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Non-Stop

Non-Stop

Non-Stop is yet another in a long line of intriguing film ideas rendered inert by bad execution. In this case, while director Jaume Collet-Serra (House of Read More

Odd Thomas

Odd Thomas

Odd Thomas is based on a novel of 446 pages, and it feels like at least half of them are read aloud in the film. A Read More

Cement Suitcase

Cement Suitcase

Loveable losers who hate their lives are a staple of independent films. Stack up all the movies about them and the pile would probably reach all the way Read More

Beach Pillows

Beach Pillows

Beach Pillows is writer/producer/director Sean Hartofilis’ first feature film. It’s an intimate and relatable character study of a depressed, late-20-something guy stuck in a small-town suburb Read More

3 Days to Kill

3 Days to Kill

Even if you didn’t read the credits, it would only take a few minutes to realize that 3 Days to Kill has writer/producer Luc Besson’s fingerprints Read More

Pompeii

Pompeii

Ah… Pompeii. What choice cheese you are. Neither gouda nor cheddar, Edam nor Danish Blue, but cheese none the less. Perhaps, it would be better to call Read More

Omar

Omar

For such a razor-sharp thriller, the West Bank-set Omar smuggles a dense packet of ambiguity into its compact running time. This shouldn’t be a rarity, given Read More

Adult World

Adult World

With most mainstream American movies remaining squeamish about sex, indies are supposed to pick up the slack with unafraid frankness. In the pitiable world of indie Read More

Child’s Pose

Child’s Pose

“A mother’s love” has rarely felt more dagger-like or malevolent than in the chilling morality thriller Child’s Pose. Part anatomy of a villain and part crime Read More

Winter’s Tale

Winter’s Tale

There’s a fine line between effective magical realism and ridiculous cinematic gobbledygook, a barrier which the unadulterated bull hockey of Winter’s Tale obliterates time and time Read More

About Last Night (2014)

About Last Night (2014)

It shouldn’t work. David Mamet’s original play, Sexual Perversity in Chicago, was already reconfigured into a standard Hollywood romcom entitled About Last Night… back in the Read More

Endless Love

Endless Love

I have not read Scott Spencer’s novel Endless Love, nor seen the 1981 film version starring Brooke Shields. From what I gather, the 2014 film based Read More

RoboCop (2014)

RoboCop (2014)

Once upon a time, a crazed Dutch director named Paul Verhoeven came to Hollywood seeking greener (read: financial) filmmaking pastures. Offered a script about a murdered Read More