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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

 

Metal Lurching

To walk in to The Man with the Iron Fists by choice is to give up your right to bitch about story and character. This is a movie written and directed by The RZA, a member of the powerhouse rap group The Wu-Tang Clan; produced by Eli Roth, the guy who made Hostel, and overseen by Quentin Tarantino, whose grindhouse kung fu depravity knows no bounds. To claim you expected good acting and a consequential plot is to...


8-Bit-O-Honey

For a generation weaned on more Mario than Mother Goose, Wreck-It Ralph has been a long time coming. An 8-bit fairy tale with a burly bruiser in the role of the misunderstood princess, it skews a tad more prepubescent than Pixar but shares similar DNA. Writers Jennifer Lee and Phil Johnston won’t be unlocking any bonus levels for originality, with a conceit that feels poached from Toy Story and a take-home message...


Partly Sunny

To steal from Mother Goose (don’t worry, she’s dead): When Cloud Atlas is good, it’s very, very good; and when it’s bad, Hugo Weaving is doing a drag impression of Nurse Ratched. The ambition of writers/directors Lana and Andy Wachowski and Tom Twyker, working from David Mitchell’s novel, is flabbergastingly impressive. Fueled by more humility than hubris, beautiful endeavors like this one are often observed when...


No-Town Music

At its worst, cinema verite is aimless pretense masquerading as artistic intent. At its best, it is Detropia, a documentary that adds soul to statistics, going inside the implosion of a once proud city using a sprawling, haunting approach. That isn’t to say that directors Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady don’t infuse the proper factual context for their mournful postmortem. Neither transcendent nor particularly...


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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.

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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.

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B+

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