Cutting Room for April 25

  • I have always felt a special kinship with Jon Favreau as the pinnacle of my wildly nonexistent acting career was starring in the Vince Vaughn role from Swingers in a student production. So, allow me to champion Chef, written by, directed by and starring Jonny Favs (nobody calls him that). The film will screen on Tuesday, May 6 at 7 pm as part of the New York Film Critics Series at Film...

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Sex Will Kill You

Under the Skin

Director Jonathan Glazer and writer Walter Campbell’s Under the Skin joins the smallest movie subgenre: brilliant but batshit insane. Inarguably gorgeous and insatiably intriguing, if I were forced at gunpoint to explain the “point” of this one, I’d end up with a new orifice.


Guesses as to the major thesis: Sex is bad? Women are the gatekeepers of sex and lure men into destruction with...

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Cutting Room for April 18

  • Ten years ago, our world was changed forever, and Aksarben Cinema hasn’t forgotten. A decade ago, everything we knew about social interaction, relationships and linguistics was rendered irrelevant by a singular cultural moment. Yes, folks, Mean Girls turns 10 this year, and on Wednesday, April 30, Aksarben Cinema is gonna party like Regina George just got hit by that bus. From 5:30 pm until...

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Artificially Intelligent

Transcendence

Dear cast and crew of Transcendence,

It sucks, but this happens sometimes. You’ve made a perfectly fine (albeit unremarkable) movie, and the critics, both professionals and those deputized by social media, have decided to work you over like you owe them money. It should take human rights violations for a film to score below Need for Speed on this year’s Rotten Tomatoes’ “freshness” scale.

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Cutting Room for April 11

  • Purely to preserve the story and certainly not a strategic move to fleece more cash from tween and teen wallets, the third installment of the Divergent series will be split into two. As Harry Potter, Twilight and The Hunger Games did before it, Allegiant will be cleft in twain. I am strongly opposed to this. Not because I have strong feelings about Divergent one way or the other, but because...

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Slipping Mickey

Ernest & Celestine

Gather ‘round kids and hear a story from the days of yore, a time when artists drew cartoons with their actual human hands and not every children’s movie had covert sex jokes for ma and pa to chuckle at. It was a time before everything was glossy and smooth, before Pharrell and his hat dropped feel-good funky dance beats over computer animation in an attempt to market a soundtrack to a wider...

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Cutting Room for April 4

  • It’d be enough if Film Streams just brought smart, artistic movies to our fine city, but they also deliver periodic doses of immortality. Seriously! They are firing up the latest edition of their Forever Young series thanks to the support of Lincoln Financial Foundation. Kicking off with a two-week run of last year’s nominee for Best Animated Film, Ernest & Celestine, the collection of films...

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Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

Those damned apes are back and anything but dirty.

GRADE
B+


We Are the Best

Set in Stockholm in 1982, this is punk rock female adolescence at its finest.

GRADE
A


Snowpiercer

Awesome, literal class warfare on a train that holds the only humans that survived the new ice age.

GRADE
A-


Obvious Child

Billed as a comedy, this is actually a sophisticated, empathetic look at a crucial issue.

GRADE
B+


The Signal

Crazy good and just plain crazy, this is indie sci-fi at its best!

GRADE
A+


Ping Pong Summer

Drowning in 1980s nostalgia, this deserves to be a cult hit.

GRADE
A-


22 Jump Street

A sequel no one could have expected to a movie nobody wanted.

GRADE
A-


Ice, Ice Maybe

I’m not saying that the impoverished are going to grab axes and violently murder the wealthy elite. But I’m also not NOT...

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Not So Fast, Rick Santorum

I do not have a uterus. If I understand biology, I never will. So the issue of abortion has remained at arm’s length from...

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Freaky Frequency

For a movie reviewer, having a favorite genre kinda feels like a parent having a favorite child; oh, they totally do,...

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Bad Meaning Good

The popularity of Napoleon Dynamite never really made sense. With its “special” characters and nonsensical elements, the...

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