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Tuesday, April 1 2014

Ron Burgundy and the Sorry State of Journalism

I didn't expect Anchorman 2 to be something the first Anchorman was not at all: a relevant, and dare I even say intelligent, satire on the state of news reporting in the US.


Monday, March 31 2014

While ‘Beneath’ Brings the Nails to the Story, It Forgets the Hammer

Beneath has the tools to be a good horror flick: stranded teens; the decline of judgment in the face of terror; severed limbs; lots of blood.


Thursday, March 27 2014

‘George Washington’ Is the Artful Debut of a Visionary Filmmaker

David Gordon Green favors the elliptical over the literal and is more concerned with establishing atmosphere. Words spoken are less important than words omitted.


Wednesday, March 26 2014

The Chilling Effect of Noh Theater on Akira Kurosawa’s ‘Throne of Blood’

Throne of Blood plays with Noh's frightening incongruity, its delicacy of movement expressing mortifyingly indelicate actions, as when Washizu and Asaji deflate like punctured blow-up dolls as they resolve themselves to treason.


‘Inside No. 9’ Is a Bit Like a Box of Chocolates, Albeit One Full of Dark, Bitter Sweets

Reece Shearsmith and Steve Pemberton turn down the grotesque but amp up the insidious mixture of morbid comedy and genuine creepiness for this series of stand-alone tales.


Tuesday, March 25 2014

The Embers of the MOVE Bombing Still Smolder

To some, the FBI's handling of MOVE screamed of the Attica prison riot; to others, it was more like the hunt for Osama Bin Laden, if you will.


No One Really Sweats in ‘Swerve’, but They Glisten

The title of writer/director Craig Lahiff's Swerve is both predictably metaphorical and assertively literal, but the film itself is merely a road to nowhere.


Monday, March 24 2014

Sex & Drugs & Stocks ‘n’ Blow

The Wolf of Wall Street becomes a frightening morality play wherein the morals worth celebrating or demonizing depend entirely upon the viewer.


Friday, March 21 2014

Eric Clapton After the Collapse of Cream

This unauthorized documentary offers a unique look at one of Eric Clapton's most fertile eras, but is light on the words of Clapton himself.


Thursday, March 20 2014

‘In Fear’ Gets Off to a Scary Start, At Least

In Fear is moderately successful in illustrating the randomness of violence.


‘Monsters: The Complete Series’ Is a Boon for Nostalgia Buffs

The monsters in Monsters look laughable, but if you're a fan of the show already, you probably won't care.


Wednesday, March 19 2014

‘Tess’ Is One of the Most Gorgeous Love Songs to Loss Ever Filmed

Tess is the rare film that feels like a painting come to life, and just like a painting, allows us to see precisely what we wish to see.


Tuesday, March 18 2014

You Can’t Take It with You… ‘Naked As We Came’

Naked As We Came doesn’t stand up well to naked intensity in any real form.


Instead of Big, Dumb Fun, ‘Homefront’ Is Just Dumb

The unlikely team of Jason Statham, James Franco and screenwriter Sylvester Stallone gives us Homefront, a mediocre action flick that’s way less fun than it should be.


Monday, March 17 2014

Should ‘Thief’s Protagonist Be Punished or Praised?

Thief, like the best crime films, forces the viewer to rethink traditional conceptions of criminality.


The Bosnian War Deserves a Better Film than ‘Twice Born’

Twice Born takes what has the potential to be an engrossing cinematic backdrop—the horrific Bosnian War—and turns it into cheap sentiment.


Friday, March 14 2014

Million Dollar Baby: 10th Anniversary Edition

This new 10th anniversary Blu-ray offers a pair of new interesting bonus features that have new perspectives on the film.


Thursday, March 13 2014

The Strangely Ineffable Power of ‘Nostalghia’

Russian transcendental filmmaker Andrei Tarkovsky’s expansive tapestries define meditativeness.


‘Ripper Street’ Is a Smart, Witty and Humane Drama

Ripper Street's greatest strength is to avoid direct reference to the killings as an investigative project and to treat them as traumatic events from which its characters are trying to recover.


Like Its Senior Sleuth Namesake, ‘Hetty Wainthropp Investigates’ Ages Gracefully

Just why Acorn Media recently released Hetty Wainthropp Investigates: The Complete Collection nearly 20 years after its initial broadcast is hardly a mystery.


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