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The Maze Runner

The Maze Runner

Ever since Bella Swan proved that swooning over a sparkly, non-threatening vampire could earn significant box office gold, Hollywood has been hard-pressed to find the next Read More

The Zero Theorem

The Zero Theorem

As a vision of a dystopian future that comments on our present culture, The Zero Theorem feels immediately dated. The script from first-time screenwriter – and Read More

Space Station 76

Space Station 76

At first, it seems like the one-joke premise of Space Station 76 will get old quickly: It’s a sci-fi comedy set on a space station in Read More

The Scribbler

The Scribbler

As comic book character names go, “The Scribbler” isn’t as inferential as, say, Wonder Woman. “Able to doodle at the speed of light (and backwards)!” doesn’t Read More

No Good Deed

No Good Deed

Genres spell out what audiences expect from them. A comedy should contain laughs. A tearjerker should make you cry. A sci-fi epic should have outsized ideas Read More

Dolphin Tale 2

Dolphin Tale 2

If you live along Florida’s west coast, you already known the story of Winter the dolphin. Tangled in a crab net and badly injured, the creature’s Read More

At the Devil’s Door

At the Devil’s Door

Keeping seasoned horror movie viewers off balance is a difficult thing to do. Audiences have certain expectations, so quenching the desire for gore, jumps, or spine Read More

The Drop

The Drop

Can one great performance make up for an otherwise mediocre movie? Put another way, does a story we’ve seen dozens of times before (often told in Read More

The Green Prince

The Green Prince

Restrained, clinical, and yet full-hearted, The Green Prince is one of the year’s, and maybe ultimately the decade’s, great spy stories. A two-hander about betrayal, shame, Read More

Rome, Open City (1945)

Rome, Open City (1945)

Roberto Rossellini’s neo-realist masterwork, Rome Open City, was shot with shards of film in bona fide war-torn Rome locations in the winter of 1945 while the Germans Read More

After

After

After begins with a mystery before its first frame. What does “after” refer to? A death? Divorce? Nuclear war? Judging from the funereal scene on the cover of Read More

God’s Pocket

God’s Pocket

In God’s Pocket, the neighborhood is the main character. It’s a lower-middle-class working-man’s neighborhood as seen in 1983. In this antiquated area, everybody knows everybody, everybody Read More