2015 at the Movies

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I've been considering my Top 10 of 2015 list, which unfortunately won't be arriving until mid-January earliest, following the release of The Revenant. I'm really hoping to see 45 Years, too. It's the same every January... the late releases from the year before open in town weeks after their arrival in bigger markets. Looking back at…Read More

Joy review — American Hustling

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Directed by David O. Russell | Written by Russell and Annie Mumolo | 124 min | ▲▲▲▲△ Going back to his 1996 comedy Flirting With Disaster, I've admired Russell for his haphazard auteur style, a precarious balancing act between narrative messes and the inspiringly brilliant. Of late that ragged creativity has produced the excellent Silver Linings Playbook, but more…Read More

In Cinemas: Friday, December 25, 2015 — The Big Short, The Danish Girl, Carol, Concussion, Joy, Daddy’s Home, Point Break, Alvin & The Chipmunks: The Road Chip

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This is a huge weekend of movie releases, with titles weirdly spread out in cinemas around the city. I guess it's tough to squeeze movies into cinemas right now, with Star Wars in every second screening room, laying waste to box office records. So, if you want to see that Point Break remake, you'll have to head out…Read More

Trumbo review — Blacklist blues

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Directed by Jay Roach | Written by John McNamara, adapting a book by Bruce Cook | 124 min | ▲▲▲△△ One thing you can count on: Hollywood's interest in itself never flags. In this case, the interest is reasonably warranted: 25 years in the life of Dalton Trumbo, an esteemed screenwriter who had the poor fortune…Read More