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FILMS I NEGLECTED TO REVIEW: CONTRACTUAL OBLIGATION EDITION
by Peter Sobczynski
"Due to contractual obligations, I am unable to offer full-length reviews of most of this week's new releases. Instead, please enjoy short looks at "I, Origins," "Lucy," "Magic in the Moonlight," "Mood Indigo" and "A Most Wanted Man." Most are pretty good and one is a masterpiece--see if you can guess which one it is." (more)
SILLY WALK RIGHT IN AND SIT RIGHT DOWN...
by Greg Ursic
"On July 15th there was a parrot sighting at Potters Field Park in London; but this wasn’t just any avian, it was a 50 foot Norwegian blue. The ornithological oddity wasn’t the product of science run amok or a pending birdnado, rather it was an homage to the four decade long partnership of Monty Python, sketch comedy’s terrifically twisted troupe and heralded their return to the stage (and quite likely their last…)." (more)
CAPSULE REVIEWS: JERSEY BOYS, BAD WORDS & THE FAULT IN OUR STARS
by Daniel Kelly
"Jersey Boys (Clint Eastwood, Warner Bros., 2014) Clint Eastwood’s musical gets off to a vivacious and energetic start, mixing warmth and wit with surprising aplomb, but goes off the deep-end somewhere around the halfway mark. The film’s characters weave in and out of the action satisfactorily, Eastwood using a potentially hackneyed but oddly effective “fourth wall” smashing address to keep audiences engaged. It’s as if he read Walter Benjamin’s “Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction”, moving to maintain some of the theatre’s “aura” through a means of faux-immediacy and soul, allowing his characters to bust the screen and intrude on a space they shouldn’t be aware of. Maybe I’m overthinking it, but the concept works, especially when combined with the enigmatic likes of Vincent Piazza’s roguish Tommy, the most memorable of the film’s assortment of young dreamers. The ease and grace of the opening doesn’t carry much further though, Eastwood’s stiff direction of the musical numbers and a selection of ham-fisted subplots slacking the pace and sobering the buzz. When the end credits roll, we get a sense of what might have been, Eastwood unleashing a fearsomely executed encore, replete with fantastic energy and pageantry. It’s a pity that the hour leading up to that point should dither so aimlessly, and fill itself so distractingly with diversions aborted before they conjure up sufficient nuance. A curiosity peppered with worthy highlights, but hardly a certifiable return to form for Clint. Grade - C" (more)
FILMS I NEGLECTED TO REVIEW: PONY MEN
by Peter Sobczynski
"Please enjoy short reviews of "A Brony Tale," "Dormant Beauty" and "Video Games: The Movie."" (more)
INTERVIEW: RICHARDLINKLATER ON "BOYHOOD"
by Peter Sobczynski
"The director of such cult favorites as "Slacker," "Dazed and Confused," "Waking Life" and the "Before Sunrise" trilogy talks about his latest masterpiece, the intimate epic "Boyhood," and its unusual journey to the screen." (more)
CRITICWATCH - THE NOT-SO-PERFECT DATE MOVIE
by Erik Childress
""The next person to call a movie "the perfect date movie" must punch themselves in the face, stomach, crotch and both eyes until they fall down and agree to never did it again." I wrote that early in 2013 when the latest attempt to sell such a thing to prospective couples aroused my ire like most things involving junky junket press. Surely such a thing does exist. Say Anything back in the day certainly qualifies. Maybe a more sprawling epic like Love Actually covers all the bases necessary to get guys off of home plate. A perfect date movie to critics should be as recognizable as porno to Supreme Court justice Potter Stewart. You know it when you see it. So why is it so difficult to attach the phrase to the right movies? Oh right, because it is a phrase terminally used by the average quote whore and the latest example is as questionable as ever." (more)
DVD REVIEWS FOR 7/6: "THERE YOU GO--HIDING BEHIND A SMOKESCREEN OF BOURGEOIS CLICHES!"
by Peter Sobczynski
"Although drugs are in short supply in this round-up of new arrivals on DVD/Blu-Ray, let it be said that sex, violence and rock and/or roll more than take up the slack." (more)
FILMS I NEGLECTED TO REVIEW: WET HOT AMERICAN ROMANTIC COMEDY
by Peter Sobczynski
"Please enjoy short reviews of "Heli," "Ivory Tower," "Radio Free Albemuth," "They Came Together" and "Whitey: United States of America vs. James J. Bulger."" (more)
CAPSULE REVIEWS: OCULUS, TRANSCENDENCE & A MILLION WAYS TO DIE IN THE WEST
by Daniel Kelly
"Some midsummer, bite-size reviews!" (more)
DVD REVIEWS FOR 6/15: "YOU WERE READY FOR A LOVE AFFAIR BUT NOT FOR LOVE!"
by Peter Sobczynski
"Yeah, I love "Pretty Little Liars"--you wanna make something of it? Well, do you? I thought not. Besides, it is one of the few highlights in this roundup of new home video releases that also includes very old porn shorts, very dumb action spectaculars and much, much more." (more)

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