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December 24, 2014

by Carson Lund Film

Two Days, One Night | Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne

December 24, 2014
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Many of the interactions in Two Days, One Night occur on opposite sides of doorways, liminal spaces echoing protagonist Sandra’s (Marion Cotillard) temporary suspension between employment and unemployment. In their new film, Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne are fond of such uncomplicated visual correlatives for their lead character’s plight. Bringing Sandra closer to the camera during her moments of emotional self-awareness (be it anguish or ecstasy) or letting her drift further away in bouts of…

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by Matt Lynch Film

Big Eyes | Tim Burton

December 24, 2014
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During the 1960s, painter Margaret Keane’s artwork, largely depicting children with outlandishly large eyes, was sold under the name of her husband, Walter, who apparently exhibited all manner of unpleasant behavior in his attempts to coerce his wife into complying with his ruse. She eventually left him and successfully sued for the rights to her work. It’s a pretty straightforward story, seemingly tailor-made for a tidy Hollywood triumph-over-adversity biopic. The disappointment of…

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by Luke Gorham Film

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies | Peter Jackson

December 24, 2014
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With the release of The Battle of the Five Armies, the third and final installment of Peter Jackson’s Hobbit trilogy, it should be obvious to all who have followed him down this path that this second Middle Earth triptych is not “based on” its titular source material in the same way his Lord of the Rings films were. He takes inspiration and major plot points from J.R.R. Tolkien’s seminal (and relatively brief) fantasy novel, but this three-part Hobbit is as…

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