Tuesday, September 1, 2015


Posted August 26, 2015in Film Review

The fun, flawed world of ‘American Ultra’

There’s a very subtle kind of genius going on in “American Ultra” — a film that obviously had high goals for itself and ultimately falls short — that has everything to do with the evolution of its two leads. Jessie Eisenberg plays Mike Howell, a do-nothing stoner in a small

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Posted August 19, 2015in Film Review

N.W.A. remains as important as ever

Three truths that “Straight Outta Compton” reminds the viewer of: 1) History is written by the victors, 2) N.W.A. was to rap music what The Mamas & the Papas were to rock: sadly short lived, brilliantly creative and completely unique, and 3) You never want to be on Ice Cube’s

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Posted August 12, 2015in Film Review

Fantastic bore

In a summer that has been surprisingly bereft of any kind of obvious blockbuster outside of “Jurassic World” — which was nowhere near as good as its box office take would have you believe — the past few weeks have still managed to stand out as particularly bad. First, there

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Posted August 05, 2015in Film Review

Going Rogue

“Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation” is the fifth installment of the “Mission Impossible” franchise. It sees agent Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) back in action, joined in the field by Benji Dunn (Simon Pegg) and Luther Stickell (Ving Rhames). The film picks up where the fourth installment left off: with Hunt on

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Posted July 29, 2015in Film Review

Paper cuts

Heads up, everyone: The following review is going to contain spoilers, because I do not want you to see this movie. “Paper Towns” is a film about Margo (fashion model Cara Delevingne), who is a narcissistic sociopath with severe eyebrows, though only one of those things is apparent at the

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Posted July 22, 2015in Film Review

Ant-Meh

One year ago, Marvel pitched us a film about a bunch of superheroes nobody remembered. Despite the potential for disaster, “Guardians of the Galaxy” hit all the right notes and became a runaway summer hit, scoring more than $300 million domestic. Now, Marvel is hoping to prove the classic proverb

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Posted July 15, 2015in Film Review

Mindless

“Self/Less” is a film that explores the themes of family, loss, self-sacrifice and the inherent awesomeness of flamethrowers. When the film begins, we are introduced to Ben Kingsley’s Damien, a self-made real estate tycoon who is dying of cancer. But just because he has only months to live, that is

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Posted July 08, 2015in Film Review

Magic Mike XXL: A conversation with the target audience

There’s little doubt that “Magic Mike XXL” is a film that was not intended for me. As a critic, I am still able to deconstruct the filmmaker’s work and say whether it is done well or not (it is), but I do not really have a grip on how effectively

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Posted July 01, 2015in Film Review

Dying to be seen

It can be easy to fault “Me and Earl and the Dying Girl” for its non-titular characters. Everyone of them is an over-earnest caricature of themselves. Molly Shannon plays a long-suffering, heavy-drinking single mom who is going through a tough time and gets through it by flirting with the high

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Posted June 24, 2015in Film Review

Beautiful inside and out

Pixar does not miss. The animation studio has released 14 films before “Inside Out,” and each one has topped the box office on its opening weekend. That is a streak that “Inside Out” will be unable to extend, thanks to Universal’s dinosaurs, but rest assured, “Inside Out” is the most

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