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Slow Food Story

Slow Food Story

Carlo Petrini, an ebullient Italian dreamer/visionary and benefactor of fine food and drink is the subject of Stefano Sardo’s breezy testimonial tribute to Petrini, Slow Food Read More

Tammy

Tammy

Tammy is terrible. It’s not funny, feigns realism for cheap sentiment, and refracts a kind of oddball idealism which argues that crudeness and classlessness are rewarded Read More

Drive Hard

Drive Hard

Drive Hard tries hard to be tongue-in-cheek B-movie pulp that entertains you for 89 minutes with slick action and funny dialogue. It tries to build a Read More

Happy Christmas

Happy Christmas

Ultra-prolific indie director Joe Swanberg has been cranking out multiple films each year for the last several years. A filmography full of partially-formed features based on Read More

Jersey Boys

Jersey Boys

For all we know, little Francesco Stephen Castelluccio and his neighborhood pals Tommy Devito and Nick Massi did indeed live a Goodfellas-lite life. For all we Read More

Let’s Be Cops

Let’s Be Cops

Okay, so here’s a good idea. Let’s take the lamest part of the F-bomb dropping teen comedy Superbad (the very unprofessional policemen who love to do Read More

A Most Wanted Man

A Most Wanted Man

This elegant, sparse, and scrupulously acted but dramatically stunted adaptation of a John le Carre spy novel is like Anton Corbijn’s last film, The American: tasteful Read More

Land Ho!

Land Ho!

Aaron Katz, director of mumblecore-ish twentysomething chronicles Quiet City (basically a less chatty Before Sunrise set in Brooklyn) and Cold Weather (basically Brick or Nancy Drew after Read More

Maleficent

Maleficent

Disney’s desire to drain as much profit out of their properties as possible arrives in the form of Maleficent, and boy does the struggle show. Revamping Read More

The One I Love

The One I Love

How well can we ever know each other? That’s one of the less interesting questions posed by Charlie McDowell’s willowy and romantic science-fiction two-hander with a Read More

Begin Again

Begin Again

Nothing in Begin Again, a grin-machine Roman candle of a film, should work. It features more cliches than should be legally allowed. A starry-eyed and uncompromising Read More

The Scribbler

The Scribbler

As comic book character names go, “The Scribbler” isn’t as inferential as, say, Wonder Woman. “Able to doodle at the speed of light (and backwards)!” doesn’t Read More

Sex Tape

Sex Tape

Why isn’t Sex Tape funnier? Why does it aim for guttural, sleazeball laughs and end up delivering elementary school snickers? Indeed, pre-adolescents and anyone else with Read More

The Purge: Anarchy

The Purge: Anarchy

Within the context of this fledgling franchise, The Purge: Anarchy is a whole lot better than the original film. Fleshing out its narrative beyond the basic Read More

Snowpiercer

Snowpiercer

Snowpiercer has endured a long journey to American theaters. Distribution rights for the English-language debut from director Bong Joon-ho were acquired by Harvey Weinstein, who vowed Read More

Earth to Echo

Earth to Echo

Let’s say you’re ten years old. You were born in 2004 and have no frame of reference to the following movies: E.T., The Goonies, Joe Dante’s Read More