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Know Your Dystopia

Young adult worlds beyond The Hunger Games.


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The second film in the Divergent series hits theaters this week. Insurgent, adapted from the wildly popular series of young adult novels, centers on a gutsy heroine uniting disparate factions in   More
 
Wednesday, March 18, 2015 JOHN LOCANTHI

The Divergent Series: Insurgent

Killing people for being different is not good.


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The Divergent Series: Insurgent is essentially a dumb action movie, except with the traditional gender roles reversed. The hero is a woman. The villain is a woman. The ever-supportive eye cand   More
 
Wednesday, March 18, 2015 JOHN LOCANTHI

AP Film Studies: Fear of Music

Swedish artist Erik Bünger sees film music as a virus.


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Since he was a child, Erik Bünger has been followed by the sinister shadow of Harry Lime.  ILLUSTRATION: Allison KerekMore specifically, he’s been haunted by the jaunty, ethereal zither me   More
 
Wednesday, March 18, 2015 AP KRYZA

Girls In Film

POWgirls offers girls a seat in the director’s chair.


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The statistics for women filmmakers are dismal: In 2013, only 6 percent of the 250 top-grossing domestic films had female directors. Portland Oregon Women’s Film Festival took aim at that di   More
 
Wednesday, March 11, 2015 RIHANNA WEISS

Wild Tales: Movie Review

Revenge served piping hot.


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A model walks onto a plane. A music critic seated across the aisle starts talking to her. It turns out he wrote a scathing review of music written by her ex-boyfriend. It turns out her ex-boyf   More
 
Wednesday, March 11, 2015 JOHN LOCANTHI

AP Film Studies: Perfect Murder

Strangers on a Train may be Hitchcock’s most prescient work.


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Of all the classics in Alfred Hitchcock’s repertoire, 1951’s Strangers on a Train (Academy Theater; March 13-19) might be the most enduring.  ILLUSTRATION: Allison KerekWhen you look at   More
 
Wednesday, March 11, 2015 AP KRYZA

Make Your Own Vince Vaughnedy

Coming to a theater near you within the next decade.


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Unfinished Business hits theaters across the country this week. It stars a schlubby, gruff and yet still charming Vince Vaughn, who leads a ragtag crew to an important business thing with ever   More
 
Wednesday, March 4, 2015 JOHN LOCANTHI

What We Do in the Shadows

The Real World of vampires.


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The last thing pop culture needs is another vampire flick. The second-to-last is more reality TV. Leave it to a pack of Kiwis—including Jemaine Clement of Flight of the Conchords fame—to giv   More
 
Wednesday, March 4, 2015 JOHN LOCANTHI

Italian Style


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Postwar Italy was a land of sun-drenched, surrealist beauty where anything could happen. Its cinema followed suit: A princess and journalist fall in love in Roman Holiday, and lonely Katharine H   More
 
Wednesday, March 4, 2015 JOHN LOCANTHI

AP Film Studies: Animal Style

Richard Stanley returns to the disastrous Island of Dr. Moreau.


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Director Richard Stanley has spent years in the French Pyrenees among the bizarre. His new film, The Otherworld, focuses on a land where folks believe in fairies and aliens, commune with the spi   More
 
Wednesday, March 4, 2015 AP KRYZA
 

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