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The Great Gatsby

The Great Gatsby

Did Baz Luhrmann accomplish what he set out to do in his garish adaptation of Gatsby?  Yes.  Does he capture the central thrust of the book?  Yes. Read More

Aftershock (2013)

Aftershock (2013)

They say that people pull together during times of crisis. There is also a lingering fear that civilized society will fall apart when such a tragedy Read More

Peeples

Peeples

Sometimes, earnestness can overcome cliché. There are also cases where actors and their innate likeability can surpass the slights in a script. Such is the case Read More

Sightseers

Sightseers

The families at the center of Ben Wheatley’s first two films, the remarkable Kill List and Down Terrace, were built and sustained on violence and crime; Read More

Stories We Tell

Stories We Tell

To understand how memory is fluid, just ask two relatives to recall the same incident. More often than not, their recollections will have major discrepancies. Next, Read More

Iron Man 3

Iron Man 3

Throughout Iron Man 3, billionaire playboy philanthropist Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) suffers disorienting panic attacks – a direct result of his involvement in last summer’s Read More

Generation Um…

Generation Um…

The opening moments of Mark Mann’s Generation Um… cast a spell, or possibly a hex, of a vague nineties-ish aura. There’s some insistent dialogue between two Read More

Love Is All You Need

Love Is All You Need

Starting off your movie with a round of Dean Martin’s “That’s Amore” is never promising, especially when the story features broken-hearted northern Europeans reconnecting with love Read More

Kiss of the Damned

Kiss of the Damned

It’s not surprising that Xan Cassavetes, like her brother Nick and sister Zoe, is trying to be a filmmaker. After all, her father, the late great Read More

The Iceman

The Iceman

Pity the cast of Ariel Vromen’s dreckish and embarrassing hitman saga The Iceman. With a few exceptions (say, David Schwimmer, who can’t escape his character’s marked-for-death Read More

The Big Wedding

The Big Wedding

Writer/director Justin Zackham must have some kind of movie Midas Touch. His script for The Bucket List attracted Oscar winners Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman, while Read More

Pain & Gain

Pain & Gain

On social media, in the days leading up to the release of Pain & Gain, this pitch-black serio-comedy was alternately described by those lucky enough to Read More

Kon-Tiki

Kon-Tiki

Call it Life of Thor! As depicted in Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg’s Kon-Tiki, the story of Thor Heyerdahl (Pål Sverre Hagen), the Norwegian-born writer, ethnographer Read More

Mud

Mud

A small-town way of life that’s slowly disappearing. A young boy’s coming-of-age set against the possible dissolution of his parents’ marriage. A drifter who inspires both Read More