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Lucy

Lucy

It has an intriguing premise (albeit one explored back in 2011 with Limitless). It features a fetching female lead (you can’t deny Scarlett Johannson’s beauty, even Read More

Happy Christmas

Happy Christmas

Ultra-prolific indie director Joe Swanberg has been cranking out multiple films each year for the last several years. A filmography full of partially-formed features based on Read More

Very Good Girls

Very Good Girls

A superlative-laden title suggests something that’s on-the-nose sentimental, satire, or subversive irony. Very Good Girls is none of those things, and isn’t much of anything. A Read More

Sex Tape

Sex Tape

Why isn’t Sex Tape funnier? Why does it aim for guttural, sleazeball laughs and end up delivering elementary school snickers? Indeed, pre-adolescents and anyone else with Read More

Begin Again

Begin Again

Nothing in Begin Again, a grin-machine Roman candle of a film, should work. It features more cliches than should be legally allowed. A starry-eyed and uncompromising Read More

Rage

Rage

With an arbitrary title and a lazy everything else, Rage is as bland as a “gritty” thriller can be. Nicolas Cage mumbles and scowls his way Read More

Boyhood

Boyhood

Wobbly at times but still magical in an everyday way, Richard Linklater’s Boyhood proves that intimate doesn’t have to equal melodrama and experimental can still be Read More

Land Ho!

Land Ho!

Aaron Katz, director of mumblecore-ish twentysomething chronicles Quiet City (basically a less chatty Before Sunrise set in Brooklyn) and Cold Weather (basically Brick or Nancy Drew after Read More