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July 2014

The ‘Dawn’ of Something Amazing

As with much art, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes signposts situations we'd otherwise ignore or try to avoid, provides insights, and provokes questions. This film, like all great art, is alive, vital, and transcendent.


Revisiting ‘Garden State’ 10 Years Later

Despite the film’s hipster soundtrack and depiction of twenty-something malaise, it ultimately embraces the human spirit and all of the sentimentality that goes with it.


‘Boyhood’ Is the ‘400 Blows’ of Its Era

When coming of age movies are measured years from now, Boyhood will be the benchmark for artistic achievement and cinematic scope.


‘Ruthless’ Is About Men and Ways of Life

Ruthless reveals a message about capitalism that, if ubiquitous, rings true.


‘Ramrod’ Is a Western of Doubles

Andre De Toth's noir-ish western, Ramrod, is notable for its examination of doubles; almost every character has someone else who matches their identity.


‘Operation Petticoat’ Is Too Tightly Buttoned

Operation Petticoat, one of post-war America's more popular war flicks, is an example of the era's basically conservative teases.


The 10 Best Films of 2014 (So Far)

Excellence is where you find it, not where it's forced into some Hollywood genre pigeonhole.


Jumping Off the Bay-Wagon

With his picture postcard imagery and similarly shorthanded scripting, Michael Bay's movies may be nothing more than a colorful crib mobile.


Is ‘Tammy’ a Trick, or Just Terrible?

Like being locked in a narrative limbo with no realistic relief in sight, Tammy tries to get away with being bold and brazen


June 2014

It’s Bay’s Way or the Highway in ‘Transformers: Age of Extinction’

This is what happens when the idea for a film must pitch itself to its audience over and over again until the audience is convinced.


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That Ribbon of Highway: Sharon Jones Re-shapes Woody Guthrie's Song

// Sound Affects

"Sharon Jones and Woodie Guthrie knew: great songs belong to everybody.

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