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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

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

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 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

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

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

Planes

Planes

Let’s be upfront about this — nothing this review says or suggests will keep you and your kids from seeing Planes. Your wee ones have made Read More

The World’s End

The World’s End

In his latest genial fanboy collaboration with Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg plays the kind of perpetual adolescent that comedies love: He’s a fountain of clearly horrible Read More

Violet & Daisy

Violet & Daisy

The titular teens of Violet & Daisy are fairies without a tale to tell. It’s certainly not due to lack of effort – the pixies talk Read More

Crystal Fairy

Crystal Fairy

Crystal Fairy isn’t a drug movie. The principals do plenty of them and the quest for a rare high drives the story, but the film focuses Read More