniz Gamze Ergüven’s debut feature is a quietly sinister indictment of hyper-conservative life and the associated dangers, a disturbing fly-on-the-wall document that’s liable to prove both infuriating and highly disturbing for outsiders.

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The Big Short – Review (****)

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If you thought writer-director Adam McKay (Anchorman, Step Brothers) had little more to offer audiences than stupid-smart comedies, think again, because this at-once hysterical and infuriating black comedy is more enjoyable than any movie about the financial crisis has any reasonable right to be.

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