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Will David Lynch Ever Make Ronnie Rocket?

With the Twin Peaks revival underway, perhaps the surrealist filmmaker will revisit his famously un-produced project.

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In 'Sicario', the War Is Next Door

The collapsing world order is chillingly illuminated in Denis Villeneuve’s stark cartel thriller.

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'The Grand Budapest Hotel' Deserves to Win Almost All the Oscars 'Boyhood' Doesn't

Ralph Fiennes holds civilization together with little more than his impeccable manners and mustache in Wes Anderson's absurdist dollhouse of a tragicomedy, The Grand Budapest Hotel.

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'Dumb and Dumber To' is Dull, and Dumb, and Duller

A 20 years too late sequel with some sporadically funny stuff measured out across an ever decreasing level of interest.

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Alexandre Aja Puts Daniel Radcliffe on the 'Horns' of a Dilemma

For a genre that rarely deviates from the cyclical and the tried and true (torture porn this time around, '70s throwback terror another), Horns is a welcome bit of weirdness.

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Ten Years Later, the Original 'Saw' Still Satisfies

The first Saw is really a whodunit. The next six are all about the "why".

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'Ouija' Only Works in a Single Digit IQ World

As long as it avoids anything closely resembling the real world, Ouija works. Not as horror, but as a cautionary example as to why "gotchas" don't necessarily equal scares.

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'Force Majeure' Is Gender-Biased Junk

That's some view... of modern marriage.

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In 'Nymph()maniac - The Director's Cut', More Actually Is More

Even with all its XXX gimmickry, Nymph()maniac remains grounded in character. From someone like Von Trier, we'd expect nothing less, and we even get a lot more.

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'Fury' Offers an Authentic Look at Life During Wartime

It's the brutality of Saving Private Ryan without the jingoistic flag-waving, the one-two punch of Clint Eastwood's Greatest Generation epics sans the strident moralizing.

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'The Best of Me' Offers the Worst of Nicolas Sparks

Like a hack tunesmith that keeps rewriting the same melodies over and over again, hoping his legion of fans don't notice the ruse, we've heard this Sparks song before.

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'Annabelle' Can't "Conjure" Up its Predecessor's Scares

Annabelle could have been great. Unfortunately, it barely lives up to its horror heritage.

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I Married a Monster? 'Gone Girl'

Even with its bestseller pedigree, Gone Girl would be a significant cinematic achievement, mostly for all the things it avoids while getting so much of the mystery thriller genre right.

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'Left Behind' Lacks Legitimate Biblical Bite

Left Behind is laughably bad, indescribably stupid, and fails in its most basic motion picture function: to turn people back to God.

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'The Boxtrolls' Goes for the Dark and Dour and Ends Up Dismal

Ben Kingsley's dreadful Archibald Snatcher is Chitty Chitty Bang Bang's Child Catcher merged with a John Tenniel fever dream.

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'Tusk' is Really Savage Like, Really Weird, and Really Good

Instead of playing with the anticipated and the preconceived, Kevin Smith takes a intriguing premise and circumvents our expectations.

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'The Maze Runner' Gets YA (Partially) Right

The Maze Runner reminds us that an interesting idea, told well, can trump any number of artistic or aesthetic issues.

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Siblings... Sadness... Suicide... 'The Skeleton Twins'

This is one of the best films about the lingering effects of dysfunction that's been made.

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Tom Hardy's Performance Elevates 'The Drop'

It's quite a long buildup before we get to know the realities of Bob Saginowski's past. Once delivered, however, it's too little, way too late.

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'Dolphin Tale 2' Is a Wholesome, Heartwarming Treat

Dolphin Tales is one instance where, despite the famous words of W.C. Fields, working with children and animals actually pays off.

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'The Identical' Is Just Insane

Someday, The Identical will take its rightful place alongside Troll 2, The Room, and Tiptoes as among the most joyfully awful films of all time.

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'Are You Here?' If So, I Feel Sorry for You...

This is a horribly unfunny comedy by someone celebrated for reinventing the TV drama.

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'The Trip to Italy' Leaves You Hungry for More

Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon are reinvesting the so-called buddy comedy with the concept that, sometimes, friendship is not enough.

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'Septic Man' Finds Meaning among the Sewage

If Cook and Burgess are setting us up for a continuing series of mutant monster superhero takedowns, this movie is a decent start.

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'Into the Storm' Is No 'Twister 2'

Not only is Into the Storm mindless and mediocre, it's disrespectful, as well.

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‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Out-Whedons ‘The Avengers’

What makes James Gunn's scruffier and un-spandex'd band of reluctant heroes so appealing is how they approximate the good-hearted rogues on the raggedy charm of space westerns like Whedon’s own "Firefly".

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'Cabin Fever: Patient Zero' Is One Pathetic Prequel

Unless you count a last act catfight between two babes that are basically disintegrating into pools of genetic stew right before our very eyes, there's not much to recommend Cabin Fever: Patient Zero.

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'And So It Goes'... Right Down the Drain

Rob Reiner fuels this old hat hokum with below-grade over-earnestness.

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You Barely Need One Percent of Your Brain to Appreciate 'Lucy'

If you surgically grafted a snippet of Flowers for Algernon and a low-end documentary about the human brain onto a Cliff Notes summary of La Femme Nikita, the result might approach the lazy schizophrenia of Luc Besson's latest fembot warrior fantasy.

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'Mood Indigo' Is Mesmerizing Michel Gondry Magic

Michel Gondry goes all out here, bringing both the fanciful wonders and dire circumstances of our couple's doomed affair to breathtaking, eye-popping life.

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