2017

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The 4th

The 4th marks the second Fourth of July comedy to be released this year, and it’s certainly the better flick over Mad Families.  The shoestring slacker comedy isn’t necessarily anything to write home about either, but writer/director/star Andre Hyland uses an unusual blend of schadenfreude and repetition to make his audience chuckle.

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Dawson City: Frozen Time

Film, as a physical material medium, is an unusual object: film reels can often survive in strange settings, remaining undiscovered for decades, and yet these same reels can suddenly go up in a blaze, often taking their surroundings with them.  This is an underplayed theme in Dawson City: Frozen Time, the newest work of filmmaker Bill Morrison.  Film is at once destructive and salvageable, destroyed and saved.

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A Ghost Story

By: Nick Ferwerda Academy Award nominee Rooney Mara (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) and Academy Award winner Casey Affleck (Manchester by the Sea) play M and C, a couple who lives in an old fashion country home that holds a lot of history.  After C is killed in a car accident nearby, M is left with the haunting image of her love and debates moving despite adoring the house.  C returns to the house as a ghost…

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Ripped

There hasn’t been a “high” concept stoner movie like Ripped in a very long time – at least, released in theatres.  It seems as if this comedy sub-genre has completely made the transition to the VOD market in order to deliver these flicks directly to their at-home toking crowd.

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Past Life

Past Life is a post-Holocaust historical drama that revolves around a climactic secret.  Scene after scene, the audience obtains a new hint or important detail as hard-working Israeli sisters Sephi and Nana (Joy Rieger and Nelly Tagar) uncover more of their family’s past.

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The Little Hours

The Little Hours fuses arthouse cinema with modern comedic stylings borrowed from Judd Apatow’s toybox.  In other words, it’s a film with lovely cinematography and patient pacing, yet features bawdy behaviour and provocative profanity.