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Odd Thomas

Odd Thomas

Odd Thomas is based on a novel of 446 pages, and it feels like at least half of them are read aloud in the film. A 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

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

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

The Past

The Past

Asghar Farhadi’s powerful but unraveled film starts as a domestic drama and then shifts into a mystery. Strangely, the further it pushes the mystery angle, with Read More

American Hustle

American Hustle

Somehow there’s never been a big movie about Abscam, the ambitious late-1970s FBI corruption probe that convicted six Congressmen and one Senator for taking bribes from Read More

Saving Mr. Banks

Saving Mr. Banks

P.L. Travers would probably have a lot of complaints about Saving Mr. Banks — there are plenty of historical inaccuracies and Disneyfied whitewashes. Irksome though they are, Read More

Frozen (2013)

Frozen (2013)

Though its problematic production past is not a very distant memory, Disney has still been looking for the kind of creative home run that greeted its 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

Homefront

Homefront

It’s a story so old that Moses probably told it to the masses as a preamble to his presentation of the Ten Commandments: a DEA agent Read More

Out of the Furnace

Out of the Furnace

Although Christian Bale plays a down-to-earth factory guy in Scott Cooper’s bashed-knuckle drama, there’s still a dark superhero glimmer to his too-good-to-be-true character. In a story Read More

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