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Wednesday, February 19 2014

‘Battle of the Damned’ Will Leave You a Bit Skeeved Out

Battle of the Damned is almost incredibly fun, but winds up as bad as you anticipated.


Tuesday, February 18 2014

‘Darkman’: The Face of Revenge

Darkman, the darkest hero (an amalgam or classic horror monsters) versus the criminal underworld... in broad daylight.


Friday, February 14 2014

‘Jayne Mansfield’s Car’ at the Fringe of the Family

This is a drama of two families brought together by death and the resulting stories that splinter off from that singular event.


Thursday, February 13 2014

‘A Single Shot’ Has Potential, but Bogs Down in Numbled Noir Shoe-Gazing

Most of A Single Shot is an almost fetishistic look at life in this small, broken down town.


Wednesday, February 12 2014

‘The Phantom of the Opera’ Is Unsettling and Imbued with a Dense and Shadowy Gothic Atmosphere

This wonderful HD restoration of Universal's horror classic reiterates the brilliance of Lon Chaney's grotesque creation.


Tuesday, February 11 2014

‘Night of the Demons’ Does Schlock Right

Horror fans need to pick this one up, even if the '80s seems like a black hole of bad sequels and a morass of bad ideas.


Monday, February 10 2014

A Night at the Movies with Marty

In terms of historical importance and pure cinematic thrills, Martin Scorsese's World Cinema Project will be practically impossible to surpass.


Friday, February 7 2014

Many Controls but No Master: ‘I Dream of Wires: Hardcore Edition’

The history of the modular synthesizer is one that involves competing origins, unwieldy equipment, aesthetic disputes, and the whims of business and art.


Thursday, February 6 2014

‘Blue Jasmine’ Is Woody Allen’s Greatest Tragedy

Tennessee Williams sent his Blanche du Bois into the abyss, Woody Allen sends his Jasmine to the magical world where she always longed to be.


Wednesday, February 5 2014

‘Thanks for Sharing’ Fails to Shed Light on Sexual Addiction

Thanks for Sharing doesn't dissect its protagonists and explore the complexity of their addictive personalities. So why should we care?


‘The Beast of Hollow Mountain’ & ‘The Neanderthal Man’ Offer Plenty of Hokey Fun

For fans of '50s sci-fi silliness, the dinosaur may grab your attention, but that other movie is the better one.


Tuesday, February 4 2014

Life, Death, and All the Rest of the Early AIDS Crisis

Dallas Buyers Club works because it doesn't over-sentimentalize its subject, and for that reason alone, it has quite the emotional impact.


If Only ‘Adore’ Were as Wonderful as Its Two Leading Ladies

Anne Fontaine seems merely satisfied with having her movie linger between scandal and hedonism.


Monday, February 3 2014

‘Hail Mary’ and ‘For Ever Mozart’, for Better or Worse

Both Hail Mary and For Ever Mozart present us with Godard at the peak of his powers as a provocateur and a master of the medium.


Thursday, January 30 2014

The Beginning (and End?) of Ender on Film

Ender's Game asks a lot of the audience in the areas of suspension of disbelief and character development, but when the film delivers, it can be satisfying.


On the Sex, Drugs and Dopplegangers in ‘Plus One’

If Superbad and The World's End had a lovechild raised by H.G. Wells and Leatherface, it would be the emotionally charged Plus One.


Wednesday, January 29 2014

‘Blue Caprice’ Is Not a Movie About Killing

Tequan Richmond gives a chilling and authentic performance, with all the tenderness of youth, and all the brutality that resides in the darkest corners of the mind.


Let’s Talk About a Couple of Lemmons

Jack Lemmon is the middle-class, middle-American, totally befuddled Everyman in The April Fools and The War Between Men and Women.


Tuesday, January 28 2014

Courting Controversy? Or Not? Bill Condon’s ‘The Fifth Estate’

WikiLeaks and Julian Assange changed our world. Yet the story put on film, The Fifth Estate, is not nearly controversial enough.


‘Big Sur’ Brings Kerouac to the Screen with Fury and Force

Michael Polish's adaptation of Jack Kerouac's novel is a perfect example of how a flowing, Beat classic can be transcribed to the screen with its spirit intact.


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