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Big Hero 6

Big Hero 6

Disney’s latest collaboration with Marvel, an adaptation of Big Hero 6, easily earns the superlatives I’m about to bestow upon it. It’s visually engaging, solidly structured, offers Read More

Interstellar

Interstellar

Hollywood doesn’t make movies like Interstellar anymore. In Tinseltown, science fiction is not taken seriously. Instead, it’s all dogfights in space, or ragtag groups gathered together Read More

National Gallery

National Gallery

“A painting,” one of the lecturers in National Gallery explains carefully, “has the speed of light to tell you a story.” He’s comparing a painting to Read More

Slow Food Story

Slow Food Story

Carlo Petrini, an ebullient Italian dreamer/visionary and benefactor of fine food and drink is the subject of Stefano Sardo’s breezy testimonial tribute to Petrini, Slow Food Read More

Housebound

Housebound

Housebound is a rare post-modern horror-comedy that achieves its laughs and its scares organically. Digs at the haunted house genre don’t come at the expense of Read More

Nightcrawler

Nightcrawler

He can’t sleep. He barely makes ends meet. He spends his nights rummaging around Los Angeles, stealing metal and other items that he can pawn and/or Read More

Horns

Horns

Horns opens with some trite voiceover about fallen angels followed by one character asking another, “Are you horny?” By the end of the film there’s some Read More

The Great Invisible

The Great Invisible

The hot lowlands sprawling around where the Mississippi River flows into the Gulf of Mexico seem both disaster-prone and fated to be ignored when it comes time Read More

Ivory Tower

Ivory Tower

Any parent who’s socking away money for a child’s education understands the anguish that comes along with that investment. Hundreds of thousands of dollars (per child), Read More

John Wick

John Wick

The mere mention of his name gives criminals pause. He once completed an “impossible task” for one of the most notorious Russian mobsters in all of Read More

St. Vincent

St. Vincent

It’s such an overused cinematic cliche that it almost demands its own subgenre. Call it the “Grumpy Old Man/Awkward Youngster Bonding” comedy/drama. You know the kind: Read More

Stonehearst Asylum

Stonehearst Asylum

Director Brad Anderson began his career making bold, ambitious films like Next Stop Wonderland, Session 9, and The Machinist (a picture many people feel is a modern Read More