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Getaway

Getaway

Apparently, our current crop of wannabe action directors need lessons in legitimate stunt sequence staging… and filming… and approach… and editing… and non-CG logistics. Since the Read More

Our Nixon

Our Nixon

For those raised on The West Wing and stories about the Cuban Missile Crisis, the most surprising thing about President-focused documentary footage is always how good-natured Read More

Closed Circuit

Closed Circuit

Novelty doesn’t necessarily elevate a known quantity. Just because you provide a new twist on an old hackneyed film concept — the political thriller — doesn’t Read More

Sound City

Sound City

Dave Grohl is full of surprises. When he came from behind the Nirvana drum set to form the band Foo Fighters, not many expected his songwriting Read More

You’re Next

You’re Next

A dysfunctional family sits down to celebrate the parent’s anniversary. Dad (Rob Moran) has just retired and is spending his windfall on refurbishing an old country Read More

The World’s End

The World’s End

In his latest genial fanboy collaboration with Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg plays the kind of perpetual adolescent that comedies love: He’s a fountain of clearly horrible Read More

Drinking Buddies

Drinking Buddies

As the sole woman working at a Chicago brewery with a tribe of bearded, vaguely hipster guys in Joe Swanberg’s Drinking Buddies, Olivia Wilde’s Kate seems Read More

The Grandmaster

The Grandmaster

The Grandmaster is the tale of two movies. No, not Parts One and Two of one ambitious offering, but two (or in some ways, three) different Read More

The Attack

The Attack

When a single act of violence is central to a film’s plot, the event almost always shows up on the screen. It’s like some implicit promise Read More

Leviathan

Leviathan

Leviathan challenges you to find your bearings from the opening shot. It’s dark, waves are crashing, chains are clanking and coiling, water is splashing the camera, Read More

I Give It a Year

I Give It a Year

Almost playing like an edgy sequel to a non-existent standard rom-com, I Give It a Year burns through a typical feature-length scenario before the end of Read More