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The Ethnographer of Fantasy: Woody Allen’s Irrational Man

By Axel Andersson. The middle-aged philosophy professor Abe Lucas (Joaquin Phoenix) pulls up to a liberal arts college in Newport in an old Volvo, liberally helping himself to the content of his stainless steel hip flask containing vintage single malt. The young students move along a mock-US version of already mock-Tudor English castle-like university buildings, […]

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The Cerebral Thrills of The Messenger

By Cleaver Patterson. As the autumn nights draw in and winter fast approaches, the season seems more disposed to cinematic tales which induce unease within the viewer. The time is then perfect for the release of The Messenger (2015), a psychological chiller from BAFTA and Emmy winning British director David Blair, featuring Robert Sheehan, Lily […]

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The Rise of NWA in Straight Outta Compton

By Kyle Huffman. In the first scene of Straight Outta Compton (2015), Easy E (Jason Mitchell) barely escapes a drug den being raided by the LAPD. This harrowing sequence feels like something ripped right out of a war movie, as the confusion of overwhelming force scatters the opposition like roaches. But instead of taking place in […]

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The 2015 New York Film Festival Report

By Gary M. Kramer.  The 53rd New York Film Festival runs through October 11 and there are several outstanding features by established and returning filmmakers playing at the fest. Here is a rundown of five notable films. Athina Rachel Tsangari has been chosen as the official New York Film Festival Filmmaker in Residence, and her […]

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From Weeping to “Balls-Out”: An Interview with Horror Icon Barbara Crampton

By Paul Risker. Looking back to You’re Next (2012) Barbara Crampton explains how: “It was with that movie that this spark for the love of acting was reignited in me.” If You’re Next marked her return to the screen after a hiatus, then appearing in four films (Sun Choke (2015), We Are Still Here (2015), […]

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Society’s Ailment(s): Sanna Lenken on My Skinny Sister

By Amir Ganjavie. Filmmaker Sanna Lenken’s debut feature, My Skinny Sister, concentrates on the societal problem of the eating disorder anorexia by investigating the love-hate relationship between two sisters. The winner of the Crystal Bear at Berlinale as well as an audience award at the Goteborg Film Festival, My Skinny Sister is a genuine drama […]

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