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Free Birds

Free Birds

Should a cartoon have an agenda? Put another way, should a kid’s film, aimed at a demographic far removed from an understanding of subjects like political Read More

Dallas Buyers Club

Dallas Buyers Club

In form, Dallas Buyers Club would appear a rollicking, globe-hopping ride, complete with a compelling kingpin figure and a sprawling mega-heist at its center. In execution, Read More

The Fifth Estate

The Fifth Estate

Irony of ironies – the much-anticipated “WikiLeaks Movie,” which dramatizes the inception of an organization responsible for some the most incendiary and controversial information leaks in Read More

Last Vegas

Last Vegas

No doubt there will be countless people that describe Last Vegas as “The Hangover for the AARP crowd,” or something similar. I suppose it’s an easy Read More

Rush

Rush

Ron Howard doesn’t make “classics.” He’s a journeyman with an artist’s ambitions. He owns an Oscar (and many more-deserving individuals don’t) and has shown a slick Read More

Machete Kills

Machete Kills

Though it takes a good 45 minutes or so to get going, Machete Kills is a gonzo, guilty pleasure sequel that few outside of Messageboard Nation Read More

Blue Jasmine

Blue Jasmine

Woody Allen knows that sometimes it’s best just to throw characters into the deep end and see if audiences want to swim with them. By the Read More

Captain Phillips

Captain Phillips

With measured satisfaction, I can report Captain Phillips is a solid thriller. Satisfaction is “measured” because, with the filmmaking talent behind the film, it could’ve been Read More

Sunlight Jr.

Sunlight Jr.

Presenting a slice of impoverished life, Sunlight Jr. illuminates the ongoing struggles of a couple just trying to get by. To the film’s credit it feels Read More

Instructions Not Included

Instructions Not Included

It’s about time Latinos had their own Tyler Perry. What the self-made entertainment juggernaut did for the underserved African-American community (and cross dressing community), Mexican superstar Read More

Our Nixon

Our Nixon

For those raised on The West Wing and stories about the Cuban Missile Crisis, the most surprising thing about President-focused documentary footage is always how good-natured Read More

You’re Next

You’re Next

A dysfunctional family sits down to celebrate the parent’s anniversary. Dad (Rob Moran) has just retired and is spending his windfall on refurbishing an old country Read More

Carrie (2013)

Carrie (2013)

Carrie is a conundrum. On the one hand, it’s an attempt to bring Stephen King’s novel, and by extension, Brian DePalma’s landmark adaptation, into the new Read More

Riddick

Riddick

Riddick is the result of one thing — the success of the international box office juggernaut known as the Fast and Furious franchise. Previously DOA as Read More

The Spectacular Now

The Spectacular Now

It’s hard being a teenager. Life quickly goes from the carefree days of your youth to the impending horrors of adulthood. It’s a time when little Read More