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Tuesday, April 14 2015

Greed Gets Tiresome in ‘Beyond the Reach’

The idea here is that Madec's limitless financial resources make him every bit as phantasmal and inexorable as Jason Voorhees.


School’s Out Forever in ‘Class of 1984’

Aiming for an incisive social commentary on the increasing violence of youth gangs, Class of 1984 falls short.


Monday, April 13 2015

‘What We Do in the Shadows’ Became a Cult Classic Upon Creation

The charming and eccentric humor of this vampire mockumentary makes it feel like it was born to be a beloved cult classic.


Friday, April 10 2015

Ryan Gosling’s Directorial Debut Is Far From Lost

When Lost River premiered at Cannes last year, Gosling's urban fairytale was greeted with jeers. It should have been met with cheers.


Callous Masculinity and Robot Sexuality Conflict in ‘Ex Machina’

This artificial intelligence flick uses the nerd archetype to make points about masculinity, ego, and empathy.


‘The Longest Ride’ Loses Itself in the Past

This is a film featuring two likeable leads that goes cold and convoluted once we abandon their story and flashback to the past.


If He Were Still With Us, ‘Life Itself’ Would Be Worthy of Roger Ebert’s Praise

Ebert never lived to see the finished product, but it's not a stretch at all to imagine what kind of score Siskel & Ebert would have given it had they the chance: two thumbs up.


Thursday, April 9 2015

‘The Beat Generation’ Is More Deadbeat Than Beatnik

The Beat Generation fails to capture the trendy, hipster social scene that its title promises.


‘Alexander’ and the Not-So-Terrible Family Comedy

When it comes to family comedies, Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day is the exact opposite of terrible, horrible, and no good.


Wednesday, April 8 2015

In ‘Vampire’s Kiss / High Spirits’, Horror and Comedy Clash but Don’t Always Mix

Scream! Factory's horror/comedy "double feature" doesn't truly fit into either genre.


‘Blacula’ Bites, but Never Sucks

The two most famous horror blaxploitation films look and sound excellent in this dual release, but they deserve more extras considering their importance.


Tuesday, April 7 2015

‘The Battle of the Five Armies’ Brings a Bloated Trilogy to Its End

This epic flick concludes a trilogy that, in retrospect, should have been a duology.


Friday, April 3 2015

‘Going Clear’ Proves That L. Ron Hubbard’s “Religion” Is More Ruse Than Revelation

Scientology may seem like nothing more than a wacky cult filled with outrageous teachings and belief to many. Unfortunately, it's much sillier, and far more sinister, than that.


‘Furious 7’: When Cars Fly

Cars parachute into the Caucasus, cars plunge off cliffs, and perhaps most dauntingly, soar from one of the Jumeirah at Etihad Towers in Abu Dhabi.


Thursday, April 2 2015

‘The Beat Generation’ Is a Relic of the Fraying of the Production Code

This imperfect police procedural is nonetheless both a rare example of the point of view of women in the '50s and a case study for how the Production Code ultimately met its demise.


Wednesday, April 1 2015

‘The Hunting Ground’ Highlights the Horrors of Rape on College Campuses

For many, going to college is a dream come true. Sadly, as this film points out, it will also become a nightmare.


The Nuclear Family Dies at the ‘River’s Edge’

This mid-'80s obscurity is a chilling depiction of the violence amongst those who find themselves on the fringes of society's moral landscape.


Tuesday, March 31 2015

‘The Imitation Game’ Is Equally About Wartime and Emotional Codes

This biopic both reminds the world of Alan Turing’s genius and aims to empower “those people no one expects anything from who do the things no one expects.”


Monday, March 30 2015

Exit Life, Pursued by a Bear: ‘Backcountry’

This indie horror flick finds a young couple stranded in the woods looking for safety in an uncaring natural world.


Revenge Travels South in ‘Ride the Pink Horse’

This oft-overlooked desert noir illustrates the residual violence of post-war America, where paranoia and deception abound.


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