August 2015

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      Turbo Kid

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      Retro kid's fantasy "Turbo Kid" is ironically frustrating because it accomplishes everything it myopically sets out to. Here's an homage to '80s pop culture that justifies its nostalgia for a bygone era of kitschy popular entertainment by critiquing...
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        The Second Mother

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        A fair to large number of the contemporary Brazilian films that make their way to United States distribution deal with social inequities on a large and harrowing scale. The frantic, violent 2002 “City of God” is a pertinent example, as...
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          7 Chinese Brothers

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          Jason Schwartzman's performance as a surly slacker and Olympia Dukakis' backup work as his grandmother are the only reasons to see '7 Chinese Brothers," a comedy about a man of no ambition—well, that and the image of a world largely...
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            In a Lonely Place: "Noir City 7" Starts in Chicago

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            From out of the past and in a lonely place comes Noir City: Chicago 7. The traveling festival, presented by the San Francisco-based Film Noir Foundation, returns Aug. 28 through Sept. 3 for its seventh annual run at the Music Box, 3733 N. Southport,...
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              We Are Your Friends

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              Electronic Dance Music, or EDM as Those Damn Kids call it, is quite the thing with the aforementioned Damn Kids these days, with their rave and their Molly and whatever the hell else they’re up to. Its synthetic trappings...
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                ScreenCraft and BondIt Fund Short Films with Production Grants!

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                Screenwriters seeking funding for an English-language short film are advised to apply for a new grant from the Los Angeles-based company, ScreenCraft, and the Beverly Hills-based hedge fund, BondIt. Four to ten short film screenplay submissions will...
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                  Queen of Earth

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                  Alex Ross Perry’s “Queen of Earth” is as unsettling as any horror film that you’ll see this year but it so by virtue of its filmmaking and its performances instead of a twisting and turning narrative. Echoing dramas...
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                    No Escape

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                    The last couple of weeks in August are typically a rough road for movie fans as the studios use the time to dump the cinematic dregs that they figured were too weak to survive during either the summer box-office derby or the equally competitive fall...
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                      It's Not the Violence: The Dowdle Brothers on "No Escape"

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                      “No Escape”is the name of the new action-horror movie from director John Erick Dowdle and producer Drew Dowdle (AKA The Brothers Dowdle), but also a fitting title for an overview of their filmography. They’re moviemakers that often...
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                        Helena Bonham Carter on "The Young and Prodigious T.S. Spivet"

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                        To many moviegoers, British actress Helena Bonham Carter is probably still most readily identified with stately period dramas and literary adaptations like "A Room with a View" (1985), "Lady Jane" (1986), "Hamlet" (1990), "Howards End" (1992) and...