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Grown Ups 2

Grown Ups 2

At this point in his career, Adam Sandler should feel damn lucky. While other equally famous funnymen have come and gone (Jim Carrey, for example), he’s Read More

Killing Season

Killing Season

They say the road to Hell is paved with good intentions. Sometimes, among the tarmac and gravel are a few films that should have stayed on Read More

I’m So Excited!

I’m So Excited!

If anyone was clamoring for Pedro Almodovar’s take on the recent cinematic trend of apocalyptic dramas, I’m So Excited! is the emphatic, flamboyant answer. After all, Read More

Stuck in Love

Stuck in Love

What is it about movies about writers that so easily rankles? The easy answer is that they’re a film critic’s bugaboo, claiming expertise in an area Read More

Despicable Me 2

Despicable Me 2

With its focus on the villains instead of the heroes and the unabashed cuteness of the characters known as Minions, Despicable Me became an unexpected commercial Read More

The Heat

The Heat

The ascension of Melissa McCarthy as the female John Candy continues unabated with The Heat, her third major appearance (and second co-starring role) in a motion Read More

White House Down

White House Down

It’s Die Hard in the Oval Office again as another example of working class heroism (this time, in the guise of hot property Channing Tatum) helps Read More

Some Girl(s)

Some Girl(s)

Movies like My Dinner with Andre and Richard Linklater’s Before series have proven that long, extended conversations can be just as thrilling as any car chase Read More

Byzantium

Byzantium

Just when werewolf armies, zombie hordes, and Stephenie Meyer’s affectless prose seemed to have done in the poor old vampire film, along comes this gloomy, glossy Read More

Somm

Somm

I expect Somm will resonate more with me than with most people who see it. In addition to covering movies, I’ve been a wine and spirits Read More

Rushlights

Rushlights

As far as dumb ideas go, impersonating your dead junkie roommate to collect a mysterious inheritance from a shady lawyer is pretty high up there. But Read More

Monsters University

Monsters University

There was a time, prior to wholly partnering with Disney, when Pixar was seen as a perfectionist, when it set and consistently met the benchmark for Read More

Amour

Amour

Like Werner Herzog before him, Michael Haneke is a student of human nature. Not only the way we act as individuals but the very nature of Read More