Review: Fury

Aside from its impressive combat scenes, Fury is little more than a stale WW2 drama, writes FMR’s Jordan Baker. “War is hell.” It’s not a new idea. It hasn’t been for a very, very long time. Even...

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Review: The Tale of the Princess Kaguya

Princess Kaguya is another winner from Studio Ghibli, even though it stumbles through its ending, writes FMR’s Jordan Baker. There’s a reason why certain tales are timeless. No matter the variations and adaptations,...

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Review: Dear White People

A promising debut and an uncommonly articulate and concise take on everyone’s favorite uncomfortable topic (race), writes FMR’s Jordan Baker. “What’s the big deal, we have a black president!” “Racism is over!”  “It...

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Review: Birdman (or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

Birdman is a work of bravura direction, powerful acting, and ambitious photography that dwarfs all of Alejandro G. Inarritu’s previous films, writes FMR’s Jordan Baker. Mexican director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu has always displayed...

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Review: Whiplash

Whiplash‘s musical performances are electrifying, but the film’s emotional core never really develops, writes FMR’s Jordan Baker. The title may be Whiplash, but thankfully the actual film is much more emotionally consistent. Director...

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Review: The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Him/Her

Ned Benson’s two-part relationship drama gets off to a sluggish start, but redeems itself with stellar performances and insightful character examination, writes FMR’s Jordan Baker. Usually, when producers and filmmakers have different ideas...

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Review: Gone Girl

David Fincher’s much-anticipated adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s best-seller represents a perfect pairing of director and source material, writes FMR’s Jordan Baker. When I first heard that director David Fincher was attached to direct...

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Review: White Bird In A Blizzard

Gregg Araki’s new young adult piece White Bird In A Blizzard explores what it means to be the child of a missing parent, and how that affects relationships for those left behind writes...

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Review: Men, Women and Children

Tonally confused and laughably simplistic, Men Women & Children is another troubling disaster from Jason Reitman, writes FMR’s Jordan Baker. Within minutes, Jason Reitman‘s Men Women & Children takes the honor for the year’s worst and least necessary...

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Review: Marie

A beautifully-shot short from director Alfredo Tanaka is a haunting poem of slow-building horror. Marie (Kasia Koleczek) is a beautiful young woman looking for romance in a more unusual and dark place. When she...

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