Destination Wedding: My RSVP is No

Destination Wedding may offer what the title says but this film isn’t the romantic comedy that audiences are hoping for. Keanu Reeves and Winona Ryder star as Frank and Lindsay.  The two have an awkward meet-cute while waiting for their flight to depart at the gate.  From then on, it’s all downhill from there.  Once they get on the place, they find themselves forced to sit next to each other because of course they do. …

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The Little Stranger: A Hit Or Miss Film

In spite of the cast involved, The Little Stranger is one of those films that is neither compelling nor captivating if you’re not a fan of the genre. The film is told in flashbacks as we’re introduced to Dr. Faraday (Domhnall Gleeson).  He answers the call to treat a young maid, Betty (Liv Hill), working for the Ayres family at Hundreds Hall.  It just so happens that this very facility is the some place in which his…

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John McEnroe: In the Realm of Perfection

John McEnroe: In the Realm of Perfection is a fascinating sports documentary about one of the greatest tennis players of all time. McEnroe is one of the more interesting figures in tennis let alone the world of sports.  Far too many of us know him for his famed temper.  He’s not afraid of being self-deprecating and make fun of himself to this extent.  Anger Management, for example.  If you’re tuning in expecting the 94 minute…

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Kin: 1980s-esque Sci-Fi Thriller With An Indie Vibe

Kin may mix together so many themes throughout the film while remaining a throwback to the 1980s sci-fi thrillers but with an indie film vibe. Eli (Myles Truitt) is an adopted teenager living with construction supervisor Hal Solinski (Dennis Quaid).  With no mom in the picture, it’s up to Hal to enforce some rules onto his adoptive son.  Unfortunately for Hal, Eli is the type who gets into trouble at school.  While exploring an abandoned building straight…

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Madeline’s Madeline: The Definition of Art House

With a standout performance from newcomer Helena Howard, Madeline’s Madeline lives up to the very definition of art house cinema. Madeline (Helena Howard) is a member of a theater troupe that plays more to the physical side of acting.  There’s a lot of method to the director Evangeline’s (Molly Parker) approach.  The director’s approach, rooted in improvisation, probably isn’t the best idea for this young woman.  Because having been diagnosed with some sort of mental illness, Madeline’s…

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American Graffiti marks 45th Anniversary

American Graffiti recently celebrated it’s 45th anniversary and the music-filled picture still holds up nearly a half-century later. Foreshadowing films of the future with intertwining stories, the film focuses on four teenagers on their final night in Modesto, Cal. before college.  Curt Henderson (Richard Dreyfuss) and Steve Bolander (Ron Howard) meet up with John Milner (Paul Le Mat) and Terry “The Toad” Fields (Charles Martin Smith) in the Mel’s Drive-In diner parking lot.  Both Curt and…

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Juliet, Naked: A Touching Comedy

Based on the Nick Hornby book, Juliet, Naked is a film that comes off as Apatowian in nature with a overgrown man-child playing a large role at the center of the story. […] Annie (Rose Byrne) has spent the last 15 years wasting her life with her husband, Duncan (Chris O’Dowd), who has been obsessed with rock star Tucker Crowe (Ethan Hawke).  Duncan, a university lecturer, runs a fan site and has been obsessed with…

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The Happytime Murders: The Worst Film Ever

The Happytime Murders has taken over the slot–previously held by The Room–of being the single-worst movie of all time. Brian Henson, son of the late Jim Henson, takes what we know about muppets and turns it on our heads.  Oh wait.  They aren’t muppets but Miskreant puppets from Henson Alternative.  It makes no difference what the right term is because the film is the most subversive comedy of the year.  If you can call it a…

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Operation Finale: The Capture of Adolf Eichmann

Operation Finale takes audiences on a thrilling ride back to the 1960s when Mossad hunted down one of the chief architects of the Final Solution. When World War 2 came to an end in 1945, those in Nazi leadership had choices to make.  They could kill themselves to avoid capture or try to seek refuge in a country that would allow them to do so.  Hitler, Himmler, and Goebbels had all killed themselves but others…

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The Wife: Sexism at Play

While depicting the sexism of the 1960s, The Wife proves to be a compelling film purely on the basis of Glenn Close’s performance. To most people, Joan Castleman (Glenn Close) is the wife of her prolific author husband, Joe Castleman (Jonathan Pryce).  The two couldn’t be more different.  This shows not just during the present day (1992) or the flashbacks to Smith College in 1958 or Connecticut in the 1960s.  When the Castlemans learn that…

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