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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

Evil Dead (2013)

Evil Dead (2013)

Last year, Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard’s gloriously meta The Cabin in the Woods came along and saved a slumping Winter/Spring season from the January through Read More

The Company You Keep

The Company You Keep

The ghosts of other, greater film whisper through Robert Redford’s stilted drama about sixties radicalism and millennial ennui, highlighting just how pat and unambitious an effort Read More

Trance

Trance

It’s his own fault. Over the last few years, director Danny Boyle has set the bar so high, artistically speaking, that fans may feel a bit… Read More