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Hymn and Awe

In distinguishing between pretentious, inaccessible, pseudo-artistic prattle and actual works of genius, audiences ultimately wind up relying on Supreme Court justice Potter Stewart’s infamous method of determining what is and isn’t pornography: “I know it when I see it.” At the precise moment when writer/director Terrence Malick’s The Tree of Life becomes transcendent for some, it becomes laughable nonsense for...


Headline Blues

I won’t feign objectivity. Although director Andrew Rossi’s documentary Page One may center on The New York Times’ ongoing fight for survival, it’s more than that. The film is a snapshot of the collision between new media and mainstream journalism…with the latter as the bug, and the former as the windshield. Because there’s a chance you risked smudging your fingers to read this review, you know where I stand.

I stand...


Out of the Past

The rosy-hued vision we often have of that always-intangible past is a fitting subject for Woody Allen, a director with a large segment of fans who pine for the kind of movies he made during his own vaguely defined “golden age.” His new picture, Midnight in Paris, is about a man with a similarly frustrated relationship with the present, and despite its handful of problems, it ranks among his most easily...


It’s Not Easy Seeing Green

Green Lantern courts a niche audience: insomniacs and the recently lobotomized. This will one day be recognized as “patient zero” in the disease pandemic known as “cinematic superhero fatigue.” In honor of its dogged devotion to a yawn-inspiring storytelling formula, here’s an algorithm: Four writers (Greg Berlanti, Michael Green, Marc Guggenheim and Michael Goldenberg) minus one original idea, plus one...


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The Stanford Prison Experiment

A recreation of the actual experiment that chills but has little new to say.

GRADE
B

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

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Best of Enemies

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Iris

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Straight Outta Compton

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

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