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Escape from Planet Earth

Escape from Planet Earth

Though it’s probably never been more popular, animation as an artform is truly on life support. The studios, sensing that anything with CG anthropomorphized beings means Read More

G.I. Joe: Retaliation

G.I. Joe: Retaliation

While it might be the height of critical clich√© (and analytically wrong) to call G.I. Joe: Retaliation “a real American Zero,” if the combat boot fits… Read More

The Host

The Host

And you thought Twilight was bad… The latest from the so-called writer of those undeniably bad (and undeniably popular) sparkling vampire romances centers around an alien Read More

Room 237

Room 237

Who knew? When Stanley Kubrick was standing on the set of his heralded horror “classic” The Shining, he had a lot more on his mind than Read More

Warm Bodies

Warm Bodies

At this point in the zombie mythology, there’s not much more a filmmaker can do. We’ve had the old fashioned voodoo version that made the horror Read More

The Croods

The Croods

Don’t let the accompanying credits fool you. Monty Python alum John Cleese may be listed as a co-writer for this prehistoric coming-of-age kiddie cartoon, but any Read More

Olympus Has Fallen

Olympus Has Fallen

Steeped in the kind of flag-waving jingoism we expect from someone like Peter Berg and destined to be a hit despite its gaping plot holes, Olympus 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

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

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

Mama

Mama

Is there room for overt sentimentality in a scary movie? That’s the main question one encounters after sitting through the Guillermo Del Toro-produced/Andres Muschietti-directed fright film Read More

The Guilt Trip

The Guilt Trip

Whenever Oscar-winning chanteuse and defiant diva Barbra Streisand decides to grace us with her presence on the silver screen, it’s an event. From her initial musical Read More

Broken City

Broken City

The movies love sleaze in high places. From the posh offices of world leaders to the local political scandal, film enjoys tales of absolute power corrupting Read More