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The most famous brothers writing and directing films today may be the Coens (Fargo, No Country for Old Men) and the Wachowskis (The Matrix Trilogy). Even more remarkable for my money, though, are the …
JULIANNE MOORE SHINES IN "STILL ALICE" Wednesday, February 4, 2015
Sad, beautiful, and determined to not leave a dry eye in the house, Still Alice is a devastating film you will not soon forget. Watching it requires having an open heart, access to lots of tissues, …
As the day begins for Robinson (this film is about manly men at sea, so last names only, thank you), he’s fired from his job as a submarine captain for a salvage company. “I lost my …
The films of director/screenwriter J.C. Chandor exude a quiet confidence, and that self-assuredness is reflected in their characters. Though they dealt in financial corruption, the men portrayed by Kevin Spacey, Paul Bettany and Jeremy Irons in …
There are many reasons why a narrative can piss you off to the point where you can't see straight. Everyone's got their hot buttons, installed in uniquely sensitive areas of the psyche, whether it's a matter of politics, or misrepresentation of a …
"BLACKHAT" IS A SYSTEM FAILURE Wednesday, January 21, 2015
What happened to Michael Mann? The director who gave us filet mignon with The Last of the Mohicans, Heat and The Insider is now serving us spam with Blackhat, which on paper should've been good but in reality absolutely, positively isn't. …
Sometimes having it all leaves you with 
 nothing. In Foxcatcher, a superb and 
 sordid tale of great wealth and unfulfilled desires, John DuPont (a fantastic Steve Carell) has millions in the bank and nothing to show for it. He inherited the …
"AMERICAN SNIPER"SHOOTS BLANKS Wednesday, January 14, 2015
Navy SEAL Chris Kyle was the most lethal 
 sniper in American military history. He 
 served four tours of duty in the Middle East, had more than 160 confirmed kills, was called "Legend" by his fellow soldiers, and was an emotionally distant …
"INHERENT VICE" GOES UP IN SMOKE Wednesday, January 7, 2015
Inherent Vice is a confounding mess, void 
 of writer/director Paul Thomas Anderson's 
 (There Will Be Blood) trademark style and full of the foggy haze of dope-smoking and double-crosses. This is the kind of movie people see, hate, and then …
Wednesday, January 7, 2015
When we first see Martin Luther King Jr. (David Oyelowo) in director Ava DuVernay's riveting drama Selma, it's in a familiar context: He's delivering a speech. It's October 1964, and King is about to win the Nobel Peace Prize, but he's not yet at …