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Saving Mr. Banks

Director John Lee Hancock isn’t Joseph Goebbels or Leni Riefenstahl by any stretch, but Saving Mr. Banks is as close to corporate propaganda as can be legally released in theaters. A Walt Disney Studios movie about Walt Disney (Tom Hanks) making a Walt Disney Studios movie, the take home message is that a woman who doggedly protects a deeply personal work of art is a cranky bitch who should...

entered on 01/05/14 at 02:17 AM | read more »



2014: More Original Movies from Minority Directors!

Blame it on kismet, chance or “the rain,” but something funky worked in 2013’s favor. For no discernible reason, the year offered up wildly brilliant unexpected gems (Upstream Color, Spring Breakers) and triumphant blockbusters with brains (The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Iron Man 3, Man of Steel). Looking forward, 2015 is jam packed with the single most anticipated docket of films ever...

entered on 01/03/14 at 08:21 PM | read more »



Don’t Make Me Choose!

This is the worst because it’s the best. Let me explain…The only thing worse than years virtually free of good movies are years when I could make a top 10 list from the films I cut from my final top 10 list. What I’m sayin’ is: 2013 was real, real good, y’all.

For the love! American Hustle, Saving Mr. Banks, Inside Llewyn Davis, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, Her, The Wolf of Wall Street, ...

entered on 12/20/13 at 12:31 AM | read more »



Ron Burgandy is Evil

Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues

Arrogant, stupid, sexist, racist, cowardly, delusional, talentless and vile: Ron Burgandy (Will Ferrell) is the villain of both Anchorman and its sequel and nobody seems to remember that. Don’t believe it? He is a newsman who single-handedly kills the news this time out. And this is after he goes to a dinner with his new black girlfriend’s family and calls them “pipe-hittin’ bitches” to their...

entered on 12/20/13 at 12:11 AM | read more »



Breathe in the Smaug

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

Things you should know by now: (1) All Peter Jackson-directed fantasy films near or top three hours in length; (2) there are deviations from the books because these are movies and not books—I’m told if you would like to read “The Hobbit,” you can still read “The Hobbit”—and (3) Ian McKellen is just the wickedly wizardy best. 

My tolerance for grousing about Jackson overstuffing his Hobitses...

entered on 12/16/13 at 06:30 PM | read more »



Evil Nuns and AIDS

Philomena

Nothing sets the box office ablaze quite like the quiet emotional journey of an 80-year-old Irish woman and a disgraced, pompous British journalist exploring murky ancestry across two continents! Philomena is kind of a tough sell. It’s not a feel-good holiday picture or a tour-de-force acting showcase destined to be christened with Oscar kisses. All the movie has to offer is the fact that it’s...

entered on 12/06/13 at 08:05 PM | read more »



Snow Coincidence

Frozen

Dangling from the edge of Mount Treacly, overlooking the icy abyss of Cliché River, Frozen hurls a Bechtel rope and swings itself to safety in the nick of time. And just in case you miss the climax’s blatantly obvious flipping of established Disney gender roles, which mandates female-on-female violence prior to male rescue, there’s a joke about how a dude will like his new “sled” because “it’s...

entered on 12/02/13 at 02:41 AM | read more »


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The Boxtrolls

A stop-motion romp with near-nekkid trolls and a cross-dressing villain.

GRADE
B-


The Skeleton Twins

A dramedy about suicide elevated by its stars.

GRADE
B


Frank

A band that has a lead singer with a fake head will win your heart.

GRADE
A-


The Trip to Italy

Another affable outing with two British comedians.

GRADE
B+


Sin City: A Dame to Kill For

Still a fun place to visit, provided you're not a woman.

GRADE
C


The Giver

This adaptation of Lois Lowry's beloved award-winning classic will be none of those things.

GRADE
D


Boyhood

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

GRADE
A+


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