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13 Sins

The biggest sin of 13 Sins is its failure to meet its potential. Like the much better Cheap Thrills, this remake of a 2006 Thai thriller explores how low someone will sink for financial gain, but it’s more interested in twists and telegraphed gotcha moments than in generating any real payoffs. In order to reach […]

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Festival Report: TCM Classic Film Festival 2014

Only at the Turner Classic Movies Classic Film Festival can you show up 10 minutes before the screening of an obscure Rosalind Russell comedy and end up sitting in the front row because there are no other seats available. That’s how my experience at this year’s festival started, and while the front row is probably […]

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Rio 2

Attention moviegoers: the family film is dead. Now, there is irony in drawing that conclusion, especially with Disney’s Frozen just passing the billion dollar mark (it is now considered the most successful animated film of all time). But the truth remains that Hollywood, having long mastered the art of demographic micromanagement, has found a way […]

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Draft Day

If the real Cleveland Browns organization is run even remotely like the fictionalized version in Draft Day, then it’s no wonder why their team has been so bad for so long. That’s OK though. As a football fan I can accept the dumbed-down, trumped-up drama built around the NFL’s annual spring spectacle. As a moviegoer, […]

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Oculus

A horror movie should never make you question its premise. Either there is a masked killer in the woods, or there isn’t. It shouldn’t pussyfoot around the idea, or worse, constantly cast doubt over what you are seeing. For the first 30 minutes of the new haunted mirror thriller Oculus, the two main characters have […]

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Only Lovers Left Alive

Being undead is exhausting in Only Lovers Left Alive, a deliberately paced, dreamy spin on vampire lore from Jim Jarmusch. Lore, that is, that we identify as vampiric. The fang-toothed imbibers of blood don’t refer to themselves as anything, though they use the derisive term “zombie” to identify the rest of us slaves to crumbling […]

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Arnold Isn’t a Bankable Star Anymore. Here’s How He Can Make a Comeback

It’s official: Arnold Schwarzenegger is no longer a box office draw. Every theatrical release he’s headlined since his post-Governator re-emergence into cinema has been a box office flop. The failure of his latest film, Sabotage, is the clincher. I’m as disappointed as you are; not only in the lack of reception for this iconic action […]

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Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Gone are the days where you meet your enemy on the battlefield. That was Captain America’s heyday: the glory years of Greatest-Generation-America. Unfortunately for Cap, today’s wars are fought by satellites and algorithms and the bad guys hide in the shadows. In Captain America: The Winter Soldier, we have a hero who is struggling to […]

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Under the Skin

Under the Skin burrows its way into the psyche with a controlled visual and aural onslaught that dazzles and unnerves in equal measure. It’s accessibly abstract, a collection of stunning images and sonic cues that beg for exhaustive analysis while remaining coherent cogs in an efficient storytelling machine. The fantastical story of an extra-terrestrial masquerading […]

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Alan Partridge

Steve Coogan has been portraying Alan Partridge for more than two decades, introducing the character on BBC Radio, then moving on to television shows, specials, and web series. There was even a fake autobiography, I, Partridge, published a few years ago. A film featuring the narcissistic radio host was inevitable and Alan Partridge works largely […]

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Dom Hemingway

It’s a shame such a spirited performance from Jude Law is wasted in such an unpleasant movie. There’s potential in Dom Hemingway the sociopathic character, fueled by Law’s hyper boorishness, but Dom Hemingway the film doesn’t know what to do with him. It seems the strategy of writer-director Richard Shepard is to toss the brute […]