Oujia (**1/2): You made her play the game and now she’s dead

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Ouija – 2014 Director Stiles White Starring Olivia Cooke, Ana Coto, Daren Kagasoff, Douglas Smith, Bianca A. Santos, Lin Shaye, Shelley Hennig Screenplay Juliet Snowden and White For an actress that has been in so many Farrelly Brothers films, Lin… Continue reading

Exodus Gods and Kings (****): Moses, Ramses II, God and his Angels

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Exodus – Gods and Kings (2014) Directed by Ridley Scott Starring Christian Bale, Joel Edgerton, John Turturro, Aaron Paul, Ben Mendelsohn, María Valverde, Sigourney Weaver, Ben Kingsley, Andrew Tarbet, Isaac Andrews Screenplay Adam Cooper, Bill Collage, Jeffrey Caine, Steven Zaillian The prospect of a big… Continue reading

A Most Violent Year (****1/2) is a good story excellently told

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A Most Violent Year – 2014 Written and Directed by J.C. Chandor Starring Oscar Isaac, Jessica Chastain, David Oyelowo, Alessandro Nivola, Albert Brooks  A Most Violent Year is a fascinatingly simple story that underlines the strength of a man… Continue reading

Fury (***1/2) Rolls over familiar ground

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Fury – 2014 Written and Directed by David Ayer Starring Brad Pitt, Shia LaBeouf, Logan Lerman, Michael Peña, Jon Bernthal, Jason Isaacs, Scott Eastwood How to get a coward to fight late in the last days before VE Day? This is… Continue reading

The Pyramid (*1/2) Kill the light

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The Pyramid – 2014 Director Grégory Levasseur Starring Ashley Hinshaw, Denis O’Hare, James Buckley, Daniel Amerman, Christa Nicola Screenplay Daniel Meersand, Nick Simon I think it’s the part where one guy holds the head of a girl who has been… Continue reading

The Babadook (***) Boy that kid is the real monster

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The Babadook – 2014 Written & Directed by Jennifer Kent Starring Essie Davis, Noah Wiseman, Daniel Henshall, Hayley McElhinney, Barbara West, Ben Winspear Amelia’s got a sickly, annoying kid (Wiseman) who keeps her awake at night talking about Monsters. Her… Continue reading

I Don’t Have A Vote: The 87th Annual Oscars -We fall for gimmicks

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  The 87th Annual Oscars – We fall for gimmicks! Every year we see a film or two that is the favorite (and one usually wins) the Oscar for best picture, and this year… Continue reading

SPECIAL GUEST WEMISSE’S 2015 Oscar Predictions

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Well, it’s that time of year again, and I’m having a hard time mustering my usual level of excitement.  I can’t recall a more lackluster bunch of Best Picture nominees, and I’ve watched… Continue reading

Boyhood (***1/2): Life doesn’t give you bumpers

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Boyhood – 2014 Written and Directed by Richard Linklater Starring Ellar Coltrane, Patricia Arquette, Lorelei Linklater, Ethan Hawke, Marco Pella After having endured almost 3 hours of Richard Linklater’s passion project of 12 or so years, it is… Continue reading

The Theory of Everything (****1/2) is a sweet tale about what love can create

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The Theory of Everything – 2014 Director James Marsh Starring Eddie Redmayne, Felicity Jones, Charlie Cox, Emily Watson, Simon McBurney, David Thewlis Screenplay by Anthony McCarten based on the book Travelling to Infinity: My Life with… Continue reading

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