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The Skeleton Twins

Abandon hope of Stefon and Gilly, all who enter here. Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig will blow you away with the comic and dramatic range of their performances in The Skeleton Twins. But this isn’t a series of sketches. This is one from the heart. It’s not that The Skeleton…… Source: Rollingstone Movie Reviews

The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby

Jessica Chastain is a shining star with acting skills that resonate beyond her beauty. She is at her fierce, unerring best, which is saying something, in The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby. As Eleanor, Chastain never begs for sympathy for this woman who tries suicide after the death of her baby……. Source: Rollingstone Movie Reviews

The Drop

Who doesn’t miss seeing James Gandolfini onscreen? The Drop, a potent, propulsive crime drama, gives us one more chance to salute the formidable talent of a remarkable actor who died in June 2013 at age 51. Gandolfini is dynamite in his final screen role, as Marv, a small-time crook who…… Source: Rollingstone Movie Reviews

Pride

There is so much “inspired by a true story” crap churned out in Hollywood that when the genuine article appears, it’s a shock. Such a movie is Pride, a Brit dramedy that is a crowd-pleaser in the best sense of the word. Even when it’s tugging hard at your heartstrings,…… Source: Rollingstone Movie Reviews

Wetlands

Dump the kids and lock up Grandma, Wetlands is here to freak out the prudes and make “dirty” fun again. That it does. You won’t find a better movie anywhere that features a teen girl using her crotch to wipe a public toilet seat. If I still have your attention,…… Source: Rollingstone Movie Reviews

If I Stay

If Wetlands looks at teen life without blinkers, If I Stay prefers Hollywood-style, rose-colored glasses. Guess which one finds box-office gold? Based on Gayle Forman’s 2009 YA bestseller, If I Stay has the virtue of starring Chloe Grace Moretz (Kick-Ass, Let Me In, Hugo), 17, a skilled actress who can…… Source: Rollingstone Movie Reviews

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Teenagers, even non-ninjas and non-turtles, have been eating up this cinematic waste product for weeks now. In one way, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is a triumph for producer Michael Bay in that it is equally as godawful as his Transformers: Age of Extinction and a hit nonetheless. Pardon my cynicism. But…… Source: Rollingstone Movie Reviews

Starred Up

The Labor Day weekend, signaling the last of summer movies, usually brings out a herd of barking dogs. I’m talking about you The November Man, The Last of Robin Hood, and As Above/So Below. So it’s a satisfying shock to see a damn near great movie emerge from the muck……. Source: Rollingstone Movie Reviews

Love Is Strange

In a summer of movie romances, Love Is Strange is the one that cuts deepest. Without the usual bull and spackled-on sentiment, it hits you like a shot in the heart. Director Ira Sachs, who wrote the subtly nuanced script with Mauricio Zacharias, intuitively knows where attention must be paid. George… Source: Rollingstone Movie Reviews

Sin City: A Dame To Kill For

The followup to 2005’s eye-popping Sin City is neither the dazzler I hoped for nor the disaster I feared. But “meh” is hardly the reaction you expect from a movie in which Eva Green and Jessica Alba shake their ta-tas and Mickey Rourke and Josh Brolin send souls screaming into hell…. Source: Rollingstone Movie Reviews