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'Only Lovers Left Alive' (2013) Movie Review

'Only Lovers Left Alive' (2013)

Tom Hiddleston and Tilda Swinton are centuries old vampire lovers coming together in Only Lovers Left Alive and writer/director Jim Jarumusch allows their history-filled lives tell an entertaining story of a culture closing in on itself. Read the Review

'Nebraska' (2013) Movie Review

'Nebraska' (2013)

Alexander Payne's Nebraska is a very well made film with a few minor laughs, but the overall oppressive nature makes it a hard film to entirely enjoy. Read the Review

'All is Lost' (2013) Movie Review

'All is Lost' (2013)

All is Lost is a monumental achievement in that it ever got made, not to mention that it could turn out this good. Nearly dialogue free and centered on one man as he finds himself alone at sea, a hole in his boat's hull and a violent storm on the horizon. The result is astonishing. Read the Review

'Only God Forgives' (2013) Movie Review

'Only God Forgives' (2013)

With his follow-up to Drive, Nicolas Winding Refn leans more toward his work in Valhalla Rising and in the process becomes artsploitation's answer to Terrence Malick. Read the Review

'The Bastards' (2013) Movie Review

'The Bastards' (2013)

With The Bastards, director and co-writer Claire Denis has muddled up her narrative to the point much of it is almost incoherent and by the end a complete waste. Read the Review

'The Last Days on Mars' (2013) Movie Review

'The Last Days on Mars' (2013)

The Last Days on Mars finds writer/director Ruairi Robinson making his feature directorial debut with a film that's essentially zombies in space. It's well made, but it's hard to get beyond the pedestrian nature of it. Read the Review

'Behind the Candelabra' (2013) Movie Review

'Behind the Candelabra' (2013)

Michael Douglas and Matt Damon are extraordinary in Behind the Candelabra as Steven Soderbergh brings us the story of Liberace in a story that's equally dark, humorous and touching. Read the Review

'Shield of Straw' (2013) Movie Review

'Shield of Straw' (2013)

For a filmmaker like Miike, Shield of Straw (Wara No Tate) should be looked at as an embarrassment. A film made up of D-level action movie cliches with a poorly written script is no way to make an appearance in competition at the Cannes Film Festival. Read the Review

'Blood Ties' (2013) Movie Review

'Blood Ties' (2013)

Blood Ties is too big for its own good. Director and co-writer Guiilaume Canet simply runs out of running time and while he does a great job establishing his characters there simply isn't enough room for them to breathe in a film that work far better as a television series than a 144-minute film. Read the Review

'Seduced and Abandoned' (2013) Movie Review

'Seduced and Abandoned' (2013)

James Toback and Alec Baldwin had an idea for a film and they took it to the 2012 Cannes Film Festival in search of funding, Seduced and Abandoned is the result of their search and it's yet another eye-opening look at how the films you see today first found their footing. Read the Review

'Inside Llewyn Davis' (2013) Movie Review

'Inside Llewyn Davis' (2013)

If ever there was an art film open to the masses this may be the one. The Coens have nailed mood, character and atmosphere with Inside Llewyn Davis and I dare anyone to watch it and not come away with at least a little something to appreciate if not a whole bag full of things to love and talk about. Read the Review

'Jimmy P.' (2013) Movie Review

'Jimmy P.' (2013)

I truly believe Jimmy P. could have been great had it lost its clinical approach to telling its story and opened itself up a little and let us further into Jimmy's life as something lived rather than something remembered. Read the Review

'The Congress' (2013) Movie Review

'The Congress' (2013)

Ari Folman has been working on The Congress for about five years now and it seems the delay in bringing his adaptation of Stanislaw Lem's short story to the big screen is a result of not being able to bring it all together in a cohesive package. Read the Review

'The Past' (2013) Movie Review

'The Past' (2013)

Asghar Farhadi has more than lived up to expectations following A Separation. The Past (Le Passe) is an absolute knockout with a fantastic screenplay and five of the best performances you'll see all year. Read the Review

'Fruitvale Station' (2013) Movie Review

'Fruitvale Station' (2013)

Fruitvale Station is the first truly great film I've seen at this year's Cannes Film Festival. The directorial debut of Ryan Coogler delivers powerful performances and a story filled with rage, fear and love in bright stripes. Read the Review

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