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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

Zero Motivation

Zero Motivation

On the surface, Zero Motivation looks like a military satire. But this dark comic gem, the debut feature from Israeli writer-director Talya Lavie, is really a Read More

Starred Up

Starred Up

In one corner of the prison drama genre, there’s popcorn fare like Escape Plan and Lock Up, slick productions with big roundhouse Hollywood punches and, yeah, Read More

[REC] 4: Apocalypse

[REC] 4: Apocalypse

When you’ve made two of the best horror movies of the last decade (and, arguably, of all time) with your religious-tinged zombie movies [REC] and [REC] Read More

Life Itself

Life Itself

There is a beautiful symmetry to Steve James’s Roger Ebert documentary, Life Itself. From its recollections of Ebert’s fiery arguments with TV co-host Gene Siskel to Read More

A Most Violent Year

A Most Violent Year

In J.C. Chandor’s taut and sleek thriller, A Most Violent Year, one character lectures another that “these are dangerous times and we have to adapt.” The Read More

Unbroken

Unbroken

If one learns anything from a handsomely-told World War II survival fable like Unbroken, it’s that if you are marooned at sea for weeks and then Read More

American Sniper

American Sniper

Snipers are supposed to be solitary types. Patient, waiting. So it makes sense that for Clint Eastwood’s brooding film about Chris Kyle, the Navy SEAL sniper Read More

Into the Woods

Into the Woods

It seems fitting that less than a week after the release of Annie, a crushingly inept movie musical, Into the Woods arrives to show audiences how movie Read More

Big Eyes

Big Eyes

All Margaret Keane wanted to do was paint. She escaped her horrible first marriage to feel some of the freedom her muse mandated. Unfortunately, the 1950s Read More

Selma

Selma

What has happened to our country? Where did it all go so very, very wrong? A little over 50 years ago, people took to the streets Read More

Two Days, One Night

Two Days, One Night

Nobody would accuse cinema’s hard-bitten neo-realist duo Jean-Pierre Dardenne and Luc Dardenne of playing to modern trends. But with their newest film it’s hard not to Read More