Film review: 'Colossal'

Film review: 'Colossal'

Everyone has issues. But in "Colossal," one woman's issues might be responsible for city-destroying giant monsters


Sharp shooting

Released nationwide this week after making a splash on the festival circuit last fall, the movie "Free Fire" is an over-the-top crime-thriller about a black market arms deal that goes horribly, unexpectedly wrong in 1978 Boston. The film has earned a great deal of praise for its cast -- which includes recently-minted Oscar-winner Brie Larson, Cillian Murphy, and Armie Hammer -- and for writer-director Ben Wheatley ("High-Rise," "A Field in England"), who turns a simple story into an audacious exercise in action filmmaking.

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Film review: 'Free Fire'

A black market arms deal goes south in spectacularly bloody fashion in the darkly comedic crime-thriller "Free Fire," the latest from prolific British director Ben Wheatley. The filmmaker's follow-up to his ambitious but flawed dystopian satire "High-Rise," "Free Fire," is an audacious, over-the-top genre exercise that's somewhat scattershot in execution, but it makes for a wildly entertaining ride.

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Film review: 'The Fate of the Furious'

What the hell, Vin Diesel? No, I'm not mad that you've ignored my four prior letters; I know you're busy cranking out forgettable cash-grabs like "The Last Witch Hunter" or whatever sequel you've decided to beat to death.

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Film review: 'Gifted'

After taking a spin through the realm of mega budget superhero films with "The Amazing Spider-Man" and its sequel, director Marc Webb now helms the charming family drama "Gifted," returning to the type of small-scale filmmaking that first brought him success. It's not too surprising to find that the "(500) Days of Summer" director seems much more comfortable with this type of character-driven story: the best scenes in his Spidey films all revolved around the relationship between Andrew Garfield's Peter Parker and Emma Stone's Gwen Stacy.

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Film preview: Rochester International Film Festival

The RIFF will screen 29 shorts by filmmakers from across the globe

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Film review: 'Going in Style'

In the heist comedy "Going in Style," Michael Caine, Morgan Freeman, and Alan Arkin star as Joe, Willie, and Albert, lifelong friends who hatch a drastic, late-in-life plan to become bank robbers. The catalyst for this career change comes after the factory which employs the men suddenly decides to shift manufacturing overseas to Vietnam, leaving their workforce jobless and denying their pensions.

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Film review: 'Raw'

The exceptionally assured feature debut of French writer-director Julia Ducournau, "Raw" is a deeply unnerving coming-of-age story and must-see viewing for iron-stomached horror fans. The film follows 16-year-old Justine (Garance Marillier), a strict vegetarian with a deep and abiding love of animals, who is on her way to her first year of veterinary school.

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Film review: 'Frantz'

A pleasantly old-fashioned melodrama, "Frantz" takes place in the immediate aftermath of World War I. The film centers around Anna (wonderful newcomer Paula Beer), a young German woman whose fiancé, Frantz, was killed in combat. She continues to live with Frantz's parents, the Hoffmeisters, and they treat her as they would their own daughter.

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Film review: 'Land of Mine'

When German forces ended their occupation of Denmark in the immediate aftermath of World War II, they left behind millions of landmines -- planted in preparation for an Allied invasion that never came -- on beaches along the west coast of the country. The removal of those explosives became a task left to German POWs, and an outlet for the widespread hatred of those who carried out the Nazis' horrific practices.

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Fast Forward expands into third year

Now in its third year, the Fast Forward Film Festival has expanded to include 17 entries among its official selections. The films, all created by locals, and each clocking in at five minutes or less, include a balanced mix of independent documentaries and animated shorts.

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