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12 Years a Slave

12 Years a Slave

There are horrors aplenty in Steve McQueen’s blistering, cold-eyed epic of slavery. But amidst the cringe-inducing scenes of torture — it seems wrong to call those Read More

Oldboy (2013)

Oldboy (2013)

If Alfred Hitchcock was a young, vibrant filmmaker working in 2013, he’d probably have made a movie a lot like Oldboy. It has all the earmarks Read More

The Grandmaster

The Grandmaster

The Grandmaster is the tale of two movies. No, not Parts One and Two of one ambitious offering, but two (or in some ways, three) different Read More

Gravity

Gravity

You’ve never seen anything like Gravity before. Nothing can prepare you for the unbridled brilliance of what director Alfonso Cuaron accomplishes with some specialized set rigging, Read More

Narco Cultura

Narco Cultura

As lyrics go, “We’re bloodthirsty, crazy, and we like to kill” doesn’t leave much to the imagination. But painting a bright scene with cartoon exaggeration and Read More

Mr. Nobody

Mr. Nobody

Mr. Nobody is like Cloud Atlas combined with a Choose Your Own Adventure book. It’s like the former in that it bounces around between time frames in Read More

Nebraska

Nebraska

Alexander Payne has become a master of a very specific, borderline nonexistent subgenre: the road movie that doesn’t move. About Schmidt centers on a road trip Read More

Afternoon Delight

Afternoon Delight

With several standout supporting comedic roles on her resume, Kathryn Hahn (We’re the Millers, Parks and Recreation) proves herself more than capable of carrying a film Read More

All Is Lost

All Is Lost

It’s that face. The undeniably aged but still matinee idol quality face. Argue over his output, his films both in front of or behind the camera, Read More

Ender’s Game

Ender’s Game

There are a lot of good ideas floating around Ender’s Game, especially in these days of bullying awareness and childhood marginalization. Within today’s contemporary, everyone earns Read More

The Counselor

The Counselor

It features a wealth of talent both in front of and behind the lens. It offers up two Oscar winners, several nominees, and a script by Read More

How I Live Now

How I Live Now

In most stories about groups fighting for survival, Daisy (Saoirse Ronan) would be among the first to die. When the eye-rolling New York teen shows up 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

Escape Plan

Escape Plan

There was a time, say a quarter century or so ago, when an announced pairing of Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone would have caused widespread action-film Read More

Free Birds

Free Birds

Should a cartoon have an agenda? Put another way, should a kid’s film, aimed at a demographic far removed from an understanding of subjects like political Read More

Dallas Buyers Club

Dallas Buyers Club

In form, Dallas Buyers Club would appear a rollicking, globe-hopping ride, complete with a compelling kingpin figure and a sprawling mega-heist at its center. In execution, Read More