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PFS Rapid Review – The Great Beauty

The Great Beauty

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By Davis Rivera

Oscar Wilde once said, “The greatest men fail, or seem to have failed.”  Paolo Sorrentino‘s film The Great Beauty shows us such a man. In a film so extravagantly shot, the profound sadness buried beneath the haughty exterior of 65-year-old protagonist Jep Gambardella can easily be overlooked.  However, the film itself cannot be and its onslaught of dazzling images, running the gamut from nuns to giraffes to dwarves, begs to be seen in a theatre.

PFS Rapid Review – Ride Along

Ride Along

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By Davis Rivera

Teaming up one of America’s greatest living comedians with one of America’s greatest living wordsmiths may sound like a good idea on paper but, as seen in Tim Story’s Ride Along, sometimes things get lost in the transition from page to screen.  The film does not carry the emotional weight of a Cube classic like Friday or the laugh-a-second hilarity of Hart’s stand-up specials but does feature performances good enough to hide most of the film’s flaws.

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.

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.

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.

PFS Rapid Review – Walking with Dinosaurs

Walking with Dinos

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By Justin Dorsey

Walking with Dinosaurs tells the story of an underdog dinosaur that becomes the hero of his herd.  Spliced with informational snippets, the film introduces a variety of prehistoric beasts we hardly encounter in pop-culture. Thus, T-Rex doesn’t rule here. The voice actors aren’t the most pleasant to listen to for 87 minutes. Their performance adds a neurotic layer to the action. Yet, children seem to like it. And I suppose the 3-D experience is better.

PFS Rapid Review – Inside Llewyn Davis

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By Davis Rivera

Joel and Ethan Coen‘s new film about grief, pride, and the state of the folk music scene in 1961 brilliantly shows the humiliations and darkly comic surprises an unwavering dedication to one’s art can bestow on the artist.  This gorgeously crafted film is an obvious labor of love for the Coens (they even shot part of the film on Jones Street where the cover of The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan was shot) and by the time it unveiled its poignant cameo, I did not want to bid farewell to one of the last great films of 2013: Inside Llewyn Davis.