Specialty Releases

Extraordinary “Graduation” Explores the Wages of Ordinary Sin

Graduation (“Bacalaureat“) (Cristian Mungiu, 2016) 4 out of 4 stars. The new film from Romanian director Cristian Mungiu (4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days) begins with a bang. Well, a crash, anyway, as a rock shatters the glass of … Continue reading

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“Their Finest” Delights with Bittersweet Take on War Propaganda

Their Finest (Lone Scherfig, 2017) 4 out of 4 stars. The worst thing about Their Finest is its generic title, which offers no indication of the magical whimsy within. Otherwise, it is a charming, bittersweet cinematic confection that tells the … Continue reading

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“T2 Trainspotting” Lacks the Quirky Originality of the First Film, Yet Works as a Mostly Worthy Sequel

T2 Trainspotting (Danny Boyle, 2017) 3 out of 4 stars How does one make a sequel to a 21-year-old cult hit and make it interesting for fans both old and new? Such is the conundrum faced by director Danny Boyle (Steve … Continue reading

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Review of 13 Cameras

Business may be booming for surveillance and security companies, but that hasn’t necessarily made the world a safer place. The increasing prevalence of surveillance cameras means we’re always being watched – but by whom? Everyday, cameras record our daily comings … Continue reading

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Flawed “Mojave” Still Shows Oscar Isaac at His Best

Oscar Isaac is on fire. The half Guatemalan, half Cuban actor is Hollywood’s next big thing, despite still living in Brooklyn. 2015 saw this prolific actor accepting a role in Star Wars as the courageous fighter pilot Poe Dameron, as … Continue reading

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Review: The True Cost

“Fast fashion” is a business model that encourages people to buy unnecessary amounts of disposable clothing that will be worn only a few times. It moves clothing as quickly as possible from expensive runway items to cheap knock-offs. For example, … Continue reading

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Movie Review: Room

Of all the award-winning novels that could be adapted to screen, Emma Donoghue’s 2010 bestseller Room proves to be one of the most challenging to portray. For one thing, the story is told from the point of view of five-year-old … Continue reading

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Review: Racing Extinction

Louie Psihoyos is one of those directors who is recognized for his brilliance and not his proliferation. Though he has only directed a handful of works, his breakout film The Cove, a powerful documentary about dolphin hunting on the Japanese … Continue reading

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Review: Mistress America

Grade: A- Greta Gerwig is one of the most underrated talents working in movies today. Not only has she given one great performance after another, but she’s also consistently taking on roles that define Generation Y. She acted as the … Continue reading

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Review: The End of the Tour

*** 1/2 out of 4 Director James Ponsoldt (“Spectacular Now”) is originally from Athens, Georgia and was educated at Yale. He is a recent graduate of the MFA film program at Columbia University in New York. While pursuing his undergraduate … Continue reading

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