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Top Five

Top Five

There’s no denying Chris Rock’s stand-up status. He’s that rare comedian that can be both serious and scatological and still get his point across. He’s succeeded Read More

Annie

Annie

It’s kind of disheartening to sit here on the brink of lightly bashing the unceasingly-promoted Annie, which is actually quite sweet and well meaning, and which represents Read More

Listen Up Philip

Listen Up Philip

If you mix into a rancid brew Woody Allen’s 1979 roundelay of self-centered upper middle class New Yorkers, Manhattan, along with Allen’s flirtations with shaky cam Read More

Foxcatcher

Foxcatcher

There’s an old joke about how poor people are crazy but the rich are merely eccentric. Bennett Miller’s based-on-a-true-story Foxcatcher vividly illustrates that joke. After all, Read More

Life Partners

Life Partners

Life Partners plays like the first season of a CW dramedy condensed into 90 minutes of millennial-minded platitudes. There are overwritten quips and situational conflicts that Read More

The Captive

The Captive

I’m guiltier than most at giving auteur Atom Egoyan the benefit of the doubt, but with his latest film, The Captive, I’m starting to wonder which one Read More

Big Hero 6

Big Hero 6

Disney’s latest collaboration with Marvel, an adaptation of Big Hero 6, easily earns the superlatives I’m about to bestow upon it. It’s visually engaging, solidly structured, offers Read More

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

Whiplash

Whiplash

It’s been awhile since audiences have been given a film about a callow recruit with promise being browbeaten into a soldier considered worthy by their terrorizing Read More

Beyond the Lights

Beyond the Lights

Yes, fame comes with a price. The loss of privacy. The expectations of the audience. The stereotypical truisms of its fleeting nature and rollercoaster constants. But 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