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T O M - À - L A - F E R M E
2013.xavier DOLAN
3.5/5.0
something does not feel quite right and i’m still clueless whether that is on purpose or not; this film is without any doubt tense and thrilling, fantasy-like and fetishist, and still its many stylistic choices work and quite not.

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T O M - À - L A - F E R M E

2013.xavier DOLAN

3.5/5.0

something does not feel quite right and i’m still clueless whether that is on purpose or not; this film is without any doubt tense and thrilling, fantasy-like and fetishist, and still its many stylistic choices work and quite not.

T H U R S D A Y - T R A I L E R S

TOM A LA FERME opening in MEXICO CITY august 1st, 2014

Comment   07.31.14
F R I D A Y - P O S T E R S
JURASSIC WORLD
2015.colin TREVORROW

F R I D A Y - P O S T E R S

JURASSIC WORLD

2015.colin TREVORROW

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Comment   staygreat.net   78 07.25.14
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K A Z E - T A C H I N U
aka the WIND RISES
2013.hayao MIYAZAKI
4.0/5.0
without any doubt MIYAZAKI’s most personal picture, the most grounded in reality; truly romantic it is a journey through pre-WWII JAPAN of a man pushing boundaries and overcoming against the odds adversity.

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K A Z E - T A C H I N U

aka the WIND RISES

2013.hayao MIYAZAKI

4.0/5.0

without any doubt MIYAZAKI’s most personal picture, the most grounded in reality; truly romantic it is a journey through pre-WWII JAPAN of a man pushing boundaries and overcoming against the odds adversity.

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KAZE TACHINU aka the WIND RISES opening in MEXICO CITY july 25th, 2014

Comment   07.24.14

T H U R S D A Y - T R A I L E R S

DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES opening in MEXICO CITY july 25th, 2014

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P Á N I C O - 5 - B R A V O
2013.kuno BECKER
1.5/5.0
over-the-top and overwhelming this film’s many twists and turns are surprising and shocking in the worst of ways specially the last scene that makes no sense.

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P Á N I C O - 5 - B R A V O

2013.kuno BECKER

1.5/5.0

over-the-top and overwhelming this film’s many twists and turns are surprising and shocking in the worst of ways specially the last scene that makes no sense.

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the O T H E R - W O M A N
2014.nick CASSAVETES
2.0/5.0
a below average movie that does deliver some good jokes but fails to be anything other than DIAZ and MANN playing them just ok.

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the O T H E R - W O M A N

2014.nick CASSAVETES

2.0/5.0

a below average movie that does deliver some good jokes but fails to be anything other than DIAZ and MANN playing them just ok.

Comment   1 07.23.14
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the N O R M A L - H E A R T
2014.ryan MURPHY
3.5/5.0
this snapshot that goes deep into the early days of AIDS goes too far sometimes but the great performances lead you on the desperately emotional journey that this crisis must have been without falling into over-the-top melodrama.

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the N O R M A L - H E A R T

2014.ryan MURPHY

3.5/5.0

this snapshot that goes deep into the early days of AIDS goes too far sometimes but the great performances lead you on the desperately emotional journey that this crisis must have been without falling into over-the-top melodrama.

Comment   07.23.14
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I L O - I L O
2013.anthony CHEN
4.0/5.0
simply and subtly this film digs deep into late last century’s oriental society, it is a complex snapshot of the financial hardships of the modern family that very sweetly portrays the globalized society we are a part of.

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I L O - I L O

2013.anthony CHEN

4.0/5.0

simply and subtly this film digs deep into late last century’s oriental society, it is a complex snapshot of the financial hardships of the modern family that very sweetly portrays the globalized society we are a part of.

Comment   07.23.14
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F A D I N G - G I G O L O
2013.john TURTURRO
4.0/5.0
simple yet sophisticated this film is well acted and directed but the unconventionality of its writing is what makes it truly special.

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F A D I N G - G I G O L O

2013.john TURTURRO

4.0/5.0

simple yet sophisticated this film is well acted and directed but the unconventionality of its writing is what makes it truly special.

Comment   07.23.14

T U E S D A Y - T O P - T E N [more like top eight]

-ranking the seven X-MEN films from best to worst-

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1. X-MEN [2000.bryan SINGER]

a great start to a franchise that has lost more than steam throughout the years; well paced and well told this film might feature the best performances in this saga.

everything that works in this film works almost always as good on this franchise and its focus on the MAGNETO-PROFESSOR X relationship has been the great stand-out.throughtout the years

2. X-MEN : DAYS OF FUTURE PAST [2014.bryan SINGER]

a spectacle that juggles well two time lines and not only manages to dig deeper into very well known characters but also pulls very good performances from every actor in this cast.

the way they play with everything already set in six, sometimes very different, pictures is an effort that should not go unnoticed; they managed to take everything that works and trash everything that does not without pointing too much at it.

3. X2 : X-MEN UNITED [2003.bryan SINGER]

even if this film starts picking a franchise favorite too much too soon it is almost as strong as the first but lacks some originality on camera.

it is refreshing that so early in this franchise the formula is changed enough to expand the universe portrayed.

