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Violet

Bas Devos’ feature film debut Violet is an unforgettable movie.  There’s so much to admire about it: its cinematography, its patience, and Cesar De Sutter’s outstanding introverted performance.  However, Devos’ daring ambition to visualize inner conflict through minimal dialogue may be the film’s strongest achievement.

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1 Mile to You

You pick up on a lot of hints when you watch enough movies.  In a screening of The Blind Side, I grasped my armrest and held my breath when two characters were happily singing while driving.  I know when that happens, an accident is right around the corner and, sure enough, there was.

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The DUFF

By: Addison Wylie By playing the role of Bianca ‘The DUFF’ Piper, actress Mae Whitman finds herself in the midst of being typecast.  She plays this precocious misfit so well, that I can already envision casting agents salivating.  The predicament Whitman and those eager agents find themselves in is that The DUFF isn’t a great movie nor particularly memorable.  Its resonating buzz will be made up of satisfactory shoulder shrugs and head bobs from those…

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Vampire Academy

By: Addison Wylie Movie goers will always remember the big boom of modern vampires and their iffy lore.  Some appreciated what Twilight executed with their movement, while others wished the movement had been executed altogether. That said, I believe we can all agree that fantasies about brooding creatures of the night have had their time in the spotlight and are now starting to peter away slowly.  It was like witnessing an out-of-control party scamper off…

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The Spectacular Now

By: Addison Wylie The Spectacular Now is the movie about high school I wish I had growing up.  It’s easily identifiable and relatable to anyone who felt growing pains or knew someone having a wobbly time through secondary education. James Ponsoldt’s coming-of-age dramedy features two exceptional performances from up-and-comers Miles Teller and Shailene Woodley, who play unexpected friends who eventually become smitten with each other.  Though, Teller’s motormouth Sutter Keely won’t directly admit it since…

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Inside Out 2013: G.B.F.

By: Addison Wylie I haven’t seen it in a good long while, but I was surprised by Darren Stein’s 1999 dark comedy Jawbreaker. It brought that same guilty satisfaction you get when you eat peanut butter out of the container with a giant spoon. You shouldn’t be enjoying it, it’s probably bad for you, but you can’t stop soaking in the indulgence. Since Stein’s latest film G.B.F. deals with this same visual style and the…

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The Host

By: Addison Wylie Hollywood has been trying to fill a void with a young adult audience that the Twilight films left when it wrapped up its saga last year. A number of releases this year will attempt to carry the baton including Andrew Niccol’s The Host, a sci-fi endeavour based on a novel written by Twilight’s Stephenie Meyer. Most outspoken moviegoers were glad to see Twilight pack up their sparkles and leave. These patrons dismissed…