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Film: Tracks

Tracks | Director John Curran | Score: 6.1 The thing about doing something extraordinary is it’s going to sound utterly unreasonable at first. Back in 1977, when Robyn Davidson, a young, callow Aussie woman with a penchant for animals and…

Film: This Is Where I Leave You

This Is Where I Leave You | Director Shawn Levy | Score: 3.8 God lament the Hollywood family ensemble. Of late, these films seem to take one of two divergent paths: Extreme melodrama, bordering on pathological (August: Osage County); or…

Film: Into the Storm

Into the Storm | ┬áDirector Steven Quayle | Score: 4.7 If you think about it, there’s truly not much of a legacy to tarnish when it comes to Hollywood storm movies, at least over the past couple of decades. There’s…

Film: Boyhood

Boyhood | Director Richard Linklater | Score: 8.0 We first meet young Mason Jr. (Eller Coltrane) lying on the grass, staring up at the clouds shifting in the sky, a six-year-old, given to staring out the window in his classroom…

Film: Life Itself

Life Itself | Director Steve James | Score: 7.4 Over the last few years of his life, his body ravaged by cancer to the point where he couldn’t eat, drink or speak, Roger Ebert went from porcine, preening TV icon…

Film: Ida

Ida | Director Pawel Pawlikowski | Score: 6.6 Director Pawel Pawlikowski has a way of constructing his frame so that his characters appear at the bottom edge, with the widest expanse of screen over their heads, as if to suggest…

Film: Palo Alto

Palo Alto | Director Gia Coppola | Score: 6.3 Let me tell you something: James Franco simply does not care. He doesn’t care that you’re tired of seeing his leering visage on books, magazines and movie screens. He doesn’t care…

Film: Under the Skin

Under the Skin | Director Jonathan Glazer | Score: 8.0 Atmospheric darkness is a character unto itself Jonathan Glazer’s nervy, sci-fi thriller. Figures emerge from and spill into pitch blackness as a matter of course, and the film even opens…