4. the WOLVERINE [2013.james MANGOLD]

it is certainly refreshing but still tries too hard to please the broadest audience; however it does feature some surprisingly great set pieces.

another pretext to see in action HUGH JACKMAN’s WOLVERINE; it is more like a spin-off pilot to the series than an episode within.

5. X-MEN : THE LAST STAND [2006.brett RATNER]

taking things too far too much does not help to follow a story with a very simple plot line but too many [new] characters to care or even track.

its contrasts are not well balanced and even though there are some epic scenes and sequences its longterm effects on the franchise have not been corrected.

6. X-MEN : FIRST CLASS [2011.matthew VAUGHN]

this film uses everything that works in the previous pictures becoming an over-compliant and over-indulgent movie that explains way too many things [we did not need to know] and makes too many references [because that is so meta, right?], with the worst directing possible, it is all over the place, strange camerawork, incoherent editing, horrible visual effects, excessive score, perhaps FASSBENDER and LAWRENCE performances are the only things worth watching.

even if it does feature some great ideas, many of them got lost in the franchise because of the lack of consequences they have.

7. X-MEN ORIGINS : WOLVERINE [2009.gavin HOOD]

much better after a second watch once you get past the shock of how irrelevant and unnecessary everything seems to be; however this film has aged horribly in just four years because of its cheap CGI visual effects.

it is a prequel that did not have any consequences to the franchise like a film filled with ideas that could not be used anywhere else.

E N S E M B L Ecomedy series
.O R A N G E - I S - T H E - N E W - B L A C K : [2013.kenji KOHAN]ADUBA, BIGGS, BROOKS, COX, HARNEY, LEYVA, LYONNE, MANNING, MCGORRY, MULGREW, POLANCO, PREPON, SCHILLING, SCHREIBER, STONE & WILEYthe ensemble that define my year [2013].t h e - r e s t - o f - t h e - f i e l d.ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT : [2003.mitchell HURWITZ]ARNETT, BAIO, BAMFORD, BATEMAN, BEGLEY JR, CERA, CREWS, CROSS, DE ROSSI, FISHER, GREER, HALE, HOWARD, LEE, MINELLI, RICHTER, ROGEN, SHAWKAT, TAMBOR, WALTER, WEATHER, WHITMAN, WIIG & WINKLERAWKWARD : [2011.lauren IUNGERICH]DELOACH, HALL, LU, LYDIC, REED, RICKARDS, TARLOV, VAN & WHITSONBROOKLYN NINE NINE : [2013.dan GOOR & michael SCHUR]BEATRIZ, BRAUGHER, CREWS, FUMERO, LO TRUGLIO, PERETTI & SAMBERGGIRLS : [2012.lena DUNHAM]ABBOTT, BAKER, DRIVER, DUNHAM, GLASER, KARPOVSKY, KIRKE, MAMET, MITCHELL, RANNELLS, TACCONE & WILLIAMSVEEP : [2012.armando IANUCCI & simon BLACKWELL]BRADSHAW, CHLUMSKY, COLE, DUNN, HALE, LOUIS DREYFUSS, MELONI, SCOTT, SIMONS & WALSH 

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O R A N G E - I S - T H E - N E W - B L A C K : [2013.kenji KOHAN]
ADUBA, BIGGS, BROOKS, COX, HARNEY, LEYVA, LYONNE, MANNING, MCGORRY, MULGREW, POLANCO, PREPON, SCHILLING, SCHREIBER, STONE & WILEY
the ensemble that define my year [2013]
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t h e - r e s t - o f - t h e - f i e l d
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ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT : [2003.mitchell HURWITZ]
ARNETT, BAIO, BAMFORD, BATEMAN, BEGLEY JR, CERA, CREWS, CROSS, DE ROSSI, FISHER, GREER, HALE, HOWARD, LEE, MINELLI, RICHTER, ROGEN, SHAWKAT, TAMBOR, WALTER, WEATHER, WHITMAN, WIIG & WINKLER
AWKWARD : [2011.lauren IUNGERICH]
DELOACH, HALL, LU, LYDIC, REED, RICKARDS, TARLOV, VAN & WHITSON
BROOKLYN NINE NINE : [2013.dan GOOR & michael SCHUR]
BEATRIZ, BRAUGHER, CREWS, FUMERO, LO TRUGLIO, PERETTI & SAMBERG
GIRLS : [2012.lena DUNHAM]
ABBOTT, BAKER, DRIVER, DUNHAM, GLASER, KARPOVSKY, KIRKE, MAMET, MITCHELL, RANNELLS, TACCONE & WILLIAMS
VEEP : [2012.armando IANUCCI & simon BLACKWELL]
BRADSHAW, CHLUMSKY, COLE, DUNN, HALE, LOUIS DREYFUSS, MELONI, SCOTT, SIMONS & WALSH 

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J E R S E Y - B O Y S
2014.clint EASTWOOD
2.5/5.0
great story but not that well told; its structure jumps inexplicably back and forth but even with EASTWOOD’s subtle hand behind the camera the very good acting and absolutely extraordinary soundtrack get lost.

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J E R S E Y - B O Y S

2014.clint EASTWOOD

2.5/5.0

great story but not that well told; its structure jumps inexplicably back and forth but even with EASTWOOD’s subtle hand behind the camera the very good acting and absolutely extraordinary soundtrack get lost.

Comment   ssds-elfanatico   1 07.18.14