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The Truth About Emanuel

The Truth About Emanuel

If while watching The Truth About Emanuel you indeed discover a deep truth about the titular character, then you’re more perceptive than me. There’s nothing complicated Read More

Open Grave

Open Grave

Tell me if you’ve seen this one before: Guy wakes up in strange place with no memory of who he is or what his doing there Read More

The Best Offer

The Best Offer

The Best Offer deals in the world of fine art where a regimented auctioneer has a keen eye for fakes and runs a precise scheme to Read More

The Wolf of Wall Street

The Wolf of Wall Street

Oh look, another corruption-of-the-American-Dream film capitalizing on recent turbulent times and throwing around phrases like “top 1 percent.”  Not quite. This one’s directed by Martin Scorsese Read More

Lone Survivor

Lone Survivor

Avoiding a partisan view of war, Lone Survivor drops us into the middle of the conflict in Afghanistan. It doesn’t matter if we think these American Read More

Delivery Man

Delivery Man

In Delivery Man Vince Vaughn’s familiar affable manchild character progresses to affable manchild who kinda sorta grows up. The constant fast-talking immaturity that has become his Read More

Sunlight Jr.

Sunlight Jr.

Presenting a slice of impoverished life, Sunlight Jr. illuminates the ongoing struggles of a couple just trying to get by. To the film’s credit it feels Read More

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