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The Rewrite

The Rewrite

The Rewrite marks the fourth collaboration between writer/director Marc Lawrence and star Hugh Grant. Okay, so they aren’t exactly Scorsese and De Niro. They’ve never delivered Read More

Da Sweet Blood of Jesus

Da Sweet Blood of Jesus

Everybody knows Spike Lee. Spike Lee and his “joints” are brand names like Tide, Dockers, and Sinatra. For almost thirty years, Lee, through artistry and self-promotion, Read More

Jupiter Ascending

Jupiter Ascending

It’s like a shaggy dog festooned with diamonds. It’s ’50s sci-fi schlock gussied up with ’00s CGI. It’s ambitious and overreaching, ludicrous and, in the end, Read More

The Voices

The Voices

Thirty years ago, during the height of the VHS boom, a movie like The Voices would be considered an envelope-pushing, clever cult classic. It would offer Read More

Seventh Son

Seventh Son

One’s reaction to the ridiculous Seventh Son is a single word: “Naturally.” You’ll be saying it to yourself a lot during the death march running time Read More

Ballet 422

Ballet 422

There is no such thing as a permanent piece of art. Paper yellows, paint cracks, celluloid burns, memories fade. But compared to those ephemeral forms, dance Read More

Felix and Meira

Felix and Meira

In Fill the Void, Hadas Yaron played an independent woman who decides to become a conservative Jew. In Maxime Giroux’s Felix and Meira, Yaron does it in Read More

The Loft

The Loft

Imagine Billy Wilder’s The Apartment minus the humor and social commentary merged with Alfred Hitchcock via Danny Boyle a la Shallow Grave without either director’s panache Read More

Wild Card

Wild Card

Fans of Jason Statham and his roid rage roundelays don’t come to see brooding neo-noir. They don’t really care about his personal crises or existential struggles. Read More

Project Almanac

Project Almanac

A time travel film is only as smart as its script. While that goes without saying most of the time, the found footage affront Project Almanac (previously Read More

Black or White

Black or White

Mike Binder is a filmmaker interested in telling stories about identifiable people dealing with identifiable problems. In films such as The Upside of Anger, Indian Summer, and Reign Over Me, Read More

Amira & Sam

Amira & Sam

It’s tempting to give writer-director Sean Mullin extra credit for putting a spotlight on under-represented characters in his limp romantic dramedy Amira & Sam, but when Read More

Jessabelle

Jessabelle

Horror is cyclical. One minute we are worried about the psychotic killer slashing his way through a wealth of worthless teenage victim fodder, the next, zombies Read More

Strange Magic

Strange Magic

George Lucas owes us. He owes us for Howard the Duck. He owes us for those god-awful Star Wars prequels. He owes us for refusing to Read More