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The Sapphires

The Sapphires

War-torn Vietnam, circa 1968, sounds like an offbeat location for a sassy, uplifting musical comedy. But then again, almost everything about Wayne Blair’s The Sapphires would Read More

Reality (2013)

Reality (2013)

The Italy of Matteo Garrone’s Reality signifies the moral bankruptcy and delirium of Silvio Berlusconi’s government-as-game-show regime in a way that is both bitterly comical and Read More

Love and Honor

Love and Honor

Graciously gathering the last three or four decades of the most impersonal and forgettable Vietnam films into one wet beer-belch of counter-culture signifiers and don’t-tread-on-me rhetoric, Read More

Admission

Admission

Modern rom-coms and Ivy League schools actually have a lot in common.  They’re both vestigial organs from a bygone age when men were Wiffenpoofs and women married typewriter Read More

Dark Skies

Dark Skies

We horror fans are a fickle bunch. Overload us with hyperactive dread and gallons of blood and we complain about the reliance of splatter. Set up Read More

Spring Breakers

Spring Breakers

It begins with a flurry of hedonistic fireworks. It ends in explosions of a different kind. Harmony Korine’s borderline brilliant Spring Breakers is less about sex, Read More

Stoker

Stoker

It’d probably be impossible to produce a suspenseful, sensual coming-of-age thriller about the relationship forged between an impressionable, inquisitive teenage girl and her mysterious Uncle Charlie Read More

Gangster Squad

Gangster Squad

An unconvincing facsimile of a crime drama, Gangster Squad, in the end, is merely a podunk action movie in a nice suit. Gangster Squad concerns a group Read More

The Call

The Call

I know you, reader. I know how you feel about things. You’ve often said to yourself “You know, I really want to like The Silence of Read More

Zero Dark Thirty

Zero Dark Thirty

The hunt for Osama Bin Laden was about more than payback for 9/11. It was qualified vindication for a superpower that seemed significantly less so in Read More

Side Effects

Side Effects

When he decided to announce his “retirement” from moviemaking (though, as time passes, said declaration appears to be more and more specious), Oscar winner Steven Soderbergh Read More

Repo Man

Repo Man

The scuzz-punk doom comedy of Alex Cox’s 1984 underground touchstone makes for a creepy visitation from a fracturing society. Released at the midpoint of the Reagan Read More

Texas Chainsaw 3D

Texas Chainsaw 3D

Here’s a question for all you novice Hollywood screenwriters. How do you link a storyline set in 1973 with a present day plot circa 2013? Oh, Read More

Cloud Atlas

Cloud Atlas

We’re all connected. It’s either as a species, as part of a communal society, or as individuals living within universal maxims of love, fear, happiness, and Read More

Jack Reacher

Jack Reacher

A lunatic sniper fires off rounds from a parking garage, killing five presumably random people on the streets below. Identified by a fingerprint, the former soldier Read More