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Provocative Good Kill Examines How the War on Terror Can Give You Carpal Tunnel

Technological advances might have kept the war on terror at a physical distance, but in Good Kill, human emotions still take their toll. The latest drama from director Andrew Niccol (The Host) probes how a new generation of pilots still manages to experience burnout, remorse, and even post-traumatic stress disorder while flying missions from a […]

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Oak Cliff Film Festival Announces 2015 Lineup

The Oak Cliff Film Festival has revealed its full 2015 lineup and schedule. The fest has a handy film guide over at its website you can take a look at.

Highlights include director Rick Alverson’s Entertainment, featuring Michael Cera and John C. Reilly. Alverson last directed The Comedy, which starred Tim Heidecker (of Tim and Eric fame) and won this fest back in 2013, despite its somewhat misleading title — the film, sort of a feature-length critique of ironic distance, was most definitely not a comedy. I didn’t like it, but it was certainly something. I’d also jot onto your personal schedule screenings of Tangerine, which was apparently shot almost entirely with iPhones, and Hard to be a God, which sounds completely insane.

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Mad Max: Fury Road Roars With Chaotic Delights of its Nightmarish Future

During an era in which our big-budget Hollywood summer spectacles are so laden with “mythology” that they threaten to choke on their own exposition, it’s a pleasure to settle in for this efficiently told, batshit-crazy sequel/reboot of the Mad Max series.

Tom Hardy steps into the title role originated by Mel Gibson, and almost no time at all — just a few minutes of difficult-to-understand voiceover at the beginning — is spent reorienting us to a world we last saw in a movie made 30 years ago. That’s a smart choice by writer-director George Miller, for it makes all the many unique bits of a business (like humans used as living blood bags, henchmen who huff silver spray paint before launching an attack) all the more fascinating to discover.

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Latest Hardy Adaptation Is Pretty But Passionless

From its strong-willed heroine to its progressive views on socioeconomic class, it’s easy to see what makes Thomas Hardy’s novel Far From the Madding Crowd such an inviting book to adapt for the stage and screen.

The latest version, from Danish director Thomas Vinterberg (The Hunt), is a well acted drama of romantic roulette that functions as a shallow examination of 19th century feminism with a 21st century mentality.

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Wiig Gives Welcome to Me More Than Just Cheap Laughs

Needless to say, comedies about mental illness can be tricky from a narrative perspective. Most often the goal is to elicit laughs without becoming insensitive, and to be respectful without turning into a maudlin freak show.

So recognizing that Welcome to Me makes a decent effort, or succeeds despite its flaws, isn’t faint praise. It might lack in polish, but compensates with a terrific performance by Kristen Wiig as a woman with borderline personality disorder.

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