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Grade: A-

With Foxcatcher, Bennett Miller and his three lead actors, Channing Tatum, Steve Carell and Mark Ruffalo have crafted a bleak recollection of the events leading to the 1996 Foxcatcher murders. The real-life story involves millionaire John du Pont and olympic wrestling champions and brothers Dave and Mark Schultz. Bennett, whose previous two films Capote and Moneyball also dealt with real stories, chose to set the story in the late Reagan era. He strips the story of all unnecessary characters, choosing to focus solely on the central trio. Unlike most real-life murder stories, the goal here is not to give you all the facts, but to show you the inevitability of the crime by providing a path into the minds involved. The result is a diluted, cold study that demands a lot from its audience but rewards them with magnetic performances and important, if distant, insight.

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Peanuts The Movie

When I was a kid, Peanuts was the reason I read the newspaper. As an adult I have more of an admiration for not just the comics, but the TV specials too. A Charlie Brown Christmas is one of the greatest holiday programs of all time. Next Christmas we’ll be getting a updated Charlie Brown tale. What will it look like? Will it be like the old TV specials from our childhood? Check out the trailer for Peanuts The Movie after the jump.

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GRADE: B+

In a world that is becoming more and more saturated with superhero films (whether that’s a good thing or a bad thing is up to you), Big Hero 6 is a fun new addition to the mix.  Disney’s newest animated film based on the Marvel comic book of the same title is about a 13-year-old genius, Hiro, who forms a high-tech superhero squad with his friends and his blow-up health care aid to defeat a micro-bot wielding villain.

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GRADE: A-

I just want to start off by saying this review is spoiler-free, because spoilers are lazy. After two years of anticipation, I have now seen Interstellar twice (both in glorious 70mm IMAX film), as is the preferred viewing format of writer-director Christopher Nolan. This is a film that is so ingrained with monumental ideas and questions about humanity and our place in the universe, I’m not really sure where to start. So for brevity’s sake, I’ll say this: Interstellar, with its jaw-dropping imagery, incredible acting and evocation of heart-pounding thrills and tears, is an essential cinematic experience. And something that is (and already has) sure to drive a stark divide and debate on its place in this year’s Oscar race, the science fiction genre and Nolan’s highly regarded filmography.

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Into The Woods

With award season quickly approaching, we are getting some looks at upcoming films that will no doubt be in the hunt. Disney’s fairy tale merging musical Into The Woods and the The Hobbit: Battle Of Five Armies. Check them out below.

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The Force Awakens

Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens. That is the title of Disney’s upcoming Star Wars film that has officially wrapped up production. While the title still leaves us with a lot of questions, it does give us a hint as to what do expect. More on this title below.

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Marvel Phase 3

When it comes to movie studios planning a head, I don’t think there’s a better one than Marvel. Yesterday Marvel held a special event at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood where they spilled the beans on their plan for the next five years, and it’s massive. Check out Marvel’s master plan after the jump.

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Oct.27 2014

Who Will Take The Iron Throne?

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I recently found myself speculating as to who is going to take the Iron Throne when Game of Thrones reaches its conclusion in the next few years. After some consideration, I’ve developed a list of candidates and whether or not I believe they will be sitting on the most intimidating and uncomfortable chair in the world when the series ends. I want to be very clear from the get-go that this is all based on speculation and evidence that we have seen on the TV show thus far. So if you are all caught up through Season 4 then there is no need to worry about spoilers.

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Grade: A

Whiplash, written and directed by Damien Chazelle, follows Andrew (Miles Teller) , a young Jazz drummer at a prestigious New York conservatory whose aspirations of grandeur echo those of Fletcher (J.K. Simmons), a feared and fearless instructor. As the later takes on a mentor position, he drags the former into a violent spiral of musical training that spins faster and faster until its grandiose finale. The film impresses on many fronts. Teller and Simmons display unmatched virtuosity and presence. Chazelle hits all the technical marks: every shot is immaculate, every cut justified and this is overall the most effective film-making I have seen all year. But what really sets Whiplash apart is the excitement it ignites within the viewers. Almost a week after the projection, I can still hear the beats, relentless. The tempo gets faster and faster as does your heartbeat, and even though the writing grows out of tune in the final act, you barely hear it, because by that point you are fully entranced.

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As Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar inches towards release date (two weeks away!), the promotional blitz is now in full force; with magazine covers, interviews and early screenings bubbling up the anticipation. One of the unique aspects of this particular sci-fi space adventure is its use of real theoretical astrophysics related to Einstein’s theory of relativity, specifically with black holes and wormholes (via Cal Tech Astrophysicist Kip Thorne’s integral involvement with the film’s story and production). Wired just released an awesome, lengthy piece (including a video) that goes way behind the scenes to reveal just how Thorne’s science influenced Nolan’s visual effects team’s deception of black holes. It’s pretty incredible, take a look after the jump.

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