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Review: White God

  An arresting, brutal fable about animal cruelty, writes FMR’s Jordan Baker.  Dogs may be man’s best friend, but that doesn’t mean they’re without limits. Push our canine comrades too far, and you...

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Review: Ex Machina

A stylish and well-acted sci-fi drama that misses its chance for greater meaning, writes FMR’s Jordan Baker.  Though more successful as an acting showcase and atmospheric exercise than as a thought-provoking drama, Ex Machina nonetheless represents a...

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Review: It Follows

Self-aware, yet genuinely scary, It Follows is a triumph of atmospheric horror, writes FMR’s Jordan Baker. The opening shot of David Robert Mitchell‘s It Follows is simple in execution, but immensely demonstrative of what makes this moody...

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Review: Chappie

Admirably out-there risks collide with monotonous, graceless execution in the latest from the director of District 9, writes FMR’s Jordan Baker. Hollywood loves the comfort of formula over the perils of risk. While there’s nothing...

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Review: Serena

Stars Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence can’t salvage Serena, a well-intentioned drama hindered by faulty writing and directing, writes FMR’s Jordan Baker.  Even the brightest super-star duos stumble once and a while. That’s exactly...

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Predicting the 87th Academy Awards

FMR’s Jordan Baker throws out his predictions for Sunday’s big show/the end of awards season madness.  Well, it had to happen eventually: the Oscars are merely days away, and yet there’s an honest-to-god...

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Review: Blackhat

All the timeliness in the world can’t rescue Blackhat from a sluggish script full of wooden characters, writes FMR’s Jordan Baker. Exceedingly timely but sloppily written, Michael Mann‘s Blackhat applies the director’s formidable style to...

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Capsule Reviews: Into the Woods, Unbroken, American Sniper, Ida, A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night

The following are short reviews for five 2014 releases that I’ve seen over the past few weeks but have never quite found the time to sit down and focus on. Below are condensed...

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<> on October 19, 2009 in Santa Clarita, California.

Best of 2014 Part 2: The Dream Ballot

FMR’s Jordan Baker does his part to feed into Hollywood’s awards-race machine and shares his fantasy Oscar ballot. Now that the Academy has unveiled its own nominees for 2014, I figured it’s the...

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2015 Golden Globe Predictions

FMR’s Jordan Baker gives his predictions for the 72nd Golden Globe Awards. Awards season has been in full swing for a while now, but it officially kicks into high gear tonight with the...

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