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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

 

Attack Lads

A reminder: Bobbing for apples in a sports stadium urinal trough may be less vile than becoming a professional politician. If Aaron Sorkin’s sorely missed “West Wing” was a weekly fairy tale of governmental grace, The Ides of March is a campfire ghost story where every player is the bogeyman. Populated exclusively with characters only passingly familiar with the definition of integrity, the film is a feel-bad...


Pinkie Gets Fingered

Although writer/director Rowan Joffe’s Brighton Rock, the second attempt at a big-screen adaptation of a 1938 Graham Greene novel, never introduces us to the parents of its sociopathic main character, it’s safe to assume they sucked at child rearing. Maybe genetics alone determined that their offspring would become a brain-bashing, knife-wielding savage, but naming him Pinkie Brown couldn’t have helped.

Brighton...


The Digital Diamond

“It's hard not to be romantic about baseball.” Or so drawls Billy Beane, the restless Oakland Athletics general manager depicted in “all caps” by Brad Pitt in Moneyball. It's a hard statement to deny, whether or not the phrase “America's pastime” even means anything in our always-connected, always-at-war modern age. That conflict—idyllic nostalgia versus cruel reality—is the secret core of this slightly...


The Bell of the Bawl

Bellflower wants badly to burn. It so yearns to catch fire that cinematographer Joel Hodge appears to have frequently smeared ash on the lens and scrambled the color palate, so that bright reds and oranges practically ignite the screen. Alas and alack, beyond a sizzlin’ visual look, Bellflower is less flame and more smoke … derivative, borderline misogynistic smoke. It feels dirty taking a first-time...


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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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