“Heaven Knows What” Review: The Fiction & Reality of Heroin Are Equally Horrifying

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By the time we reach the gut-wrenching opening credits for Heaven Knows What, the New York filmmaking brothers Benny and Josh Safdie’s newest, it’s clear we’re in for an intensely realistic, stomach-churning, depressing movie. If you can even call it a movie. Heaven Knows What blurs the line between fiction … Get hard

“The Wolfpack” Review: This Film, and Life, Cannot Be Denied

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Oftentimes, I wish that movies and TV could be my life, that everything else could melt away as I was finally watch Rectify, You’re the Worst and hundreds of other shows that hang over my pop-culture obsessed head. Be careful what you wish for. For the kids of the Angulo … Get hard

“Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”: Where Do We Go From Here?

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SPOILERS FOR AGENTS OF SHIELD & THE MCU FOLLOW While Joss Whedon hasn’t directed an episode since the pilot, and certainly has ceded the leadership (and creation) of the show to showrunners Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. feels very much like a Whedonverse show, not only for … Get hard

Ranking The Greatest, Weirdest Cast of “Texas Rising”

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Increasingly, TV casts are trumping the casts of even the biggest blockbuster movies (non-Marvel division). Strip away all the bullshit (and glorious) philosophizing, and True Detective‘s first season was essentially a dark and murky playground for Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey to play in. Game of Thrones is Shakespeare with the finest British … Get hard

With “Dark Star,” You’ll Never Want to Leave H.R. Giger’s World

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Last May, the world lost one of its most transgressive and influential artists in H.R. Giger, a Swiss man who changed cinema and with it, popular culture. A year after his death, Bellinda Sallin’s documentary Dark Star: H.R. Giger’s World has arrived, an illuminating and bewitching look at his life, work … Get hard

“About Elly” Is A Devastating Drama Drowning In Lies

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About Elly is one of those movies you want to go in without any idea of what it’s about. I just had that pleasure and I’m still recovering from writer-director Asghar Farhadi’s masterwork. Farhadi, the director of the Academy Award winning film A Separation, actually wrote and directed About Elly before A Separation. Now his … Get hard

“The Death of ‘Superman Lives’: What Happened?” Is Tantalizing “What If?” For Movie Nerds

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Life presents an infinite number of questions, but perhaps none more provocative and poignant than “What if?” What if I didn’t run that red light? What if I had gone to that concert with Cait freshman year? “What if?” scenarios can plague us, paralyze us and dull us into a … Get hard

Seals, Stop-Motion & Blood, Oh My: The Incredible SEEfest Animated Shorts

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Over the past week, the South East European Film Festival has come to Los Angeles, taking over a slew of the most blissfully independent theatres in the area. This is going to sound like a first-world problem, but living in LA, you lose track of film festivals: there’s so many. … Get hard

I Don’t Know How He Did It, But Joss Whedon Saved “The Avengers: Age of Ultron”

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After three years and four movies, Avengers: Age of Ultron has arrived. I’ll admit, going in, I was nervous for the film, forever worried that Marvel Studios’ bubble might pop. It certainly stretches the seams here, but rest assured, Marvel’s insane streak continues, thanks in large part to Joss Whedon. Avengers 2 isn’t … Get hard

Kristen Wiig Is Fearless in Unpredictable “Welcome to Me”

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When I first heard about Welcome to Me, a movie from director Shira Piven (Fully Loaded) that defies characterization, I talked with a friend about star Kristen Wiig. We adore her (who doesn’t?) and immediately agreed on her immense dramatic potential (“Wiig seems destined for an Oscar nom someday,” were … Get hard

Salma Hayek Unleashes Crazy Revenge In Joe Lynch’s “Everly”

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It brings me great joy to see Salma Hayek at the center of a crazy revenge thriller. But it’s unfortunate she finds herself in Everly, a movie that substitutes nearly everything with violence. For the last four years, Everly has been enslaved (and likely worse) in an apartment run by … Get hard