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Winter Movie Preview: January 2015

Posted in Movies, Previews with tags , , , on January 6, 2015 by Sarah

January 2

A Most Violent Year

From writer/director JC Chandor, who’s on a roll with Margin Call and All is Lost. The way Jessica Chastain says, “This was very disrespectful,” makes my life.

Limited

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Winter Movie Preview: December 2014

Posted in Movies, Previews with tags , , , on December 5, 2014 by Sarah

December 5

Life Partners

Co-dependent friendship threatened by a dude. I mean…really?

Limited/VOD

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Fall Movie Preview: November 2014

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

November 7

Big Hero 6

Disney Animation dipped into Marvel’s well for an obscure comic book title that they’ve turned into this animated insta-classic about a boy, Hiro, and his robot companion, Baymax. Early reviews have been strong and advanced buzz is so good this might actually upset Interstellar at the box office.

The real story, though, is that Big Hero 6 was made without much participation from Marvel Studios—allegedly the top creatives didn’t want Disney producing anything outside the MCU—which has led to some ill will between Marvel and its parent company.

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Fall Movie Preview: October 2014

Posted in Movies, Previews with tags , , , , on October 2, 2014 by Sarah

Between the Chicago International Film Festival (10/9 – 10/23) and an increasingly busy commercial release slate, I’m going to see something like 31 movies in 31 days. How many do you think I can get reviewed? Over/under 15?

October 3

Annabelle

LOL No

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Fall Movie Preview: September 2014

Posted in Movies, Previews with tags , , , , on September 4, 2014 by Sarah

Summer movie season is over, let award season begin.

September 5

The Identical

There’s no way that guy’s real name is Blake Rayne. Just none.

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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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