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November 2014

by Ty Landis Film

The Babdook | Jennifer Kent

November 28, 2014

In only her first feature, writer-director Jennifer Kent shows a scary assurance and maturity in plunging headfirst into the chaotic realm of psychological hysteria with The Babadook. Inspired by her short film, Monster, this particular Australian surprise not only stands out in a year full of underwhelming genre offerings, but offers proof that precision and patience can go a long way in elevating even the most potentially familiar of horror yarns. At its center — and fully embodying the film’s themes…

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by Matt Lynch Film

The Imitation Game | Morten Tyldum

Ostensibly a biopic about pioneering mathematician Alan Turing, The Imitation Game’s opening credits play out under a recording of King George VI’s 1939 radio broadcast declaring war on Germany. If you’ll recall, that’s the speech from Tom Hooper’s 2012 Best Picture-winning The King’s Speech,…

November 21, 2014
by Andy Crump Film

V/H/S: Viral | Various Directors

It’s amusing to think that the V/H/S horror franchise has gone from bigger, to smaller, to smallest in the span of three films. Last year’s V/H/S 2 cut the first picture’s punishing two-hour running time down by about half an hour, resulting in a…

November 21, 2014
by Matt Lynch Film

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 | Francis Lawrence

After two Hunger Games films setting the stage for revolution in the future dystopia of PanEm, audiences are apparently finally ready for a third film setting up a feature-length climax evidently to be offered next year. In the fine tradition of modern studio-franchise moviemaking,…

November 20, 2014
by Carson Lund Film

Story of My Death | Albert Serra

Casanova, that notorious 18th-century lady-killer, ravenously consumes food during every one of Story of My Death’s first several scenes. Shortly thereafter, he defecates it all out in a bowl in his room and giggles at the sight of the steaming pile. Later, in a…

November 20, 2014
by Carson Lund Film

The Homesman | Tommy Lee Jones

With The Homesman, Tommy Lee Jones’s torch-carrying efforts on behalf of the tried-and-tested beauty of the American West continue to be moving. Taking into account his feature appearance as a practical spokesperson for old western values in the Coen Brothers’ No Country for Old…

November 14, 2014
by Ty Landis Film

Actress | Robert Greene

Opening with a tableau of a woman dressed in red, standing over her kitchen sink with her back to the camera, Robert Greene’s (Kati with an I, Fake It So Real) latest documentary, Actress, almost immediately establishes itself as a dizzying non-fiction force to…

November 7, 2014
by Andy Crump Film

Open Windows | Nacho Vigalondo

Is Nacho Vigalondo prescient, or is he simply savvy enough to have tapped into our cultural obsessions with the lifestyles of the rich and famous? His third feature, Open Windows, may be two months past the “best by” date of August’s Celebgate scandal — in which…

November 6, 2014
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