Film Review

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SPOTLIGHT (2015)

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Tom McCarthy’s sober, clear-eyed take on the Boston Catholic Church child abuse scandal, and how the Boston Globe’s Spotlight investigative team uncovered the story,…

THE FINAL GIRLS (2015)

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Forlorn teenager Max Cartwright (Taissa Farmiga) attends a special screening of Camp Bloodbath, on the third anniversary of her mother Nancy’s (Malin Åkerman) death—a ‘scream…

the big short

THE BIG SHORT (2015)

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There’s a point early on in The Big Short, Adam McKay’s adaptation of Michael Lewis’s best-selling book about the financial crisis, where a voiceover…

the visit

THE VISIT (2015)

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A found footage thriller directed by M. Night Shyamalan may not be the most appealing prospect given the director’s recent filmography. While movies like The…

ROOM (2015)

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Fans of Emma Donoghue’s achingly beautiful novel Room can breathe a sigh of relief; the critical buzz, four Oscar nominations (including Best Picture, Best…

the revenant

THE REVENANT (2015)

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Revenge is one of cinema’s most enduring themes, and with good reason. There’s something enormously satisfying about not only the payoff to a good vengeance…

CREED (2015)

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Predictability tends to be seen as damaging to a film; but it’s not a hard-and-fast rule. Familiarity deserves to have its praises sung, because when…

JOY (2015)

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If there were a recipe that could be applied to David O. Russell’s output of the last few years, it would go something like…

PARTISAN (2015)

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Whether it’s the intense psychological drama of films like Sean Durkin’s underrated chiller Martha Marcy May Marlene (2011), or the hilarious satire of irresistible…