Simon Killer (2012)

by Sara Michelle Fetters - April 5th, 2013 - Movie Reviews

Simon Killer gets under your skin, inch by inch, moment by moment, insidiously planting itself inside the psyche like a predator ready to pounce on its prey, the final moments a shocking turn of events that are as surprising as they are toxically unsettling.

Simon Killer gets under your skin, inch by inch, moment by moment, insidiously planting itself inside the psyche like a predator ready to pounce on its prey, the final moments a shocking turn of events that are as surprising as they are toxically unsettling.

Trance (2013)

by Sara Michelle Fetters - April 5th, 2013 - Movie Reviews

I’m not going to spoil the twists Trance offers up for consideration. But if I did, if I wanted to, I doubt it would matter much, Boyle and company delivering a fervently exhausting techno-powered modern day thriller of memory and regret that makes up in energy and excitement what it lacks in nuance and overall surprise.

I’m not going to spoil the twists Trance offers up for consideration. But if I did, if I wanted to, I doubt it would matter much, Boyle and company delivering a fervently exhausting techno-powered modern day thriller of memory and regret that makes up in energy and excitement what it lacks in nuance and overall surprise.

Upstream Color (2013)

by Sara Michelle Fetters - April 5th, 2013 - Movie Reviews

Carruth’s Upstream Color refuses to be diluted down into digestible platitudes. In some circles it could probably be construed as nonsensical prattle. In others, it will more than likely be considered a masterpiece.

Carruth’s Upstream Color refuses to be diluted down into digestible platitudes. In some circles it could probably be construed as nonsensical prattle. In others, it will more than likely be considered a masterpiece.

Blancanieves (2012)

by Sara Michelle Fetters - March 29th, 2013 - Movie Reviews

Berger keeps the pace moving briskly, while his staging of the final act speaks with a heartbreaking surreal elegance that left me speechless, all of which makes Blancanieves a timeless one-of-a-kind spectacle the both brothers Grimm would have been proud to have called their own.

Berger keeps the pace moving briskly, while his staging of the final act speaks with a heartbreaking surreal elegance that left me speechless, all of which makes Blancanieves a timeless one-of-a-kind spectacle the both brothers Grimm would have been proud to have called their own.

Gimme the Loot (2012)

by Sara Michelle Fetters - March 29th, 2013 - Movie Reviews

Gimme the Loot [is] a heartbreakingly sunny reminder that hope can be found where you least expect it and that friendships forged under adversity, whether perceived or actual, can oftentimes without our knowing become the longest lasting of them all.

Gimme the Loot [is] a heartbreakingly sunny reminder that hope can be found where you least expect it and that friendships forged under adversity, whether perceived or actual, can oftentimes without our knowing become the longest lasting of them all.

The Host (2013)

by Sara Michelle Fetters - March 29th, 2013 - Movie Reviews

A viewer can’t help but laugh, and right after the first snicker any chance there might have been to take things seriously disappears into the ether

A viewer can’t help but laugh, and right after the first snicker any chance there might have been to take things seriously disappears into the ether

The Place Beyond the Pines (2012)

by Sara Michelle Fetters - March 29th, 2013 - Movie Reviews

Derek Cianfrance’s The Place Beyond the Pines, his follow up to his Oscar-nominated Blue Valentine, is big, sprawling and highly ambitious. It is his attempt at an American opus that’s equal parts Tennessee Williams and Sidney Lumet, a movie where the sins of the father are passed unto their sons, so on and so forth, making the picture a multigenerational epic filled with interesting characters, heartbreaking situations and broadly emotional ideas.

Derek Cianfrance’s The Place Beyond the Pines, his follow up to his Oscar-nominated Blue Valentine, is big, sprawling and highly ambitious. It is his attempt at an American opus that’s equal parts Tennessee Williams and Sidney Lumet, a movie where the sins of the father are passed unto their sons, so on and so forth, making the picture a multigenerational epic filled with interesting characters, heartbreaking situations and broadly emotional ideas.

Room 237 (2012)

by Sara Michelle Fetters - March 29th, 2013 - Movie Reviews

The Shining is a classic that any cinephile worth their salt loves to play around with and interpret, and it likely goes without saying that many are going to keep doing just that forever…and ever…and ever…and ever…

The Shining is a classic that any cinephile worth their salt loves to play around with and interpret, and it likely goes without saying that many are going to keep doing just that forever…and ever…and ever…and ever…

G.I. Joe: Retaliation (2013)

by Sara Michelle Fetters - March 28th, 2013 - Movie Reviews

The truth of the matter is, while G.I. Joe: Retaliation is without a doubt a far superior effort to its predecessor, while it does contain more than its fair share of fun moments and has more than a few performances worthy of a gentle tip of the hat, I don’t have the slightest wish to watch it again at any point in the foreseeable future. Make of that what you will.

The truth of the matter is, while G.I. Joe: Retaliation is without a doubt a far superior effort to its predecessor, while it does contain more than its fair share of fun moments and has more than a few performances worthy of a gentle tip of the hat, I don’t have the slightest wish to watch it again at any point in the foreseeable future. Make of that what you will.

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