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Focus

Focus

The writing/directing combo of Glenn Ficarra and John Requa got their start in kid vid. They worked for Nickelodeon before branching out into film. Their first Read More

The Lazarus Effect

The Lazarus Effect

If Frankenstein has taught us anything, it’s that when Man plays God, Man usually mucks things up. As a result, it’s the wrath of Satan, not Read More

Everly

Everly

Everly is like a great mash-up trailer extended to insufferable full length. There are plenty of fun ideas swirling around, but none of them move past Read More

Maps to the Stars

Maps to the Stars

There is a moment when satire turns into pure spleen. That moment comes pretty early in David Cronenberg’s disjointed Maps to the Stars. Benjie Weiss (Evan Read More

The Salvation

The Salvation

As a member of the Danish avant-garde filmmaking collective Dogma 95 (a group which included Lars von Trier and Thomas Vinterberg) director Kristian Levring upheld a Read More

The Captive

The Captive

I’m guiltier than most at giving auteur Atom Egoyan the benefit of the doubt, but with his latest film, The Captive, I’m starting to wonder which one Read More

Hot Tub Time Machine 2

Hot Tub Time Machine 2

They say comedy is all about timing. So it would figure, logically, that a movie dealing with temporal displacements and reversals would be a true side-splitter. Read More

The DUFF

The DUFF

The DUFF references 1985 classic The Breakfast Club early on, stating the labels thrust upon Shermer High School students in that film are outdated. It’s a Read More

McFarland, USA

McFarland, USA

Back in the ’50s, Disney decided that it needed to supplement its still struggling animation division with a series of live action films. After going through Read More

Fifty Shades of Grey

Fifty Shades of Grey

Call it deviant or kinky, but bondage and discipline, and its psychological cousins sadism and masochism, are not social norms today. Instead, they are Puritanical adult Read More

The Rewrite

The Rewrite

The Rewrite marks the fourth collaboration between writer/director Marc Lawrence and star Hugh Grant. Okay, so they aren’t exactly Scorsese and De Niro. They’ve never delivered Read More

Da Sweet Blood of Jesus

Da Sweet Blood of Jesus

Everybody knows Spike Lee. Spike Lee and his “joints” are brand names like Tide, Dockers, and Sinatra. For almost thirty years, Lee, through artistry and self-promotion, Read More