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  • Weekly Review 60: BLIZZARD, STRETCH

    Easing into some new On Demand releases. Read More
  • Out in Theaters: DEAR WHITE PEOPLE

    "Racism is real and it’s still everywhere. Dear White People sprays it like a fire hose." Read More
  • Out in Theaters: OUIJA

    "A puked up mess of uninspired drivel" Read More
  • Out in Theaters: LAGGIES

    "A competently told but widely borrowed tale of arrested adolescence" Read More
  • Out in Theaters: JOHN WICK

    "A trigger-happy comedy of errors" Read More
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  • 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: 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
  • 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
  • Out in Theaters: CAMP X-RAY NOTE: Reprinted from our 2014 Sundance ReviewAgenda-slinging, headline drama Camp X-Ray transcends expiration date glitz with universal tale of friendship. Burdened with a Guantanamo Bay premise and Twilight sensation Kristen Stewart in a headlining spot, expectations may come half-popped but Camp X-Ray manages to steer clear of inflammatory hot topic territory as Stewart and co-star Peyman Moaadi probe powerhouse territory. Read More
  • Out in Theaters: YOUNG ONES Note: Reprinted from our 2014 Sundance Review Sprawling future Western quais-epic Young Ones offers a poignant deconstruction of sci-fi and western films, an allegorical gaze into a murky future that strips both genres down to the studs and builds them up as one. Read More
  • Out in Theaters: ST. VINCENT I could watch Bill Murray read a phone book. Or hose down a patch of dirt. Correction: I did watch Bill Murray hose down a patch of dirt. For about five minutes. This is what makes up the end credits of St. Vincent, a somewhat sentimentally told tale of a sun-ripened curmudgeon softened by the articulate innocence of the new Read More
  • Out in Theaters: MEN, WOMEN AND CHILDREN Sorry Jason Reitman, I don't know if we can be friends anymore. We had a good run but, I think it's time to cut the umbilical cord. Though Men, Women and Children is a marked improvement over Reitman's nearly horrendous Labor Day, it still misses the mark by a long shot, offering a muddled, obvious, sentimental mess trying to pass Read More
  • Out in Theaters: FURY You don't have to consult Fury to know that brutality is an inherent vice in us humans. What started as an instinctual necessity built into our animal genetic programming - case and point, you never see a polar bear grant mercy to its victims - brutality has become a defunct and dangerous emotional appendage for humankind. Modern normative behavior tends towards passivity. Read More
  • 13 Most Disturbing Horror Films of the Last 13 Years First of all, I'm gonna throw down the NSFW gauntlet for these 13 most disturbing movies of the last 13 years because what you are about to witness is, as the name suggests, a list of not exactly your grandma's horror movies. These are the most twisted, most gnarly, most graphic horror films ever. Their intent is to scar you. Read More
  • Weekly Review 58: WOLF, ARMY, CORPSES, EYES If you just saw this short list of at home flicks, you may assume I've been taking it fairly easy this week when in reality, it's been a full blown onslaught of horror here in my Queen Anne abode. In theaters, I caught screenings of Dracula Untold and Fury (review Wednesday) but in preparation for tomorrow's diligently researched "13 Most Read More
  • Out in Theaters: WHIPLASH Note: Reprinted from our 2014 Sundance review. J.K. Simmons has been gracing the screen, both big and small, for twenties years but his career is more of the long than the illustrious kind. Simmons has quietly paid his dues, slipping in a commendable character actor's career, and was undeniably long overdue for a role of this magnitude. After witnessing his Read More
  • Out in Theaters: PRIDE I was reluctant to watch Pride. I’m not a huge activist when it comes to anything besides the “No-Poo Movement”, so I’m generally less inclined to endure pandering of any kind. When I read the synopsis for Pride, it seemed a little politically heavy. Perhaps it would be Dallas Buyers Club with parades. Thankfully, it was so much more than Read More
  • Out in Theaters: AUTÓMATA I hadn't even heard of Autómata when I was sent a digital screener but with its science fiction meets thriller description and a shaved-headed Antonio Banderas at the forefront, I figured I'd give it a go. From the get go, it reads iRobot meets Blade Runner, a lo-fi crossroads between wanna-be philosophical depths and bargain FX. And from the many borrowed Read More
  • Out in Theaters: KILL THE MESSENGER Kill the Messenger is a magic bullet meant to assassinate - or at least tarnish - the reputation of the CIA for their uber illegal association with Nicaraguan Contra rebels. Their anti-communist war effort was funded in part by *gulp* distributing crack cocaine to Central LA ghettos, a network Webb contends the CIA was complicit - or at least complacent - in facilitating.  And like Read More
  • Out in Theaters: DRACULA UNTOLD Let me tell you an untold story: a bunch of studio execs crowd in a room. The air is thick with the fumes of aged (pronounce age-ed) scotch, the carpet stamped in the cookie cutout of a Louis Vuitton heel. The unpaid Lambo payments and hefty beachside mortgages are palpable. "How can we play the franchise game without shelling royalties Read More
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