I Origins
The Fluffy Movie Funny Man Gabriel Iglesias Finds Passion, Universality in Comedy
Filmmaker Mike Cahill and Star Michael Pitt Reach for Answers in I Origins, the Year's Most Though-Provoking Movie

I Origins

I Origins 

* * * * Great films always divide viewers, and I Origins, and Mike Cahill’s superbly thought-provoking examination of skepticism, belief, science, religion, true love and the existence of the soul, will be no exception.  As his second picture, following 2011’s notable Another Earth, I Origins reveals Cahill’s estimable screenwriting and directing capabilities at full […]

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Filmmaker Mike Cahill and Star Michael Pitt Search for Answers in I Origins, the Year’s Most Thought-Provoking Movie

Filmmaker Mike Cahill and Star Michael Pitt Search for Answers in I Origins, the Year’s Most Thought-Provoking Movie 

A picture as intelligent and sophisticated as the offbeat new drama I Origins is a rarity in American movies, but given that this one was written and directed by Mike Cahill, who gave us 2011’s similarly thoughtful Another Earth, it’s no surprise. But his former film was merely a warm-up for his infinitely more complex […]

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The Fluffy Movie Funny Man Gabriel Iglesias Finds Passion, Universality in Comedy

The Fluffy Movie Funny Man Gabriel Iglesias Finds Passion, Universality in Comedy 

Gabriel Iglesias just may be the first celeb I’ve seriously drank with, if you can count knocking back a couple in a suite at Chicago’s James Hotel, ground zero for the star’s junket to promote this weekend’s opener and Iglesias’ stand-up concert film, The Fluffy Movie.  Disarmingly sweet-natured and over accommodating, Iglesias, the wildly popular […]

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Every Year I Live, I Know Less About Love: Paul Haggis on Third Person’s Investigation into the Heart of an Artist

Paul Haggis, the Oscar-winning writer and director who penned Million Dollar Baby and directed his own screenplay for Crash (movies that won consecutive Best Picture Oscars in 2005 and 2006), has maintained a lower profile in the last few years. And while his success in the last decade afforded him ample opportunity to become a […]

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Edge of Tomorrow

Edge of Tomorrow 

* * * * A tale told with sound and fury signifying perhaps the best big-budget sci-fi action movie since Avatar, director Doug Liman’s Edge of Tomorrow is proof positive that a summer superthriller needn’t be mindless, this one so innovative in its storytelling and satisfying in its execution—particularly in the performance of star Tom […]

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The Fault in Our Stars

The Fault in Our Stars 

  * * * 1/2 It’s been some time since I’ve felt overwhelmed by a movie, or maybe just a character. Perhaps even longer since I fell in love with one.  That happened a few days ago, and I think I still have butterflies. In the unabashedly tear-inducing movie adaptation of John Green’s successful novel […]

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Maleficent

Maleficent 

**1/2 The main reason to see Maleficent, the new revisionist take on Sleeping Beauty featuring heavy doses of girl power and even more CGI, is its most special effect, a silky smooth performance by Angelina Jolie as the titular, anti-heroic villainess in spite of herself.  Heretofore known for vanity and wickedness, Jolie’s fallen angel of sorts […]

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X-Men: Days of Future Past

X-Men: Days of Future Past 

* * * 1/2 Forget about it being a summer franchise picture, because X-Men: Days of Future Past is a thoughtful and thematically dense anti-blockbuster, a movie full of ideas that largely eschews huge action set-pieces through most of its running time in favor of a surprisingly compelling story about the fear—and extermination—of the other, […]

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Chef

Chef 

* * * 1/2 The very definition of a crowd-pleaser, Jon Favreau’s Chef is as amiable and enjoyable a comedy as in recent memory, and one that ultimately works on sweetness and a solidly charming performance from its writer/director/star, whose film has real heart and big laughs.  Chef Carl Casper (Favreau) is a once-famed guru […]

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Brick Mansions

Brick Mansions 

* A superfluous rehash of a much better movie, Brick Mansions is the limp American version of the terrific 2006 French action picture District B13, which was a scrappy surprise that introduced the uninitiated to the high-flying sport of parkour and its gravity-defying founder, Gallic star David Belle. That picture was a fast and funny […]

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