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Big Brain Teaser: LUCY Blu-ray and DVD Review

By at January 31, 2015 | 10:53 pm | 0 Comment

Big Brain Teaser: LUCY Blu-ray and DVD Review

3 / 5 stars If it’s true that we use only 10% of our brains, what if Luc Besson tried using more than 10% of his? We’d get something more intellectually challenging than his The Fifth Element or La Femme Nikita, but with the DNA of those earlier Besson favorites. We’d probably get Lucy, a kitchen-sink thriller that comes up short for the core sci-fi crowd while more...

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The Top 10 Films of 2014 and Where to Find Them

By at December 30, 2014 | 11:29 pm | 1 Comments

The Top 10 Films of 2014 and Where to Find Them

Here’s the greatest thing about the best films of 2014: You can see many of them right now across a variety of home video options, including Netflix. That tells me any number of these facts is true: 1. A higher-quality selection of films played throughout the year, instead of being stacked up in December like planes at O’Hare. 2. Films that have been released in more...

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A Return to BOOGIE NIGHTS

By at December 25, 2014 | 2:18 pm | 0 Comment

A Return to BOOGIE NIGHTS

With each new Paul Thomas Anderson film, admirers of the PTA catalog inevitably look back, make comparisons, and track the maturation of a relatively short, unusually creative movie career. And Boogie Nights often surfaces as the true birth of that career -- Anderson's second feature is my personal favorite and possibly the best film of the 1990s. If a movie could be more...

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2014 “See This” Selection: WE ARE THE BEST! Film Review

By at December 7, 2014 | 11:02 am | 1 Comments

2014 “See This” Selection: WE ARE THE BEST! Film Review

4.5 / 5 stars If one of the goals of making a year-end list is to introduce lesser-seen films to others who might love them, there should be a rule for writers and critics as they compile their favorites: Each person is responsible for spreading the word about that one movie that really lit them on fire during the year, a movie they want to scream about from the more...

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