Movies For A Polar Vortex

January 7, 2014
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Movies For A Polar Vortex

Oh, the weather outside is frightful. But Netflix and Amazon Prime streaming is so delightful. Trapped inside as the cold winter winds whistle by your window? Why not watch some movies where well-coiffed Hollywood stars are nearly as cold as you are… and in a lot worse circumstances. After all, doesn’t it warm your...
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DETROIT FILM CRITICS SOCIETY ANNOUNCES BEST OF 2013

December 13, 2013
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  So, in case you haven’t noticed, this is the time of year when every film group, critic society, reviewer, blogger and fansite starts to compile its list of bests. Top ten this. Top ten that. Best  this. Best that. It’s a plague of lists. And some have suggested that award season is ultimately...
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TIFF MOVIE REVIEWS: DAY TWO

September 8, 2013
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LIKE FATHER, LIKE SON B+ For Americans unfamiliar with the films of Japanese director Hirokazu Kore-Eda (After Life, Still Walking), his latest film, LIKE FATHER, LIKE SON is a perfect entry point. Not because it’s his best work. It isn’t. But because this patient and astute filmmaker takes a Hollywood-style premise and fills it...
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TIFF MOVIE REVIEWS: DAY ONE

September 6, 2013
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BORGMAN B- Nothing like kicking the festival off with a droll Danish home-invasion flick. Woo-hoo, good times. To be honest, even that description doesn’t adequately describe Alex van Warmerdam’s creepy, quirky kinda -sorta thriller. Like an ironic take on Michael Haneke’s FUNNY GAMES, Borgman is the titular satan-like leader of a macabre band of...
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25 Bloody Years: Midnight Madness at the Toronto Film Festival

September 5, 2013
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25 Bloody Years: Midnight Madness at the Toronto Film Festival

The Toronto International Film Festival’s Midnight Madness Celebrates a Quarter Century of Gore, Gun-fu, Ass Cheeks, and Indie Spirit. Though it’s technically a part of the cineaste juggernaut that is the Toronto Film Festival (TIFF), the Midnight Madness program has always marched to its own drum (a violent, profane drum) and attracted its own...
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Sundance Film Festival Diary – Day One

January 27, 2013
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Sundance Film Festival Diary – Day One

The advance word on Sundance was that Park City temperatures hovered somewhere between McMurdo Station, Antarctica and Third Circle of Hell. Dire warnings were issued by friends and colleagues that anything less than Swedish military winter gear would result in the loss of toes, fingers or, perhaps, worse. Tales of wayward film critics wandering...
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The Detroit Film Critic’s Society Has Spoken… Almost

December 11, 2012
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The Detroit Film Critic’s Society Has Spoken… Almost

So, as The Metro Times’ intrepid film critics Corey and I are part of the illustrious DFCS (Detroit Film Critic’s Society), which, like film critic societies across the country is far too male and far too white for my tastes. Nevertheless, as one of those said white males, I am loathe to give up...
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Cloud Atlas: It’s big! It’s bold! It’s bungled! It’s a C+.

October 26, 2012
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Cloud Atlas: It’s big! It’s bold! It’s bungled! It’s a C+.

One thing’s for certain: Cloud Atlas doesn’t lack ambition. Or bad makeup. Threading together six disparate storylines set in six different time periods with an A-list cast juggling multiple roles, producer-directors Tom Tykwer (Run, Lola Run; Perfume), Andy Wachowski and Lana Wachowski (The Matrix movies) have concocted a cinematic experience that’s as lavish, intricate,...
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The 2012 Toronto Film Festival: Day Five

September 19, 2012
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The 2012 Toronto Film Festival: Day Five

Attending a film festival as a critic, journalist, or member of the industry can be a bit like swimming in a fishbowl. Over the course of the fest you start seeing familiar faces at various screenings and events and, inevitably, engage in conversation. (Wayward coughing can also bring on suspicions that it’s all a...
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The 2012 Toronto Film Festival: Day Three and Four

September 18, 2012
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DAY THREE I’ve got miles to go and my energy is already lagging. I decided to keep the day light in order to ready myself for tomorrow’s marathon screening of six films (and an interview). I really wanted to start the day with the 8AM showing of The Place Beyond The Pines but couldn’t...
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