Review: Magic in the Moonlight

Though billed as a light comedy, Magic in the Moonlight is as dour and unpleasant as its protagonist, writes FMR’s Jordan Baker.  A movie may show a character acting in an unpleasant manner without...

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Review: A Most Wanted Man

Despite the talent involved, A Most Wanted Man is too thin to be more than a passable John le Carre adaptation, writes FMR’s Jordan Baker. Tomas Alfredson’s Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011) was, against the odds,...

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Review: Lucy

Lucy is admirably ludicrous and highly entertaining nonsense, writes FMR’s Jordan Baker.  Luc Besson‘s Lucy is dumb, but it is – in its own Besson-esque way – admirably dumb. It is better crafted than, say,...

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sam adams lies on criticwire

An Open Letter to CriticWire s Sam Adams

Dear Mr. Adams We found your article about FMR’s services really disgusting. You took a tweet from your internet pal Christopher Campbell, who totally misunderstood our services, and ran with it. You made...

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Review: The Fault In Our Stars

Much like the novel by Jonathan Green, this epic yet tiny tale of two dying teenagers who fall in love manages to surprise with depth and humor writes FMR's Cate Baum.

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Review: Life Itself

Steve James’ tribute to the legendary Roger Ebert is a well-rounded and moving celebration of its subject’s life and career, writes FMR’s Jordan Baker.  One of the annoying stereotypes about film critics is that...

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A smart, full-bodied sequel

Review: Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is a smart, full-bodied sequel that outdoes its predecessor in every way, writes FMR’s Jordan Baker. The bar set by 2011′s Rise of the Planet of the Apes wasn’t...

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Review: Boyhood

Richard Linklater’s long-gestating Boyhood is a stunning piece of intimate and epic filmmaking, writes FMR’s Jordan Baker.  The late Roger Ebert once remarked that “No good movie is too long, and no bad movie...

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The Best Movies of 2014…so far

With June finally at its end, we’re just about to reach the halfway point of the year. And while the studios love to save most of their major awards contenders for the September-December...

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Review: Grace of Monaco

Grace of Monaco is a spectacular failure that lacks even a single convincing moment, writes FMR’s Jordan Baker.  Certain cinematic failures can inspire sympathy. There are those noble misfires, films with a few worthwhile...

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