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A Tale of Love and Darkness

“Props to Natalie Portman’s writing and directing debut for being such a smartly handled adaptation of a seminal work about Jewish history and identity. Does her artistic ambition exceed her grasp? Absolutely, but this is no mere vanity project by the star as much as it is a truly invigorating work” read more

4 weeks ago
JxSxPx posted a review of The Babadook

The Babadook

“For my money, the best horror films are the ones where the horror can be scanned as literal or metaphorical, so enter The Babadook. Jennifer Kent’s debut horror film is a striking work of minimalism and subversion of expectations as the routine elements of a supernatural thriller are lined up then” read more

4 weeks ago
JxSxPx posted a review of Ain't Them Bodies Saints

Ain’t Them Bodies Saints

“Less a film on its own merits than it is something engineered to feel like a relic from Hollywood’s revolutionary period between 1967 and 1982. Does it succeed? Well, that’s more of a volatile question, isn’t it? Ain’t Them Bodies Saints is a gorgeous ode to a bygone Americana, but it’s li” read more

4 weeks ago
JxSxPx posted a review of Anna Karenina

Anna Karenina

“Emotional depth gets lost in Joe Wright’s adaptation of Anna Karenina, but it sure is beautiful to stare at. Leo Tolstoy’s novel of familial disintegration and the romance that leads to its main character’s eventual destruction is no stranger to film, so you need a new hook to make your versio” read more

4 weeks ago
JxSxPx posted a review of The Paperboy

The Paperboy

“I know you could say this about every Lee Daniels movie but what the hell was The Paperboy? Daniels’ films are frequently hot and bothered, highly pulpy explorations of important topics, ones that give in to a Dallas/Dynasty-like veneer of sleaze and suds more often than not, and The Paperboy is n” read more

4 weeks ago
JxSxPx posted a review of Out of Sight

Out of Sight

“Ostensibly a crime movie, Out of Sight is a film that’s obsessed with dialog, behavior, and movie star charisma and sensuality than it is with any particular criminal activity. This isn’t a complaint at all, merely an observation of the structure and emphasis in Steven Soderbergh’s adaptation.” read more

4 weeks ago
JxSxPx posted a review of The Commitments

The Commitments

“Well, isn’t this just a fun, modest movie about a group of Dublin musicians trying to make something of themselves by playing American soul music of the 50s and 60s. there’s no great lesson to impart, which is quite refreshing, just a good time to be had watching a batch of chain-smoking, foul-m” read more

4 weeks ago
JxSxPx posted a review of The Haunting (1963)

The Haunting

“Shirley Jackson’s seminal haunted house novel gets the film adaptation treatment deserving of its artistry and exemplary skill in Robert Wise’s 1963 feature, The Haunting. He captures the emotional unease of the characters, most notably Eleanor, so well and all without displaying a ghostly visio” read more

4 weeks ago
Anna Karenina
 Anna Karenina 6/10
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You Make It Feel Like Christmas (Deluxe Edition)

“The luxurious retro treatment of last year’s You Make It Feel Like Christmas gets five songs appended in this deluxe edition. Gwen Stefani’s vibrato still sounds energized and comfortable among the Wall of Sound-style live instrumentation, yet the selection of covers still skews too hard on the ” read more

1 month ago
Amazing Grace
 Amazing Grace 10/10
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Night of the Living Dead (1968)
The Shining
Rosemary
Psycho (1960)
Suspiria

1 month, 2 weeks ago
The Paperboy
 The Paperboy 6/10
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JxSxPx posted a review of DREAMCAR

Dreamcar

“Super-group or side-project? Probably somewhere in-between, honestly, when all is said and done given one participant’s inability to focus on anything for very long. Dreamcar is a loving ode to mid-80s synthpop in all of its glory, and something of a reductive compression of the entire genres majo” read more

1 month, 3 weeks ago
DREAMCAR
 DREAMCAR 6/10
1 month, 3 weeks ago
JxSxPx posted a review of The Rugrats Movie

The Rugrats Movie

“A popular television makes the leap to the big screen, and the limitations of the medium become greatly apparent. What makes the television show so enjoyable in more digestible form becomes bloated, and the adage that television is merely “a movie, but longer” is proven false. Sitcoms tend to ma” read more

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Under the Skin
Trouble Every Day                                  (2001)
Inland Empire                                  (2006)
Wolf Creek                                  (2005)
Antichrist

1 month, 3 weeks ago
JxSxPx posted a review of Dancing Queen

Dancing Queen

“In one of her many hilarious moments of self-awareness, Cher proclaimed herself the Lazarus of pop music onstage during her set at the 1999 Divas Live show. It was right before she performed “Believe,” but it could just as easily reflect her seemingly inexhaustible ability to disappear and reapp” read more

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The Babadook
 The Babadook 9/10
1 month, 3 weeks ago
The BFG
 The BFG 7/10
2 months ago
Out of Sight
 Out of Sight 10/10
2 months ago
JxSxPx posted a review of The Assassin

The Assassin

“The Assassin is beautiful to behold, but there’s no narrative or character to give you a firm grasp. It’s hypnotic and narcotizing beauty for the sake of it with nothing to tether your interest. Character motivations, relationships, even a coherent story or timeline is all abstracted or diffused” read more

2 months ago
JxSxPx posted a review of The Way He Looks

The Way He Looks

“Taking a short film, in this case I Don’t Want to Go Back Alone and blowing it up to feature-length can have unintended consequences of distorting the might and power of the original. Thank god that The Way He Looks extends that short’s empathy and compassion, and its minute details in which blo” read more

2 months ago