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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

 

Kobayashi Magoo

If modern nerd culture has a “patient zero,” it was Mr. Trekkie (or Miss Trekker, if you’re nasty). Their legendary attention to detail is exceeded only by their willingness to speak Klingon in the most intimate of settings. And they’re really, really going to hate Star Trek Into Darkness.

Director JJ Abram’s 2009 reboot got a surprising free pass from the community despite a twisted-pretzel-logic attempt to...


No Bull! Shh…

A silent film reimagining Snow White shot in black and white and set in Spain, in which the heroine is a bullfighter, is not an easy sell. Who knows what lengths writer/director Pablo Berger had to go through to secure financing for this gothic reworking of a famous fairy tale, set in 1920s Seville. But whatever he did was worth it. Blancanieves is what The Artist wants to be when The Artist grows up. It’s proof...


Twisty Pig Tale

Writer/director Shane Carruth’s 2004 film, Primer, isn’t just a great time-travel movie; it’s one of the best science fiction films in the history of ever. But, hey, no pressure on the follow-up or anything, Shane. For nearly a decade, cinemaphiles waited for omni-hyphenated actor-editor-musician-producer to create something else, anything else. And just when all hope seemed lost, here comes Upstream Color to act...


Puttin’ on the Fitz’

If “director Baz Luhrmann” and “restraint” have ever appeared in the same sentence together, they were the word-bread creating a sandwich around the phrase “has absolutely no.” Considering that the gaudy Jay Gatsby is basically Luhrmann’s spirit animal, the union made sense, even if the alleged $200 million budget for a 3D version of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic novel set to music selected by Jay-Z didn’t....


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No Escape

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

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Best of Enemies

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

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Iris

A remedial look at a fashion forward icon.

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C

Straight Outta Compton

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

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