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AugustTable
AugustTable

August: Osage County

Great plays almost never make for great films. I’ve said it a million times. So it goes with the screen adaptation of Tracy Letts’ landmark play, “August: Osage County,” which debuted on Broadway in 2007...
 
Best of 2013
 
12 Years 6
12 Years 6
12 Years 6

12 Years a Slave: Best Film of 2013

12 Years a Slave is a horrifying, realistic look at American slavery.  The film is grueling in its depiction of the hell that black Americans lived under for several hundred years, and it is the best film by far of 2013. It is ...
 
Best of 2013
 
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AmericanHustle4
AmericanHustle4

American Hustle: A Must-See

By Mona Gerber Milbrodt Although she would have been barely past toddlerhood in 1978, Amy Adams wears those iconic big-ass hair rollers held fast by oversize metal bobby pin clips as if she had really lived in the post-Watergat...

 
Best of 2013
 
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Gatsby1A
Gatsby1A

Great Gatsby: One of the Best of 2013

Baz Luhrmann’s “The Great Gatsby” has flaws. For starters, it’s visually and sonically bloated and about a half-hour too long. (Total running time is almost two-and-a-half hours.) But it is also complex,...
 
Drama
 
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Trust10
Trust10

Trust: Another Overlooked Gem From 2011

With the films of 2013 being pretty disappointing so far, we at Tour de Force are looking back at the many under-rated films of 2011, which are ripe for reconsideration — and Netflix streaming. If you’re looking for...
 
Avant-Garde
 
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Future10
Future10

The Future: One of Many Under-Rated Films From 2011

Two thousand thirteen has so far been disappointing when it comes to avant-garde film. But there’s no reason to give up on the genre. In recent years there have been many challenging films that got little to no attention ...

 
Thriller
 
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Trance9
Trance9

Trance: Stylish, Shallow Thriller About Hypnosis

Danny Boyle’s “Trance” is a stylish, rather shallow film about the power of hypnosis. Boyle’s major concern on this project was to create a great soundtrack; he certainly achieved that. The music is fant...
 
Avant-Garde
 
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Upstream10
Upstream10

Upstream Color: Uninspiring Academic Exercise

I am generally a big fan of avant-garde cinema. But Shane Carruth’s “Upstream Color” is so abstract that it is more a collection of non sequiturs than a work of art that hangs together. Each sequence is oddly ...
 
Drama
 
Pines
Pines
Pines

Place Beyond the Pines: Starts Out Great but Devolves into Soap Opera

“The Place Beyond the Pines” represents something of a step back for filmmaker Derek Cianfrance. His first feature, “Blue Valentine” (2010), starring Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams, a near-masterpiec...

 
Avant-Garde
 
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SpringBreakers2
SpringBreakers2

Spring Breakers: A Disaster

I never would have believed Harmony Korine capable of making a boring film. But lo and behold, his new film “Spring Breakers” is just that. Incredibly boring. It has almost no content, almost no script, laughable ac...