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Frank

Elijah Davidson
Frank
Frank, a dark comedy starring Michael Fassbender, Domhnall Gleeson, and Maggie Gyllenhall about a young keyboardist, Jon, traveling with a band headed by a man wearing a papier-mâché mask, the titular Frank, is very knowing on these issues of artistic temperaments and creative drives...

The Drop

Kevin Nye
The Drop
The Drop is not about the afterlife. It is actually an excellent neo-noir, crime thriller. This does not stop the main character from, in his brief, understated narrations, thinking about the afterlife and speculating what might be in store for him.

Frontera

Gary Ingle
Frontera
Frontera excels in that it does not view Miguel and his family as “illegals” or even as Mexicans. It refuses to fall into that trap and instead views them simply as humans...

Boyhood - Alternate Take

Elijah Davidson
Boyhood - Alternate Take
As you watch Boyhood try to figure out what it means that this film was shot little by little over the course of many years. What do the way Boyhood was made and the kinds of things the filmmakers choose to focus on communicate to you?

The Hundred Foot Journey

Elijah Davidson
The Hundred Foot Journey
In The Hundred Foot Journey, food is home...

Sin City: A Dame to Kill For

Andy Singleterry
Sin City: A Dame to Kill For
So, thumbs down for story, thumbs up for visuals and, unfortunately, a big thumbs down for spirituality...

If I Stay

Gary Ingle
If I Stay
After watching the trailer I was hopeful that If I Stay might explore complex issues like mortality and the will to live. These issues were definitely explored in the film, especially as its inevitable conclusion drew closer.

The Giver

Gary Ingle
The Giver
One of the most memorable shots for me was when Jonas’ duotone perspective was opened up ever so slightly after receiving a memory of the color red...

The Expendables 3

Kevin Nye
The Expendables 3
The movie paints this as camaraderie, and possibly even heroism: if I’ve lost too much or done too much evil, all I’m good for is to die among others like me or take a paycheck if I survive. This message is actually profoundly sad...

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Elijah Davidson
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Watching movies like this, I often feel like the butt of the joke. It's okay. I don't mind. I like a good troop of clowns...
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