Film review: "Equity"

Film review: "Equity"

 

Film review: "Don't Think Twice"

Comedian Mike Birbiglia made headlines a few weeks back when he took to Twitter to express his frustration with the MPAA's decision to slap his latest film, "Don't Think Twice," with an "R" rating simply because the film had a couple scenes in which adults smoke pot. Meanwhile, Birbiglia argued, a film like "Suicide Squad" can be loaded with non-stop violence (however bloodless), show characters being decapitated, mowed down by machine guns, swords, and bombs, and only merit a "PG-13."

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Film review: "Southside with You"

Dramatizing the first date between Michelle Robinson and Barack Obama, "Southside with You" plays first and foremost as a smart, simple romance.

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Film review: "Kubo and the Two Strings"

Paper trail

The latest from Laika is a visually stunning and wildly entertaining ode to the power of storytelling

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Film review: "Hell or High Water"

Two down-on-their luck brothers turn to small-time bank robbing in order to secure enough money to keep themselves afloat in "Hell or High Water," British director David Mackenzie's excellent modern Texas noir. In debt and facing foreclosure on their family ranch, Toby (Chris Pine) and his reckless ex-con brother, Tanner (Ben Foster), see their crimes as a rather poetic solution to their troubles: They can raise the necessary money while getting it over on the same banks that have been sucking them dry all their lives.

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Film review: "Our Little Sister"

From Japanese filmmaker Hirokazu Koreeda ("After Life," "Still Walking") comes "Our Little Sister," a sweet, sensitive family drama based on the popular manga "Umimachi Diary," by Akimi Yoshida. The story revolves around the lives of three sisters: responsible, motherly Sachi (Haruka Ayase), fun-loving Yoshino (Masami Nagasawa), and oddball Chika (Kaho), living together in their grandmother's house.

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Film review: "Pete's Dragon"

With its gentle tone, "Pete's Dragon" would make a pretty spectacular first movie-going experience for any young child (though adults will get plenty out of it as well -- it's probably a good idea to bring tissues).

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Film review: "Nuts"

In Milford, Kansas, in 1918, Dr. John R. Brinkley came up with the novel (insane) idea that he might be able to cure impotence by transplanting goat testicles into the bodies of humans. Shockingly, Brinkley's experimental surgery actually caught on, earning him widespread admiration and the approval of luminaries such as Buster Keaton, William Jennings Bryan, and Rudolph Valentino, even as his practices turned him into the arch-nemesis of the American Medical Association.

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Film review: "Suicide Squad"

Dead on arrival
It gives me no pleasure to report that DC's supervillain team-up flick, "Suicide Squad," isn't a good movie. I take no joy in further stoking the flames of rivalry between DC and Marvel; as a fan of many in DC's stable of characters, I want nothing more than to see good films based on the characters I've loved since I was a kid.

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Film review: "Eat That Question"

With a background in classical music, a yen for the absurd, and a desire to disrupt the status quo, rock musician Frank Zappa was a true iconoclast. The bandleader and activist now gets the documentary treatment in Thorsten Schütte's "Eat That Question: Frank Zappa in His Own Words."

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Film review: "Tickled"

No laughing matter
In the wildly entertaining documentary "Tickled," what begins as a light-hearted look into a ridiculous pastime slowly transforms into something strange and altogether disturbing. New Zealand-based pop culture reporter David Farrier has made a career out of fluffy stories focusing on "the weird and bizarre side of life."

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