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The Big Wedding

The Big Wedding

Writer/director Justin Zackham must have some kind of movie Midas Touch. His script for The Bucket List attracted Oscar winners Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman, while Read More

Pain & Gain

Pain & Gain

On social media, in the days leading up to the release of Pain & Gain, this pitch-black serio-comedy was alternately described by those lucky enough to Read More

Kon-Tiki

Kon-Tiki

Call it Life of Thor! As depicted in Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg’s Kon-Tiki, the story of Thor Heyerdahl (Pål Sverre Hagen), the Norwegian-born writer, ethnographer Read More

Mud

Mud

A small-town way of life that’s slowly disappearing. A young boy’s coming-of-age set against the possible dissolution of his parents’ marriage. A drifter who inspires both Read More

At Any Price

At Any Price

It is my sacred duty as a film critic to complain that movie studios too often make movies about superheroes, franchises, special effects: anything but the Read More

The Lords of Salem

The Lords of Salem

Rob Zombie is the Quentin Tarantino of horror. Like that famed former video store employee turned American auteur (and Oscar winner), the genre icon rocker loves Read More

21 & Over

21 & Over

It’s a college sex comedy that’s neither sexy nor comedic, but it does take place on a college campus so… there’s that I guess. 21 & Read More

Quartet

Quartet

An exquisitely humane essay on death, Quartet, like the ensemble at the center of the story, deserves to be remembered more than it probably will be. Quartet Read More

Oblivion

Oblivion

It’s been 60 years since the world was wiped out in a war with aliens. Tom Cruise, as technician Jack Harper, scours the desolate face of Read More

In the House

In the House

Francois Ozon’s almost perfect comedy about a teacher obsessed with a student, who’s himself obsessed with a classmate, has a sneaking satiric soul dressed up in Read More

Scary Movie V

Scary Movie V

A sense of humor is personal. It’s like taste in music, or one’s favorite movies. There can be no universal maxim, no “this is always funny” Read More

42

42

If ever a film had a near impossible legacy to live up to, it’s 42. After all, when tackling the sports mythos of Jackie Robinson and Read More

It’s a Disaster

It’s a Disaster

Any filmmaker looking to create a couples-driven comedy ensemble should consider the perils that would make a saner person rethink the attempt. You have to develop Read More