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Turbo

Turbo

If you can get past one glaring critical concern and don’t care too much about how your ankle biter will view the minority population of our Read More

Man of Steel

Man of Steel

This isn’t your father’s Superman. This isn’t your older brother’s Superman. Frankly, we’re not quite sure whose Superman this is. After the undeniable success of his Read More

I Declare War

I Declare War

The fog of fake war hangs thick around the bodies – and psyches – of these kids getting lost in the woods and in their imaginations. Read More

Prince Avalanche

Prince Avalanche

After a few detours into more visible Hollywood comedies that worked (Pineapple Express) and that didn’t (Your Highness), writer/director David Gordon Green moves back into more Read More

The Attack

The Attack

When a single act of violence is central to a film’s plot, the event almost always shows up on the screen. It’s like some implicit promise Read More

Parkland

Parkland

Parkland feels a bit like a school report coloring in the margins of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination – one that would receive a grade of Read More

Lovelace

Lovelace

A well-made but shallow film, Lovelace keeps explorations of its central figure narrow enough to avoid an overload of melodramatic bio-pic beats, but also sidesteps any Read More

Passion

Passion

It’s sort of hard to believe that anyone could make the dopey 2010 French thriller Love Crime more ridiculous, but Brian De Palma manages to do Read More

White House Down

White House Down

It’s Die Hard in the Oval Office again as another example of working class heroism (this time, in the guise of hot property Channing Tatum) helps Read More

Computer Chess

Computer Chess

Subtle and mesmerizing, Computer Chess informally meditates on the nature of consciousness, our capacity for comprehension, and group sex. Andrew Bujalski (Funny Ha Ha, Mutual Appreciation, Beeswax) convincingly Read More

Grown Ups 2

Grown Ups 2

At this point in his career, Adam Sandler should feel damn lucky. While other equally famous funnymen have come and gone (Jim Carrey, for example), he’s Read More

R.I.P.D.

R.I.P.D.

R.I.P.D. is inert. It arrives DOA to moviegoers just begging for something slightly out of the ordinary, and yet cannot find a way to make its Read More

Monsters University

Monsters University

There was a time, prior to wholly partnering with Disney, when Pixar was seen as a perfectionist, when it set and consistently met the benchmark for Read More

Byzantium

Byzantium

Just when werewolf armies, zombie hordes, and Stephenie Meyer’s affectless prose seemed to have done in the poor old vampire film, along comes this gloomy, glossy Read More

Before Midnight

Before Midnight

Eventually, Jesse and Celine had to grow up. What wasn’t certain was that anyone would still care what happened to the young romantics of Before Sunrise Read More

The Conjuring

The Conjuring

It’s something that horror filmmakers frequently forget: atmosphere. You can have all the false jumps and bloodletting you want, but at the end of the day, Read More

Leviathan

Leviathan

Leviathan challenges you to find your bearings from the opening shot. It’s dark, waves are crashing, chains are clanking and coiling, water is splashing the camera, Read More

I Give It a Year

I Give It a Year

Almost playing like an edgy sequel to a non-existent standard rom-com, I Give It a Year burns through a typical feature-length scenario before the end of Read More