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01 2014 June
By Robert Lee
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The Wolf of Wall Street

DVD Review – The Wolf of Wall Street

The Martin Scorcessee directed The Wolf of Wall Street is inspired by the fascinating true story of Jordan Belfort (Leonardo DiCaprio), the Manhattan stock broker who founded Stratford-Oakmont and made a fortune trading penny stocks.   As the company becomes more and more successful, even branching out into IPO’s, his personal fortune grows and the firm quickly becomes...

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26 2014 May
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12 Years a Slave

DVD Review – 12 Years A Slave

Based on a true story, and the novel by the same name, 12 Years a Slave tells the harrowing ordeal of a free black man in 19th Century America who is captured, torn from his family, and sold into slavery. 12 Years a Slave is undoubtedly a clear representation of expert film-making. Coated with gorgeous scenery and exceptional...

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24 2014 March
By Rachel Sandeman
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Kill Your Darlings

DVD Review – Kill Your Darlings

After securing a spot at Columbia University in New York City in the 1940s, Allen Ginsberg (Daniel Radcliffe), wide-eyed and inexperienced freshman, soon becomes swept up in the chaotic lives of anti-establishmentarian’s Lucien Carr (Dane DeHaan), Jack Kerouac (Jack Huston), and William Burroughs (Ben Foster). Together, the four attempt to challenge and redefine writing and...

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15 2014 March
By Rachel Sandeman
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Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs 2

DVD Review – Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2

After lovable inventor Flint Lockwood (voiced by Bill Hader) and his ragtag group of friends save the world from a giant food storm in the first movie, the team must venture back to his home island to help Flint’s hero, Chester V (voiced by Will Forte), clean up the mess from the storm and stop...

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17 2014 January
By Robert Lee
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DVD Review – The Act Of Killing

The Act of Killing is not your typical documentary, in that it asks the documentary subjects to tell their story any way they choose, so it becomes a story about a telling of story. In this case, the story they are telling is of the mass killings in which they participated in following Indonesia’s failed...

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19 2013 December
By Robert Lee
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DVD Review – Upstream Color

Upstream Color is the sophomore film effort by Shane Carruth, who rose to prominence briefly after his first film, the ultra-low-budget Primer, won the Grand Jury Prize at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival.  With a somewhat technical storyline about time travel, Primer was a critical success and established former software engineer Carruth as a promising...

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12 2013 December
By Robert Lee
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Wrong Featured

DVD Review – Wrong

If you don’t get Wrong, don’t feel bad. After all, writer/director Quentin Dupieux is known for his belief that films don’t necessarily have to have a point. This is the same guy who made Rubber, a film about a car tire that develops destructive telepathic powers. In Wrong, Dolph Springer (Jack Plotnick) wakes to find...

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08 2013 December
By Robert Lee
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PussyRiot

DVD Review – Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer

I didn’t realize it, but Pussy Riot isn’t actually a band. They aren’t musicians, who exist to create music that also carries a political message, but a feminist, political movement that uses art and music as the primary medium to express their politics. The documentary Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer, is a fascinating look at...

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04 2013 November
By Florence Hinton-Collyer
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DVD Review – Our Children

The film that caused ripples of approval in the 2012 Cannes Film Festival, Our Children is the Belgian art house film written and directed by the renowned Joachim Lafosse. The film tells the story of an unconventional, multi-ethnic family whose ties to each other become painfully oppressive and overwhelming. The film opens with the heart...

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19 2013 August
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DVD Review – The Adventures of Prince Achmed

The Adventures of Prince Achmed is Lotte Reiniger’s revolutionary animated tale from 1926. Three years in the making, the intricately created silhouette animation plays out a far eastern adventure, rife with sorcery, romance, and monsters. Hailed as one of the world’s most innovative and influential animations, this is the earliest surviving feature length animation. Young...

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04 2013 July
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DVD Review – Weird Adventures

Weird Adventures is a collection of three vintage films produced by the Children’s Film Foundation (CFF) in the 1960s and 1970s and released by the BFI from the best available elements in the BFI archives. The collection contains The Monster of Highgate Ponds (Cavalcanti, 1961), The Boy Who Turned Yellow (Powell & Pressburger, 1972) and...

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