Fantasia Review: The Search For Weng Weng

Fantasia Review:  The Search For Weng Weng

The documentary on 2 foot 9 Filipino action star, Weng Weng, is a fascinating exploration of the cinema of Manila in the 1970s and 1980s, from trash expert and scholar Andrew Leavold. The documentary also has a streak of empathy and melancholy.

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Fantasia Review: The Midnight Swim

Fantasia Review:  The Midnight Swim

This years Magic Magic, an anxious psychodrama which has a woman filming her dysfunctional family as she and her sisters deal with the drowning of their mother in the lake and what they are going to do with the family cottage now that Mom is gone.

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Blu-Ray Review: Shoot the Pianist

Blu-Ray Review: Shoot the Pianist

David Brook reviews François Truffaut’s French New Wave classic.

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Carlos’ Review Round-Up

Carlos’ Review Round-Up

Tons to get to this week. From South Korea to Spain to Germany. Then back to the English speaking world for Terry Gilliam. And oh yeah, “Boyhood” is “an essential film.”

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Fantasia Review: Predestination

Fantasia Review:  Predestination

What came first, the chicken or the egg? The Spierig Brothers are back with a few time travel paradoxes for you (and Ethan Hawke) to untangle.

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Review: “Lucy”

Review: “Lucy”

Look at the big brain on Scarlett Johansson… I’m of two minds when it comes to Luc Besson’s new thriller.

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Review: “Wish I Was Here”

Review: “Wish I Was Here”

This is the type of film that will undoubtedly polarize most critics. Some will hate it for the heavy-handedness of the storyline while others will look past the melodrama and find a connection.

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Review: “The Purge: Anarchy”

Review: “The Purge: Anarchy”

Given that it’s a sequel to one of the worst movies of the past few years, my expectations were low for The Purge: Anarchy. Thankfully, this second effort actually engages with the premise instead of turning into a generic home invasion thriller.

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Review: A Brony Tale

Review: A Brony Tale

Brony culture has entered the mainstream over the last few years and Brent Hodge’s documentary explores the not-so-strange fandom.

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Review: Life Itself

Review: Life Itself

I knew Roger Ebert.

I never met the man nor did we ever exchange words but I knew him. I knew the movies he liked, what filmmakers he championed and that he was willing to go out on a ledge and go against the grain. I also knew he grew up in a small town, loved his parents and that he was an alcoholic. What’s interesting is that I learned those last things, the really personal things, well after he had left television and illness had forced him to communicate only via the written word.

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