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Movie Review: American Sniper

No one showcases moral ambiguity better than Clint Eastwood, so it’s no surprise that his military biopic American Sniper (A-) depicts sharp-shooter Chris Kyle in all his heroic glory punctuated with pangs of crisis of conscience. Told in four Iraq

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Posted in 2015, Rent It Tonight

Movie Review: The Imitation Game

Morten Tyldum’s The Imitation Game (A+) does everything a great movie should: intrigue, involve and inspire. The real-life dramatic and suspenseful story of recalcitrant British WWII code breaker Alan Turing, played masterfully by Benedict Cumberbatch, offers a veritable sudoku of

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Posted in 2014, Rent It Tonight

Movie Review: Selma

It’s been a long journey to the movie screen for the Martin Luther King Jr. story, but writer/director Ava DuVernay’s Selma (B+) is a stunning and sometimes surprising biopic that taps into the zeitgeist of the continuing civil rights struggle.

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Posted in 2014, Rent It Tonight

Movie Review: Whiplash

I suppose Mr. Holland would never forge his opus or dead poets their society without a little creative inspiration. Writer/director Damien Cazelle’s Whiplash (B+) supposes that great art comes from a relentless push from both oneself and some other outside

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Posted in 2014

Movie Review: The Theory of Everything

James Marsh’s The Theory of Everything (A-) is the unconventional true love story of Stephen and Jane Hawking, portrayed indelibly by Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones and based on Jane’s memoirs. While bound by the confines of the biopic structure,

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Posted in 2014, Rent It Tonight

Movie Review: Birdman

First things first, Alejandro González Iñárritu’s tragicomic backstage character drama Birdman (B) is often brilliantly bonkers, and Michael Keaton gives a command performance at the film’s core as a fading Hollywood film star trying to reinvent himself on Broadway while

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Posted in 2014, Rent It Tonight

Movie Review: Boyhood

Writer/director Richard Linklater has created the movie miracle of the year with Boyhood (A+), a powerfully stirring journey that rivals its extremely original high concept. This first-ever fiction experiment with newcomer actor Ellar Coltrane actually aging more than a decade

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Posted in 2014, Rent It Tonight

Movie Review: The Grand Budapest Hotel

An all-star polka-palooza of exquisite Euro-production design, droll dialogue and screwball pacing, Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel (B) is a glorified episodic buddy comedy with Ralph Fiennes and newcomer Tony Revolori bringing considerable wit and charm to their central duo

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Posted in 2014, Rent It Tonight

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