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by Lawrence Garcia Current Film

Toni Erdmann | Maren Ade

December 25, 2016
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On paper, the premise of Maren Ade‘s Toni Erdmann—a prankster father, Winfried (Peter Simonischek), drops in unannounced on his daughter Ines (Sandra Hüller), a high-powered managing consultant working in Bucharest—seems like a recipe for disaster, a concept more…

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by Peter Labuza Current Film

Whiplash | Damien Chazelle

October 10, 2014
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There’s a moment near the end of the second act of Damien Chazelle’s sophomore feature Whiplash that threatens to completely derail the narrative: a character gets into what looks like a fatal car accident and keeps moving like he’s the Terminator. But that moment also liberates the film from its previous concessions to realism. Chazelle’s tale of two psychopaths — student drummer Andrew Nieman (Miles Teller) and tough-as-nails teacher Terence Fletcher (J.K. Simmons) — at first could be seen…

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