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V/H/S: Viral

V/H/S: Viral

There are 20 decent minutes buried in the middle of horror anthology V/H/S: Viral, but there’s no compensating for the irredeemable dreck that surrounds them. You Read More

Birdman

Birdman

He’s washed up and wounded. He can’t catch a break. He believes in himself, even if the rest of the world only remembers him as nothing Read More

The Homesman

The Homesman

In one of the most shocking moments from John Ford’s epic western The Searchers, John Wayne, who is looking for his niece that has been abducted Read More

Life Itself

Life Itself

There is a beautiful symmetry to Steve James’s Roger Ebert documentary, Life Itself. From its recollections of Ebert’s fiery arguments with TV co-host Gene Siskel to Read More

St. Vincent

St. Vincent

It’s such an overused cinematic cliche that it almost demands its own subgenre. Call it the “Grumpy Old Man/Awkward Youngster Bonding” comedy/drama. You know the kind: Read More

Nightcrawler

Nightcrawler

He can’t sleep. He barely makes ends meet. He spends his nights rummaging around Los Angeles, stealing metal and other items that he can pawn and/or Read More

Predestination

Predestination

In Predestination, Ethan Hawke plays a “temporal agent” who travels back in time to prevent crimes before they occur. If you go into the movie with Read More

Force Majeure

Force Majeure

Force Majeure is a film about an avalanche. But like any good art movie, that inciting incident is really just a MacGuffin that launches a two-hour Read More

Dracula Untold

Dracula Untold

Blame Marvel. Blame Stephanie Meyer and her sparkly Goth-Rom ridiculousness. Blame Stephen Sommers and his Mummy movies, Zack Snyder and 300, and the recent obsession with Read More

John Wick

John Wick

The mere mention of his name gives criminals pause. He once completed an “impossible task” for one of the most notorious Russian mobsters in all of Read More

Ouija

Ouija

While its roots can be traced back to 12th century China, the Ouija board didn’t become popular until 1890, and then, it was as a mere Read More

Starred Up

Starred Up

In one corner of the prison drama genre, there’s popcorn fare like Escape Plan and Lock Up, slick productions with big roundhouse Hollywood punches and, yeah, Read More

Fury

Fury

World War II is about to end, at least in Europe. The Nazis know it. The Allies sense it. As the Americans move into Germany, retaking Read More

The Book of Life

The Book of Life

While it would be easy to call The Book of Life a clear case of style over substance, somehow, in this instance, the label is applicable. Read More