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Anna Kendrick & Lena Dunham in Joe Swanberg's 'Happy Christmas'
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Review: ‘Happy Christmas’

Posted July 26, 2014 by Jake Kring-Schreifels

Written & Directed by Joe Swanberg Starring Anna Kendrick, Melanie Lynskey, Mark Webber, Joe Swanberg & Lena Dunham Now Playing in Select Theaters That ‘Happy Christmas’ released on July 25th is ironic and also makes perfect sense. Christmas in July just seems like the fake holiday that writer-director Joe Swanberg would celebrate and improvise like […]

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Review: ‘Very Good Girls’

Posted July 25, 2014 by Jake Kring-Schreifels

Written & Directed by Naomi Foner Starring Dakota Fanning, Elizabeth Olsen, Ellen Barkin, Clarke Gregg, Demi Moore, Richard Dreyfuss & Peter Saarsgard Now Playing in Select Theaters It’s pretty clear that sex is the primary subject of Very Good Girls. You don’t even have to know the basic premise– two girls make a pact to […]

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Review: ‘Life Itself’

Posted July 3, 2014 by Jake Kring-Schreifels

Directed by Steve James Featuring Roger Ebert, Chaz Ebert, Gene Siskel, Martin Scorsese Now Playing in NYC at Film Society of Lincoln Center & Landmark Sunshine Cinema The juxtaposition is hard to miss. It’s late into ‘Life Itself’, director Steve James’ deeply intimate documentary about popular Chicago Sun-Times film critic Roger Ebert, and we’re in […]

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Review: ‘Begin Again’

Posted June 29, 2014 by Jake Kring-Schreifels

Written & Directed by John Carney Starring Keira Knightley, Mark Ruffalo, Catherine Keener, Hailee Steinfeld & Adam Levine When Keira Knightley’s character Greta, a tomboy-dressed Brit, performs an original song during an open-mic night, a music producer named Dan (Mark Ruffalo) becomes entranced in smile. The song is a ballad, and the energized bar crowd […]

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Review: ‘Third Person’

Posted June 21, 2014 by Jake Kring-Schreifels

Written & Directed by Paul Haggis Starring Liam Neeson, Olivia Wilde, Mila Kunis, James Franco, Kim Basinger, Maria Bello, Adrien Brody, Loan Chobani & Moran Atias Sounds, images, and characters overlap and converge in writer/director Paul Haggis’ ‘Third Person’. It’s the driving twist to a plot that melodramatically, if not vaguely, stitches together three romantic narratives […]

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Review: ‘Ping Pong Summer’

Posted June 6, 2014 by Jake Kring-Schreifels

Written & Directed by Michael Tully Starring Susan Sarandon, John Hannah, Leah Thompson, Amy Sedaris, Robert Longstreet, Marcello Conte & Judah Friedlander It’s hard to really dislike director Michael Tully’s ‘Ping Pong Summer’, essentially a sanitized love letter to the 1980s. That’s not necessarily a compliment though, more a shrug of indifference to a moderately […]

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