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The Croods

The Croods

Don’t let the accompanying credits fool you. Monty Python alum John Cleese may be listed as a co-writer for this prehistoric coming-of-age kiddie cartoon, but any Read More

This Is the End

This Is the End

It simultaneously does and doesn’t seem right to use lofty superlatives to describe This Is the End, since the film is so determined to be reckless and Read More

Iron Man 3

Iron Man 3

Throughout Iron Man 3, billionaire playboy philanthropist Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) suffers disorienting panic attacks – a direct result of his involvement in last summer’s Read More

Apartment 1303 3D

Apartment 1303 3D

Isn’t the J-Horror phenomenon over? Long over? Didn’t  James Wan with Saw and Eli Roth with Hostel introduce torture porn to a PG-13 weary horror contingent Read More

The Kings of Summer

The Kings of Summer

So breezy that it threatens to blow apart entirely, the coming-of-age dramedy The Kings of Summer has some sweet moments but ends up feeling wholly inconsequential. Read More

Room 237

Room 237

Who knew? When Stanley Kubrick was standing on the set of his heralded horror “classic” The Shining, he had a lot more on his mind than Read More

The East

The East

When your debut film is 2011’s masterful sci-fi mystery Sound of My Voice, it’s hard for people not to have outsized expectations of what you’re going Read More

The Bling Ring

The Bling Ring

As the soundtrack booms with an onslaught of undeniably body-grooving alt-funk and the camera obsessively pans from one overstuffed collection of prestige “valuables” to the next, Read More

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

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