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The People Vs. Larry Flynt: A Smut Peddler’s Triumph

YOU MAY NOT LIKE WHAT HE DOES, BUT ARE YOU PREPARED TO GIVE UP HIS RIGHT TO DO IT? The war on pornography is reignited now and then, usually by people with a poor understanding of the democratic values that guarantee pornography’s right to exist. Regardless if they’re religious right-wingers or misguided feminists, they attack … Continue reading The People Vs. Larry Flynt: A Smut Peddler’s Triumph

Isle of Dogs

20 years into the future, the mayor of a Japanese city banishes all dogs to an isolated island after an outbreak of canine influenza. Wes Anderson returned to animated films after Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009), once again with talking animals in the leads. The director was inspired by Kurosawa films and the Rankin/Bass animation from … Continue reading Isle of Dogs

Alita: Battle Angel

HER TIME IS NOW. In 2563, Earth has been devastated; scientist Dyson Ido (Christoph Waltz) finds a female cyborg in the junkyard, gives her a new body and learns that she has great powers. This 3D adaptation of the Japanese manga series was long in the making, but the final result is worth a look. … Continue reading Alita: Battle Angel

Primal Fear

SOONER OR LATER A MAN WHO WEARS TWO FACES FORGETS WHICH ONE IS REAL. Chicago attorney Martin Vail (Richard Gere) happily takes on a high-profile case where a confused former altar boy, Aaron (Edward Norton), stands accused of having murdered the Archbishop. It’s not often an actor making his screen debut gets to shine as … Continue reading Primal Fear

Fight Club

MISCHIEF. MAYHEM. SOAP. A man (Edward Norton) who spends his nights going to cancer support groups has a chance meeting with a soap salesman (Brad Pitt), which results in a joint enterprise – fight clubs, where men work out their frustrations. Some people consider this movie, which became a cult classic, David Fincher’s finest. It … Continue reading Fight Club

Sausage Party

A HERO WILL RISE.  A hot dog sausage and his bun girlfriend realize that their existence at the Shopwell’s supermarket is based on a lie – those groceries that humans bring out of the store are not saved, but eaten. A 3D animated comedy targeted at adult audiences, a very raunchy, foul-mouthed spoof of Disney/Pixar … Continue reading Sausage Party

Birdman: A Box-Office Lion in Winter

Director Alejandro González Iñárritu reportedly sat down with the legendary Mike Nichols for dinner to discuss his next project, a comedy that would be shot as one long take. Nichols warned him not to go ahead with this idea since editing has always been a key ingredient in how you make comedy work in movies; … Continue reading Birdman: A Box-Office Lion in Winter

Grand Budapest Hotel: Fighting a European Sickness

In February 1942, the Jewish writer Stefan Zweig and his wife were found dead in Brazil after committing suicide. In his native Austria, World War I had turned Zweig into a pacifist; when Hitler rose to power in Germany, the author fled to America and stayed in New York City for a while before moving … Continue reading Grand Budapest Hotel: Fighting a European Sickness

The Bourne Legacy

THERE WAS NEVER JUST ONE. As the American intelligence community is being investigated after the events of The Bourne Ultimatum (2007), the CIA try to eliminate everyone tied to one of their clandestine programs… but there is a survivor. The fourth film in the franchise is a reboot of sorts, with Jeremy Renner stepping as … Continue reading The Bourne Legacy

Moonrise Kingdom

In 1965, an orphaned boy scout and his new-found girlfriend (Jared Gilman, Kara Hayward) run away from home, which prompts a search. This will no doubt satisfy die-hard fans of Wes Anderson who has made another dollhouse of a movie, one that offers meticulously designed scenes that mirror Anderson’s sepia-toned artistic vision and fondness for … Continue reading Moonrise Kingdom

The Dictator

After falling victim to a scheme hatched by his uncle (Ben Kingsley), Admiral General Aladeen of Wadiya (Sacha Baron Cohen) lives incognito in New York City where he’s plotting his comeback. Made “in loving memory of Kim Jong-Il”, this third movie from the Larry Charles-Cohen team is a straight fish-out-of-water story without any of the … Continue reading The Dictator

American History X

SOME LEGACIES MUST END. A reformed neo-nazi (Edward Norton) is released from prison after serving time for homicide and tries to save his younger brother (Edward Furlong) from making the same mistakes. First-time director Tony Kaye thought that the studio ruined his film, but this is actually a frightening, fascinating study of how easily everyday … Continue reading American History X