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Pawn Sacrifice

Pawn Sacrifice is a love story unlike any other, as it is a love between a man, chess genius Bobby Fischer (Tobey Maguire), and silence. Chess played at the grandmaster level requires stretching the human mind to its outermost limits, as matches have to be exhaustively prepared for, and there are more potential moves and […]

Ten Thousand Saints

Written and Directed by Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini, based on the novel by Eleanor Henderson Produced by Anne Carey, Amy Nauiokas, Luca Borghese, Trudie Styler, and Celine Rattray Released by Screen Media Films USA. 90 min. Rated R With Asa Butterfield, Hailee Steinfeld, Emile Hirsch, Avan Jogia, Emily Mortimer, Julianne Nicholson, Nadia Alexander, […]

Irrational Man

Written and Directed by Woody Allen Produced by Letty Aronson, Stephen Tenenbaum and Edward Walson Released by Sony Pictures Classics USA. 94 min. Rated R With Jamie Blackley, Joaquin Phoenix, Parker Posey, and Emma Stone Philosophy professor Abe Lucas (Joaquin Phoenix) causes a stir by arriving at Braylin College just in time for the summer […]

She’s Lost Control

Edited, Written, and Directed by Anja Marquardt Produced by Kiara C. Jones, Mollye Asher and Marquardt Released by Visit Films USA. 90 min. Not rated With Brooke Bloom, Marc Menchaca and Dennis Boutsikaris Ronah works in what she calls “professional intimacy,” meeting with male psychology patients who have sustained issues with relationships, and she helps […]

Faults

Written and Directed by Riley Stearns Produced by Keith Calder, Jessica Calder and Mary Elizabeth Winstead Released by Screen Media Films USA. 89 min. Not rated With Leland Orser, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Beth Grant, Chris Ellis, Lance Reddick, and Jon Gries The title of this gripping psychological thriller comes from the name of a religious […]

Still Alice

Written and directed by Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland, based on the novel by Lisa Genova Produced by Lex Lutzus, James Brown, and Pamela Koffler Released by Sony Pictures Classics USA. 99 min. PG-13 With Julianne Moore, Kristen Stewart, Kate Bosworth, Alec Baldwin, and Hunter Parrish Alice Howland (Julianne Moore) is an extremely smart woman. […]

The Best of 2014

What went into the creation of this list? Mostly strong first impressions, followed by second (or third or fourth opinions) and a second viewing, confirming that there is some “there” there. Because this compilation is made right at the end of the year, it’s a judgment of its time made under at least condition since […]

A Most Violent Year

Written and Directed by J.C. Chandor Produced by Neal Dodson, Anna Gerb, and Chandor Released by A24 USA. 124 min. Rated R With Oscar Isaac, Jessica Chastain, David Oyelowo, Alessandro Nivola, Elyes Gabel, Albert Brooks, Catalina Sandino Moreno, Peter Gerety, and Christopher Abbott A Most Violent Man is not particularly violent, and it only takes […]

Whiplash

Written and Directed by Damiel Chazelle Produced by Jason Blum, Helen Estabrook, David Lancaster, and Michel Litvak Released by Sony Pictures Classics USA. 105 min. Rated R With Miles Teller, J.K. Simmons, Melissa Benoist, and Paul Reiser Possibly the most intense/best film of the year, Whiplash appears to have been made for a niche audience. […]