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  • The Broken Circle Breakdown

    The Broken Circle Breakdown


    From my review over at The Week:

    Felix Van Groeningen's The Broken Circle Breakdown isn't so much a film that demands to be seen as one that demands to be felt. Released in Belgium in 2012, The Broken Circle Breakdown didn't have its North American premiere until 2013 at last year's Tribeca Film Festival, where it took home awards for Best Screenplay and Best Actress. Now, nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Film, The Broken Circle Breakdown is…

  • W.E.


    Excruciatingly long and overdrawn pseudo-period piece that revels in its own narrative detail than actually delivering a coherent and attractive story.

  • The Innkeepers

    The Innkeepers


    Ti West's trademark slow-burn aesthetic works wonders here as he combines blunt humor, apt characterization, and brilliant narrative pacing to create a wholly original- and excruciatingly suspenseful- horror film that matter-of-factly sidesteps narrative conventions of a traditional horror film. Those expecting schlocky splatterporn horror be forewarned, The Innkeepers is much smarter than that.

  • Chronicle



    Manages to break free of the overplayed reputation of the found-footage gimmick and aspires to be a dark, grounded, and somewhat exhilarating sci-fi/superhero origin story. Mostly succeeds, but hits its stride best when capturing the angst and the brutal social hierarchy of high school culture.

  • The Grey

    The Grey


    Apart from the film not being the over-the-top exercise in wolfpunching everyone was hoping for, THE GREY instead tries to be a deeply reflective philosophical character study. Unfortunately, it comes off more like an underdeveloped final project for a Philosophy 101 class than a coherent mediation on the existence of god, man vs. nature, etc.