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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

Touchy Feely

Touchy Feely

Touchy Feely never gets its arms around its narrative, failing to massage any of its meandering plot strings into anything of substance. What’s put on screen Read More

Adore

Adore

Sometimes, a movie’s subject matter can be so off-putting that you are unsure if you are reacting to the production or the premise. This is the 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

The Wolverine

The Wolverine

Of all the superheroes in all the franchises, the undeniable popularity of Wolverine, a.k.a near-immortal mutant soldier James “Logan” Howlett, is the most curious. Granted, he’s Read More

Drinking Buddies

Drinking Buddies

As the sole woman working at a Chicago brewery with a tribe of bearded, vaguely hipster guys in Joe Swanberg’s Drinking Buddies, Olivia Wilde’s Kate seems Read More

The Smurfs 2

The Smurfs 2

What is it with kids’ films and France? First the Aristocats roost in the celebrated country, then the Rugrats run off to the City of Light. Read More

The Canyons

The Canyons

The decay of modern cinema permeates The Canyons — and not just because the film sucks. Director Paul Schrader begins and ends the movie with still Read More

RED 2

RED 2

Remember RED? The awkward action comedy from a few years back which saw aging ex-spies battle each other (and a much younger contingent) to prove youth Read More

Getaway

Getaway

Apparently, our current crop of wannabe action directors need lessons in legitimate stunt sequence staging… and filming… and approach… and editing… and non-CG logistics. Since the Read More

Jobs

Jobs

With his death on October 5th, 2011 from complications due to pancreatic cancer, Steve Jobs was canonized as a thoughtful tech innovator with one finger on Read More

2 Guns

2 Guns

The problem with 2 Guns isn’t its cast. While pairing Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg up in a film is akin to matching a juicy steak Read More