A Western in Boston: Black Mass

December 3, 2015 8:50 pm1 comment

By JESSE WEISSMAN I should begin this review with a disclaimer: I am a sucker for gangster films. I think The Godfather: Part III is actually a pretty good movie. Maybe it’s because to me the gangster film is part of the American film mythology (I love Westerns too). Or […]

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The Sun’s Top 10 Movies of 2015

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Courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures

1) Mad Max: Fury Road Simply put, Mad Max: Fury Road came thundering into the arena like 2000 horsepower of nitro-boosted war machine and blew the roof off not only every other action movie this year, but every movie this year, period. At 70 years old, Australian director George Miller […]

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A Creed of Humanity and Heart

November 29, 2015 7:12 pm0 comments

By MARK DISTEFANO Man, oh man, do I love Ryan Coogler’s approach to filmmaking. Plugging in the small-scale indie director behind 2013’s searing Fruitvale Station to reinvigorate the Rocky franchise was a brilliant decision. This method has been tried many times before with disastrous results (Josh Trank, Neill Blomkamp), but this […]

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Mockingjay Part 2: An Epic Ending?

November 22, 2015 5:36 pm0 comments

By NATALIE TSAY As the final installation of one of the most popular young adult series of the decade (and the catalyst for the current teen-dystopian trend), The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 2 had a lot to accomplish. It had to show how high the stakes were for Katniss […]

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The Fourth Annual Ithaca International Fantastic Film Festival

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By BRUNO COSTELINI Now that binge watching has become a national obsession and everybody seems ok with the idea of cramming dozens of hours of entertainment in a few days, the experience of attending a film festival shouldn’t sound all too unfamiliar. And yet, spending the last five days pretty […]

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Style Over Substance: The Assassin

November 20, 2015 2:15 am2 comments

By MARK DISTEFANO If it weren’t for the immaculate visuals in The Assassin, the whole experience would be a snore. I’ve been often frustrated by the commonality of filmmakers’ grammar choices. For all the options available in cinema, many directors choose to frame in the same combination of shots — […]

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