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CITIZENFOUR DISTURBS with a quiet unembellished conviction

[HBO Films, Participant Media]

“Citizenfour” is in many ways a hard film to swallow. Not only is its subject matter, the unlawful surveillance of the American public by the NSA (National Security Agency), one that courts controversy and debate but the way filmmaker Laura Poitras tackles this subject, head-on and at times drily, might be off-putting for some audience members looking for a more rounded discourse. And yet despite ... more >

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A painful WORKPLACE QUANDARY gets highlighted in the new Dardenne bros. film

[Les Films du Fleuve, Archipel 35, BIM Distribuzione]
Directed by Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne

"Two days, one night" centers on Sandra (Marion Cotillard), a factory employee who's just returned to work after recovering from an illness. Upon realizing that the company can run with one less employee, management tells Sandra she is to be let go while the remaining employees will receive a bonus each. Talk about a dilemna. In this tenderly-observed and suspenseful drama the action is essential. ... more >

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NIGHT CRAWLER, first film and this thriller is a massive success

Jake Gyllenhaal and Rene Russo
Directed by Dan Gilroy

Dan Gilroy’s first feature film, “Night Crawler,” is a rare treat, a perfect thriller, a soufflé that rises as it should and keeps its superlatively fluffy texture from minute one to minute 117. But you stand warned, this film about a sleazy, nasty loser-drifter who has watched one too many TED talk about how to be wildly successful will not be as easy to digest. Jake Gyllenhaal, skinny, driven, ... more >

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FOXCATCHER

Steve Carell and Channing Tatum
Directed by Bennett Miller

I should begin any review of Bennett Miller’s "Foxcatcher" by noting that DuPont products put dinner on my table. My father, an accountant by trade, later purchased a small business that sold DuPont products to auto body shops. That might make me the wrong person to review the film. Or it might make me the right person. You judge. The DuPont company has had a long and fascinating history, ... more >

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INTERSTELLAR

Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway and Jessica Chastain
Directed by Christopher Nolan

The first thing to remember about “Interstellar” –Christopher Nolan’s fantastically-loopy apocalyptic father-daughter space saga is its nature as a scientific parable. Nolan, along with his brother and screenwriter Jonathan, are attuned to how scientific theory and discovery open new possibilities for story structure and mythic storytelling. In fact, the term “wormhole” in space comes from ... more >

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THE TWO FACES OF JANUARY

Viggo Mortensen and Kirsten Stewart
Directed by Hossein Amini

It’s always a nice surprise when a film panned by critics turns out to be quite enjoyable. Such is Hossein Amini’s “The Two Faces of January,” both a crisp thriller based on a Patricia Highsmith novel and a period piece set in Athens and Crete in the sixties. The story is that of a wealthy American couple taking in the sights, people dull enough until we realize that Chester MacFarland (Viggo ... more >

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Men, Women & Children

Kaitlyn Dever, Ansel Elgort and Jennifer Garner
Directed by Jason Reitman

A history lesson from a history teacher in Jason Reitman’s “Men, Women & Children:” the Sept. 11 attacks and Pearl Harbor are the only times that America has been attacked on home soil. This must come as very good news to James Madison, who didn’t need to flee the White House before the British burned it two-hundred years ago, because apparently that didn’t happen. With movies about ... more >