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  • Song of the Sea DVD Review

    Song of the Sea DVD Review

    The Oscars don’t often get it right but they were wrong again. In naming Disney’s fun, but relatively by the numbers adventure, Big Hero 6 with the Best Animation award they got it wrong on a number of levels. Not only was it not the strongest of the nominees, that nod of course goes to [...]

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  • The Homesman DVD Review

    The Homesman DVD Review

    Tommy Lee Jones’ return to the director’s chair has excited many but those unfamiliar with his previous work might have been uninspired by the trailer for The Homesman. Though Jones is adept behind the camera, the film itself seemed to be lacking any ingenuity, perhaps just another rehashing of the countless Western trail films that [...]

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  • Jimi: All Is By My Side DVD Review

    Jimi: All Is By My Side DVD Review

    Who doesn’t like a biopic? Well, who doesn’t like a music biopic? There may have been a few duds along the years but to look back at Walk the Line and Ray is to do so with fond remembrance, even if they are both occasionally flawed. However, even the most stunningly made music industry biopic, [...]

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  • Faust DVD Review

    Faust DVD Review

    Some tales were made for the black and white era. The German folk tale of Faust has many incarnations, most notably Johann Goethe’s play, but F.W. Murnau’s film brings another dimension to the centuries old fable. Goethe’s words and expansion of the premise are undoubtedly the most significant of the appropriations but there is no [...]

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  • In Bloom DVD Review

    In Bloom DVD Review

    In Bloom is a story told in these margins as two young girls find their voices, learning how to make themselves heard amidst a society undergoing fundamental and volatile change.

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  • Edinburgh International Film Festival: Round Up Two

    Edinburgh International Film Festival: Round Up Two

    Is the Man who is Tall Happy? (****) What must it be like to talk to “the smartest man alive”? For Michel Gondry, it seemed an overwhelming task. Trying to compute everything that linguist/economist/sociologist/political scientist Noam Chomsky has to say must be one of the most daunting tasks a man could face. Yet the French [...]

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