Review: Selma

Ava DuVernay‘s Selma is a powerful, relevant story that humanizes Martin Luther King, and puts most historical dramas to shame, writes FMR’s Jordan Baker. It seems unthinkable that a figure like Martin Luther...

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Review: Big Eyes

Big Eyes is not a great film, but it marks a much-needed return to form for director Tim Burton, writes FMR’s Jordan Baker. Self-conscious weirdness is in short supply in Big Eyes, which turns...

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Review: Top Five

Chris Rock’s third film is the first to successfully translate the comedian’s voice to the big screen, writes FMR’s Jordan Baker. Chris Rock has had trouble branching outside of standup in the past,...

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Review: Inherent Vice

Inherent Vice captures Thomas Pynchon’s novel with rousing success without straining to turn it into something more than a shaggy dog mystery, writes FMR’s Jordan Baker. Finding the right writer/director to adapt a...

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Hard Crimes

A semi-professional swindler tries to have the value of her last mark appraised, but two of her new marks unexpectedly meet.

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Review: The Imitation Game

The Imitation Game is an engaging telling of Alan Turing’s story that nonetheless fails to capture his spirit, writes FMR’s Jordan Baker. British mathematician Alan Turing completed a Herculean task at the height of...

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Review: Wild

Reese Witherspoon does her best, but Wild is disappointingly tame, writes FMR’s Jordan Baker By the time Cheryl Strayed reaches the end of her 1100 mile journey in Wild, she has undergone a radical...

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Review: Miss Julie

Liv Ullmann’s Strindberg adaptation is powerfully acted but unable to transcend its stage origins, writes FMR’s Jordan Baker. During one of the climactic scenes of Miss Julie, the titular character implores her valet...

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Review: Still Alice

Still Alice is nicely acted, but it’s too timid with its material to leave a lasting impression, writes FMR’s Jordan Baker.  The cruel irony of Still Alice, a sensitive and efficient drama about...

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Review: The Babadook

Jennifer Kent’s debut is a creepy and touching ghost story led by a first-rate performance from Essie Davis, writes FMR’s Jordan Baker. Of all childhood memories, being read to sleep at night is...

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