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Walking with Dinosaurs

Walking with Dinosaurs

How do you screw up a perfectly good idea? Well, if you’re Walking with Dinosaurs, originally a well meaning BBC-produced CG animation attempting to show what Read More

The Past

The Past

Asghar Farhadi’s powerful but unraveled film starts as a domestic drama and then shifts into a mystery. Strangely, the further it pushes the mystery angle, with Read More

Her

Her

In the future, computers will be not only our friends and lovers, they’ll also help us discover our better selves. That seems to be the message Read More

American Hustle

American Hustle

Somehow there’s never been a big movie about Abscam, the ambitious late-1970s FBI corruption probe that convicted six Congressmen and one Senator for taking bribes from Read More

Saving Mr. Banks

Saving Mr. Banks

P.L. Travers would probably have a lot of complaints about Saving Mr. Banks — there are plenty of historical inaccuracies and Disneyfied whitewashes. Irksome though they are, Read More

S#x Acts

S#x Acts

Somebody (I no longer recall who) once said this about sex in movies: If the film is American, it’s dirty; if the film is foreign, it’s art. The point being, Read More

Out of the Furnace

Out of the Furnace

Although Christian Bale plays a down-to-earth factory guy in Scott Cooper’s bashed-knuckle drama, there’s still a dark superhero glimmer to his too-good-to-be-true character. In a story Read More

Frozen (2013)

Frozen (2013)

Though its problematic production past is not a very distant memory, Disney has still been looking for the kind of creative home run that greeted its Read More

Oldboy (2013)

Oldboy (2013)

If Alfred Hitchcock was a young, vibrant filmmaker working in 2013, he’d probably have made a movie a lot like Oldboy. It has all the earmarks Read More

Homefront

Homefront

It’s a story so old that Moses probably told it to the masses as a preamble to his presentation of the Ten Commandments: a DEA agent Read More

Black Nativity

Black Nativity

Black Nativity is a movie made for a specific viewing demographic. It’s not necessarily for fans of the Langston Hughes play (it is, by admission, a Read More