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Escape from Planet Earth

Escape from Planet Earth

Though it’s probably never been more popular, animation as an artform is truly on life support. The studios, sensing that anything with CG anthropomorphized beings means Read More

Generation Um…

Generation Um…

The opening moments of Mark Mann’s Generation Um… cast a spell, or possibly a hex, of a vague nineties-ish aura. There’s some insistent dialogue between two Read More

Dark Skies

Dark Skies

We horror fans are a fickle bunch. Overload us with hyperactive dread and gallons of blood and we complain about the reliance of splatter. Set up Read More

A Common Man

A Common Man

This isn’t the kind of movie I’d normally review. The only reason I’m putting pen to paper is because it didn’t have any reviews online, and I Read More

Side Effects

Side Effects

When he decided to announce his “retirement” from moviemaking (though, as time passes, said declaration appears to be more and more specious), Oscar winner Steven Soderbergh Read More

Stand Up Guys

Stand Up Guys

It’s boring, hacky, pandering, maudlin, pleased with itself, and vacant of almost any believable human moment, but at least it’s also stupendously sexist. This could have Read More

Texas Chainsaw 3D

Texas Chainsaw 3D

Here’s a question for all you novice Hollywood screenwriters. How do you link a storyline set in 1973 with a present day plot circa 2013? Oh, Read More

Cloud Atlas

Cloud Atlas

We’re all connected. It’s either as a species, as part of a communal society, or as individuals living within universal maxims of love, fear, happiness, and Read More

Upstream Color

Upstream Color

Early in Upstream Color, we see someone methodically extract writhing grubs from soil samples. Later, this unnamed man uses these wormy creatures to drug a film Read More

Mama

Mama

Is there room for overt sentimentality in a scary movie? That’s the main question one encounters after sitting through the Guillermo Del Toro-produced/Andres Muschietti-directed fright film Read More

Jack Reacher

Jack Reacher

A lunatic sniper fires off rounds from a parking garage, killing five presumably random people on the streets below. Identified by a fingerprint, the former soldier Read More

The Guilt Trip

The Guilt Trip

Whenever Oscar-winning chanteuse and defiant diva Barbra Streisand decides to grace us with her presence on the silver screen, it’s an event. From her initial musical Read More

Broken City

Broken City

The movies love sleaze in high places. From the posh offices of world leaders to the local political scandal, film enjoys tales of absolute power corrupting Read More

The Details

The Details

A couple of years back, the brilliant Coen brothers unleashed A Serious Man on unsuspecting movie audiences. The masterpiece of faith and fate, the film featured Read More

Gangster Squad

Gangster Squad

An unconvincing facsimile of a crime drama, Gangster Squad, in the end, is merely a podunk action movie in a nice suit. Gangster Squad concerns a group Read More

Repo Man

Repo Man

The scuzz-punk doom comedy of Alex Cox’s 1984 underground touchstone makes for a creepy visitation from a fracturing society. Released at the midpoint of the Reagan Read More

Save the Date

Save the Date

In the aftermath of so many wedding-centric romantic comedies, an alternative vision of the subgenre seems to be building: first Kristen Wiig and Paul Feig’s Bridesmaids Read More