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Nymphomaniac Volume II (2014)

2.5 out of 5

The second part of Van Trier’s exploration into the life of sex addict Joe (Charlotte Gainsbourg in middle-age, Stacy Martin as young Joe) begins where the first volume left off with Joe in a stable yet ungratifying relationship with Jerome (Shia LaBeouf). As an adult, Joe finds it hard to fit in and the chaste Seligman (Stellan Skarsgard) listens to her recount her dark and dangerous adulthood.

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  • Trailer of the Week: Aron Gaudet and Gita Pullapilly’s Beneath the Harvest Sky

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  • Trailer of the Week: Daniel Patrick Carbone’s Hide Your Smiling Faces

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  • Calculate how much time you have wasted watching TV. (thanks Tilmann!)
  • Trailer of the Week: Pawel Pawlikowski’s Ida

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Geung Si aka Rigor Mortis (Hong Kong 2013)

1 out of 5

A severely depressed actor moves into a worn down apartment complex in order to commit suicide in peace but gets far more than he bargained for. Vampire zombies, murder, excessive CGI effects, and mundane action sequences abound. Rigor Mortis is derivative and utterly lackluster, paying homage to the Hong Kong Vampire films that I am frankly unfamiliar with. It aspires to be a horror action drama and fails in all accounts.

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Inside Llewyn Davis (2013)

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3.5 out of 5

Llewyn Davis (Oscar Isaac) is making a very meager living as a folk singer in early 1960’s Greenwich Village right at the brink of the folk explosion. Llewyn has no place to call home and lives from one gig to the next with nothing tangible to hold on to. Inside Llewyn Davis captures a turbulent week that unfolds like many others in his life: with a sprinkling of a few shows among many discontents.

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