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PFS Rapid Review – Nebraska

Nebraska

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By Gary Kafer

Winning Best Actor at Cannes and now nominated for several Oscars, Alexander Payne’s offbeat road movie penetrates the oft-neglected landscape of Middle America. But despite its humble narrative, Nebraska’s stunning performances pitched against exquisite black-and-white cinematography wax a subtle melancholia and quiet reverence for an old man who thinks he won a million dollars.

PFS Rapid Review – American Hustle

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By John Smith

David. O Russell has a very unique style that he injects into American Hustle. The constantly moving camera and performances that seem to come naturally to the actors, especially Bradley Cooper, made it feel like I was actually watching these events happen before my eyes. American Hustle is real and hilarious.

PFS Rapid Review – Lone Survivor

Lone Survivor

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By Ian Abell

Mixing military brotherhood with a true-life survival story, Lone Survivor delivers a jarring cinematic experience. Much like Spielberg’s Saving Private Ryan painted Normandy’s brutal beaches, the film makes you feel every sickening scrape, bullet, and slam Mark Wahlberg and others suffer. Beyond its combat focus, Lone Survivor revels in pushing bodily limitations.

PFS Rapid Review – The Invisible Woman

The Invisible Woman

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By Davis Rivera

After successfully adapting Shakespeare in his 2011 film Coriolanus, Ralph Fiennes has triumphed once again with his masterful sophomore film The Invisible Woman.  Fiennes’ respect for the complexity of Charles Dickens’ life and work is evident in his direction, his performance, and, especially, his casting of Felicity Jones as Nelly Ternan.  Her portrayal of a woman in an utterly heartbreaking predicament shows us what it means to yearn for love in a time of restraint.

So Bad It’s Good – This Means War

This Means War

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By Alexander Goodlive

Imagine that two secret agents coincidentally fall in love with the same, down-home blonde-haired Reese Witherspoon… Just imagine that. Now let’s imagine that these two secret agents are actually James T. Kirk and Bane in a series of one-upping Bash Brothers mayhem. Witherspoon meets Tom Hardy on an online date, while Chris Pine heaps a massive dose of Casanova fail on her, though she is slowly charmed by his loveable narcissism. Oh, and Chelsea Handler is the best friend, obliging her duties by giving exposition to the NSA-style setup the agents arranged in order to learn everything about the girl.

Doesn’t that sound awesome?

Oh, it is, but not for the reasons it intended to be.

PFS Rapid Review – Lenny Cooke

Lenny Cooke

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By Davis Rivera

In what was arguably the best year for documentaries in a decade, the one that ended up being my favorite release was also one of the least mentioned.  Josh and Benny Safdie’s Lenny Cooke started out as a decision by filmmaker Adam Shopkorn to follow Lenny Cooke instead of LeBron James before the NBA draft.  This decision may seem foolish in retrospect, but it did provide the groundwork for the most compelling documentary of 2013.

And You Call Yourself a Film Buff?! – The Rules of the Game

Rule of the Game

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By Kim Scott

Jean Renoir’s The Rules of the Game (1939) or La Règle du jeu is one of those films that often flies below the pop-culture radar, but for any ‘film buff’, it’s a must watch. I never fail to hear it mentioned in film class, either by my professor or by some astute film buff who boasts a full bookcase of the Criterion collection in the flesh. The Rules of the Game is widely regarded as one of the great masterpieces in the history of cinema, ranking among heavyweights such as Citizen Kane and Bicycle Thieves. Interestingly enough, the film was not recognized as such until about a decade after its initial release.

PFS Rapid Review – Her

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By Justin Dorsey

Spike Jonze’s Her gives new meaning to computer love. Or does it? In the movie, Theodore Twombly (Joaquin Phoenix), an unofficial divorcee, falls in love with his operating system, Samantha (voiced by Scarlett Johanson). The film is poetically shot and the mise-en-scene is simply toothsome. Jonze’s genius shines through. Although hinting to the near future, the film speaks to an aspect of the current human condition: an existence inextricable to smart technology and digital mediation.

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Justin Dorsey hails from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He is a Cinema major at the University of Pennsylvania and professional interpreter.

So Bad It’s Good – Speed Racer

Speed Racer

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By Keegan Handley

I’m a new guy here on my first assignment – a “So Bad It’s Good” column, a section usually reserved for picking movies so bad (i.e. terrible in some form of production) that they’re good (hilarious in their ineptitude).

Well, I’m going to argue this movie is accepted as bad…but isn’t even bad at all.

(I know. What nerve!)