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Bad Words (2014)

Review by-Jarrett Leahy A contemptible 40-year-old dropout hellbent on exacting revenge against the world, finds an eligibility loophole that allows him to compete in the renowned Golden Quill National Spelling Bee. Threatening legal action if he isn’t permitted to participate, his reluctant admittance sets off a whirlwind of disdain and mockery from both officials and […]

Nymphomaniac (2014)

Review by-Jarrett Leahy Lars von Trier is an eccentric Danish auteur filmmaker whose collection of unconventional creations often baffles and frustrates even the most ardent of cinephiles. My first introduction to Lars was his 2009 drama, Antichrist, and I have yet to remove from my memory one of the most erotically grotesque images ever depicted. […]

A Most Wanted Man (2014)

Review by-Jarrett Leahy When suspected militant jihadist Issa Karpov shows up in Hamburg, Germany to claim his deceased father’s ill-gotten fortune, the intelligence community is put on high-alert. The director of German national security wants to detain this threat immediately. However, Gunther Bachmann, the leader of a covert anti-terrorism team, sees this as his opportunity […]