In Cinemas. September 26, 2014

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Cinemagoers, we're in a bit of a weird time in late September 2014. The popcorn movies of the summer are beginning to wane, but the awards bait that usually would be out now is taking its time to arrive in cinemas this year. Boyhood is still around, and that's bound to get some attention when…Read More

The Trip To Italy review

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Written and directed by Michael Winterbottom I was so thrilled to discover this sequel exists! The first movie, The Trip, from 2011, was a whole lot of fun—Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon improvising dialogue, riffing off each other, while driving around and eating at gourmet restos in northern England. The film functioned as a gorgeous…Read More

The Drop review

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Directed by Michaël R. Roskam, written by Dennis Lehane, adapting his own short story Animal Rescue. Anyone familiar with Denis Lehane's other grimy gangster tales brought to the screen—Mystic River and Gone Baby Gone, for example—will recognize the world of The Drop from the get-go. We hear the prevailing myth off the top: Bob Saginowski…Read More

Egregious Examples of Movie Marketing: Brassed Off!

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I just had to share this: After having enjoyed the  gay-activists-raise-funds-for-Welsh-miners-comedy Pride—probably the best thing I saw at the  2014 Atlantic Film Festival—I decided to revisit Brassed Off!, the 1996 comedy-drama about a group of miners in Grimley, near Worcester, Northern England, whose pit is threatened with closure. Will the miners' union fight to keep it open or…Read More