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Review: Drake Doremus's 'Breathe In,' Starring Guy Pearce and Felicity Jones

Felicity Jones plays a young temptress for the second time in 2014, here opposite Guy Pearce, in Drake Doremus’s well-enough-made if irritatingly predictable “Breathe In.”
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • March 25, 2014 3:28 PM
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New Directors/New Films: Comedy, Tragedy and Squeamishness in Iceland's Delightful 'Of Horses and Men'

When director Benedikt Erlingsson concluded his introduction Monday night with a cheery “Bon appétit,” the audience at Lincoln Center’s Walter Reade Theater said, “Ruh roh.” The movie, after all, is called “Of Horses and Men.” Thankfully, the movie’s Icelandic, not French. Still -- to what culinary atrocities were we about to be subjected?
  • By John Anderson
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  • March 25, 2014 1:34 PM
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Review: Eliza Hittman's 'It Felt Like Love'

Sexual awakening is common enough in coming-of-age films, particularly those about adolescent girls. But Eliza Hittman’s observant film “It Felt Like Love,” in theaters Friday, isn’t just about sexual awakening -- it’s about feeling the pressure to want a sex life.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • March 21, 2014 12:39 PM
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Review: Lars von Trier's 'Nymphomaniac' Volume I

In Lars von Trier’s “Nymphomaniac Volume I,” a bruised and battered woman, Joe (Charlote Gainsbourg), recounts her lifelong misadventures of nymphomania to a lonely man (Stellan Skarsgard). He continually interrupts her to point out how her sordid tales parallel that of river trout. He’s intellectualizing her sex addiction, in a wickedly humorous way, which is indeed what “Nymphomaniac” is doing, too. The film opens in theaters Friday, March 21 and is now on VOD.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • March 20, 2014 12:54 PM
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Review: Pat Healy Ain't Messin' Around in Smart and Stomach-Turning 'Cheap Thrills'

Desperate times call for desperate measures. And a lot of really gross stuff. This is the sly premise behind the smart -- and, yes, very gross -- thriller “Cheap Thrills,” which has dazzled Midnight festival crowds for the past year and hits theaters March 21.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • March 19, 2014 1:22 PM
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New Directors/New Films Review: Iranian Vampire Noir 'A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night'

A strong, exciting voice that emerged from this past Sundance was Ana Lily Amirpour, who brought to the Park City festival what could very well be the first Iranian vampire film, “A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night.” The film now opens the 2014 New Directors/New Films Festival, kicking off March 19 at Lincoln Center.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • March 19, 2014 12:39 PM
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Review: Caper Flick 'Rob the Mob' Is the Best Time You'll Have at the Movies So Far This Year

The New York-based, New York-centric Raymond De Felitta has been the Jean Renoir of the outer-boroughs since the tender “Two-Family House” (2000) made a star-crossed Shangri-La out of Staten Island. (His debut short, “Bronx Cheers” and the popular family drama/comedy “City Island” 2009 were set in the Bronx.) His latest “Rob the Mob,” which arrives in NY theaters Friday (March 28 in LA), is situated largely in Queens, but is a radical change of pace for the director in terms of both style and subject. And it offers the best time to be had at the movies thus far this year.
  • By John Anderson
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  • March 18, 2014 11:55 AM
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REVIEW: SXSW Grand Jury Doc Winner 'The Great Invisible'

I was happy to see that Margaret Brown’s deserving documentary “The Great Invisible,” on the Deepwater Horizon oil spill and its aftermath, nabbed the Grand Jury award at this year’s SXSW. While the doc competition lineup was strong, Brown’s film displayed the tautest and most skillful chops in terms of dynamic storytelling -- something that’s become increasingly important with the abundance of documentaries being made.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • March 14, 2014 12:53 PM
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This Weekend, Drive Past 'Need for Speed' and Head for the Indies

This weekend, your best bet is to steer clear of "Need for Speed" and seek out a few indies instead. The critics have spoken, and "Breaking Bad" star Aaron Paul's first mainstream theatrical vehicle, based on the wildly popular video game racing franchise, has no wheels. So instead, why not catch not one, but two hunky Jake Gyllenhaals in Denis Villeneuve's moody "Enemy," director Jason Bateman's "Bad Words," the long-awaited "Veronica Mars" movie, or even some sweet old folks in "Le Week-End"? Trailers below.
  • By Anne Thompson and Ryan Lattanzio
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  • March 12, 2014 7:55 PM
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SXSW Review: Vampires Get Real in Hilarious Mock Doc 'What We Do In the Shadows'

It’s hard out there for a vampire. Sunlight’s a (literal) pain, dining on human blood can get messy, and primping for a night out on the town is tricky when you can’t see your own reflection in a mirror. Aside from these supernatural hang-ups, Taikia Waititi and Jemaine Clement’s rollicking mockumentary “What We Do in the Shadows” shows us that bloodsuckers have more banal problems, too -- like getting along with roommates.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • March 12, 2014 1:50 PM
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