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San Andreas

San Andreas

Disaster movies always test our suspension of disbelief, but San Andreas tests the threshold of which our eyes can roll in the back of our heads. Read More

Aloha

Aloha

There are two Cameron Crowes. There’s the Oscar winner (screenplay) for Almost Famous, and the engaging populist behind Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Say Anything, and Read More

Poltergeist (2015)

Poltergeist (2015)

In general, remakes come in two distinct film flavors — bloated and overdone, or fast, cheap, and uninspired. Yes, there are rare occasions when the talent Read More

Tomorrowland

Tomorrowland

Tomorrowland is too ambitious. It has ideas too big for a standard summer popcorn flick. Give Brad Bird and Damon Lindelof for trying to tackle the Read More

Love At First Fight

Love At First Fight

Fifty years ago, Bob Dylan wrote, “Twenty years of schooling and they put you on the day shift.” In Thomas Cailley’s pathetically titled Love at First Read More

Slow West

Slow West

Slow West takes aim at the Western genre with a totally fresh scope while simultaneously capturing a nostalgic majesty that recalls the grand Cinemascope Westerns of Read More

Mad Max: Fury Road

Mad Max: Fury Road

Mad Max: Fury Road leaves blisters on the cinema screen. This is the kind of action bonanza for which the term “pulse-pounding” was invented, except it doesn’t Read More

Pitch Perfect 2

Pitch Perfect 2

The Barden Bellas are back, bringing more of their instrumental-free singing sass to girls everywhere “too ugly to be cheerleaders” (according to film character John Smith, Read More

Hot Pursuit

Hot Pursuit

Allow me to clear up any confusion right up front: Hot Pursuit is not directed by Paul Feig, and it does not star Melissa McCarthy. It’s Read More

Maggie

Maggie

A grieving father expresses a wish to the family concerning his terminally ill teenager – “Let’s enjoy the time we have with her.” But this is not Read More

The D Train

The D Train

The D Train, the creepy new dramedy with Jack Black, is a journey to the end of the line, the ultimate Seth Rogen-James Franco bromance film Read More

7 Chinese Brothers

7 Chinese Brothers

Modern indie film has an abundance of hangdog slackers. But none are as effective as Jason Schwartzman, he of the long face, sad eyebrows, and terribly good Read More