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Friday, November 7 2014

Christopher Nolan’s ‘Interstellar’ Does an Amazing Thing With Corn

This film lurches toward an Inception-ish crosscutting climax, but the rush is not so thrilling as the imagery and the meaning of the corn; humankind's sole remaining sustenance.


‘Leviathan’ Is a Schlocky Horror Take on Hitchcock

Leviathan plays like a cheap, schlocky, caffeine-hyped attempt at sci-fi Hitchcock, with a healthy dose of John Carpenter horror thrown in for good measure.


Thursday, November 6 2014

In ‘Joe’, Nicolas Cage Plays a Captivating Tragic Figure

Joe feels neither remarkable nor unremarkable, yet by its conclusion it holds the power to touch your sensibilities.


Wednesday, November 5 2014

‘Ilo Ilo’ Is Too Understated for Its Own Good

The debut feature from director Anthony Chen features strong performances, but its understated quality makes the film struggle to make a lasting impression.


Tuesday, November 4 2014

‘Hoax_Canular’ and the End of the World on the Internet

For all the stories about how isolated and asocial internet users can be, Hoax_Canular offers stories of imagining community, sharing truths and more.


‘A Million Ways to Die in the West’ Places Seth MacFarlane’s Ego Front and Center

Perhaps MacFarlane will learn from his experiences, but with any luck, he'll learn the biggest lesson of all: his talents are required behind the camera, not in front of it.


In ‘Maleficent’, Angelina Jolie Channels Shakespeare’s Richard III

Like the great antiheroes of history, Angelina Jolie's seductive performance as Maleficent gets you to root for her even as she commits acts of evil.


Monday, November 3 2014

‘Love Streams’ Is a Masterful Swan Song From One of America’s Great Artists

The once widely unavailable Love Streams gets a thorough Criterion reissue, a well-deserved feat for John Cassavetes' final masterpiece.


In ‘Child of God’, the Evil is Banal

James Franco's attempt to adapt Cormac McCarthy's novel Child of God for the screen confuses merely depicting horrendous evil with saying something interesting about it.


Friday, October 31 2014

‘Y Tu Mama Tambien’ Hides Serious Themes Behind Comedic Fluff

Alfonso Cuarón's highly sexualized film is deceptively serious, hiding weighty themes behind comic banter and, yes, plenty of sex.


Thursday, October 30 2014

‘Showrunners: The Art of Running a TV Show’ Is a Man’s World

Showrunners misses the opportunity to explore why creating fictional worlds continues to be gendered as masculine in our cultural imagination.


‘30 for 30: Brian and the Boz’ Captures the Conflicting Incarnations of the NCAA

Brian and the Boz allows viewers to understand the contexts of star Sooner Brian Bosworth's life, including how the NCAA treats its players.


Wednesday, October 29 2014

‘Nightbreed: The Director’s Cut’ Fully Realizes the Director’s Vision

This is the release Nightbreed fans have been waiting for.


‘Snowpiercer’ Encapsulates Class Warfare In a High-Speed Train

By compressing its revolutionary struggle into such a tightly compressed and void-encircled space, Bong Joon-Ho’s evocative post-apocalyptic actioner becomes furiously kinetic but metaphorically overburdened.


Monday, October 27 2014

In ‘The Party’, Peter Sellers’ Brownface Is the Elephant in the Room

While Peter Sellers' role as an Indian man in The Party may represent just another one of his masks, it also does problematize this 1968 film.


Friday, October 24 2014

‘John Wick’ Gets You to Root for Keanu Reeves

John Wick offers you a chance to feel smart about the revenge thriller genre, and to feel okay when you want John (Keanu Reeves) to survive.


In ‘Stonehearst Asylum’, the Inmates Are in Charge

Stonehearst Asylum is Interestingly positioned at the crossroads between conceding inmates as fearsome criminals and as victims.


‘The Battery’ Is a First Act in Search of a Plot

Amounting to one feature-length inciting incident, the low-budget zombie film The Battery will test the limits of even the most devoted horror fans’ patience.


Thursday, October 23 2014

‘Gorky Park’ Is a Cold War Film That Avoids National Stereotypes

This violent murder mystery is atypical among Cold War era films and stands up well today, but this Blu-ray could use a little more "special" in its "features".


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