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Review: Foxcatcher

Bennett Miller’s Foxcatcher is a somber, steadily engrossing tale of a toxic struggle for recognition, writes FMR’s Jordan Baker. An impressively reined-in dramatization of actual events, Bennett Miller‘s Foxcatcher represents another winner for the director...

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AFI Fest 2014: Mommy

Xavier Dolan’s fifth film is manic, overbearing, and filled with flashes of brilliance, writes FMR’s Jordan Baker. After taking a leap forward with this year’s Tom at the Farm, Xavier Dolan has moved...

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AFI Fest 2014: Timbuktu

Timbuktu struggles to reconcile its conflicting approaches to storytelling and winds up undermining both, writes FMR’s Jordan Baker. Abderrahmane Sissako‘s Timbuktu has been described as a tapestry-like portrait of West Africa. A tapestry it...

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AFI Fest 2014: The Wonders (Le Meraviglie)

Alice Rohrwacher nearly avoids the the sophomore slump, but The Wonders‘ last act betrays its initial vision, writes FMR’s Jordan Baker. There’s no denying the rugged beauty of Alice Rohrwacher‘s The Wonders, but whether or not...

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AFI Fest 2014: The Duke of Burgundy

Hypnotically beautiful and surprisingly sensitive towards its characters’ unusual lifestyle, writes FMR’s Jordan Baker. Campy, sexy, and mesmerizing, The Duke of Burgundy represents a giant leap forward for British director Peter Strickland. The director last appeared...

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AFI Fest 2014: Mr. Turner

Mike Leigh’s latest is beautifully made, but never gets to the core of its subject’s motivations, writes FMR’s Jordan Baker. Like the paintings of J.M.W. Turner, Mr. Turner works best when examined from afar....

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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. The new short film Hard Crimes by Aftermath director Sean Topping is...

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AFI Fest 2014: Leviathan

A powerful and epic satire, even when it starts to become longwinded, writes FMR’s Jordan Baker. In 1962, the marketing campaign for Kubrick’s Lolita asked, “How on earth did they ever make a movie...

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AFI Fest 2014

This year's AFI Fest is raging on in Hollywood, and FMR is there to catch it all.

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AFI Fest 2014: 71

’71 balances political complexity and first rate thrills with aplomb, writes FMR’s Jordan Baker. ’71 may star rising Irish actor Jack O’Connell (Starred Up) in its lead role, but it’s far more successful...

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