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Everyone is Awful

 

Worst. Children’s Book. Ever.

 

Happy, Little Clouded

 

Cinéma Very Tame

 

No Big Bang

 

Bro-man Holiday

 

Leni Riefen-stalling

 

Oopsie Genius

 

The Burden of Actual Christianity

 

Awful, Not Full of Awe

 

Shelter Skelter

Writer/director Jeff Nichols’ Take Shelter is quiet…too quiet. It’s the kind of quiet that makes your collar shrink, the kind that makes you long for something, anything, even an apocalyptic event of global damnation to finally just happen. And believe it or not, that’s a compliment.

Take Shelter is part meditation on the mentally taxing responsibilities of a modern family man, complete with frustration about...


Beat on the Bard

In what can only be explained as an embarrassing oversight, Anonymous was not released anonymously. This maniacally boring period drama was directed by none other than Roland Emmerich, helmer of Independence Day and 1998's Godzilla, and a member (alongside Michael Bay, Brett Ratner and others) of the "Fast Food Filmmakers Club."

This means that his movies are (usually) harmless fun, but not the sort of thing...


Fear and Loathing Abroad

First, a confession: Although I'm familiar with the life and antics of renegade “gonzo” journalist Hunter S. Thompson, I've never actually read any of his work. It's an education gap I hope to correct soon, but in the meantime, at least I have The Rum Diary, the latest screen adaptation of a Thompson title and the latest characterization of the man by his longtime friend Johnny Depp.

In 1998's Fear and Loathing...


Gay Straight Talk

Even within sincere and skilled gay cinema, homosexuality is often explored as a social aberrant. “Coming out” stories may be legion, but it is far more difficult to find a quality gay love story that works as love story first and gay story second. Obviously, the fear is that something disingenuous happens in dropping sexuality to a supporting role, as though this relegation is automatically some kind of demotion....


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Blackhat

Can cybercrime fighting be sexy? Probably not.

GRADE
C

Inherent Vice

An "art-house stoner comedy" based on a Thomas Pynchon novel.

GRADE
B-

On DVD: Lucy

A girl ingests a drug that makes her God. For real.

GRADE
C+

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

The epic conclusion to the most epic of epics.

GRADE
A-

On DVD: Gone Girl

This thriller has many twists, the biggest of which is that it's kind of a satire.

GRADE
A

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The Babadook

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

GRADE
A

On DVD: Boyhood

The only coming-of-age story anyone ever needs to make. 

GRADE
A+

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