Review: Brooklyn

A rich and touching immigrant tale led by excellent work from Saoirse Ronan, writes FMR’s Jordan Baker.  As far as immigrant stories go, the one found in Brooklyn, as adapted from Colm Toibin‘s...

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Review: Spotlight

An outstanding merger of slick storytelling and intelligent journalistic objectivity, writes FMR’s Jordan Baker. A meticulous dramatization of real events, Tom McCarthy‘s Spotlight makes a compelling case in favor of journalism done right. Though...

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AFI Fest ’15: Mountains May Depart

Jia Zhangke’s 8th film has a soaring middle that’s bookended by dismal opening and closing acts, writes FMR’s Jordan Baker. There’s about 40 minutes worth of a good movie in Jia Zhangke’s Mountains...

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AFI Fest ’15: Carol

Carol takes its time to build up its central drama, but the end result is a delicate and haunting romance, writes FMR’s Jordan Baker.  As restrained and repressed as its time period and characters,...

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AFI Fest ’15: The Lobster

An arrestingly odd and howlingly funny dark comedy, writes FMR’s Jordan Baker. Without any notable visual flourishes, The Lobster does what so many films set in the near (or far) future fail to do...

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Review: The Assassin

Hou Hsiao-Hsien‘s first film in 7 years is a gorgeous technical marvel sunken by its agonizingly slow pace, writes FMR’s Jordan Baker. There’s nothing quite like The Assassin in the filmography of Taiwanese...

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Review: Room

A harrowing and profoundly moving story of the love between parents and children, writes FMR’s Jordan Baker. Rooting an entire movie in the perspective of a 5 year old is one hell of...

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Review: Crimson Peak

Guillermo Del Toro’s latest pulls off a tricky balancing act of Gothic, Romantic, and Horror influences to frequently stunning effect, writes FMR’s Jordan Baker. In an early flashback in Crimson Peak, a ghost whispers...

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Review: South Loop (Short)

Short Loop is an entertaining Chicago street story building on a Trains Planes Automobiles/After Hours tradition. Originally made for the 48 Hour Film Project Chicago 2015, South Loop was written and filmed in...

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That’s My Professional Name: On the 20th Anniversary of Gus Van Sant’s “To Die For”

“You aren’t really anybody in America unless you’re on TV…” – Suzanne Stone Last fall, when Dan Gilroy’s Nightcrawler arrived in theaters, many critics understandably cited Sidney Lumet’s Network as a major influence. While that...

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