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The man who knew too much

If it’s the story at the heart of Citizenfour that gives the documentary its breathtaking urgency, it’s the film’s multilayered nature that makes a powerful statement on the modern relationship between a government and its citizens. Both a stunningly intimate character study and a larger, more global overview of governmental surveillance, Citizenfour reconciles the contrasting… Keep Reading

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Birdman successfully walks a tightwire

I’ve often wondered why actors don’t just retire after starring in a high-grossing film. Presumably, they have more than enough money to do whatever they want for the rest of their lives, so what makes them turn away from a life of comfort? Is it fear of boredom? Is it ambition, or the desire for… Keep Reading

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Godard says goodbye to cohesion

Whereas other filmmakers have used 3D as a way to immerse us in their worlds, legendary director Jean-Luc Godard utilizes it to emphasize disconnect in his latest film, Goodbye to Language. While you can’t help but feel close to the dogs, flowers, and nude bodies that pop out at you, Godard simultaneously detaches us from… Keep Reading

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Criminal fails to evolve past story-telling tropes

Arguably, the most difficult subject to talk about objectively is yourself. Darius Monroe’s debut documentary feature Evolution of a Criminal confirms this idea. Though he places himself squarely at the centre of the film’s narrative as the titular criminal, Monroe evades revealing the motivation behind his actions, resulting in a film that can be maddeningly… Keep Reading

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Gangs of Tokyo: Not your typical mobster movie

The threshold for widespread shock or novelty has increased exponentially due to the sheer breadth of available internet content. That being said, Tokyo Tribe is a film unlike anything anybody has ever seen before. Hilarious, gross, sexist, confusing, and silly, it’s not the easiest film to boil down to a one sentence description, but here’s… Keep Reading

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What’s Happening In Montreal

MUSIC—Current Swell These Vancouver indie rockers should play lots of material from their latest album, Ulysses (2014), which means Classics and English Lit majors won’t want to miss out. Wednesday, Oct. 8, 8 p.m., Petit Olympia (1282 Amherst). Tickets $15. THEATRE—The Drunken Show: Over The Limit Pay $20 and watch drunk comedians get collectively drunker… Keep Reading

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Lose yourself in Gone Girl ’s mind games

David Fincher’s new film Gone Girl, based on the novel by Gillian Flynn, tells the story of a resentful marriage that devolves into lies and gore. The film may not be as cinematically stunning as past Fincher film Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, or have the intense character study boasted in The Social Network; however,… Keep Reading

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Gotham: When Batman’s growl had a pre-pubescent pitch

Why do people love prequels? Is it the allure of watching the characters you know so well develop psychologically? Perhaps it’s because everyone is younger and—usually—better looking? In the case of Gotham, maybe it’s both. Gotham, which premiered on Sept. 22, was created by Bruno Heller and begins with the immortal scene of the Wayne… Keep Reading

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