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The Normal Heart

The Normal Heart

When it landed Off-Broadway in 1985, few were ready for Larry Kramer’s incendiary indictment of the AIDS crisis (and the handling of same), The Normal Heart. Read More

And So It Goes

And So It Goes

If the RomCom wasn’t already dead, And So It Goes would be its last gasp final death knell… and not because its Oscar winning leads are Read More

Lucy

Lucy

It has an intriguing premise (albeit one explored back in 2011 with Limitless). It features a fetching female lead (you can’t deny Scarlett Johannson’s beauty, even Read More

A Most Wanted Man

A Most Wanted Man

This elegant, sparse, and scrupulously acted but dramatically stunted adaptation of a John le Carre spy novel is like Anton Corbijn’s last film, The American: tasteful Read More

Happy Christmas

Happy Christmas

Ultra-prolific indie director Joe Swanberg has been cranking out multiple films each year for the last several years. A filmography full of partially-formed features based on Read More

Very Good Girls

Very Good Girls

A superlative-laden title suggests something that’s on-the-nose sentimental, satire, or subversive irony. Very Good Girls is none of those things, and isn’t much of anything. A Read More

The Purge: Anarchy

The Purge: Anarchy

Within the context of this fledgling franchise, The Purge: Anarchy is a whole lot better than the original film. Fleshing out its narrative beyond the basic Read More

Sex Tape

Sex Tape

Why isn’t Sex Tape funnier? Why does it aim for guttural, sleazeball laughs and end up delivering elementary school snickers? Indeed, pre-adolescents and anyone else with Read More

Begin Again

Begin Again

Nothing in Begin Again, a grin-machine Roman candle of a film, should work. It features more cliches than should be legally allowed. A starry-eyed and uncompromising Read More

Rage

Rage

With an arbitrary title and a lazy everything else, Rage is as bland as a “gritty” thriller can be. Nicolas Cage mumbles and scowls his way Read More

Boyhood

Boyhood

Wobbly at times but still magical in an everyday way, Richard Linklater’s Boyhood proves that intimate doesn’t have to equal melodrama and experimental can still be Read More

Made in America

Made in America

The documentary Made in America brings together Oscar-winning director Ron Howard and rap impresario Jay-Z. Stop and think about that collaboration for a second. The sheer Read More

A Long Way Down

A Long Way Down

Suicide and schmaltz don’t mix well in A Long Way Down. That’s probably also true as a general rule. Adapted from a novel by Nick Hornby Read More