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[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

Annie

Annie

It’s kind of disheartening to sit here on the brink of lightly bashing the unceasingly-promoted Annie, which is actually quite sweet and well meaning, and which represents Read More

Mr. Turner

Mr. Turner

Anybody looking for a cozy holiday costume drama about a famous painter should steer clear of Mike Leigh’s uncompromising, sometimes brutal film. J.M.W. Turner is best Read More

Top Five

Top Five

There’s no denying Chris Rock’s stand-up status. He’s that rare comedian that can be both serious and scatological and still get his point across. He’s succeeded Read More