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Horrible Bosses 2

Horrible Bosses 2

This is why so many people complain about sequels sucking – because now Hollywood has taken to sequel-izing even modestly successful one-off comedies. Don’t get me Read More

The LEGO Movie

The LEGO Movie

“Everything is awesome” is the goofy, satiric musical refrain that plays over the opening sequences of The LEGO Movie. It’s purposely grating, on-the-nose in the most Read More

Grudge Match

Grudge Match

Grudge Match is being pitched as a watershed event: De Niro vs. Stallone in the cinematic boxing match of the century. And indeed, there is a Read More

Saving Mr. Banks

Saving Mr. Banks

P.L. Travers would probably have a lot of complaints about Saving Mr. Banks — there are plenty of historical inaccuracies and Disneyfied whitewashes. Irksome though they are, Read More

Dallas Buyers Club

Dallas Buyers Club

In form, Dallas Buyers Club would appear a rollicking, globe-hopping ride, complete with a compelling kingpin figure and a sprawling mega-heist at its center. In execution, Read More

Paradise

Paradise

Paradise is a film about soul-searching, which is convenient, since it feels like Diablo Cody is searching her own soul to rediscover the edgy voice that Read More

The Fifth Estate

The Fifth Estate

Irony of ironies – the much-anticipated “WikiLeaks Movie,” which dramatizes the inception of an organization responsible for some the most incendiary and controversial information leaks in Read More

Captain Phillips

Captain Phillips

With measured satisfaction, I can report Captain Phillips is a solid thriller. Satisfaction is “measured” because, with the filmmaking talent behind the film, it could’ve been Read More

Don Jon

Don Jon

Two things are readily apparent on the basis of Don Jon. First, Joseph Gordon-Levitt is clearly a talented filmmaker and a thoughtful, empathetic storyteller. Second, the Read More

Elysium

Elysium

In an early promotional interview for Elysium, writer-director Neill Blomkamp made two declarations of note. First, he stated that his newest film, which plainly and explicitly Read More

Jug Face

Jug Face

As Jug Face begins, it toes the line between thoughtful indie thriller and B-movie schlockfest. Very quickly, it fully crosses over into the latter category. Not Read More

The Canyons

The Canyons

The decay of modern cinema permeates The Canyons — and not just because the film sucks. Director Paul Schrader begins and ends the movie with still Read More