Review: About Elly

Asghar Farhadi’s long-delayed film is a masterpiece of atmosphere, character, and tension, writes FMR’s Jordan Baker.  Pitched somewhere between the ghostly mysteries of Gone Girl and Under the Sand, and the existential malaise of L’Avventura, About Elly is...

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Review: Good Kill

Lackluster direction and dodgy writing sabotage Andrew Niccol’s timely examination of drone warfare, writes FMR’s Jordan Baker. In terms of subject matter, director Andrew Niccol (Gattaca) could not have chosen a more timely...

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Review: Mad Max: Fury Road

A visionary, and thoroughly bonkers, ride through the post-apocalyptic wasteland, writes FMR’s Jordan Baker.   For a movie franchise that has lain dormant for 30 years, George Miller‘s Mad Max saga has never looked or sounded...

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Review: Welcome to Me

Kristen Wiig is on her A-game in this amusing, but mostly forgettable dramedy, writes FMR’s Jordan Baker. Despite a fun set-up, Shira Piven‘s Welcome to Me is so totally linked to its central...

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Scarlett Johansson, Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, and Robert Downey Jr.

Review: Avengers: Age of Ultron

Phase II of the Marvel Cinematic Universe comes to a weightless, tension-free conclusion, writes FMR’s Jordan Baker.  “This doesn’t make any sense,” remarks Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) to Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) during the...

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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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