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The Drop

The Drop

Can one great performance make up for an otherwise mediocre movie? Put another way, does a story we’ve seen dozens of times before (often told in Read More

The Boxtrolls

The Boxtrolls

For starters, The Boxtrolls offers up a wonderful villain, exquisitely played by Ben Kingsley, whose character design suggests ’60s ukulele god Tiny Tim filtered through Charles Dickens Read More

Annabelle

Annabelle

Take Rosemary’s Baby, cram in a nod to Helter Skelter, augment with the whole “haunted object” trope, and you’ve got Annabelle, the prequel/sequel to last year’s Read More

The Zero Theorem

The Zero Theorem

As a vision of a dystopian future that comments on our present culture, The Zero Theorem feels immediately dated. The script from first-time screenwriter – and Read More

The Green Prince

The Green Prince

Restrained, clinical, and yet full-hearted, The Green Prince is one of the year’s, and maybe ultimately the decade’s, great spy stories. A two-hander about betrayal, shame, Read More

The Mule

The Mule

The Mule is the only movie I can remember seeing where suspense is built by making you wonder whether a man will have a bowel movement. Read More

Jessabelle

Jessabelle

Horror is cyclical. One minute we are worried about the psychotic killer slashing his way through a wealth of worthless teenage victim fodder, the next, zombies Read More

The Identical

The Identical

The Identical is a work of genius. Stunted, insane, single digit IQ genius, but warped, weird, where-is-Mystery-Science-Theater-3000-when-you-it genius nonetheless. This is a film that is so Read More

Gone Girl

Gone Girl

He’s only made 10 films in 20 years. This means that every time director David Fincher steps behind the lens, it’s an event. He’s a certified Read More

Boyhood

Boyhood

Wobbly at times but still magical in an everyday way, Richard Linklater’s Boyhood proves that intimate doesn’t have to equal melodrama and experimental can still be Read More

No Good Deed

No Good Deed

Genres spell out what audiences expect from them. A comedy should contain laughs. A tearjerker should make you cry. A sci-fi epic should have outsized ideas Read More

Get On Up

Get On Up

Any biopic is only as good as the actor portraying the subject. Sid and Nancy works because there is no denying Gary Oldman and Chloe Webb Read More

Horns

Horns

Horns opens with some trite voiceover about fallen angels followed by one character asking another, “Are you horny?” By the end of the film there’s some Read More

The Longest Week

The Longest Week

The Longest Week plays like a piece of Wes Anderson fan fiction, perhaps following a long lost Tenenbaum cousin. Only the names have been changed to Read More

The Equalizer

The Equalizer

Fans of that horror movie standby, the slasher film, will easily testify that nothing is as satisfying as watching potential victim fodder — especially those examples Read More

The Good Lie

The Good Lie

It’s become such a cinematic given that it actually has a genre subdivision. Whenever a movie minority has an issue, be it here or abroad, it’s Read More