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    50 Best Films of 2014

    40. Night Moves Since 2006, Kelly Reichardt has found a way to reach inside of the hearts of her audiences, plucking out strings one by one with desolate re-imaginations of the American Pacific Northwest, seen through the eyes of people not so different than ourselves. With Meek’s Cutoff, she departed from her typical genre and moved […] More

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    Obsessed with Pop Culture: Best of the Week

    The 2014 Action Hero Power Rankings Some years are just great for certain genres, and this year was a great one for action. All across the board were films within different subgenres stepping up and delivering great action set pieces and characters. Consider the shot on the revolving tank gun revealing the totality of carnage […] More

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    The 2014 Action Hero Power Rankings

    Some years are just great for certain genres, and this year was a great one for action. All across the board were films within different subgenres stepping up and delivering great action set pieces and characters. Consider the shot on the revolving tank gun revealing the totality of carnage in Dawn of the Planet of […] More

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    Best Movie Posters of 2014 Part One

    Movie poster artists are without a doubt some of the most vital yet overlooked contributors to cinematic history. Long before the invention of the television and the internet, filmmakers relied on movie posters to persuade audiences to watch their films. Ever since the late 19th century, posters (or then simple 8 x 10 inch lobby […] More

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    Sordid Cinema #76: ‘The Raid 2’ and ‘Oculus’

    This week on Sordid Cinema (the demented all genre stepchild to our flagship podcast), we sit down to discuss Oculus, the sophomore feature form upcoming director Mike Flanagan, who graced us with his partially Kickstarter-funded feature debut two years ago titled Absentia. That film went on to crack Sound On Sight’ best horror films of […] More

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    ‘The Raid 2’ a breathless, if overlong, action-packed follow-up

    The Raid 2 Written and directed by Gareth Evans Indonesia, 2014 The first reaction to Gareth Evans’ highly anticipated sequel to his blistering 2012 action movie is to complain to the Advertising Standards Authority. Despite the title’s implication, there is no specific raid here, at least not upon a single, individual location, a design mandated by the […] More

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    ‘The Raid 2’, from Gareth Evans, releases a new trailer

    One of the unexpected critically acclaimed movies of 2011 was the Indonesian action film The Raid: Redemption. The third feature from filmmaker Gareth Evans garnered fans in both the critical and commercial film community, with many excited to see a continuation of the film. Evans soon announced a sequel, titled The Raid 2, which eventually […] More

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    Sundance 2014: Most Anticipated in the Premieres Section

    The Sundance Premieres section is “A showcase of world premieres of some of the most highly anticipated dramatic films of the coming year.” Young Ones Written and directed by Jake Paltrow USA, 2014 It’s always a mix of delight, discomfort, and teeth-grinding tension when Michael Shannon (Bug, Take Shelter, The Iceman) takes center stage. His […] More