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Review: The Zookeeper’s Wife

— by BEV QUESTAD — Their son sleeps with two blond cubs cuddled gently around him. A long-nosed black and white furry badger clutches like a baby to a human. A dromedary, aka a one-humped camel, scurries humorously around the zoo grounds in free abandon. This seemingly innocent film open[...]

Review: A Most Violent Year

— by RON WILKINSON — The story is set in New York City in 1981, in what we are told is the most violent year in the city’s history. Before we go any further, it should be noted that J.C. Chandor’s wonderfully transporting story is not a particularly violent one. His previous hit, “[...]

Review: Interstellar

— by RON WILKINSON — Christopher Nolan’s $165 million IMAX space lollapalooza is all the better for starting in the most modest of environments. It is some time in the future, some place in the American Midwest. Things are not going well, according to the elderly respondents. Blights a[...]

Argo Tops 2012 OFCS Award Winners

— by BEV QUESTAD — The 2012 Online Film Critics Society Awards have been announced and “Argo” heads the honors winning Best Picture. While also nominated, “Zero Dark Thirty” has proven contentious in its depiction of torture. While every American should see it, the politically sa[...]

Review: Zero Dark Thirty

— by BEV QUESTAD — You’re right there. The camera has night goggles. You arrive at 12:30 a.m. and it is quiet. The Pakistani community, with its own rendition of West Point within a mile, must hear you. But the two experimental Sikorsky Black Hawk helicopters’ low hum is deceptive[...]

Trailer: Mamá

— by CHERRY BELL DAMASCO-FARRINGTON — From executive producer Guillermo del Toro, creator of Academy award-winning “Pan’s Labyrinth,” comes the chilling tale of two little girls left alone in the wilderness for more than five years. Based on the novel “Mamá” by Andres Muschiet[...]

Review: Lawless

— by ADAM DALE — As we go into the final weekend of August, the summer movie season is coming to an end. Big-budget blockbusters are in the rearview mirror as more artful, Oscar-geared flicks begin to pour into theaters. But where does director John Hillcoat’s “Lawless” fit into th[...]

Trailer Talk: ‘Coriolanus’

— by CHERRY BELL DAMASCO-FARRINGTON — Ralph Fiennes is best known for his many dramatic roles in films such as “The English Patient” or “The Constant Gardner” and, most recently, the “Harry Potter” series as Lord Voldemort. In my opinion, Fiennes has this knack for selecting [...]

Under Review: ‘The Debt’

— by ADAM POYNTER — Directed by John Madden (“Shakespeare in Love” and “Proof”) and written by Matthew Vaughn (“Kick-Ass,” “X-Men: First Class”), “The Debt” is an American remake of a 2007 Israeli film that takes place in two different eras. It follows a trio of under[...]

Under Review: ‘The Help’

— by ADAM POYNTER — There are probably few books that hold more significance not only in the hearts of its fans but also in subject matter than “The Help.” Written by Kathryn Stockett in 2009, the book has spent more than 100 weeks on best-seller lists and has fans the world [...]

Trailer Talk: ‘Take Shelter’

— by ADAM POYNTER — Premiering at this year’s Cannes and Sundance film festivals, the dark and brooding psychological drama “Take Shelter” won multiple awards and has garnered praise from critics and audiences alike. Written and directed by Jeff Nichols, “Take Shelter” is a hau[...]

Two Clips from ‘The Tree of Life’

— by ADAM POYNTER — “The Tree of Life” has had a complex and arduous road from concept to the big screen. After being filmed nearly three years ago, it has had many release dates and through either distribution partners backing out or director Terrence Malick not believing th[...]

Trailer Talk: ‘The Tree of Life’

— by RACHEL COYNE — I first saw the trailer for “The Tree of Life” when it played in the theater before “Black Swan.” When it was done, I leaned over to my friend and whispered, “I have no idea what that movie is supposed to be about.” After watching the trailer a second time[...]