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I’ve been a sucker for soul band creation tales ever since The Commitments wailed its way into my heart, so I was already predisposed to love The Sapphires. The film, by director Wayne Blair, tells the very-close-to-true story of four young Australian Aboriginal women with killer pipes and big dreams. Sisters Gail (Deborah Mailman), Julie (Jessica Mauboy), and Cynthia (Miranda Tapsell) were raised on a reserve, and grew up singing country hits together. When the sisters participate in a local talent competition and lose based...

With two of Hollywood’s most consistently funny and charming actors topping the bill, a fitting subtitle for Admission could have been “Oh My God, Tina Fey and Paul Rudd: I Love Them!” Fey stars as Portia, a strait-laced admissions officer at Princeton University whose uneventful life is intruded upon by her former classmate John (Rudd), a well-meaning high school teacher. John wants to introduce Portia to his student Jeremiah (Nat Wolff), who he believes would make a great addition to Princeton. Unfortunately, Jeremiah is far...

Normally movies with exceedingly long shots, a drab color palette, and no soundtrack can be tough to get through. But if the stakes are high enough, this approach can actually be engaging. Exhibit A: Romania’s official Oscar submission for Best Foreign Language Film, Beyond the Hills—a story of two friends separated by faith. When Alina (Cristina Flutur) arrives at the Romanian monastery where novice nun Voichita (Cosmina Stratan) resides, she tries to convince her pal to flee with her to Germany. Yet Voichita’s newfound faith...
The movie version of Les Misérables was arguably the most talked-about release of the season. The awards! The barricades! The weeping! The screlting! Anne Hathaway's new do! If you haven't had a chance to see this epic movie (or if you've already seen it and love it), now's your chance to win a free DVD. To win your very own copy, please do the following: 1. Comment below with your favorite movie musical. (Singin' in the Rain, anyone?) 2. Send your commenter name, as well as your full...

Upside Down, from writer and director Juan Diego Solanas, depicts the love story of Adam (Jim Sturgess) and Eden (Kirsten Dunst): a couple separated by not only wealth and class differences, but physical gravities that pull in opposite directions. In this fantastical universe, they live on separate planets, which orbit one another. Eden, coming from a world of privilege, and Adam, from a world of poverty, meet as teenagers at the gravity barrier and fall in love. However, communication between the worlds is strictly prohibited, and...

Flavorwire has posted an amazing list of the Baddest Girl Gangs on Film, and it's making me want to slap on my Doc Martens, pop the biggest bowl of popcorn ever, and watch every single one of the flicks they reference. No boys allowed… or ELSE.   Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill! is one of my absolute favorites on the list--it'll inspire you to buy a dangerously fast car and get rid of anybody who's ever wronged you. Tura Satana (those bangs!) is my spirit animal now and...

In addition to reprising her iconic role, actress Carrie Fisher claims that she may also bring back the infamous buns! “The bagel buns and the bikini,” Fisher told Palm Beach Illustrated, “because probably [Princess Leia] has sundowners syndrome. At sundown, she thinks that she’s 20-something. And she puts it on and gets institutionalized.” It seems she is over previous reports that wearing the buns make her feel, “Like an asshole. A complete undignified jerk off.” We’re all glad to hear it, Carrie. Despite battling drug addiction, alcoholism and bipolar...

Taking an actual case as source material, director Alice Winocour's Augustine tells the story of neurologist Dr. Jean-Martin Charcot and the young woman who came to be his most famous patient. The film casts back to 19th century France, before Sigmund Freud’s psychoanalysis had taken the world of neurology by storm, and it was still very much in vogue to couch women’s mental illness in terms of “hysteria”.  After an uneducated maid named Augustine (Soko), suffers a seizure that paralyzes the right side of her body, she...

Rebecca Thomas’s debut feature Electrick Children is a crackling, captivating film that’s equal parts allegory and acid trip. At the center of the story is Rachel (Julia Garner), an inquisitive and rebellious teenager living in the mid-nineties. Julia has been raised by a fundamentalist Mormon family, living on a compound in Utah. On the occasion of her fifteenth birthday, Rachel is asked by her father and church leader (Billy Zane) to begin recording religious testimonies using an old-school cassette tape player. Rachel is fascinated by...

Is it possible to be addicted to science? Lauduree (Perla Haney-Jardine), of Jenny Deller's Future Weather, would have to say yes. It's a story we've seen in the likes of Little Birds, and Hick: bored teenage girls victim of small towns and poor parenting succumb to vice. For the former it's boys and glamour, but not for Lauduree. Amidst her disappearing Mother (Marin Ireland) and beer-slingin' Grandma (Amy Madigan), rises a learned gal with a passion for fighting pollution. Forget drugs and sex, when Lauduree...