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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

Closed Circuit

Closed Circuit

Novelty doesn’t necessarily elevate a known quantity. Just because you provide a new twist on an old hackneyed film concept — the political thriller — doesn’t Read More

I’m So Excited!

I’m So Excited!

If anyone was clamoring for Pedro Almodovar’s take on the recent cinematic trend of apocalyptic dramas, I’m So Excited! is the emphatic, flamboyant answer. After all, 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

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

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

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