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‘Gone Girl’ and its sadistic look at marriage

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four_andhalfstars

 

(2014 – Director: David Fincher   Cast: Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike)

On its surface, Gone Girl is little more than Lifetime TV Movie fluff. It’s a crime story. A whodunnit story. A story that Dateline does every week. In normal hands, at worst, it would have ended up being a very good mystery film. But under the guidance of a master director (David Fincher) and a capable cast, Gone Girl becomes a methodical epic with effective commentary on marriage, image, power, and tabloid media. Read More…

‘Boyhood': A cinematic marvel

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four_andhalfstars

 

(2014 – Director: Richard Linklater   Cast: Ellar Coltrane, Patricia Arquette, Ethan Hawke)

Richard Linklater’s Boyhood is a film that makes you fall in love with movies again. It’s a marvel unlike any other and will surely be remembered for decades to come. Read More…

The underwhelming moral story of ‘The Immigrant’

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three_andhalfstars

 

(2014 – Director: James Gray   Cast: Marion Cotillard, Joaquin Phoenix, Jeremy Renner)

James Gray’s newest film, The Immigrant, is a solemn story that enjoys a good sulk. It’s redemption lies in its capable cast and visionary director. Read More…

‘The Grandmaster': A stunning, yet dull, epic

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three_andhalfstars

 

(2013 – Director: Wong Kar Wai   Cast: Tony Chiu Wai Leung, Ziyi Zhang)

Wong Kar Wai’s newest epic, The Grandmaster, is a drop-dead gorgeous movie that is full of unrealized ambition.

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