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PFS Rapid Recommendations – Nightcrawler

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By Davis Rivera

In Dan Gilroy‘s Nightcrawler, Jake Gyllenhaal gives the best performance of the year as Lou Bloom – a character as bewitching as Joyce’s fellow wanderer Leopold.  For most of the film Bloom stands hunched over with his videocamera, always at the ready to capture the immensity of our present misery.  After two hours of looking through Bloom’s unflinching lens and trying to make sense of his actions, one cannot help but be reminded of Joyce’s remark: “A lifetime in a night.  Gradually changes your character.”

PFS Rapid Recommendation – Foxcatcher

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By Davis Rivera

Bennett Miller‘s Cannes-winning Foxcatcher tells the true story of Olympic gold medalists Dave and Mark Schultz and their relationship with multimillionaire John du Pont.  Steve Carell’s portrayal of Du Pont, a disturbed individual who claims to see man’s highest potential and makes it his life’s mission to actualize it through others, is the highlight of the film – capturing both the loneliness and the absurdity of an entitled brute painfully aware of his mother’s disapproval and his own masculine inadequacies.

PFS Rapid Recommendation – The Homesman

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By Davis Rivera

Taking place in the Nebraska Territory during the mid-19th century, Tommy Lee Jones‘ sophomore film The Homesman is relentless in its depiction of the formidable bleakness possessing the land our two main characters (Jones and Hilary Swank) must travel through to reach their destination.  Equally formidable is the performance from Swank, bringing life to a wonderfully complex character full of inner torment as crushing as the countryside that surrounds her.

PFS Rapid Recommendation – Boyhood

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By Davis Rivera

As a native Texan and a fan of great cinema, I had every reason to look forward to Richard Linklater’s twelve-years-in-the-making Boyhood, his portrait of a child maturing from age six to age eighteen.  What I did not anticipate was Linklater proving himself the 21st century’s master of the bildungsroman, on par with Henry Fielding and James Joyce before him.  His achievement is unparalleled and sets the new benchmark for what is possible in the world of narrative cinema.

PFS Rapid Recommendation – The Trip to Italy

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By Davis Rivera

In Michael Winterbottom’s The Trip to Italy, a sequel to 2010’s The Trip, Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon embark on a restaurant tour that doubles as a retracing of the Romantic poets’ Italian odysseys.  Along the way Coogan and Brydon offer insightful anecdotes on Al Pacino, Alanis Morissette (“a Morrissey fan who dubbed herself a Moriss-ette”), and countless others in a film that proves a perfect showcase for the considerable talents of both men.

PFS Rapid Recommendations – Venus in Fur

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By Davis Rivera

In his latest film Venus in Fur, Roman Polanski plunges to the depths of sensual delights and returns with a pearl of a psychodrama, as elegant as it is perverse.  After a sublime opening tracking shot, Polanski never loses this momentum as he revels in the limitations of a two-person play and uses his virtuosic cinematic gifts to create a refreshingly new take on well-worn themes such as the artistic struggle, sexual dominance, and gender roles.

PFS Rapid Review – Neighbors

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By Ian Abell

Raunchy, loud, and consistently funny, Neighbors shows what happens when a young family trying to settle down meets with college kids looking to live it up. Rogen and Efron fight well against each other as rival neighbors, comically playing with their Pineapple Express and High School Musical pasts with the support of a solid cast across the board. If you want a steady stream of hilarious one-upmanship, Neighbors is a movie to catch.

PFS Rapid Review – Belle

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By Kim Scott

Amma Asante’s Belle paves the way for future costume dramas with the true story of Dido Belle Lindsay, the daughter of an enslaved African woman and Admiral John Lindsay. Set in 18th century Britain, Dido’s lineage causes uncertainty in regards to her freedom, but assures a life of solitude and continued prejudice. In the sea of recycled period pieces, Belle stands alone in its feminist-friendly portrayal of a woman of color. Just not for too long, I hope!

PFS Rapid Review – Under the Skin

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By Davis Rivera

Jonathan Glazer has been called an heir to Kubrick, but the truth is that, over the course of three feature length films, a dozen music videos, and countless commercials, Glazer has repeatedly proven that he is a filmmaker who stands apart with his own idiosyncratic vision.  His latest work Under the Skin takes Michel Faber’s acclaimed 2000 novel and infuses it with a cinematic power capable of changing the way the viewer looks at the world.

PFS Rapid Review – Divergent

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By Kim Scott

Divergent exhausts the tale of a teenaged girl with an aptitude for greatness in a post-apocalyptic future. The film is predictable and heavy-handed with its use of young adult novel tropes and a brooding love interest. Though the visuals entertain, the story stumbles on its way to unveiling the much too obvious secrets behind the factions and ‘divergents’. Another film about an oppressive city-state bent on wiping out young, beautiful rebels? Say it isn’t so!