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The Water Diviner

The Water Diviner

If you want to see history white(man)washed and scrubbed clean of any scandal, The Water Diviner is the film for you. It offers Russell Crowe (in Read More

The Age of Adaline

The Age of Adaline

There is a very intriguing concept at the core of The Age of Adaline, an idea muddied up by meaningless asides and undeniable coincidence. Had the Read More

The Forger

The Forger

The Forger is short on imagination and transparent in its contrivance. Richard D’Ovidio’s script is so overloaded with clichés of the crime thriller and the weepy Read More

Little Boy

Little Boy

Little Boy is old fashioned Hollywood hokum glazed with a fine sheen of post-modern manipulation. It never earns a single one of its telegraphed five-hanky emotions Read More

Unfriended

Unfriended

Unfriended is a gimmick-based horror movie. Like The Blair Witch Project, which turned the first person POV found footage approach into a now well-worn waste of Read More

Monsters: Dark Continent

Monsters: Dark Continent

2010’s Monsters was innovative in its stripped-down sci-fi approach. Gareth Edwards’ directorial debut used rarely seen, though beautifully rendered, hulking aliens as foreboding atmospherics that enhanced Read More

True Story

True Story

Between the cold-case podcast Serial and Robert Durst’s wink-wink tease on The Jinx, true crime stories in the did-he-or-didn’t-he vein are having what they call a Read More

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