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  • Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets

    Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets


    Science fiction film is in a bit of a strange place in the 2010s. Star Wars is back. Star Trek is back. Even Blade Runner is back. The majority of high-profile sci-fi fare banks on nostalgia, while remaining (intentionally or not) mired in a mise en scène redefined by the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Outliers that buck the pattern are risky – the Wachowskis’ Jupiter Ascending was a critical disaster and squeaked by on a narrow worldwide profit margin.

    And now,…

  • Landline



    In 2014, writer/director Gillian Robespierre hit the scene with her feature debut, Obvious Child. This year we’re treated to her follow-up, Landline, also starring comedienne Jenny Slate. While the former film deals with one woman’s personal development, the latter explores family dynamics and the kind of dysfunction that can lie beneath the surface of a seemingly “normal” family. Set in the 1990s, a decade familiar to the teen years of both Robespierre and Slate, the new film examines the challenges of a middle-class family changing in unexpected ways.

    Read full review at Battleship Pretension ~

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  • Digging for Fire

    Digging for Fire


    Whether or not mainstream audiences like Joe Swanberg films, actors definitely do, and that’s one of the reasons he’s able to keep making movies. If you don’t believe it, look at the folks who pop up in Digging for Fire – Sam Rockwell, Orlando Bloom, Mike Bribiglia, Anna Kendrick, Sam Elliott, Brie Larson, Jenny Slate, Melanie Lynskey, Ron Livingston…you get the idea. And that’s the supporting cast. It makes sense that actors would be drawn to Swanberg’s filmmaking. It’s very…

  • Captain Fantastic

    Captain Fantastic


    I’m sure that you, like me, are immediately wondering if Matt Ross’ Captain Fantastic has anything to do with Elton John’s classic album, Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy. The answer, sadly, is no. No dulcet piano ballads, no catchy riffs, no heartfelt autobiographical choruses. However, if you hate Elton John and love self-righteous polemics on mainstream American society dressed up as family drama, then you’re going to love this one.

    ~ Read full review at Battleship Pretension!