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Love Is All You Need

Love Is All You Need

Starting off your movie with a round of Dean Martin’s “That’s Amore” is never promising, especially when the story features broken-hearted northern Europeans reconnecting with love Read More

Peeples

Peeples

Sometimes, earnestness can overcome cliché. There are also cases where actors and their innate likeability can surpass the slights in a script. Such is the case Read More

Wish You Were Here

Wish You Were Here

Four Australian travelers vacation to Cambodia. Three come back, one goes missing. Sounds like the plot of another unfortunate Turistas-style horror shocker but Wish You Were Read More

Blancanieves

Blancanieves

It’s nice to see that in this time of “reimagined” childrens’ stories from Jack and the Beanstalk to Alice a filmmaker can import a classic tale Read More

The Lords of Salem

The Lords of Salem

Rob Zombie is the Quentin Tarantino of horror. Like that famed former video store employee turned American auteur (and Oscar winner), the genre icon rocker loves Read More

Now You See Me

Now You See Me

Magic has never really made a successful transition to film. While recent films like The Illusionist and The Prestige provided limited returns artistically (and financially), prestidigitation Read More

Stories We Tell

Stories We Tell

To understand how memory is fluid, just ask two relatives to recall the same incident. More often than not, their recollections will have major discrepancies. Next, Read More

Somm

Somm

I expect Somm will resonate more with me than with most people who see it. In addition to covering movies, I’ve been a wine and spirits Read More

The Iceman

The Iceman

Pity the cast of Ariel Vromen’s dreckish and embarrassing hitman saga The Iceman. With a few exceptions (say, David Schwimmer, who can’t escape his character’s marked-for-death Read More

At Any Price

At Any Price

It is my sacred duty as a film critic to complain that movie studios too often make movies about superheroes, franchises, special effects: anything but the Read More

Kon-Tiki

Kon-Tiki

Call it Life of Thor! As depicted in Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg’s Kon-Tiki, the story of Thor Heyerdahl (Pål Sverre Hagen), the Norwegian-born writer, ethnographer Read More

Pain & Gain

Pain & Gain

On social media, in the days leading up to the release of Pain & Gain, this pitch-black serio-comedy was alternately described by those lucky enough to Read More

The Great Gatsby

The Great Gatsby

Did Baz Luhrmann accomplish what he set out to do in his garish adaptation of Gatsby?  Yes.  Does he capture the central thrust of the book?  Yes. Read More

Shadow Dancer

Shadow Dancer

The pregnant pause is one of the more useful items in a director’s toolbox for heightening drama and tension. One can’t have just nonstop chatter and Read More

Amour

Amour

Like Werner Herzog before him, Michael Haneke is a student of human nature. Not only the way we act as individuals but the very nature of Read More