Cookies Tossed, Paradise Lost

Spring Breakers

Until now, writer/director Harmony Korine’s brand of artistic weirdness has been completely useless. Intentionally obtuse to the point of sloppy goofiness, his work has differed from student films solely because he wasn’t enrolled.

So how the H-E-double-hockey-sticks is Spring Breakers the most compelling, disorienting and sublime film of this young year?

If Nicolas Winding Refn’s Drive got...

entered on 03/23/13 at 04:29 AM | read more »



Sex Bomb

Ginger & Rosa

To come of age when the modern world was doing the same had to feel profound. Children of the 1960s could turn teenage rage against causes of substance, like blossoming nuclear culture. The teenagers of today celebrate their sexual and intellectual emergence with angry tweets about Instagrammed food. But hey, it’s not like there’s some unjust war or nebulous ongoing foreign conflict to channel...

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You Should Mount Olympus

Olympus Has Fallen

The only explanation that makes sense for the existence of Olympus Has Fallen is that someone found a 1990s action movie on VHS underneath Joel Silver’s bed and paid to have Gerard Butler digitally transposed over Steven Segal. The Die Hard franchise may be hiking up its skirt and whoring its nostalgia, but look no further than this blathering gibberish for a genuine blast from the past; it...

entered on 03/23/13 at 02:42 AM | read more »



Calling all Grrrls and Wo(men)

Wonder Women! The Untold Story of American Superheroines!

In the world of documentaries, Wonder Women! The Untold Story of American Superheroines! falls on the end of the spectrum that doesn’t rely on graphic images or astounding facts to evoke a wide range of emotions. Rather, it is a simple exploration of women…and feminism…and their role in pop culture. Simple enough, right? Although the film is independently made, it is far from low quality....

entered on 03/18/13 at 12:43 AM | read more »



Hocus Poke-my-eyes-out

The Incredible Burt Wonderstone

Like a scathing satire of the Soviet Union or a mockumentary musical on grunge, The Incredible Burt Wonderstone sets its eyes on an expired target of cultural derision nobody gives a fuzzy rabbit about anymore. Dressing Steve Carrell in a Siegfried and Roy bedazzled jumpsuit only works if people know who the hell Siegfried and Roy were. Criss Angel, known for targeting gothic youth, is closing...

entered on 03/16/13 at 02:54 AM | read more »



That’s Enough, James Franco

Oz the Great and Powerful

At one point, our collective return to Oz (not be confused with Return to Oz, sorry Faruza) was going to see director Sam Raimi deploy Robert Downey Jr as his titular wizard. The short list after Downey split must have consisted of just two names: James Franco and “a bag of dirt and sand.” “A bag of dirt and sand” must have had schedule conflicts.

Look, James Franco must be stopped. For too...

entered on 03/08/13 at 06:24 PM | read more »



South of Justice

West of Memphis

Four movies have been made, and 16 years have passed since three teenagers were imprisoned for a crime they very clearly didn’t commit. The “West Memphis Three,” the subject of copious celebrity crusading and a myriad of documentaries, have become reluctant mascots of a legal system gone awry. An implosion of justice in Arkansas may not seem like breaking news to a country long fatigued about...

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The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

The epic conclusion to the most epic of epics.

GRADE
A-


The Babadook

A terrifying tale of an ooky pop-up book and motherly love.

GRADE
A


The Tale of Princess Kaguya

A water-colored take on a Japanese folktale that is prettier than it is interesting.

GRADE
B-


The Theory of Everything

"Out of this world" performances buoy a sub-par script.

GRADE
B+


Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1

Half of what promises to be an epic conclusion to a fabulous series.

GRADE
B+


Birdman

A delirously fun satirical send up of artistic pretension. 

GRADE
B+


The Overnighters

"The Grapes of Wrath" in documentary form set in North Dakota.

GRADE
A-


Interstellar

If this was humanity's last hope, give up.

GRADE
D


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