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Dallas Buyers Club is a drama of the AIDS crisisnew

As good as Matthew McConaughey is here — and this is the performance of his suddenly rising career — he is repeatedly upstaged by Jared Leto.
INDY Week  |  Neil Morris  |  11-22-2013  |  Reviews

Matt Damon's anti-fracking Promised Landnew

It's hard to achieve high-minded aims using this single-minded script, acting and filmmaking acumen.
INDY Week  |  Neil Morris  |  01-02-2013  |  Reviews

Daniel Day-Lewis ends slavery in Lincolnnew

Steven Spielberg's Lincoln accomplishes the seemingly irreconcilable feat of humanizing Abraham Lincoln while preserving his mythology.
INDY Week  |  Neil Morris  |  11-15-2012  |  Reviews

Idiosyncratic vision of American empire in The Masternew

In The Master, Paul Thomas Anderson (There Will Be Blood) returns to familiar themes of his short but resplendent filmography: the search for a father figure or lost son; dysfunctional family relationships; and flawed men fated to self-destruction.
INDY Week  |  Neil Morris  |  09-19-2012  |  Reviews

Rock of Ages is good only for the nostalgianew

While the soundtrack may have your toes tapping, director Adam Shankman's staging is slapdash and silly, as if he was assembling a hair band-themed amusement park ride.
INDY Week  |  Neil Morris  |  06-19-2012  |  Reviews

For Jesse Owens, What Happened After the Olympics Is Its Own Storynew

The son of Alabama sharecroppers and grandson of a slave, Jesse Owens won a record four gold medals at the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin. Five months later, he was racing a gelding for money on a dirt track in Cuba.
INDY Week  |  Neil Morris  |  04-13-2012  |  Reviews

Every parent's nightmare in We Need to Talk About Kevinnew

The bulk of Kevin is art house horror; Swinton confers its humanity.
INDY Week  |  Neil Morris  |  04-09-2012  |  Reviews

RailHawks' new coach Colin Clarke has puzzling past of undervalued successnew

Clarke's journey to Carolina is the latest chapter in a footballing life spanning two continents, five decades and a series of lofty heights and ignominious setbacks.
INDY Week  |  Neil Morris  |  04-05-2012  |  Sports

Not Your Reagan-era 21 Jump Streetnew

This remake is more deconstruction than devotion, and if you don't believe me, wait and see how it handles a particular high-profile cameo.
INDY Week  |  Neil Morris  |  03-15-2012  |  Reviews

Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close's premise is apposite and affectingnew

Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close tackles 9/11, a cinematic third-rail used as the milieu for films both brilliant (United 93) and inept (World Trade Center; Remember Me).
INDY Week  |  Neil Morris  |  01-18-2012  |  Reviews

With War Horse, Spielberg makes his WWI movienew

Steven Spielberg adeptly captures the transitional nature of the Great War, one of the last fought with horses and swords.
INDY Week  |  Neil Morris  |  12-22-2011  |  Reviews

The American Girl with the Dragon Tattoonew

David Fincher's remake of Girl remains as cold as its Swedish winterscape, but the actors frequently appear to be mechanically hitting their marks, often in conspicuous proximity to product placement.
INDY Week  |  Neil Morris  |  12-22-2011  |  Reviews

The Best (So-So) Movies of 2011new

Five lists from five film critics, and a few quibbles ...
INDY Week  |  Craig D. Lindsey, David Fellerath, Neil Morris, Nathan Gelgud and Laura Boyes  |  12-21-2011  |  Movies

To the End of Hawaii with George Clooney in The Descendantsnew

Director Alexander Payne—who has married and divorced since Paul Giamatti sipped wine in his last film, Sideways—now presents a character who enjoys redemption only once his wife is brain-dead and on a ventilator.
INDY Week  |  Neil Morris  |  12-08-2011  |  Reviews

Pedro Almodovar's bizarre but bloodless The Skin I Live Innew

The Skin I Live In is a hyper-realized illustration of Almodovar's fondness for audience manipulation.
INDY Week  |  Neil Morris  |  12-03-2011  |  Reviews

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