February 2015

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      The DUFF

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      “The DUFF” has the decency to acknowledge its roots in the great John Hughes teen movies of the 1980s—even beginning by referencing the five high school types stuck serving Saturday detention together in “The...
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        All the Wilderness

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        “There was a boy, a very strange enchanted boy…”That was the tune that came to mind during the opening moments of “All the Wilderness,” which ultimately amounts to a visually ambitious tone poem about the...
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          Wild Tales

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          Multi-story feature films are not the happiest of genres, for reasons that are usually very apparent. For one, having to conclude one story and start another, over and over, interrupts the dream-like flow that most moviegoers expect of features. For...
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            Drunktown's Finest

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            Writer/director Sydney Freeland's debut feature displays considerable restraint in its finale, although that determination only comes after witnessing an onslaught of complications that pile upon the movie's trio of central characters. "Drunktown's...
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              Digging Up the Marrow

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              At one point in "Digging up the Marrow," a straight-faced mockumentary about a man who discovers another man who claims to have real-life monsters, filmmaker Adam Green ("Hatchet," "Frozen") compares his film-within-the-film to a "found footage...
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                Thumbnails 2/20/15

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                1."Destroyed by the Espionage Act": Peter Maass of The Intercept pens an extraordinary piece on the imprisonment of State Department expert Stephen Kim and its frightening implications. Related: Stephen Maing's short documentary, "The Surrender,"...
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                  Thumbnails 2/20/15

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                  1."Destroyed by the Espionage Act": Peter Maass of The Intercept pens an extraordinary piece on the imprisonment of State Department expert Stephen Kim and its frightening implications. Related: Stephen Maing's short documentary, "The Surrender,"...
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                    Gett, the Trial of Viviane Amsalem

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                    With "Gett, the Trial of Viviaen Amsalem," siblings Ronit and Shlomi Elkabetz prove that they rank with the finest filmmakers alive. Every shot, cut, line, performance, indeed every moment in this feature is perfectly judged, always conveying...
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                      Thumbnails 2/19/15

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                      1."Oscar Voter Reveals Brutally Honest Ballot: 'There's No Art To 'Selma,' 'Boyhood' Uneven'": The Hollywood Reporter's Scott Feinberg interviews an anonymous female Academy member about her Oscar picks. Related: Glenn Whipp of The Los Angeles...
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                        If We Picked the Winners 2015: Best Actor

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                        In anticipation of the Academy Awards, we polled our contributors to see who they thought should win the Oscar. Once we had our winners, we asked various writers to make the case for our selection in each category. Here, Glenn Kenny makes the case...