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THE BOTTOM LINE REVIEW: Thief (1981)

I’m an on and off Michael Mann fan. Mostly off. He seems to alternate sporadically between periods of filmmaking brilliance (Heat, Collateral) and total horse garbage (Public Enemies, Miami Vice, and probably Blackhat ). 226 more words

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THE BOTTOM LINE REVIEW: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1

I was pleasantly surprised by how enjoyable the second Hunger Games film was, especially after seeing the first film and not being overly impressed. The second film had a good balance of story, action, and consistent drama throughout (plus some decent twists), combined with the use of IMAX technology to make for a more immersive experience. 163 more words

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THE BOTTOM LINE REVIEW: Virunga (2014)

A concise and informative look at the invasion of Virunga’s protected national park by a large British petroleum magnate looking to excavate the land for capital gain, regardless of what kind of wildlife they would be wiping out in order to heighten their profits. 145 more words

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THE BOTTOM LINE REVIEW: Idiocracy (2006)

This was pretty hilarious. While a majority of the humour in this film is intended to be immature and ridiculous (like its characters), it greatly succeeds in developing some sharp satire and wise insight into how our modern culture is already well on its way towards the vast deterioration of human intelligence and potential. 120 more words

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THE BOTTOM LINE REVIEW: Before I Disappear (2014)

This is the feature-length expansion of the Oscar-winning short Curfew. If you’ve seen the short film like I have, you already know this story. The feature does build on the plot of the original short (some new characters are added and subplots are expanded upon), but the foundation is still intact. 184 more words

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THE BOTTOM LINE REVIEW: Amores Perros (2000)

After being completely blown away by Birdman, I decided to go back and check out more of Inarritu’s earlier films. Often described as a Mexican reimagining of Pulp Fiction, this film is an intimate look at the lives of several people whose paths intertwine through a tragic car accident, weaving together themes of crime, adultery, and revenge to illustrate how one moment can go on to affect several peoples’ lives forever….but in very different ways. 158 more words

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THE BOTTOM LINE REVIEW: The Voices (2014)

Totally bizarre. I understand the intention behind this film in its depiction of mental illness from the perspectives of both sides (and I really like the way it was depicted using vibrant/dull colour palettes), but as a whole this film just didn’t work for me. 173 more words

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