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Nostal-jerk

The best comedy of the year also indicts our cultural obsession with nostalgia, presents a character who legitimately recently attempted suicide  and contains a final 10 minutes rich enough to fuel a dozen sequels we will tragically never get. The World’s End is the latest in a tiny group of movies that brilliantly parody a specific genre while still functioning within that genre. Joining Shaun of the Dead, which...


Shooting Mouths

It was Mark Twain who separated the act of untruth into three categories: “lies, damned lies and statistics.” Writer/director Thomas Vinterberg and cowriter Tobias Lindholm (A Hijacking) make a case for a fourth category with Jagten (The Hunt): “lies about molestation.” It’s a type of lie that’s so vile, it shouldn’t be mixed in the general population with the other lies out of a fear for safety.

In The Hunt,...


Pirates of Care and Well-Being

Danish writer/director Tobias Lindholm’s Kapringen (A Hijacking) is sure to make Tom Hanks’ upcoming Captain Phillips look like a pleasure ride on the Good Ship Lollypop. In places that unofficially celebrate “Talk Like a Pirate Day,” the term brings to mind Johnny Depp’s ambiguously sexual Keith Richards’ drag act. But for a good portion of the world, the word pirate does not conjure mascara-laden eyes and a...


Cutting Room for August 23

  • Real thing: Babies love auctioneers. It’s true. Something about their gibbering cadence and mumbling is soothing to kids; my baby nephew watches cattle auctions to calm him down. This is what I was reminded of when I saw that Aksarben Cinema (aksarbencinema.com) is holding a one night only screening of the documentary Bidder 70. It’s a documentary about a University of Utah student who bid $1.8 million on land...


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