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That Boy Ain’t Right

 

Stuck in a Bunker With You?

 

Pop Culture, Popped

 

I Can’t Believe They Went Hare

 

Fun With Catholics and Communism

 

The 10 Best Movie Musicals Ever

 

Cutting Room for June 2016

 

Laughter Unshelled

 

Lady Sings the Blues

 

Cutting Room for May 10

  • On the cutting edge of a new genre we’ll call “Mom-rotica,” Fifty Shades of Grey is the bestseller that challenges adaptation. Oh, not because the story is too dense, but because an accurate depiction is basically porn. Enter Joe Wright, who has the credentials for directing an S&M movie after making Anna Karenina (painful) and Pride and Prejudice (has a conjunction in it). Clearly the move to court a...


Puttin’ on the Fitz’

If “director Baz Luhrmann” and “restraint” have ever appeared in the same sentence together, they were the word-bread creating a sandwich around the phrase “has absolutely no.” Considering that the gaudy Jay Gatsby is basically Luhrmann’s spirit animal, the union made sense, even if the alleged $200 million budget for a 3D version of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic novel set to music selected by Jay-Z didn’t....


Don’t Love Thy Neighbor Too Much

There was a shot so slow and quiet in Beyond the Hills (or Dupa Dealuri if you’ve got Romanian skills) that it appeared to be accidentally freeze framed. Nope. Writer/director Cristian Mungiu did that on purpose. Ostensibly, the unfathomably slow pace is to heighten reality; practically, it reduces themes that are complicated but totally obvious to a snail’s pace…and the snail isn’t a fast snail. Like, if there...


Cutting Room for May 3

  • What’s better than having a special event with Steve James, director of such classics as Hoop Dreams? Why, it would be having two events with Steve James! On May 13, Film Streams’ Ruth Sokolof Theater (filmstreams.org) will host James for a screening of Jean Renoir’s The Rules of the Game at 7 pm. Then, on May 14, James will be there for a screening of his film The Interrupters at 7 pm, with a Q&A to follow....


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Love and Friendship

An Austen adaptation that's a snoozefest, aside from two stinky performances...

GRADE
D

Independence Day: Resurgence

A bloated, unneeded sequel that's more chaos than cheesy fun.

GRADE
D

Central Intelligence

A buddy action movie where the buddies are put backseat to the "action." 

GRADE
B-

Finding Dory

A sequel to Finding Nemo that is pretty much exactly like Finding Nemo.

GRADE
B

Warcraft

An adaptation of a video game that will be enjoyed solely by people who loved that video game.

GRADE
F

On DVD

Midnight Special

A kid with weird powers is trying to get somewhere to do something that doesn't quite make sense.

GRADE
B-

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10 Cloverfield Lane

A "Twilight Zone" type tale about a man keeping captives in a bunker at the "end of the world."

GRADE
A-

Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping

A pop culture skewering mocumentary most notable for raunchy songs you'll feel bad about singing...

GRADE
B+

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