ONLY LOVERS LEFT ALIVE – Review by Sara Vizcarrondo

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Don’t trust the title. Jim Jarmusch’s newest flight into the fantasies of a teen angst and anima follows the eternal love of Adam (Tom Hiddleston) and Eve (Tilda Swinton, who else?). Comfortable in Tangier when she hears her lover is in the dumps, Eve heroically runs to her man in Ghosttown, Detroit, where he’s carved a fascinating hermit-cum-rock-star life for himself. In a reclaimed house surrounded by impressively aged musical instruments, Adam has powered his home with an off the grid electrical system that could make geeks drool—and making geeks drool is kind of the point. Read more>>

 

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JOE – Review by Kristy Puchko

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Over the years, Nicolas Cage has become something other than an actor; he’s become an icon of pop culture, valued for his wild eyes and unrepentant eccentricities, real or imagined. This larger-than-life persona has begun to overshadow Cage’s actual abilities as a performer. And Cage finally seems to be aware of this, willfully stripping down his star power and toning down the antics that have become his crutch, for the gritty indie Joe.  Read more>>

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Lars von Trier Talks About America and Cinema Style – Jennifer Merin interviews

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Lars von Trier’s gutsy films have always stirred passionate debate, and his set of Nymph()maniacs continue to attract a lot of pros and as many cons. Much of the controversy has to do with von Trier’s attitude towards and portrayal of women. However, discussion about von Trier’s work has not always focused on misogyny. Read on…

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DRAFT DAY – Review by Susan Granger

Each May, National Football League general managers wheel-and-deal, trying to sign the best college players. So, when Sonny Weaver Jr. (Kevin Costner) of the Cleveland Browns gets a call from the Seattle Seahawks, offering to trade their star quarterback, he must decide whether he’s willing to sacrifice his first, and perhaps only, chance to build his own dream team, for what looks like a ‘sure thing.’ Read on…

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UNDER THE SKIN – Review by MaryAnn Johanson

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Scarlett Johansson is an alien. A sexy sexy alien who seduces men and sexes them to death. The guys seem okay with this. It’s all very metaphoric. Also science fictiony, in an indie arthouse way. I think it’s supposed to scare men about how they should be careful accepting rides from sexy babes who are nice to them, because they might turn out to be alien serial killers. Because that happens. Read more>>

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ONLY LOVERS LEFT ALIVE – Review by Nikki Baughan

Just as he did with the Samurai genre in 1999’s Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai, writer/director Jim Jarmusch now gives us an entirely different perspective on the vampire movie. A sparkling script and charismatic cast injects a new burst of life into a genre that’s become pallid and toothless thanks to blood-sucking franchises and adolescent fantasies and, together with Neil Marshall’s recent Byzantium, resurrects the vampire as an entirely adult anti-hero. Read more>>

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I AM YOURS (JEG ER DIN) – Review by MaryAnn Johanson

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Mina is a 20something single mother in Oslo, coping with some of the trials and tribulations of any young woman in her position. Her career — she’s trying to be an actress — isn’t going so well, and of course there is the never-ending quest for a decent boyfriend. In the romance arena, it appears that Mina may be her own worst enemy. Is it because she is running so hard and so fast from the traditional life that her Pakistani immigrant parents want for her that she is making choices that backfire on her and end up making her less happy, not more? Read more>>

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DOM HEMINGWAY – Review by Susan Granger

In this British black comedy/crime drama, Jude law plays the hot-tempered, self-destructive titular character, a notorious London safecracker who gets into trouble as soon as he’s released from 12 years in prison. Because he refused to rat on his Russian boss, he’s expecting a generous reward. After relishing three days of utter debauchery with his meditative mate Dickie (Richard E. Grant), they take the train to the south of France, outside of St. Tropez, to visit the posh, countryside villa that belongs to Mr. Fontaine (Demian Bichir), who gives him three-quarters of a million pounds in cash. Read on…

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Filmmaker Anne Aghion Talks MY NEIGHBOR, MY KILLER and Documentary Impact – Jennifer Merin Interviews

anneaghion2cropped In this exclusive one-on-one interview, filmmaker Anne Aghion discusses the making of My Neighbor, My Killer, her highly acclaimed and impactful documentary about the Rwanda genocide, and why she considers nonfiction filmmaking to be an important and socially formative art form. Concurrent with memorials marking the 20th anniversary of the Rwanda genocide, My Neighbor, My Killer is streaming worldwide for 30 days, starting April 7, on MUBI.com. Read more>>

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AWFJ Movie of the Week, April 7-11: ONLY LOVERS LEFT ALIVE

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For this week’s pick, AWFJ Movie of the Week panelists found Jim Jarmusch’s Only Lovers Left Alive to be deeply romantic, stylishly delicious, hilarious, gloriously photographed, sublime and a bitingly perfect fresh take on a worn out genre.

All that, plus superb performances by Tilda Swinton and Tim Hiddleston as stunningly humane vampire soul mates who face the extinction of their species due to the toxic contamination of their essential and no longer pure liquid of life. This brilliant film infuses the vampire genre with new life, however, and will surely last through the ages. Read on…

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