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The Art of the Steal

The Art of the Steal

Regardless of what’s being stolen or who’s stealing it, caper films typically tread a well-worn path, and The Art of the Steal is no different. Though Read More

The Best Offer

The Best Offer

The Best Offer deals in the world of fine art where a regimented auctioneer has a keen eye for fakes and runs a precise scheme to Read More

Labor Day

Labor Day

Really Jason Reitman? Really? After a series of films (Thank You for Smoking, Juno, Up in the Air, Young Adult) which suggested you were one of Read More

Philomena

Philomena

If it’s Awards Season, it’s time for Harvey and his maverick Weinstein marketing machine to convince us that another middling prestige picture is actually worthy of Read More

The Nut Job

The Nut Job

It’s a shame what happens to The Nut Job by the time the final credits roll. There is so much potential here, so much good work Read More

The Invisible Woman

The Invisible Woman

The tragedy of director/star Ralph Fiennes’ uneven literary period drama The Invisible Woman isn’t so much that his Charles Dickens is an arrogant swot who can’t Read More

Black Nativity

Black Nativity

Black Nativity is a movie made for a specific viewing demographic. It’s not necessarily for fans of the Langston Hughes play (it is, by admission, a Read More

Ride Along

Ride Along

Ride Along is relentless. It’s like a yapping lapdog sitting in the corner, barking incessantly and desperate for your attention. Though the leads are more than Read More

August: Osage County

August: Osage County

This wasn’t supposed to happen. August: Osage County features Meryl Streep lording it over a fractious family as a red-eyed, pill-popping, malicious, cancer-stricken, Eric Clapton-loving matriarch 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

47 Ronin

47 Ronin

47 Ronin takes place in a fantasy version of 18th-century Japan located, per the movie’s opening zoom, somewhere on the Universal Studios logo. The story comes Read More

At Middleton

At Middleton

Imagine if Jesse and Celine never met on that train to Vienna in 1995’s Before Sunrise and didn’t connect until they were middle-aged and married to Read More

The Truth About Emanuel

The Truth About Emanuel

If while watching The Truth About Emanuel you indeed discover a deep truth about the titular character, then you’re more perceptive than me. There’s nothing complicated Read More

The Wolf of Wall Street

The Wolf of Wall Street

Oh look, another corruption-of-the-American-Dream film capitalizing on recent turbulent times and throwing around phrases like “top 1 percent.”  Not quite. This one’s directed by Martin Scorsese Read More