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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

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