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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

Mortdecai

Mortdecai

You can see what attracted Johnny Depp to the character of Charlie Mortdecai: the dapper dope persona; the twee moustache; the faux heist film farce elements; Read More

The Boy Next Door

The Boy Next Door

Back when it looked like J-Lo, otherwise known as recording diva and American Idol space holder Jennifer Lopez, the star was getting started on a legitimate movie Read More

Cake

Cake

In order to receive a Best Actress Oscar (or at least an Oscar nomination) a day of reckoning must arrive for all actresses that have achieved Read More

Song One

Song One

When Anne Hathaway won a SAG Award last year for her role as Fantine in Les Miserables, she remarked in her acceptance speech that she was Read More

Black Sea

Black Sea

The urge to submerge has been part of our film legacy since the beginnings. From Frank Capra’s Submarine to such popcorn chewing films as Run Silent Run Deep, Hell Read More

Whiplash

Whiplash

It’s been awhile since audiences have been given a film about a callow recruit with promise being browbeaten into a soldier considered worthy by their terrorizing Read More

Blackhat

Blackhat

Michael Mann’s Blackhat is a mess. It’s a slick, shallow effort from a filmmaker who usually does better — a lot better. Even when he falters Read More

Paddington

Paddington

Paddington is the kind of movie Hollywood has forgotten how to make. It’s quaint and cozy, witty without resulting to an overuse of physical shtick or Read More

The Wedding Ringer

The Wedding Ringer

The Wedding Ringer is what we call a “vibe” film in the critic’s biz. Sync up to its particular brand of Hangover-lite faux Farrelly Brothers gratuity Read More

Appropriate Behavior

Appropriate Behavior

At the start of Desiree Akhavan’s Appropriate Behavior, a love affair has ended in a bitter split as twenty-something hipster Shirin (Akhaven) loads up an empty Read More

Taken 3

Taken 3

Here’s an appropriate marketing slogan for this unnecessary third slog through Bryan Mills’ particular set of skills: “This time, it’s the audience that gets… TAKEN.” Seriously, Read More

Predestination

Predestination

In Predestination, Ethan Hawke plays a “temporal agent” who travels back in time to prevent crimes before they occur. If you go into the movie with Read More

Bound (2015)

Bound (2015)

One might expect a review of Bound to open by noting that the movie shouldn’t be confused with the 1996 Jennifer Tilly/Gina Gershon thriller of the Read More