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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

To the Wonder

To the Wonder

If Terrence Malick’s To the Wonder contains a thesis shot, it is of the character the credits call Marina (Olga Kurylenko), walking or running through a Read More

Upstream Color

Upstream Color

Early in Upstream Color, we see someone methodically extract writhing grubs from soil samples. Later, this unnamed man uses these wormy creatures to drug a film Read More

Antiviral

Antiviral

The central conceit of Antiviral, the first feature from Brandon Cronenberg, David’s son, is a nifty one: Celebrity culture has reached such a nauseating apex that Read More

Jack the Giant Slayer

Jack the Giant Slayer

After seeing Snow White turned into a rebellious warrior (Snow White and the Huntsman), Hansel and Gretel become witch hunters, and Red Riding Hood a Twilight Read More

Movie 43

Movie 43

When it comes to comedy, taste (both personal and within the genre itself) is always a factor. What makes one person laugh may cause another to Read More

Dead Man Down

Dead Man Down

It would be easy to call Dead Man Down a standard action movie. After all, it has all the trappings of a tired Hollywood genre effort: Read More

56 Up

56 Up

With each new installment of the stellar Up documentary series, the drama grows deeper, the wrinkles rewrite previous years full of promise and problems. It’s flabbergasting Read More

A Good Day to Die Hard

A Good Day to Die Hard

John McClane has become a superhero in increments. Taken sequentially, each Die Hard sequel feels like a semi-reasonable, if not precisely logical, extension of its predecessor. Read More