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  • The Wolf of Wall Street 2013

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    Review for Grolsch FilmWorks grolschfilmworks.com/ca/reviews/the-wolf-of-wall-street

    "The world of investing can be a jungle," states the slick corporate advertisement with which The Wolf of Wall Street opens, "Bulls, bears, danger at every turn" – and, underlining this animal metaphor, a lion is shown prowling between the office desks. Once the ad has come to an end, we see a different side of brokerage firm Stratton Oakmont during a bacchanalian office shindig, as whitecollars high on Quaaludes and coke hurl a hired…

  • Her 2013

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    For Film4 www.film4.com/reviews/2013/her

    Synopsis: Spike Jonze (Being John Malkovich, Adaptation, Where The Wild Things Are) writes and directs this melancholic romance set in the near future.

    Review: Spike Jonze’s Her opens with its moustachioed main character Theodore Twombly (the ever-astonishing Joaquin Phoenix) reading – in voice-over – a letter that he is composing at work. The missive is almost embarrassingly personal in its details – and yet Theodore’s connection to its nominal author and addressee, a couple celebrating their fiftieth…

  • American Hustle 2013

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    Review for LWLies: www.littlewhitelies.co.uk/theatrical-reviews/american-hustle-25628

    "We don't do new — we renovate!"

    So declares Mayor Carmine Polito (Jeremy Renner), a salt-of-the-earth politician in New Jersey 1978, as he shows Sheik Abdullah (Michael Peña) around the Atlantic City building that he hopes to turn into a casino. Carmine's big dream depends on Abdullah's investment, but the Sheik is a fake — part of an elaborate sting operation spearheaded by Agent Richie DiMaso (Bradley Cooper), who has his own dreams of FBI glory,…

  • Dallas Buyers Club 2013

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    Review for Film4 www.film4.com/reviews/2013/dallas-buyers-club

    Synopsis: Jean-Marc Vallée (C.R.A.Z.Y., The Young Victoria) directs this true-life story of a Texan redneck's struggle against AIDS, America's pharmaceutical industry, and his own individualist instincts.

    Review: Dallas Buyers Club opens in 1986 with a double image of the thrills and dangers of bareback riding. As one man tries vainly to sit upright on the back of a bucking rodeo bull, another takes a pair of 'whores' from behind in the now-empty bull cage. The latter…

  • The LEGO Movie 2014

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    For Film4 www.film4.com/reviews/2014/the-lego-movie

    Synopsis: Phil Lord and Chris Miller (Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs) bring the Lego multiverse to comic life in this animated adventure.

    Review: Lego's interlocking bricks have been around since 1949, their very plasticity and modularity ensuring that they have provided foundations for the constructive imaginations not only of today's boys and girls, but also of their parents and even grandparents. Besides crossing platforms to games and theme parks, Lego has featured in many official and…

  • Drinking Buddies 2013

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    review for EyeforFilm eyeforfilm.co.uk/review/drinking-buddies-2013-film-review-by-anton-bitel

    Alongside Andrew Bujalski, Mark and Jay Duplass, Lynn Shelton, Aaron Katz and Ry Russo-Young, Joe Swanberg has been one of the key directors in the post-millennial independent film movement known loosely as 'mumblecore', characterised by low budgets, naturalistic dialogue and a probing honesty about relationships. He is also a fine actor in his own right, often starring in his own features (in this latest, Drinking Buddies, he cameos as a pugnacious driver) - and he has…

  • Enough Said 2013

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    For EyeforFilm www.eyeforfilm.co.uk/review/enough-said-2013-film-review-by-anton-bitel

    "I've missed you," says Eva (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) to Albert (James Gandolfini) near the end of Enough Said. It is a line that now comes with a poignancy transcending anything that writer/director Nicole Holofcener (Walking And Talking, Lovely And Amazing, Friends With Money, Please Give) could ever have intended, given that in the time between this film's production and release, Gandolfini has died.

    It could be argued that Enough Said requires such accidental weight to stop it floating…

  • Under the Skin 2013

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    We first meet Laura (Scarlett Johansson) near the beginning of Under the Skin in a room of uncannily pure white. Dressing her own naked body in the clothes that she has just stripped from a dead woman, she pauses, in a circumstantially odd, unexpectedly tender gesture, to stroke the corpse's flesh.
    Director/co-writer Jonathan Glazer (Sexy Beast, Birth) has similarly stripped down Michel Faber's 2000 novel to exposition-free scenes of a vampish Laura seeking out Scottish male loners to…

  • Computer Chess 2013

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    Review for Film4.com www.film4.com/reviews/2013/computer-chess

    Synopsis: Mumblecore moviemaker Andrew Bujalski (Funny Ha Ha, Mutual Appreciation, Beeswax) looks back to the pioneering days of computers (and video cameras).

    Review: It is the ominous-sounding year of 1984. A collection of geeky computer pioneers converge on a shabby hotel for an annual chess competition that pits one state-of-the-art (yet to our eyes, clunkily vintage) machine against another, with the winning computer to face grand master - and master of ceremonies - Pat Henderson (film…