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We Are What We Are

We Are What We Are

The apropos opening shot of the moody We Are What We Are shows a pristine spider web gently swaying in the breeze. It’s fitting because the characters at Read More

Don Jon

Don Jon

Two things are readily apparent on the basis of Don Jon. First, Joseph Gordon-Levitt is clearly a talented filmmaker and a thoughtful, empathetic storyteller. Second, the Read More

Insidious: Chapter 2

Insidious: Chapter 2

There’s an old proverb that states, if you have to explain the joke, it’s no longer funny. One could easily make a parallel argument about Insidious: Read More

Museum Hours

Museum Hours

If you were to name common institutions designed to inspire calm and quiet, art museums would have to be at the top of the list. Even Read More

Kick-Ass 2

Kick-Ass 2

When it came along back in 2010, Kick-Ass was cool. It was a commercial hit. It was also controversial, most of said scandal dealing with a Read More

The Family

The Family

It’s been a while since we’ve seen a really solid mafia comedy. Back in the ’80s, we got everything from the good (Married to the Mob), Read More

Elysium

Elysium

In an early promotional interview for Elysium, writer-director Neill Blomkamp made two declarations of note. First, he stated that his newest film, which plainly and explicitly Read More

Prisoners

Prisoners

It’s every parent’s nightmare: a child goes missing and the police are unable to find a legitimate lead. As the days drag on, suspects come and Read More

Battle of the Year 3D

Battle of the Year 3D

The modern musical is no longer a fanciful experience where characters consider their situation or lament/celebrate their circumstances via song. Instead, they’re nothing more than souped Read More

Despicable Me 2

Despicable Me 2

With its focus on the villains instead of the heroes and the unabashed cuteness of the characters known as Minions, Despicable Me became an unexpected commercial Read More

Man of Tai Chi

Man of Tai Chi

Serviceable if not spectacular, Man of Tai Chi is a B-movie epic for a bygone video game era, using tropes of the martial arts genre as Read More

Sightseers

Sightseers

The families at the center of Ben Wheatley’s first two films, the remarkable Kill List and Down Terrace, were built and sustained on violence and crime; Read More

Some Girl(s)

Some Girl(s)

Movies like My Dinner with Andre and Richard Linklater’s Before series have proven that long, extended conversations can be just as thrilling as any car chase Read More

The Hunt

The Hunt

In today’s never-ending news cycle we’re inundated with a steady stream of hate speech and fearmongering from the highest halls of government to the Twitter feeds Read More