Articles written by: Nick Allen

TSR Exclusive: ‘Red Army’ Interview with Director Gabe Polsky

TSR Exclusive: ‘Red Army’ Interview with Director Gabe Polsky

Americans know very well that we beat the Soviet Union hockey team in the 1980 Olympics. It is a celebrated, symbolic victory that we have nicknamed the “Miracle on Ice,” which inspired the 2004 film Miracle with Kurt Russell. What Americans may not know is Russia’s side, which boasts an incredible story about elite hockey players chiseled from a regimented government […]

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‘Black Sea’ Interview with Director Kevin Macdonald

‘Black Sea’ Interview with Director Kevin Macdonald

Director Kevin Macdonald’s Black Sea an is a sturdy old-fashioned thriller, an adventure and treasure hunt set within the confines of a submarine. its captain is played by a burly Jude Law, who leads a group of ruffians down to the bottom of the Black Sea to find a sunken Nazi sub that is rumored to have tons and tons […]

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‘The Imitation Game’ Interview with Writer Graham Moore & Director Morten Tyldum

‘The Imitation Game’ Interview with Writer Graham Moore & Director Morten Tyldum

The incredible story of genius Alan Turing finally comes to public light with The Imitation Game, a revelatory representation of an essential chapter in World War II that was lost for horrific reasons. Benedict Cumberbatch leads the film as Turing with a fine performance, and stars opposite Keira Knightley playing a female companion of Turing, alongside talents like Matthew Goode and […]

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TSR Blog: How ‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay: Part 1’ Loses to the Tyranny of Split Finales

TSR Blog: How ‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay: Part 1’ Loses to the Tyranny of Split Finales

The following contains spoilers for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay: Part 1. If the last five minutes of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire were like clinging to a pole for dear life with one arm and a whole lot of daddy issues this side of The Empire Strikes Back, its followup The Hunger Games: Mockingjay: Part 1 is like watching one […]

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‘Foxcatcher’ Interview with Director Bennett Miller

‘Foxcatcher’ Interview with Director Bennett Miller

“I think that we could all do with a healthy dose of disillusionment,” remarks director Bennett Miller while recently speaking in Chicago about his new film Foxcatcher. It’s a statement delivered with his zen garden-like tone (Mark Ruffalo’s words, not mine), and with truth concerning his dramatic pursuits as a storyteller. Foxcatcher, like his previous projects Capote and Moneyball, explores characters and systems that audiences […]

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Jersey Boys (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD UltraViolet Combo Pack)

Blu-ray Review Jersey Boys Directed by: Clint Eastwood Cast: Vincent Piazza, John Lloyd Young, Johnny Cannizzaro, Michael Lomenda Running Time: 2 hrs 14 mins Rating: R Due Out: November 11, 2014 Own “Jersey Boys” on Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD, and Digital HD on 11/11 PLOT: (courtesy Warner Bros. Home Entertainment) “Jersey Boys” tells the story of four young men from […]

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Nightcrawler

Nightcrawler

Cast: Jake Gyllenhaal, Rene Russo, Riz Ahmed, Bill Paxton
Running Time: 1 hr 57 mins
Rating: R
Release Date: October 31, 2014

Final Score: 8/10

Reviewed by Nick Allen

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TSR Exclusive: ‘Dear White People’ interview with Writer/Director Justin Simien

TSR Exclusive: ‘Dear White People’ interview with Writer/Director Justin Simien

Racial tension in the Obama era is given a sharp analysis in the satire Dear White People, a microcosm of modern America that takes place on a college campus, following the lives of four different students. Elements of identity and power vividly come into play, as black students confront racism at its most ridiculous and grotesque. For example: Troy (Brandon […]

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TSR Exclusive: ‘Whiplash’ Interview with Writer/Director Damien Chazelle

TSR Exclusive: ‘Whiplash’ Interview with Writer/Director Damien Chazelle

Whiplash is the story of ambition, as told through the trials of a jazz drummer. Andrew (Miles Teller) is a conservatory student who wants to be the best, while he is merciless conductor Fletcher (J.K. Simmons) continues to push him to the limit, inflicting an intensity that boils down to a battle of succeeding or failing. Chazelle has previously directed […]

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Whiplash

Whiplash

Cast: Miles Teller, J.K. Simmons
Running Time: 1 hr 40 mins
Rating: R
Release Date: October 17, 2014 (Chicago)

Final Score: 9/10

Reviewed by Nick Allen

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