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Cold War Sizzle

 

Flash Without Flair

 

Finite Jest

 

Missed It By That Much

 

ILY IMF

 

Featherweight Flick

 

No Wright, Still Alright

 

Talking Twinkies

 

A Siren’s Dirge

 

Pity the Privileged

 

Vacant Lots

Writer/director Sofia Coppola has made a movie that says nothing about people with nothing interesting to offer who steal from famous people who do nothing to be famous. And unless you’re a talk-show conspiracy theorist, it’s kind of hard to get too worked up about that much nothing. Playing like the slow, dull sister of Spring Breakers, The Bling Ring exchanges neon decadence and teen sinning for vacant crimes of...


Rich People Party Weird

Are you supposed to review the screenplay in a movie that uses Shakespeare’s original words? Can characters be formulaic and derivative if the writer is the dude who originally derived the formula? Executive decision: Let’s leave The Bard alone and talk about The Beard, which is a nickname no one has ever used for writer/director/lord-of-nerds Joss Whedon but it was a nice parallel and maybe it will stick.

The...


For Lack of Mouthwash

From the seemingly infinite production companies behind World War Z, the must see movie of next summer is Ninja Squirrel Poets* (*note: does not actually feature ninjas, squirrels or poetry). As has been well publicized, Brad Pitt’s company, Plan B, snapped up the rights to Max Brooks’ thoughtful, faux-historical retrospective novel and then promptly scrapped everything but the title. Turns out, they disregarded...


I Kent Believe It Got Better!

Superman is lame. Fight it all you want to, DC Comic loyalists, but there’s a reason people cheer whenever Batman bests him. Consumed by a fetishized, flag-waving patriotism that makes his status as a full-fledged illegal alien somewhat hilarious these days, Superman is basically an American god. Invulnerable, infallible (at least in terms of his moral compass) and inapproachable to most of us (as we don’t relate...


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No Escape

Don't go to Malaysia. You'll probably die.

GRADE
C-

Best of Enemies

A documentary that shows us where political news coverage all went wrong.

GRADE
B

Iris

A remedial look at a fashion forward icon.

GRADE
C

Straight Outta Compton

A promising but ultimately cliched look at one of the most important groups of modern musicians.

GRADE
C+

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The Man From U.N.C.L.E.

A reboot of a forgotten property that is way, way better than it deserves to be.

GRADE
B+

Ricki and the Flash

A cheesy paint-by-numbers family affair buoyed by one of the greatest actresses ever.

GRADE
C+

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The End of the Tour

Based on the real story of a writer interviewing a writer. But it's better than it sounds.

GRADE
B+

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