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The Hateful Eight

The Hateful Eight

In Quentin Tarantino’s epic talkfest The Hateful Eight, Samuel L. Jackson encapsulates the ethos of the film: “Let’s slow it down. Let’s slow it way down.” In Read More

Concussion (2015)

Concussion (2015)

A clear narrative pattern develops throughout Concussion by which the film viciously and relentlessly exposes the potential horrors an average NFL career can exhibit on a Read More

Forsaken

Forsaken

Westerns were once a dime a dozen, but they’ve become less common in recent years. One reason for this is surely the fact that there are only so Read More

Sisters

Sisters

Tina Fey and Amy Poehler are great individually and even better together, so it’s not a surprise that they’re very funny as polar opposite siblings in Read More

The Big Short

The Big Short

Based on Michael Lewis’ bestseller on the financial crisis of the 2000s, The Big Short’s oxymoron-ish title fits the scope of the collapse and the energetic Read More

The Peanuts Movie

The Peanuts Movie

Is there was a near perfect between baby boomer nostalgia and new era kiddy appreciation, The Peanuts Movie may be it. It tells a tale familiar Read More

Victor Frankenstein

Victor Frankenstein

Mary Shelley’s classic novel is remarkably rich and ripe for adaptation, as evidenced by the laundry list of productions using the tale as inspiration. There have Read More

Taxi

Taxi

Our country may be creativity bankrupt, corrupt and venal when it comes to filmmaking, and its filmmakers marked as victims and chumps (Keaton, Welles, von Stroheim and Read More

The Forbidden Room

The Forbidden Room

The climactic moment of the 1963 Jerry Lewis film Who’s Minding the Store? features a turbo-charged vacuum cleaner inflated to Hindenburg-like proportions after sucking up the merchandise Read More

Room

Room

There is enough weight in the surface premise of Room to carry a film on its own. A young woman is held captive in a tight Read More

Youth

Youth

Youth has something to say, but that something is pretty obvious, and so the film dresses it up in a lot of self-satisfied artiness. The approach is Read More

Creed

Creed

There are a few key dramatic moments in Creed when Bill Conti’s iconic Rocky score kicks in, but it’s only for a note or two before Read More

Spotlight

Spotlight

One could posit – and many have – that print journalism is dead, its power sapped by the up-to-the-minute availability of digital media, its reach blunted Read More