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The Book Thief

The Book Thief

The specter of Death (with a capital “D”) is a hovering presence in The Book Thief. The slow, deep narration from a reaper-like entity is just Read More

We Are What We Are

We Are What We Are

The apropos opening shot of the moody We Are What We Are shows a pristine spider web gently swaying in the breeze. It’s fitting because the characters at Read More

Last Vegas

Last Vegas

No doubt there will be countless people that describe Last Vegas as “The Hangover for the AARP crowd,” or something similar. I suppose it’s an easy Read More

About Time

About Time

Combining reliable rom-com sentimentality with a fantastical time travel element that has limited scope or consequence, About Time positions itself as a crowd-pleaser sure to elicit Read More

Man of Tai Chi

Man of Tai Chi

Serviceable if not spectacular, Man of Tai Chi is a B-movie epic for a bygone video game era, using tropes of the martial arts genre as Read More

The Hunt

The Hunt

In today’s never-ending news cycle we’re inundated with a steady stream of hate speech and fearmongering from the highest halls of government to the Twitter feeds Read More

Touchy Feely

Touchy Feely

Touchy Feely never gets its arms around its narrative, failing to massage any of its meandering plot strings into anything of substance. What’s put on screen Read More

Violet & Daisy

Violet & Daisy

The titular teens of Violet & Daisy are fairies without a tale to tell. It’s certainly not due to lack of effort – the pixies talk Read More

Crystal Fairy

Crystal Fairy

Crystal Fairy isn’t a drug movie. The principals do plenty of them and the quest for a rare high drives the story, but the film focuses Read More

Paranoia

Paranoia

I’m not sure who exactly is paranoid in Paranoia. In fact, I’m finding it hard to recall a single recognizable state of mind or emotion shown Read More

Prince Avalanche

Prince Avalanche

After a few detours into more visible Hollywood comedies that worked (Pineapple Express) and that didn’t (Your Highness), writer/director David Gordon Green moves back into more Read More

I Declare War

I Declare War

The fog of fake war hangs thick around the bodies – and psyches – of these kids getting lost in the woods and in their imaginations. Read More

Parkland

Parkland

Parkland feels a bit like a school report coloring in the margins of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination – one that would receive a grade of Read More

Lovelace

Lovelace

A well-made but shallow film, Lovelace keeps explorations of its central figure narrow enough to avoid an overload of melodramatic bio-pic beats, but also sidesteps any 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

The Colony

The Colony

In The Colony a future Earth is in the throes a new ice age, survivors forced to flee the frozen surface for a tribal-like existence in Read More

Maniac

Maniac

Maniac isn’t an easy film to watch, and is commendable because of it. Cutting deeper than the brutal slasher violence on the surface – which, make Read More