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  1. Review: Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris Raids Barren Old Tombs

    It’s good to see Lara Croft raiding classic tombs again. After last year’s Tomb Raider reboot focused so heavily on combating islanders, I longed for another adventure where she’d rattle off facts about mythological gods and beasts, get a witty jab in at her archaeological rivals, and execute a perfect somersault—all before finishing her sentence. In Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris, she does it without breaking a sweat. As it should be.

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  2. Review: Your Best Chance for Romance is Beyond the Lights

    A smart script and great performances make this drama soar.

    Romance in film seems to have disappeared, especially when compared to the 1990s and 2000s, when every month saw the release of a cheeky rom-com or grand romantic drama. Sure, there are some that pop up in the indie-market; but a big, grand, popcorn romance is hard to find - and ones that also happen to be good, well, that’s like finding a needle in a haystack. That's why the new film Beyond the Lights is such a refreshing contribution to the film-market this awards season.

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  3. Review: Kelly Sue DeConnick’s Bitch Planet #1

    #noncompliant

    Kelly Sue DeConnick and Valentine De Landro's Bitch Planet promised space prison, violence, a heck of a lot of ladies of various colors, and a reclamation of the "women in prison" subgenre of exploitation film for the modern audience. Its first issue delivers.

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  4. Studio Ghibli Doc The Kingdom of Dreams And Madness Is A Total Delight. Watch It Right Now!

    Brb, pretending to work for MIyazaki.

    I'll preface this review by saying that if you think a documentary about the inner workings of Studio Ghibli might appeal to you, stop wasting your time with me and start streaming The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness, stat.

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  5. Review: The Whitewashing Isn’t The Only Terrible Thing About Exodus: Gods And Kings

    Scott's epic mashup of camp and prestige fails to succeed.

    The movie almost reaches the point of "so bad its good" when focusing on the villains; but ultimately, Exodus: Gods and Kings fails to go far enough with old-fashioned cheese, so it remains a movie so bad it is just bad. So bad, it is one of the worst movies of 2014.

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  6. Review: Marvel Comics’ Angela: Asgard’s Assassin #1

    Yes, angels named a baby Angela. Move past it.

    As much as I love legacy heroes, and the gender and race bending opportunities they present, it’s nice to see an original superhero get her own series. Angela, former member of the Guardians of the Galaxy and Thor and Loki’s long lost sister, is headlining her own comic book and, if the first issue is any indication, it may well be the best new series in recent memory.

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  7. Review: Wild Is A Beautiful, Lonely Journey

    And Reese Witherspoon is awesome, no surprise.

    If you were like me, hearing that the director of Dallas Buyers Club was directing Wild, you were probably pretty nervous. Not that Jean-Marc Vallee is a terrible director, but Dallas Buyers Club certainly struggled to show specific, developed, deep female characters. Fortunately Wild, based on the memoir by Cheryl Strayed, starring Reese Witherspoon as Strayed features a very well developed, complex, damaged, and heroic women at the heart.

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  8. Review: Miss Julie Delivers Strong Performances From Samantha Morton, Jessica Chastain

    Ladies directin' ladies.

    If you're interested in the history of film, you should get familiar with Liv Ullmann.She was a muse to one of the most influential directors in history, and a protege who became a director in her own right. Now, at 75, she’s directing two of the greatest living actresses working today: Jessica Chastain and Samantha Morton.

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  9. Review: Shallow Imitation Game Lacks Convincing Thesis and Purpose

    The Benedict Cumberbatch Show, for better or worse.

    The biopic banner covers every inch of The Imitation Game, ultimately to the point that the film is more concerned with the prestige that comes with the true story/biopic genre than it is with telling a compelling story of Alan Turing’s accomplishments and his tragic downfall.

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  10. Review: You’ll Never Escape The Babadook, The Best Horror Film of 2014

    For those of you looking for a chiller of a movie this Thanksgiving, the best horror film in theaters now (and this year) has nothing to do with scary dolls or board games. The Babadook is a terrifying monster movie which comes from a children’s storybook with pop-up pages. And this monstrous haunting will absolutely haunt your dreams; not the monster itself, but the very things this monstrous presence can force his vessel to do, despite their resistance.

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