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Movie Review: Baby Driver

Four decades after Bandit’s criss-crossing car chases left Smokey in the dust of Georgia, Edgar Wright’s Atlanta-set Baby Driver (A) grafts grifts and getaways, criminally comic chase capers and manic musical syncopations that yield new song to this southern boomtown

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Posted in 2017

Movie Review: We Are Your Friends

For a film ostensibly about the pulsating best of electronic dance music, Max Joseph’s We Are Your Friends (D) is listless and low energy, and even the music is only good on occasion. A vehicle for Zac Efron to flex

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Posted in 2015

Movie Review: Straight Outta Compton

F. Gary Gray’s Straight Outta Compton (A-) tells the origin story of rap group N.W.A. with a sense of immediacy that reflects today’s headlines and a genuine gravitas that traces the family tree of the gangsta rap movement with poignancy

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Posted in 2015, 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: Begin Again

Lightning does not strike twice for Once writer/director John Carney as he brings his wounded souls bonding over music motifs Stateside in the NYC-set drama Begin Again (B-). Mark Ruffalo is a down-on-his-luck producer and Keira Knightley the unlucky-in-love songstress

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Posted in 2004, Rent It Tonight

Movie Review: Inside Llewyn Davis

Let the impeccable period detail, stirring folk music and dark comic details of Joel and Ethan Coen’s Inside Llewin Davis (B) wash over you, and you’re in for a film you can’t take your eyes or ears off. Newcomer Oscar

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Posted in 2013, Rent It Tonight

Movie Review: Broadway Idiot

Doug Hamilton’s Broadway Idiot (B) is an effective documentary about how the dueling aesthetics of punk rock and musical theatre find their place together on the Great White Way. In this case, the doc tracks how theatrical wunderkinds including Michael

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Posted in 2013

Movie Review: Once

John Carney’s Once (B+) is a treasure box of a musical with an unassuming storyline showcasing a man and a woman who enter each other’s lives when they need each other most. Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglova play the unnamed

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Posted in 2007

Movie Review: That Thing You Do!

Tom Hanks’ directorial debut, That Thing You Do! (B+) is a light, fizzy film about the meteoric rise of a one-hit wonder band to the height of fame and fortune. Hanks as manager and the bright young cast he has

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Posted in 1996

Movie Review: Shine

Great music, superior performances and an engaging true life story of a pianist who suffers a mental breakdown culminate in a touching experience in Scott Hicks’ Shine (B+). Most of the film’s moments are genuinely mobbing, and Geoffrey Rush is

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Posted in 1996

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