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Jonathon Sharp

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Movie Blog: ‘More Than Honey’ Gives A Hive-View Look Into What’s Killing Bees

And right now I’m even tempted to describe the doc as refreshing and nutritious as honey. And so I will. More Than Honey is just that — it’s smart, multi-layered, glittering with interesting characters, varied scenes, and Planet Earth-pretty images of bees, flying, working, mating, dying, enduring. More Than Honey is easily one of my favorite science docs this year. And while it’s not all doom-saying, don’t thinks movie won’t give you pause. Ands loads to think about.

07/12/2013

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Movie Blog: ‘SOMM’ Is Like ‘Top Chef’ But With Wine

I’m a total sucker for almost any cooking competition show or documentary that features people who’ve mastered, through years and years of practice, the art of making beautiful, edible things. Think of Top Chef or Jiro Dreams of Sushi.

07/05/2013

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Movie Blog: ‘A Hijacking’ Pits A CEO Against Pirates

Tobias Lindholm’s A Hijacking is a psychologically intense examination of two worlds slamming together. In this case, the clash involves the world of Western business and the world of Somali pirates. Lindholm, who wrote and directed the movie, crafts the drama around two characters and two locales; but one set offers more to mull over than the other.

07/04/2013

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Movie Blog: This Week’s Best Bets

Pride is over, but another week of celebration is about to begin. So if you need to flesh out your Fourth of July plans, or just cool off for a few hours, here’s some flicks worth considering…

07/01/2013

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Movie Blog: Dressed For The Gym, Singing Verdi In ‘Traviata’

Being the barbarian to the form I am, I watched wide-eyed as Dessay sang Violetta to life. In gym clothes, with hair like she just skydived onto stage, Dessay hit notes in the ionosphere and with apparent ease, while also acting, taking direction, and speaking Italian. Her performance, which is the heartbeat of the documentary, bordered on superhuman. But that only held my interest for so long.

06/28/2013

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Movie Blog: Losing My Mind With ‘Augustine’ & ‘Berberian Sound Studio’

Throughout European history, the diagnosis of hysteria has plagued women. The disease — now considered junk science — took so many different forms that a list of possible symptoms could fill some 75 pages. Anything from epileptic-like seizures to “sexual desire” counted. And if you showed such symptoms, Lord have mercy.

06/24/2013

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Movie Blog: This Week’s Best Bets

The gloom is over, apparently. Now that the sun has emerged from its bed of clouds, you can actually start enjoying spring-time again. But if you find yourself seeking relief from the sun (or getting drinks at patios or biking around the lakes), here’s what’s playing — and totally worth seeing — at local theaters.

06/10/2013

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Movie Blog: ‘Much Ado About Nothing’ Review

My thoughts and feelings on Joss Whedon’s Much Ado About Nothing are conflicted. On the one hand, I found the movie tiresome and awkward on first viewing, like watching your roommate teach his cat how to play fetch. Yet, after learning how Much Ado was made, I grew to like the project more, as it has some real punk rockish, let’s-make-a-movie spirit — the exact stuff I’d like to see more of both in Hollywood and the indie scene.

06/07/2013

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Movie Blog: ‘Wish You Were Here’ Review

Uncertainty, or the feeling of it, is the central force in “Wish You Were Here.” The movie wants you to constantly question whether or not its main man (Joel Edgerton) is a villain…or just a guy who makes exceptionally dumb decisions. And as long as you give a damn about Edgerton’s welfare, the movie works pretty well.

06/07/2013

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Movie Blog: ‘Deceptive Practice’ Pulls Passion From Magic History

Some people are straight-up intoxicating to listen to when they talk about what they love. Ricky Jay is one of those people. He’s an American actor and sleight-of-hand master whom you might recognized due to a card trick — one in which he goes all Gambit-like, flicking cards with enough force that they slice into the tough rind of a watermelon.

05/31/2013

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Movie Blog: Q&A With ‘Sightseers’ Director Ben Wheatley

Directed by Ben Wheatley, Sightseers follows an awkward UK couple as they vacation in a camper (or caravan) through the countryside, visiting campgrounds and museums dedicated feats of English ingenuity, like tram cars and pencils. That might sound kind of ho-hum, but once blood first-blood is spilled, the couple turns from middle class lovebirds to something like Bonnie and Clyde.

05/21/2013

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Movie Blog: ‘Midnight’s Children’ Review

Midnight’s Children, the film that comes out this Friday, falters precisely where it needed to succeed — in its magic-making. The switch from the page to the screen harms its multi-generational, twist-laden story, because (a) the performances are lackluster and (b) every utterance of abracadabra is followed by a lukewarm display of movie magic.

05/17/2013

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Movie Blog: ‘In The House’ Review

— Years and years ago, the novelist Vladimir Nabokov (Lolita, Pale Fire)  published bits of his autobiography Speak, Memory as fiction in the New Yorker. By thus messing with the magazine’s editors and audience, the […]

05/10/2013

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Movie Blog: ‘Reluctant Fundamentalist’ Review

The event that changed everything for Changez was 9/11.

05/07/2013

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Movie Blog @ MSPIFF, Day 17: ‘Tutti Giù’

Three stories, one city. That’s the narrative conceit director Niccolò Castelli deploys in Tutti Giù. And to help whip it all together there’s the kinetic energy of pretty X-Games-style photography. The movie’s three Italian-speaking Swiss […]

04/27/2013

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