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‘Budapest Hotel’ is a Grand Timenew

The rare talent of writer/director Wes Anderson is back at work with his latest film, "The Grand Budapest Hotel."
Jackson Free Press  |  Jordan Sudduth  |  04-14-2014  |  Movies

Lost in its Own Jungle: “Rio 2’s” Socially Awkward Agenda Has a Racist Streak

Brazilian co-writer/director Carlos Saldanha returns to the music-driven children’s animation franchise he began in 2011. Written with three other screenwriters, “Rio 2’s” skewed racial hierarchy of animal characters is spelled out beneath their colorful camouflage.
Cityview  |  Cole Smithey  |  04-08-2014  |  Movies

Wes Anderson's Room Servicenew

“The Grand Budapest Hotel” is told as a story-inside-a-story from the perspective the hotel’s lobby boy, Zero (played in his youth by Tony Revolori and in old age by F. Murray Abraham), who joins the staff in 1932 and quickly earns Gustave’s trust. Much of the film has the feel of a children’s tale reconstructed from memory with the kind of whimsical flourishes and improbable twists that get embellished over time. The language is a delightful mix of formal rhetoric spiced with some perfectly timed cursing. And nobody even attempts to put on an accent that’s outside their comfort zone — Harvey Keitel is pure Brooklyn, Fiennes all England, and the fact that they share a jail cell somehow conforms to Andersonian logic.
Worcester Magazine  |  Jim Keogh  |  04-03-2014  |  Reviews

The Vampire-Alien Who Fell to Earth: Scarlett Johansson Goes Undercover

More visually accomplished than its malnourished narrative supports, “Under the Skin” works well as a foxy sci-fi movie for stoners.
Cityview  |  Cole Smithey  |  03-31-2014  |  Movies

Nymphomaniac: Volume Onenew

I haven't seen so many dicks since the last session of the Indiana General Assembly.
NUVO  |  Ed Johnson-Ott  |  03-28-2014  |  Movies

Farm Workers Unite! The Spirit of Cesar Chavez Lives

Diego Luna’s second directorial outing is a prudently succinct brief-biopic about the Mexican farm-worker-turned-union-activist responsible for improving working conditions for migrant laborers in America.
Cityview  |  Cole Smithey  |  03-24-2014  |  Movies

Art's double Dutchnew

“Tim’s Vermeer” is one of those palate-cleansing movies that needs to enter your life once in a while. There are no booms, no bangs; nobody is waving his arms in front of the camera pleading for attention or losing 60 pounds to enhance his Oscar chances. It is great fun nonetheless.
Worcester Magazine  |  Jim Keogh  |  03-20-2014  |  Reviews

Von Trier’s Character-Study of Ravenous Feminine Power Gets Split Up

Just as with Harvey Weinstein’s famous mistake of splitting Quentin Tarantino’s “Kill Bill” into two parts, the producers of Lars von Trier’s 240 minute film have seen fit to split it in two, rather than deliver the movie as the filmmaker intended. Big mistake.
Cityview  |  Cole Smithey  |  03-19-2014  |  Movies

The Grand Budapest Hotel may not be Wes Anderson at his deepestnew

As fascinating — and maddening — as it can be watching the arguments that emerge between the fans and detractors of any given filmmaker, it can be almost more fascinating watching fans argue amongst themselves.
Charleston City Paper  |  Scott Renshaw  |  03-19-2014  |  Reviews

Genius Denied: The Greatest Sci-Fi Movie Never Made

Alejandro Jodorowsky is much more than a mad genius of cinema. The Chilean-born artist/filmmaker who created “El Topo,” the experimental surrealist film that started the Midnight Movie craze in 1970, has lived a life full of such enthusiastic artistic creation that his very existence defies all expectation.
Cityview  |  Cole Smithey  |  03-18-2014  |  Movies

The 2014 Sun Valley Film Festival: 'And... Action'new

"When you're just getting started, you're hungry for validation and brand awareness, and you can't grow fast enough. But I'm finding myself, a year later, acutely aware that this is where we want to be right now."
Boise Weekly  |  George Prentice  |  03-13-2014  |  Movies

Playing an Overseer in ‘12 Years A Slave’new

Jordan Sudduth played an extra in the 2014 Best Picture winner “12 Years a Slave,” an experience he found transformative.
Jackson Free Press  |  Jordan Sudduth  |  03-07-2014  |  Movies

Man, Woman, and Another Mannew

I once worked with a man who came out as gay after 20 years of marriage and two children. Accepting his true self, and then revealing it to the rest of the world, was a struggle for him; he was raised at a time when homosexual men and women were made to believe that their very existence was a slap in the face to the natural order. Many stayed in the closet, conformed as best they could, and the result was a lot of unhappy marriages. One such marriage lies at the center of the Taiwanese film “Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow.”
Worcester Magazine  |  Jim Keogh  |  03-07-2014  |  Reviews

Bloody Sandals: “300” Sequel Only Works When Eva Green is Onscreen

“300: Rise of an Empire,” of the sword-and-sandal hybrid war franchise based on Frank Miller’s (“Sin City”) graphic novel, fumbles through this superfluous sequel to “300” (2006).
Cityview  |  Cole Smithey  |  03-04-2014  |  Movies

Who Killed the Romantic Comedy?new

Rom-coms used to be a cash cow — and wildly popular with audiences. What happened?
L.A. Weekly  |  Amy Nicholson  |  02-26-2014  |  Movies

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