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Movie Review: Fast & Furious 6 (2013)

Fast & Furious 6 follows up the phenomenal Fast Five with even more ridiculous stunts and chase scenes and, best of all, badass ladies. The story picks up sometime after the previous film, with Toretto (Vin Diesel), O’Conner (Paul Walker), and their loved ones living quietly in a country without extradition. When their former adversary Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson), a super special agent (or something), shows up asking for help tracking down a deadly British gang composed of expert drivers, Toretto is talked into getting the old crew back together.

Movie Review: Nema-ye Nazdik (Close-Up) (1990)

Using careful re-enactments that feature the actual people involved as well as courtroom footage with some scripted speeches, the film examines the actions of Hossain Sobzian, a mild-mannered film buff who impersonates noted Iranian filmmaker Mohsen Makmahlbaf. For about a week he ingratiates himself with a well-off family, saying he wants to make a film with them. His deception is revealed after a few days and he is put on trial for fraud, at which point director Abbas Kiarostami hears the story and decides to film the proceedings.

Movie Review: Gimme the Loot (2013)

Sofia (Tashiana Washington) and Malcolm (Ty Hickson) are two best friends and partners in tagging, living in the Bronx with little money but a lot of connections they hope to exploit to make it big. Malcolm thinks he has a way into Shea Stadium through his brother’s boxing buddy, but they need $500 for a bribe. Most of the film tracks the duo’s mission for cash over the course of two days, which mostly leads to various mishaps and an ever-growing (and totally called-for) hatred of Queens. And asshole rich people. Because fuck rich people, you know?

Movie Review: Something Wild (1986)

When dweeby, nondescript businessman Charles Driggs (Jeff Daniels) meets the unpredictable Lulu (Melanie Griffith), he finds himself thrown into a wild weekend road trip in which his outlook on life and his reasons for existence are called into question. They meet in a restaurant where he intentionally doesn’t pay because petty crimes give him a thrill, and she calls him on it, and he accepts a ride from her back to the office for some reason. She essentially kidnaps him, wins him over with kinky sex and kleptomania, and then convinces him to pose as her husband for her high school reunion.

Movie Review: Orlacs Hände (The Hands of Orlac) (1924)

Adapted from the novel by Maurice Renard, the film details the experiences of renowned concert pianist Orlac (Conrad Veidt) after he’s injured in a massive train accident. His wife Yvonne (Alexandra Sorina) begs the doctor to save his hands above all else, and so an experimental surgery is performed that replaces Orlac’s hands with those of a recently-hanged convicted murderer. Haunted by the origin of his new hands, he becomes convinced that they’re turning him into a criminal.