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Sundance Film Festival Review: Tucker and Dale Vs. Evil

by Whitney Borup“Tucker and Dale Vs. Evil” has everything you could want in a good slasher film: gruesome deaths, insane back stories, hot blonde babes, and big boobies. But “Tucker and Dale” is a little more than a good, conventional slasher film; it’s also a hilarious comedy of errors.Tucker and his best friend Dale are […]

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Kick in Iran

by Scott Knopf.Sara Khoshjamal qualified to compete in the 2008 Summer Olympic Games. Her sport: kickboxing. Her country: Iran. Her “something extra”: she was the first to ever do it. Following Khoshjamal from her training sessions until her post-Games homeland reception, this enlightening documentary says a lot about its subject and tries to give context […]

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Frozen

by Scott Knopf.It’s hard to watch someone fight for something that you know is going to turn out badly. In Frozen, which hits theaters in February, three mid-twentians (handsome boy, hot girlfriend, and equally handsome best friend) bribe their way on a ski lift. Before I get too far, there’s something I have to ask […]

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Jack Goes Boating

by Scott Knopf.Philip Seymour Hoffman debuts his directing skills with a story about a limo driver whose life isn’t as prosperous as it should be. Hoffman also performs in the film’s lead role, the titular Jack. Jack doesn’t have a bad life but it’s obvious to everyone around him that it could be better. When […]

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Retro Cinema: "Georgia O’Keeffe" (1977)

It is a major shame that Perry Miller Adato’s 1977 documentary “Georgia O’Keeffe” is no longer in circulation. An award magnet when it was first released – including a history-making Directors Guild of America Award for Adato, the first female filmmaker to win the honor – this production has yet to find its way onto […]

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Sundance Film Festival Review: Bran Nue Day

by Whitney Borup“Bran Nue Dae” might make for a great, campy musical, but it doesn’t translate to the big screen. The story centers on Willie, an aborigine living in Broome, Australia. Willie’s mother wants him to be a priest and sends him to Catholic boarding school (run by an insane priest played by Geoffrey Rush) […]

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Sundance Film Festival Review: Hesher

by Whitney BorupLife has been pretty hard for T.J. Forney (Devin Brochu). He’s pushed around at school, ignored at home, gets into a whole slew of bike accidents, and, to top it all off, his mom was recently killed in a car crash. Then Hesher (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) enters the picture and things just get worse. […]

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An "Extraordinary" Journey for Brendan Fraser

You really can’t blame the guy: when asked about his career, Brendan Fraser ducks the question like “Encino Man” diving into the nearest cave. “The science of chaos rules [my] decisions,” the 41-year-old actor remarked, when the question surfaced during a recent Philadelphia round table. Showing a knack for low comedy as early as “Encino,” […]

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On the “Weak Species”: An Interview with Filmmaker Dan Faltz

Weak Species

In 1859, British naturalist Charles Darwin wrote about evolution through “natural selection” in his On the Origin of Species. Dan Faltz offers a surprising twist on the old theory in his disturbing, often farcical psychological thriller, Weak Species

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Review: UB40 – Food For Thought

UB40 Food for Thought

Shot on a hot summer night in Cologne, Germany in 1981, “Food For Thought” captures the early days of the band, just after the release of their second album.

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Review: "Pop Star on Ice"

In many ways, the title for David Barba and James Pellerito’s documentary profile of ice skater Johnny Weir is inappropriate. Weir is less of a pop star than a diva – after all, a pop star is a relatively benign personality who is widely loved, but a diva is a considerable talent that has been […]

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P.J.: An Interview with Filmmaker Russ Emanuel

Once in a while, a film comes along that forever changes our lives. Russ Emanuel manages to do this in P.J.—an award-winning film concerning an ordinary man’s extraordinary insight.

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The Fever Dreams Continue: On Almodóvar’s Broken Embraces

With characters so intriguing and narratives so deep, it’s hard to figure out where Pedro begins: with the plot or the people.

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Review: The Book of Eli

By: Jessica BaxterIn the new film by the Hughes Brothers (“From Hell”), it’s 30 years post-apocalypse and things are hella not cool, you guys. The world is a scorched junkyard full of pockmarked and be-goggled road warriors ready to rape, pillage and eat you. Apparently, this is what the world looks like without God. Fortunately, […]

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DVD Review: Chevolution

Chevolution

Chevolution focuses on what might be the single most famous photographic portrait of the 20th century: Alberto Korda’s image of the beret-wearing Ernesto “Che” Guevara.

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