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Review: ‘The Theory of Everything’ Isn’t Quite Foolproof

Review: ‘The Theory of Everything’ Isn’t Quite Foolproof

The usual issue with biopics told over a significant amount of time is that they still need to the beats of conflict and (perhaps) resolution, but it’s difficult to to really get that tension when spread out so long. That’s especially true when so many…

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Movie Review: ‘Nightcrawler’ Thrills and Chills

Movie Review: ‘Nightcrawler’ Thrills and Chills

Nightcrawler is one of those films that isn’t really revolutionary in many ways, but it’s so thoroughly solid that it locks you in. The story of a strange, small time thief, brilliantly played by a gaunt Jake Gyllenhaal, harkens back to critical anti-heroes in cinema,…

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Movie Review: Jason Schwarzman is Tone Deaf in ‘Listen Up Philip’

Movie Review: Jason Schwarzman is Tone Deaf in ‘Listen Up Philip’

When asked to describe a writer — or an artist of any kind, really — the first thing that comes to mind for many is some form of the phrase “self-absorbtion.” Alex Ross Perry’s new film Listen Up Philip takes this worn character type and…

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Movie Review: Michael Keaton Reaches New Heights in ‘Birdman’

Movie Review: Michael Keaton Reaches New Heights in ‘Birdman’

Alejandro González Iñárritu is known for his strange but powerful, and often gloomy, films like (Biutiful, Babel, and 21 Grams) that descend into the truly miserable, so it was quite the surprise when it was announced he was making a comedy with Michael Keaton as…

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Movie Review: ‘Sin City: A Dame to Kill For’ Falls Short

Movie Review: ‘Sin City: A Dame to Kill For’ Falls Short

It may be nine years since Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller’s first Sin City, but they don’t miss a beat visually with Sin City: A Dame to Kill For. Actually, on much of the surface it seems as if it’s a continuation of the first,…

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Santa Clara County Bans Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

Santa Clara County Bans Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

In a vote on Tuesday, the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to ban medical marijuana dispensaries on unincorporated county land, surrounding San Jose and other South Bay Cities. Following San Jose’s adoption of strict pot regulations, which severely limited the number of…

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The New York Times Pushes for Legal Marijuana

The New York Times Pushes for Legal Marijuana

The New York Times appears to be taking a strong stance in support of marijuana legalization. In the Sunday edition of the paper, it introduced a series of editorials calling for the end of the prohibition on the plant.

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Movie Review: ‘Lucy’ Isn’t Evolved

Movie Review: ‘Lucy’ Isn’t Evolved

French writer/director Luc Besson is best known for creating hard bent female characters like Nikita, as well as The Professional staring a kid Natalie Portman. However, he’s turned more towards writing and producing in recent years and his directorial pieces haven’t really been anything to…

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Beyonce Teases ’50 Shades of Grey’ Trailer on Instagram

Beyonce Teases ’50 Shades of Grey’ Trailer on Instagram

Beyonce is sure excited for the impending 50 Shades of Grey film adaptation and to show her enthusiasm she recently posted the the above video to her personal Instagram page. Towards the end, a slowed down version of her 2003 hit “Crazy Love” can be…

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Movie Review: ‘Boyhood’ Forgoes Growing Pains

Movie Review: ‘Boyhood’ Forgoes Growing Pains

It’s rare for a film these days to be truly unique in a way that it’s unlike anything in the history of cinema. But Richard Linklater’s Boyhood is just that. Beginning in 2002, him and his cast — including seven year-old Ellar Coltrane — filmed…

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Movie Review: Roman Polanski Dominates with ‘Venus in Fur’

Movie Review: Roman Polanski Dominates with ‘Venus in Fur’

At 80, Roman Polanski shows no signs of slowing down. His latest, Venus in Fur, finds him, like his 2011 effort Carnage, adapting a stage play for the screen. Whereas Carnage found Hollywood stars like John C. Reilly and Kate Winslet taking on roles, he…

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Movie Review: Hit Snooze on ‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’

Movie Review: Hit Snooze on ‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’

A sequel to a prequel — 2011’s Rise of the Planet of the Apes — Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is exactly what’s expected of it. While the CGI apes may look better than they did three years ago, the story is still…

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