When Marnie Was There (2014)

by Sara Michelle Fetters - June 19th, 2015 - Film Festivals Four-Star Corner Movie Reviews

When Marnie Was There doesn’t just live up to the high standards of the countless classics that proceeded it, in many ways it brings all of the themes and the ideas Ghibli has been interested in dissecting throughout their storied history to brilliant summation. It’s a masterpiece, and as final efforts go I cannot think of anything better than that.

When Marnie Was There doesn’t just live up to the high standards of the countless classics that proceeded it, in many ways it brings all of the themes and the ideas Ghibli has been interested in dissecting throughout their storied history to brilliant summation. It’s a masterpiece, and as final efforts go I cannot think of anything better than that.

Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)

by Sara Michelle Fetters - May 15th, 2015 - Four-Star Corner Movie Reviews

Mad Max: Fury Road is an ambitious, eye-popping spectacle of a world in constant chaos and the lengths those attempting to live within it will go to survive.

Mad Max: Fury Road is an ambitious, eye-popping spectacle of a world in constant chaos and the lengths those attempting to live within it will go to survive.

Clouds of Sils Maria (2015)

by Sara Michelle Fetters - May 1st, 2015 - Four-Star Corner Movie Reviews

There will be few motion pictures released to domestic theaters in 2015 that are better than Clouds of Sils Maria.

There will be few motion pictures released to domestic theaters in 2015 that are better than Clouds of Sils Maria.

It Follows (2015)

by Sara Michelle Fetters - March 13th, 2015 - Four-Star Corner Movie Reviews

A stunning piece of cinema, It Follows is a darkly bleak sojourn into adulthood that’s more than just your run-of-the-mill genre entry, Mitchell crafting a modern American masterpiece of disaffected youth dealing with the repercussions of their revolt that will undoubtedly stand the test of time.

A stunning piece of cinema, It Follows is a darkly bleak sojourn into adulthood that’s more than just your run-of-the-mill genre entry, Mitchell crafting a modern American masterpiece of disaffected youth dealing with the repercussions of their revolt that will undoubtedly stand the test of time.

Wild Tales (2014)

by Sara Michelle Fetters - March 13th, 2015 - Four-Star Corner Movie Reviews

A Best Foreign Language Film Oscar nominee, this deliriously entertaining, confidently composed satire of cultural, gender and class politics and mores is astonishing, deftly moving from one story to the next with freewheeling enthusiasm. While each segment is unconnected from those surrounding it, they all manage to convey common themes eviscerating the status quo, showing while catharsis and vengeance can go hand-in-hand, the price extracted for revenge is almost always worse than the cost of turning the other cheek.

A Best Foreign Language Film Oscar nominee, this deliriously entertaining, confidently composed satire of cultural, gender and class politics and mores is astonishing, deftly moving from one story to the next with freewheeling enthusiasm. While each segment is unconnected from those surrounding it, they all manage to convey common themes eviscerating the status quo, showing while catharsis and vengeance can go hand-in-hand, the price extracted for revenge is almost always worse than the cost of turning the other cheek.

A Most Violent Year (2014)

by Sara Michelle Fetters - January 23rd, 2015 - Four-Star Corner Movie Reviews

All I really want is for people to experience the glories and the monumental achievements of A Most Violent Year for themselves sans too much input or explanation from me.

All I really want is for people to experience the glories and the monumental achievements of A Most Violent Year for themselves sans too much input or explanation from me.

Selma (2014)

by Sara Michelle Fetters - January 9th, 2015 - Four-Star Corner Movie Reviews

Subtle and beautifully heartfelt. Selma is an important movie, yes, but it is also a great one.

Subtle and beautifully heartfelt. Selma is an important movie, yes, but it is also a great one.

Birdman (2014)

by Sara Michelle Fetters - October 24th, 2014 - Four-Star Corner Movie Reviews

There’s no denying Birdman is impossible to take your eyes off of. From the opening image of a meteor careening across the sky, to its final moments when an actor combines insanity and inspiration into some form of creative euphoria, the movie is a vital, rhythmically alive character study looking at creation in all its complexity.

There’s no denying Birdman is impossible to take your eyes off of. From the opening image of a meteor careening across the sky, to its final moments when an actor combines insanity and inspiration into some form of creative euphoria, the movie is a vital, rhythmically alive character study looking at creation in all its complexity.

Boyhood (2014)

by Sara Michelle Fetters - July 25th, 2014 - Film Festivals Four-Star Corner Movie Reviews

Boyhood is remarkable stuff, filled with drama, intrigue, suspense, laughter, tears and all the rest that comes with that.

Boyhood is remarkable stuff, filled with drama, intrigue, suspense, laughter, tears and all the rest that comes with that.

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