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    ‘Exodus: Gods and Kings’ needs more divine inspiration

    Exodus: Gods and Kings Written by Adam Cooper, Bill Collage, Jeffrey Caine & Steven Zaillian Directed by Ridley Scott UK/USA/Spain, 2014   Perhaps the End Times are finally upon us.  How else to explain a year that began with Russell Crowe playing Noah and ends with Christian Bale as Moses?  Whereas Darren Aronofsky’s Noah reached […] More

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    Bojack Horseman is an argument for binge watchingi

    Despite all the suggestions that we’re in a new golden age of television, there’s still plenty of hand-wringing and pearl clutching over the phenomenon of binge watching. Some argue simply that it undermines the experience. It’s also been suggested that binge watching can kill. That a lot of us are binging, particularly on streaming content, is […] More

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    ‘Exodus: Gods and Kings’, the newest feature from Ridley Scott, gets its first trailer

    Over the course of a career going back nearly 50 years, director Ridley Scott has garnered a large amount of commercial and critical acclaim, helming classics such as Alien, Blade Runner, and Thelma and Louise alongside other well-regarded films such as Gladiator, Black Hawk Down, Kingdom of Heaven, and American Gangster. Many were thus excited […] More

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    Mousterpiece Cinema, Episode 136: ‘Need for Speed’

    Friends, do you feel the need? The need for…a new video-game adaptation? Well, good! (You did say “Yes,” right?) Because on the new episode of Mousterpiece Cinema, Gabe and Josh are putting the pedal to the metal to discuss the new action film from Touchstone Pictures, Need for Speed. With Aaron Paul of Breaking Bad […] More

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    ‘Need for Speed’ has fun car chases, but otherwise stalls

    Aaron Paul stars as Tobey Marshall, a street racer framed for murder by Dino Brewster, Dominic Cooper’s rich racer villain. Rather than prove his innocence or reveal Brewster’s villainy, Tobey’s plan is to beat Brewster in an underground street race hosted by Michael Keaton’s Monarch, a retired racer who sadly does not live in a giant flying cocoon staffed by comical henchmen. With the police and Brewster’s bounty hunters in pursuit, Tobey must race across the country to the starting line. More

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    ‘Need for Speed’ fairly lifeless when its characters aren’t racing for their lives

    The new film Need for Speed does not deserve its lead actor, as he proves in a number of the dramatic moments. Even those audience members not familiar with Aaron Paul’s outstanding work on the AMC drama Breaking Bad would likely notice the straining-at-the-seams emotional style he brings to his character here, which is somewhat unexpected in a movie that essentially wants to kickstart its own The Fast and the Furious-esque franchise. Those movies, like Need for Speed, boast plenty of pedal-to-the-metal street racing, outrageous stunts, beautiful women, more racing, more stunts, and so on. Need for Speed, however, tries too hard to be a real, grounded story of revenge and hate, too often tippling over into melodrama. More

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    Sundance 2014: Photoset

    Read Sound on Sight’s review of The Double. Read our Sundance review of Infinitely Polar Bear Ten unacquired Sundance 2014 films we hope to see someday. Read our review of Rudderless Read the Sundance review of Frank Read our Sundance review of Hellion. More

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