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The Family

The Family

It’s been a while since we’ve seen a really solid mafia comedy. Back in the ’80s, we got everything from the good (Married to the Mob), Read More

Insidious: Chapter 2

Insidious: Chapter 2

There’s an old proverb that states, if you have to explain the joke, it’s no longer funny. One could easily make a parallel argument about Insidious: Read More

Salinger

Salinger

He’s a shared frame of literary reference, an education experience that either resulted in a kind of adolescent epiphany, or a shoulder shrug struggle which left Read More

Prince Avalanche

Prince Avalanche

After a few detours into more visible Hollywood comedies that worked (Pineapple Express) and that didn’t (Your Highness), writer/director David Gordon Green moves back into more Read More

I Declare War

I Declare War

The fog of fake war hangs thick around the bodies – and psyches – of these kids getting lost in the woods and in their imaginations. Read More

Blue Caprice

Blue Caprice

Alexandre Moors’ chilling, confidently minimalist feature debut is a horror film that doesn’t try to shock. It’s a slow immersion into a claustrophobic box of paranoia Read More

Adore

Adore

Sometimes, a movie’s subject matter can be so off-putting that you are unsure if you are reacting to the production or the premise. This is the Read More

Riddick

Riddick

Riddick is the result of one thing — the success of the international box office juggernaut known as the Fast and Furious franchise. Previously DOA as Read More

Hell Baby

Hell Baby

It makes sense that Thomas Lennon and Robert Ben Garant would want to create a film like Hell Baby. After all, their work in mainstream Hollywood Read More

Parkland

Parkland

Parkland feels a bit like a school report coloring in the margins of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination – one that would receive a grade of Read More

Passion

Passion

It’s sort of hard to believe that anyone could make the dopey 2010 French thriller Love Crime more ridiculous, but Brian De Palma manages to do Read More

Lovelace

Lovelace

A well-made but shallow film, Lovelace keeps explorations of its central figure narrow enough to avoid an overload of melodramatic bio-pic beats, but also sidesteps any Read More

Getaway

Getaway

Apparently, our current crop of wannabe action directors need lessons in legitimate stunt sequence staging… and filming… and approach… and editing… and non-CG logistics. Since the Read More

Our Nixon

Our Nixon

For those raised on The West Wing and stories about the Cuban Missile Crisis, the most surprising thing about President-focused documentary footage is always how good-natured Read More