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  • Weekly Review 73: BURGUNDY, VIRGUNA, MULHOLLAND, SAMURAI, WINDOWS

    A collection of winners and one total dud. Read More
  • Out in Theaters: THE LAZARUS EFFECT

    "Has nothing new to say, much less add to the genre." Read More
  • Out in Theaters: FOCUS

    "Where did all that money go?" Read More
  • Weekly Review 72: GAMBLER, VOICES, GIRLHOOD, FRIDAY, COFFEE

    A mixed bag with one diamond in the rough. Read More
  • Oscar Wrap Up: Winners 'n' Thoughts

    It was a big night for Birdman, Budapest and Whiplash. Read More
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  • 2015 Oscar Predictions (Or the Unexpected Virtue of Winning Your Oscar Pool) It's that magical time of year when film come to a head, colliding in a battleground of prestige, vying for golden statuettes that boast careers and fatten paychecks. This year's Academy Awards nomination met with controversy out of the gate - most notably for the exclusion of noted female and African-American directors, actors and screenwriters - but that hasn't stalled the herds Read More
  • Out in Theaters: HOT TUB TIME MACHINE 2 Hot Tub Time Machine 2 doesn't quite make you wish you could go back in time and stop yourself from attending…and then its characters rape each other. Yes, I mean that literally. Puerile, potty-mouthed and purposeless, this five-years-later sequel has the audacity to jettison the whole "likable losers" appeal of the original in favor of three wash-outs crashing parties in Read More
  • Out in Theaters: MCFARLAND USA Apparently there's a place in America called McFarland. Home of the "pickers", flatlands of the Meheecans, McFarland is California-as-fly-over-state and the perfect staging grounds for an inspirational underdog story. Almost Steinbeckian in its desperate position of agricultural purgatory, McFarland is a training grounds for drop-outs and inmates, the kind of small town that plants their state pen adjacent to their Read More
  • The Annual Silver Screen Riot Oscar Contest This year's Oscars are as close to a crap shoot as they've been. Sure, it's a two horse race but it's a two horse race separated my inches and honestly at this point, I'm not sure which camp I'll be backing Oscar night. If you don't already know what I'm referring to, you're probably in trouble. That doesn't mean that Read More
  • Out in Theaters: WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS From 1984 to 2006, Christopher Guest lampooned perplexing cultural phenomenons from dog shows to community theater. Guest was quick to caricature and mock but never did so in lieu of creating earnest characters. Rather, his work paired the easy-to-poke-fun-at ludicrousness of small town obsessions with the genuine earnestness of their salt-of-the-earth makeup. For every Meg and Hamilton Swan and their Read More
  • Out in Theaters: FIFTY SHADES OF GREY When I'm in the mood to do the pant's dance, you won't find me reaching for airport smut the likes of Fifty Shades of Grey. Rather, I prefer my sex with a little, uh, sex. I have been told the crop of humans that find this lewd drivel titillating are mostly repressed housewives and jittery virgins. Even then I find Read More
  • Out in Theaters: KINGSMAN: THE SECRET SERVICE Absurdist superspy farce that tips its top-hat to the JB's (James Bond, Jason Bourne, Jack Bauer) while rampantly assaulting its way into the 21st century, Kingsman: The Secret Service is filmic reassurance that ridiculous fun can still be had in the theater. Over the past decade, the spy spoof (Austin Powers, Spies Like Us) has mostly gone the way of Read More
  • Out in Theaters: LEVIATHAN Leviathan is the work of an artist struggling with his heritage. Hailing from Novosibirsk, Russia, Andrey Zvyagintsev paints a Roman tragedy with Biblical implications into the modern seascape of Northern Russia's Barents Sea and the result is staggering. Interpersonal power struggles and structural corruption pollute the scenery of Zvyagintsev's vision presenting a modern man's saga of David and Goliath as Read More
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