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Noah

Noah

Noah is what we would call a “problem solving” movie. Within its simple Bible story (a man of faith has a vision of the Earth’s destruction Read More

Sabotage

Sabotage

There’s a perfectly serviceable idea at the core of the otherwise convoluted drug cartel vs. DEA action effort Sabotage. The notion of a ragtag group of Read More

Ernest & Celestine

Ernest & Celestine

On the list of 2014 Oscar nominees for Best Animated Feature, there was a perfectly wonderful film you probably hadn’t heard of. Beyond the sisters of Read More

Breathe In

Breathe In

Three solid performances aren’t enough to lift Breathe In above its triteness and well-worn subject matter. With a restrained approach in portraying the decay of a Read More

Anita

Anita

Anita is a functional film about an astounding person who faced the whirlwind and didn’t blink. It doesn’t do meaningful service to the larger story of Read More

Enemy

Enemy

It makes sense that movies about envious doppelgangers should also arrive in pairs; one more impressive than the other. Later this year will see Richard Ayoade’s Read More

The Lunchbox

The Lunchbox

The sweet and savory epistolary romance The Lunchbox spins a variation on the adage about getting to a man’s heart through his stomach. In this case, Read More

God’s Not Dead

God’s Not Dead

If you get a text message from a friend that reads “God’s not dead,” you’ll know they’ve been to the movies recently. That’s because the Christian-themed Read More

Divergent

Divergent

It’s hard to say if the film adaptation of Veronica Roth’s successful YA franchise Divergent is a success. Compared to its predecessors, it’s light years better Read More

Muppets Most Wanted

Muppets Most Wanted

Like the Looney Tunes, and in some cases, the earliest Disney catalog titles, the Muppets were never really meant for the kiddies. Instead, they were expression-filled Read More

Nymphomaniac: Volume I

Nymphomaniac: Volume I

In movies like Breaking the Waves, Dancer in the Dark, and Dogville, Lars von Trier puts his pure-hearted heroines through almost unimaginable torment, piling misery on Read More

Cheap Thrills

Cheap Thrills

There are real stakes in Cheap Thrills. Its humor is inky black and the depths of its depravity are bottomless, but neither the laughs nor the Read More

Le Week-End

Le Week-End

Like many movies about couples who treat their relationship as a sparring ring, Roger Michell’s Le Week-End dares you to choose sides. Do you plunk down Read More

Veronica Mars

Veronica Mars

Veronica Mars, the movie, is not really a movie. It nonetheless has plenty of things that many actual movies selfishly neglect: it’s got a beginning, middle, Read More