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“Foxcatcher” Casting Review

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**MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS** Biopics continue their dominance this award season as four out of the five Golden Globe nominees for best drama movie are biographical in nature (the only non-biopic feature being Boyhood). This phenomenon shouldn’t come as that big of a surprise, since movies based off of the real-life events and stories of people […]

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“Nightcrawler” Casting Review

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**MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS** Nightcrawler is a dark love letter to Los Angeles and the business that is Hollywood. The story revolves around a creepy loner named “Louis Bloom” who is just trying to make it in LA–chasing the American dream if you will. He will stop at nothing to achieve his goals (something that he […]

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“Birdman” Casting Review

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**MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS** I don’t use this term very often, but Birdman is a tour de force of a film. It instantly captures your attention with its percussion soundtrack, enveloping cinematography, and, of course, award-worthy performances by its all-star cast. Birdman is a weird and manic indie film, and truly embraces that fact. The film […]

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“The Skeleton Twins” Casting Review

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**MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS** The Skeleton Twins is a prototypical indie film in all the best ways. Having made a critical splash at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, the movie is a dark comedy about two estranged siblings who happen to share similar suicidal tendencies. Bill Hader plays “Milo”, a gay struggling actor, while Kristen Wiig […]

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“The Maze Runner” Casting Review

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**MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS** Movies adapted from young adult novels have become quite a common staple in Hollywood culture. Unfortunately, because of this oversaturation of the genre, these films tend to be looked upon with mixed critical attention. With the exception of The Hunger Games and Divergent franchises, the last string of young adult book to […]

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“Guardians of the Galaxy” Casting Review

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**MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS** Marvel Studios kicked off the summer blockbuster season (albeit a little early) with Captain America: The Winter Soldier, so it’s only fitting that the Disney-owned studio closes the season with another powerhouse hit in Guardians of the Galaxy. Although Marvel has had an incredible track record with its film franchises over the […]

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“Whiplash” Casting Review

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**MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS** With awards season quickly coming up, one will find more and more films hitting the box office in order to start grabbing moviegoers’ attention. The Skeleton Twins made its debut (to critical praise) at last year’s Sundance Film Festival, and Whiplash is looking to follow suit. Having also premiered at this year’s […]

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“Begin Again” Casting Review

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**MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS** Although Begin Again isn’t a direct sequel to the film Once, it very much feels like its appropriate spiritual successor as it contains many of the elements people loved from the former film while casting a wider, more commercial net to please moviegoers of all demographics. Written and directed by John Carney, […]

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“This is Where I Leave You” Casting Review

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**MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS** On the surface, This is Where I Leave You has all the elements of a solid and quirky independent film. The story is a comedy centered around good old fashioned family drama, and is supported by an all-star ensemble of actors. The film oozes with indie flavor after watching the trailer, and […]

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“Her” Casting Review

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**MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS**  Her is arguably the quirkiest and most original story amongst all the films this award season. From the creative mind of Spike Jonze – the director that brought you Where the Wild Things Are and Being John Malkovich, Her is a different kind of love story, and touches upon themes that speak […]

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