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  • Out in Theaters: I ORIGINS

    "Rich with thematic nuance and stuffed with questions that will keep you up at night" Read More
  • 21 Shows I'm Watching/Have Watched in 2014 RANKED

    From ABC to HBO, all the best television shows currently running. Read More
  • Out in Theaters: SEX TAPE

    "Their mating doesn’t turn you on—it’s just funny." Read More
  • Out in Theaters: THE PURGE: ANARCHY

    An impoverished, impossibly dull affair. Read More
  • Has the Summer of 2014 Been the Best in Years?

    A reactionary response to "2014 has been a bad year for movies." Read More
  • Out in Theaters: DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES

    One of the finest sci-fi movies to grace the silver screen in decades. Read More
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  • Weekly Review 48: BATMAN, RYAN, SPANGLISH, LIFE Since I've been on vacation the past few weeks, I've had no opportunity to turn to the theater for new screenings. I did however have a chance to finally catch up with Neighbors, which Chris Bunker reviewed upon release but I kept missing. Though I found more to like than he did - I was quite fond of Seth Rogen and Read More
  • Out in Theaters: TAMMY Begin Again played with alcoholism; Tammy’s the kind of movie that’s alcoholic. The whole thing seems inebriated, like it was shot with a camera in one hand and a shot of booze in the other. Never mind that Susan Sarandon spends the film chugging whiskey and brews, or that Melissa McCarthy can’t seem to make it a mile without blowing Read More
  • Out in Theaters: BEGIN AGAIN Begin Again is the type of movie that comes with a set of instructions: Pre-heat oven to 400°. Mix divorce, heartbreak, success, failure and teen angst in a bowl while stirring in heavy doses of music. Cook for 104 minutes or until golden brown. Your film is now done and ready to enjoy! Read More
  • Out in Theaters: TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION Einstein said that “insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” You have to be insane to be a Minnesota Timberwolves fan. Heading into tonight’s NBA Draft, I was resolved for the worst, because you can expect nothing more from one of the worst professional franchises in sport, an organization that’s run like a Read More
  • Talking with Bong Joon-Ho of SNOWPIERCER I've said it one times too many already but for the purpose of this article, it's really worth reiterating again: I'm a big fan of South Korean film. So it shouldn't be much of a surprise that I jumped at the opportunity to interview Bong Joon-Ho, a great voice within the oeuvre of South Korean films and a leader of Read More
  • Weekly Review 48: MEMORIES, DEAD, STAKELAND We're back this week for Weekly Review in a week that's admittedly all about TV. Game of Thrones wrapped up with a rather cinematic finale but felt a touch disappointing after the omission of a certain cliffhanger. But the real triumph is found in FX's Fargo, which for all the many, many ways it could have failed miserably, has turned Read More
  • Out in Theaters: THE ROVER With Animal Kingdom, David Michôd proved that Australia had a place at the table when discussing great new cinematic voices globally (and all but introduced the world to Ben Mendelsohn, Joel Edgerton and Jackie Weaver). With The Rover, he's taken the next step towards auteurship in a stripped-down, sand-blasted, shaggily-moraled, post-apocalyptic Western saga. In it, Robert Pattinson's star shines bright, Read More
  • Out in Theaters: JERSEY BOYS Clint Eastwood's latest biopic, Jersey Boys, paints Frankie Valli as some sort of falsetto-ing saint - an absentee father, yes, but a take-it-on-the-chin, bootstraps machismo with the voice of an angel and a bleeding heart for his down on their luck, criminally-inclined best buddies. And though the man has a range that reaches into the high soprano section like a eunuch Read More
  • Weekly Review 47: ONCE, MARS!, FILTH, 2 DAYS, ABOUT I know, I know, it's been a while since I've visited this list but with SIFForty stuffing my mouth full of films like I'm Takeru Kobayashi at a hot dog eating contest, I didn't have time to do anything outside of the magical land of the international film festival. But now that that's over and done with for the year Read More
  • Out in Theaters: SNOWPIERCER Global climate change threatens the way of life as we know it (just ask Bill Nye for proof of that.) But not every ailment has an ointment as not every disaster has a solution. Snowpiercer examines a world where a fix-all mechanism for global warming has gone horrible awry and left the world as we know it in frosty tatters, Read More
  • Out in Theaters: 22 JUMP STREET A truly great comedy movie requires three things: pitch-perfect chemistry between its charismatic stars, a treasure trove of visual gags (preferably sans dongs, ball sacks, and/or fecal matter) and a waterfall of jokes that feel rightly organic; ad-libbed zingers that don't come across like sweat-shop products whittled down by mouth-breathing jurors in some distant focus-lab. Overstuffed with these three golden Read More
  • 40 Film Reviews for SIFForty Some said it couldn't be done but goddamnit, I did it. 40 films single-handedly seen by this one naive film critic. I've all but overdosed on cinema. I'm obese on art films. I'm constipated by having seen films from the US, the UK, Spain, Nigeria, Ethiopia, Norway, Australia, Hong Kong, Chile, South Korea, Canada, France, Ireland, South Africa, Greece, and Read More
  • SIFF Capsule Recap #10: STANDING ASIDE WATCHING, HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 2, LIFE FEELS GOOD, THEY CAME TOGETHER The cloud has lifted. SIFF 2014 is over. I've seen 40 films. FORTY. (*Takes deep breath, drag off inhaler*) While I grossly miscalculated just how much a marathon watching 40 films in the span of a month (on top of new wide releases) would be and how taxing on my creative spirit, to have it done and over with is Read More
  • BOYHOOD Pretty Much Sweeps SIFF Golden Space Needle Awards At the awards brunch this morning, I admitted to a programer that I didn't even vote for any of the categories for this year's SIFF awards. "There's just too many and no one sees them all anyways," I remarked. "Even though I saw it at Sundance, I guess I would just give all the awards to Boyhood." It seems the Read More
  • SIFF Capsule Recap #9: LEADING LADY, TOM AT THE FARM, GRAND CENTRAL, THE ONE I LOVE As SIFF grinds to a halt, I still haven't reached my (absurd) goal of hitting 40 for SIFForty, but now I'm four closer. Now that there's only a few days left in which to get 'er done, I'm feeling the pressure. With this capsule review series now in the tail end, I can safely say that SIFForty has certainly had Read More
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