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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

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

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

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

Odd Thomas

Odd Thomas

Odd Thomas is based on a novel of 446 pages, and it feels like at least half of them are read aloud in the film. A Read More

Delivery Man

Delivery Man

In Delivery Man Vince Vaughn’s familiar affable manchild character progresses to affable manchild who kinda sorta grows up. The constant fast-talking immaturity that has become his 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

The Past

The Past

Asghar Farhadi’s powerful but unraveled film starts as a domestic drama and then shifts into a mystery. Strangely, the further it pushes the mystery angle, with Read More

Walking with Dinosaurs

Walking with Dinosaurs

How do you screw up a perfectly good idea? Well, if you’re Walking with Dinosaurs, originally a well meaning BBC-produced CG animation attempting to show what Read More

Saving Mr. Banks

Saving Mr. Banks

P.L. Travers would probably have a lot of complaints about Saving Mr. Banks — there are plenty of historical inaccuracies and Disneyfied whitewashes. Irksome though they are, Read More

Frozen (2013)

Frozen (2013)

Though its problematic production past is not a very distant memory, Disney has still been looking for the kind of creative home run that greeted its Read More

American Hustle

American Hustle

Somehow there’s never been a big movie about Abscam, the ambitious late-1970s FBI corruption probe that convicted six Congressmen and one Senator for taking bribes from Read More

Homefront

Homefront

It’s a story so old that Moses probably told it to the masses as a preamble to his presentation of the Ten Commandments: a DEA agent Read More