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  • The Subject Was Roses

    The Subject Was Roses

    ★★★

    An older married couple's son has just returned from the war, seemingly unscathed. Past and present problems start to make themselves known. This is based on a play and in this case, it shows. The film, despite its efforts to "open up", is still quite stage-y in its direction. The film of course lives and dies around its performances. Yes, the three main actors, Patricia Neal, Jack Albertson (Oscar-winner) and Martin Sheen shine. They're pretty much the only actors on-screen for 95 percent of the running time. They're the main reasons to see this film.

  • The Devil Rides Out

    The Devil Rides Out

    ★★★½

    When a man gets himself involved in a devil-worshiping cabal, his two friends decide to try and save him and his soul. This is sort of like the anti-Rosemary's Baby. Yes, they're both horror films which tackle the Devil and his worshipers but this one exchanges the aforementioned film's subtlety and slow burn with one climax after another. The film has a scene where the heroes ram a car through a crowd of people to throw a crucifix at the…

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  • Crumb

    Crumb

    ★★★★½

    An endlessly fascinating documentary on controversial cartoonist/comic book artist/satirist Robert Crumb. We get a peek into his life, his work and his family (among his brothers, as it turns out, HE'S the normal one.) You need not be a fan or even be familiar with his work to be fascinated by this remarkable documentary. It gets kind of personal, uncomfortable, shocking and sometimes really funny. Terry Zwigoff creates a fascinating document of a truly remarkable and unique artist. It must be seen by anyone even remotely interested in art.

  • Whiplash

    Whiplash

    ★★★★★

    Whoah. This is an intense, exhilarating (just like the blurb in the posters say) film. An ambitious young jazz drummer gets tormented both physically, psychologically and emotionally by a brutal teacher who pushes him beyond his limits in order to realize his full potential and achieve greatness. What follows is not an emotional, feel-good inspiring tale (well, not-so-much) but a brutally honest examination of what it means to achieve one's ambitions. The buzz around JK Simmons' performance is well-earned, IMO…