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August 2014

‘Cabin Fever: Patient Zero’ Is One Pathetic Prequel

Unless you count a last act catfight between two babes that are basically disintegrating into pools of genetic stew right before our very eyes, there's not much to recommend Cabin Fever: Patient Zero.


July 2014

The Architecture of War in ‘King and Country’

King and Country finds Joseph Losey examining the human soul with his signature dispassionate curiosity.


The Top 10 Reasons Why ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Is Awesome

Leave it to Marvel to save the Summer 2014 movie season with this amazing slice of popcorn entertainment. Here's 10 reasons why this unusual group of heroes is blockbuster boon.


Fifty Shades of Fail

With the release of the new teaser trailer, Fifty Shades of Grey proves that what might work in the boudoir just doesn't translate to the big screen.


‘And So It Goes’... Right Down the Drain

Rob Reiner fuels this old hat hokum with below-grade over-earnestness.


You Barely Need One Percent of Your Brain to Appreciate ‘Lucy’

If you surgically grafted a snippet of Flowers for Algernon and a low-end documentary about the human brain onto a Cliff Notes summary of La Femme Nikita, the result might approach the lazy schizophrenia of Luc Besson's latest fembot warrior fantasy.


A Dizzying Reverie of Nudity in ‘Trans-Europ-Express’ and ‘Successive Slidings of Pleasure’

In these two films, Robbe-Grillet hones in on the plastic and empirical qualities of film, which expose entirely subjective and unreal states.


What Happened to the Amazing Spider-Man Franchise?

The Amazing Spider-Man franchise is supposedly in trouble. Why?


‘Death Among Friends’ Is Blissfully Unconnected from Reality

So the idea behind this cop show is a smart, unthreatening woman of a certain age. It's a wonder why it only lasted one episode.


James Garner’s 10 Greatest Film Performances

There was much more to James Garner than Bret Maverick and Jim Rockford. Here are ten movies roles which he should be remembered for, as well.


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Beyoncé and When Music Writing Becomes Activism

// Sound Affects

"The overall response to Beyoncé's "Formation" has been startlingly positive, but mostly for reasons attached to political agendas. It's time to investigate this trend.

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