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Summer Movie Preview: August 2014

Posted in Movies, Previews with tags , , , , on July 31, 2014 by Sarah

August 1

Calvary

Irish writer/director John Michael McDonagh follows up his stellar feature-film debut, The Guard, with Calvary, the story of a priest (Brendan Gleeson) who must deal with the assholes in his parish after one of them threatens him during confession. Because The Guard was ostensibly a comedy and because Calvary co-stars Chris O’Dowd, a lot of people assumed this would be a comedy, but it’s actually a pretty dark, thoughtful exploration of Irish history and the awful ways people treat each other. I’ve been super into Irish cinema the last few years—they’re cranking out some genuinely good films and it’s worth your while to check them out.

Limited

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Summer Movie Preview: July 2014

Posted in Movies, Previews with tags , , , , on July 3, 2014 by Sarah

Totally forgot to do one of these for June. Oops.

July 2

Deliver Us from Evil

Scott Derrickson (Sinister) made one of the scariest movies I’ve ever seen: The Exorcism of Emily Rose. That movie legit gave me screaming night terrors. Thus Derrickson has earned my loyalty through fear and terror, and I will see whatever he makes (stoked for Dr. Strange). It helps that he’s a good director with a great sense of atmosphere, and this movie features a strong cast with Eric Bana and Edgar Ramirez, Joel McHale, and Sean Harris (Prometheus) in what is said to be a real scene-stealing performance.

If you can’t make it to Snowpiercer over the holiday weekend, this is your best shot for actual quality at the mainstream cineplex.

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Summer Movie Preview: May 2014

Posted in Movies, Previews with tags , , , , on May 1, 2014 by Sarah

It’s here! Summer movie season is here! Now if only it would finally get proper warm outside…

May 2

The Amazing Spider-Man 2

Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone are wonderful as Peter Parker and Gwen Stacy. They deserve a much better movie than this over-long commercial for future Spider-Man spin-offs like Sinister Six.

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Spring Movie Preview: April 2014

Posted in Movies, Previews with tags , , , , on April 3, 2014 by Sarah

April 2

Dom Hemingway

I don’t have time to write a full review, so here’s a quickie—this is the most I’ve enjoyed Jude Law in a really long time. His performance as the reprehensible Dom is engaging and likeable even as you cringe at how awful he is. Law is better than the movie itself, but it’s a solid alternative to the studio films that loom large over the month. Also, it took me half the movie to recognize the charming actress who plays Dom’s daughter as the Khaleesi herself, Emilia Clarke. She looks SO different without her Daenerys hair.

Limited

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Spring Movie Preview: March 2014

Posted in Movies, Previews with tags , , , , on March 6, 2014 by Sarah

March 7

300: Rise of an Empire

On the one hand, 300 was hilariously homoerotic, but on the other hand, it’s also one of the worst offenders on the Zack Snyder Scale of Rape Fantasy. This looks like more of the same.

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Winter Movie Preview: February

Posted in Movies, Previews with tags , , , , on February 7, 2014 by Sarah

Look ma, the movie preview is on time!

February 7

A Fantastic Fear of Everything

Simon Pegg stars as a crime novelist whose research on serial killers has turned him into a paranoid wreck. This is exactly the kind of movie that benefits from the on-demand platform. It looks good, but maybe not good enough for a trip to the theater. But from the comfort of your couch? Perfectly fine option for home viewing, and one you probably won’t regret.

Limited/VOD

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Winter Movie Preview: January 2014

Posted in Movies, Previews with tags , , , on January 9, 2014 by Sarah

Um, a week late again. New Year’s resolution: Stop posting the movie previews late. (Haha, who am I kidding.)

January 3

Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones

As far as these things go, this got okay reviews. I mean, you know. For a Paranormal Activity movie. So it’s basically grading on a curve. A low, low curve.

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