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Child 44

Child 44

For those of us who grew up during the ’60s and ’70s, the Cold War with the Soviet Union and its various Eastern European offshoots (which Read More

Lost River

Lost River

The best way to approach Ryan Gosling’s debut as a writer/director is to imagine what might happen if David Lynch were ever to shoot a nature Read More

Ex Machina

Ex Machina

Ex Machina feels like a Danny Boyle film, and it should. It was written (and now, directed) by the Oscar winner’s longtime collaborator Alex Garland. Responsible Read More

The Longest Ride

The Longest Ride

Nicholas Sparks is the king of plot catalysts. Whenever his sloppy, manipulative narratives stall out, or run head first into a contextual dead ends, the (in)famous Read More

Furious 7

Furious 7

Ever since the Fast and Furious franchise took a left turn away from street racing and into international intrigue and espionage territory, the entertainment stakes have Read More

Effie Gray

Effie Gray

Back in the old days, they were called “marriages of convenience.” They were used when property needed to be protected (damn those arcane inheritance laws), interpersonal Read More

Home

Home

Home is a perfectly serviceable, often quite likeable family film. It’s not Pixar, and frankly, it doesn’t pretend to be. Instead, it falls somewhere in between Read More

Get Hard

Get Hard

Get Hard is probably the lamest comedy of all time that also happens to be occasionally amusing. I mean, I guess it’s hard not to happen Read More

White God

White God

Somewhere between the future shock allegories of the ’70s and their TV spin-offs circa The ABC Movie of the Week lies White God. On the surface, Read More

Insurgent

Insurgent

If YA science fiction can be judged on plot dumps alone, the second installment in the Divergent series, Insurgent, would be the best bit of future Read More

The Gunman

The Gunman

Laurence Olivier (nominated for an Oscar nine times and winning once), played towering roles – Othello, Hamlet, Henry V, Richard III. But in 1965, right after Read More

Accidental Love

Accidental Love

Care and control are vital in the creation of successful satire. Bearing that in mind, Accidental Love never really had a chance. The production began way Read More