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  • Out in Theaters: HORRIBLE BOSSES 2

    "A nearly laugh a minute affair" Read More
  • Out in Theaters: THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY - PART 1

    "The most thematically rich of the franchise" Read More
  • Weekly Review 63: LATE, CHEERLEADERS, MOCKINGBIRD, DEN, BORDERLANDS, BANSHEE, WER, EXISTS

    A DIY horror marathon means many new horror flicks to review. Read More
  • Out in Theaters: DUMB AND DUMBER TO

    "I cannot deny the truckload of laughs it had me bellowing." Read More
  • Out in Theaters: ROSEWATER

    "Rosewater is a perfect History class film" Read More
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  • Out in Theaters: THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING To take a man's life and dilute it down to a 123-minute biography might not be quite as daunting a task as coming up with a singular formula that describes and unites all things in the universe but it is not without its challenges. James Marsh takes on these theoretical hurdles with the problem-solving gusto of a seasoned mathematician. He Read More
  • Weekly Review 62: DEVIL, EVERYONE, PHILIP, FORCE, LOW Another fairly lax week at the theater held screenings of Interstellar and Big Hero 6 - both of which I had high hopes for (the former far more than the later) and was fairly disappointed by both. At home, I had some time to catch up with a few new screeners (bringing my cume of 2014 films to a whopping 198), Read More
  • Out in Theaters: BIG HERO 6 In the past, I've been something of a bitch when it comes to animated movies. The Pixar classics are notorious for beating down my manliness and summoning up the tears - Up, Toy Story 3, even f*cking Ratatouille all got me going. Something about the to-the-bone earnest family connection gets this child of divorce waterworking. It's clockwork. Minute 82 and I'm Read More
  • Talking (in French) with Michel Hazanavicius & Berenice Bejo of THE ARTIST The Artist was an unprecedented film. Movies don't come in black and white anymore. And no one would think to make a silent black-and-white film in 2010. When you chat with the brains behind the film, it makes sense. These are incredibly French, reserved folk who speak in hushed tones. I've spent a lot of time in France (my Grandma lives in Read More
  • Out in Theaters: INTERSTELLAR Don't be fooled, Interstellar is no blockbuster. Nor is it the critical darling think piece so many expected it to be. It seems crafted to engulf the minds of the critical community in nit-picky debates about minute details; destined to conjure up various theories and interpretations (a la Inception) but I don't see that happening. For all its loopholes, space Read More
  • Weekly Review 61: HORNS, ABCS, BEGIN, CANNIBAL, SNOW Halloween is upon us (and by the time you're reading this, will have already passed) so the time for horror is taking its spot in the rear view. Sayonara! Nevertheless, I popped on a slew of horrors at home, including a double Nosferatu showing; both the 1922 original and the "what if this was how it was made?" docu-fictionalization Shadow Read More
  • Out in Theaters: NIGHTCRAWLER With a name as innocuous as Louis Bloom, you wouldn't initially suspect the lead character of Nightcrawler to be so dangerous. But the virulent Lou is the kind of guy who dissolves into shadows; who feeds vampirically in the darkness. He's not a villain so much as a force of nature. Silent but deadly. His politeness is alarming, starkly juxtaposed Read More
  • Weekly Review 60: BLIZZARD, STRETCH Taking a break from the horror to settle into some 2014 On Demand fare, I looked to make up some ground with a couple new limited release arrivals. Seeing that I did a lot of what is colloquially known as raging this weekend, I didn't quite get as many down as I had anticipated but with a packed week of Read More
  • Out in Theaters: DEAR WHITE PEOPLE My acting career started in a weird place. I played an aggressive racist in a yet-to-be-released film, Father Africa. It was an uncomfortable experience to say the least: calling an African-American “Mufasa” isn’t the most valiant way to get on-screen attention. But, I was a good racist. Great, even. They kept asking me: “Are you an asshole in real life?” Father Africa will Read More
  • Out in Theaters: THE HEART MACHINE Would you fall in love in the wild, wild west of romance that is online dating? What if you believe that your betrothed were living in a foreign country only to discover that they are instead a mere stone's throw away? Would you get jealous? Angry? Violent? Director and writer Zachary Wigon provides his surreptitious take on the 'romance as Read More
  • Out in Theaters: OUIJA Movies based on board games come packed with expectations of shittiness. Hasbro teamed up Universal just a few years back for the monumentally floppish Battleship. Even with Peter Berg at the helm and a budget that ballooned over 200 million dollars, tanking critical response and disinterested audiences sunk Battleship. The lackies at the Hasbro Studios (which I still can't believe Read More
  • Out in Theaters: LAGGIES Take thematic elements of Joe Swanberg's Happy Christmas, distill it down, add paint-by-numbers rom-com structure, weed out the elements that distinguish mumblecore as such and replace the winning Anna Kendrick with the accent-jostling Keira Knightley and you have Laggies, a competently told but widely borrowed tale of arrested adolescence. Read More
  • Out in Theaters: BIRDMAN Unlike quite anything else, Alejandro González Iñárritu's Birdman is a surrealist commentary on 21st century franchise culture, absolutely pumped full of energy, wit and scintillating satire. A massively relevant take on modernity, Iñárritu's restless film comes dressed up as black comedy but resonates wholeheartedly with the slobbish zeitgeist du jour. Truth, it seems, can come masked in all sorts of Read More
  • Out in Theaters: JOHN WICK Shoot first and ask questions later is the mantra of Keanu Reeves' latest starring vehicle, a film that rotates around the question of "Who is John Wick?" and eventually "What is he capable of?" Going in blind to its main plot details will likely result in a better experience as the first act coyly plays with the idea of slowly Read More
  • Weekly Review 59: AMER, STRANGERS, SNATCHERS, BERBERIAN, CHILD'S Last week saw the release of the 13 Most Disturbing Horror Movies of the Last 13 Years (to thunderous applause) but I still had some fuel left in the tank to charge through a few more horror movies in preparation for Hallow's Eve. In fact, the season has had a particularly strong sway with me this year, as I've now Read More
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