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Write and Wrongnew

David Foster Wallace, The End of the Tour and the perils of biographical drama.
Salt Lake City Weekly  |  Scott Renshaw  |  08-24-2015  |  Reviews

Funny Hmm, Funny Ha and Funny LMFAOnew

I was honestly wondering if I had forgotten what it was like to laugh out loud in a theater and then along came that bundle of sass and sweetness.
Boise Weekly  |  George Prentice  |  06-10-2015  |  Reviews

Mad Max: Fury Roadnew

Glorious action cinema abounds on Fury Road.
Austin Chronicle  |  Staff  |  05-14-2015  |  Reviews

Hungry for a decent movienew

“The Hunger Games: Mockingjay-Part I” perpetuates the questionable tactic of carving a popular fantasy novel into multiple movies when only one is needed. “Harry Potter’s” final installment was given two films to wrap things up, and “The Hobbit” is being retold in a ridiculously prolonged trilogy that mercifully concludes next month.
Worcester Magazine  |  Jim Keogh  |  11-26-2014  |  Reviews

Not Quite All: Redmayne Wows as Hawking, But Biopic Falls Flat

While possessing an outstanding performance by Eddie Redmayne in the role of the great theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking, “The Theory of Everything” is formulaic to a fault.
Cityview  |  Cole Smithey  |  11-03-2014  |  Reviews

Vampire Culture: Jake Gyllenhaal Goes Dark

Social satire doesn’t get much blacker than it does in “Nightcrawler.”
Cityview  |  Cole Smithey  |  10-28-2014  |  Reviews

The Snowden: Effect Edward Snowden — During and After

Laura Poitras’s fascinating documentary, about the process and aftermath of whistleblower Edward Snowden’s earth-shattering revelations, is an essential historical filmic document.
Cityview  |  Cole Smithey  |  10-20-2014  |  Reviews

Box of Trash: Laika Animation Goes Backwards

This animated 3D children’s picture is as clumsy, tone-deaf, and useless as they come. Laika, the Oregon animation production company behind “Coraline” (2009) and “ParaNorman” (2012) takes more than a few a steps backward.
Cityview  |  Cole Smithey  |  09-22-2014  |  Reviews

Less Than Zero: Terry Gilliam Slips On a Virtual Banana Peel

Terry Gilliam’s further slide down the stairs of filmic entropy is best summed up in an oft-repeated phrase by his latest film’s hypochondriac protagonist Qohen Leth, “Q” for short. “We are dying.”
Cityview  |  Cole Smithey  |  09-15-2014  |  Reviews

One-Woman Revolution: 
Charlotte Roche’s Novel Goes Big, and Nasty

Challenging and provocative, co-writer/director David Wnendt’s nervy adaptation of Charlotte Roche’s long-presumed unfilmable popular novel breaks new cinematic ground.
Cityview  |  Cole Smithey  |  09-08-2014  |  Reviews

Pro-Israel Propaganda: Elvis Style

A shoe-in for a spot on the worst movies of 2014 list, this poorly constructed slice of filmic propaganda, courtesy of the Messianic Jewish Alliance of America (the MJAA), is so unintentionally campy you can’t help but laugh.
Cityview  |  Cole Smithey  |  09-02-2014  |  Reviews

Black, White, and Red: Greed, Lust, and Violence Do It Again for Frank Miller and Robert Rodriquez

Oozing with more hard-boiled wit than two Dashiell Hammett novels put together, and more visually compelling than every comic-book movie Hollywood has put out in the past three-years combined, “Frank Miller’s Sin City: A Dame to Kill For” is an action-packed feast.
Cityview  |  Cole Smithey  |  08-26-2014  |  Reviews

Zeitgeist: John Lithgow and Alfred Molina Get Married

Although it suffers from a glaring third-act jump that makes you wonder where four or five ostensibly missing scenes went, “Love Is Strange” resonates as a heartfelt allegory about committed gay relationships in modern day America.
Cityview  |  Cole Smithey  |  08-19-2014  |  Reviews

Straight Man — Funny Man — Both Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon Take Another Bath Together

You couldn’t pick two more entertaining companions to go with on a filmic road trip in Italy than Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon.
Cityview  |  Cole Smithey  |  08-12-2014  |  Reviews

The Talented Mr. Hoffmannew

John le Carre's thriller reminds us that America--the CIA in particular--has chosen to arrest and prosecute small-time terrorists instead of being patient enough to trap a big-time mastermind.
Boise Weekly  |  George Prentice  |  07-23-2014  |  Reviews

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