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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

Skin Game: Post-9/11 & Pre-Snowden Spy Thriller Speaks German

Anton Corbjin’s unconventional post-9/11 spy thriller (based on a 2008 John le Carré novel) remains an engaging experience despite numerous aspects that weigh it down.
Cityview  |  Cole Smithey  |  07-22-2014  |  Reviews

Sex Tapenew

The most scandalous aspect of this harmless comedy may be the title itself.
East Bay Express  |  Kelly Vance  |  07-18-2014  |  Reviews

Summer Blockbusters: Part Twonew

“Get on Up” will highlight the life of James Brown, from his childhood to his rise to fame.
Jackson Free Press  |  Jordan Sudduth  |  07-17-2014  |  Movies

Crossed Thumbs: Steve James’s Flawed Roger Ebert Documentary

Documentarian Steve James — the filmmaker responsible for “Hoop Dreams,” one of the 20th century’s most significant additions to the genre — arrived at his lauded film-critic subject both too early and late to properly tell the story of a man whose prickly personality remains guarded.
Cityview  |  Cole Smithey  |  07-06-2014  |  Movies

Splendid Isolation: Bernardo Bertolucci Offers Another Cinematic Gift

Bernardo Bertolucci’s long awaited return to filmmaking after a decade-long absence is a beautifully photographed and provocative coming-of-age drama in the vein of Bertolucci’s “La Luna” and his last film “The Dreamers.”
Cityview  |  Cole Smithey  |  06-30-2014  |  Reviews

Sophomore Slump: Not Even Robert Pattinson Can Save “The Rover”

Director/co-writer David Michôd suffers a sophomore slump in this disappointing follow-up to his well-crafted debut “Animal Kingdom” (2010).
Cityview  |  Cole Smithey  |  06-26-2014  |  Reviews

Kinky Boots: Roman Polanski Gives Takes Venus All The Way

Roman Polanski’s 20th film is an exquisite deconstructionist articulation of a quicksilver sadomasochistic tug-of-war between a middle-aged theater director and an enigmatic actress auditioning for a role in his upcoming play “Venus in Furs.” She just might be Venus incarnate.
Cityview  |  Cole Smithey  |  06-17-2014  |  Reviews

Bromancing With Guns Out: Hollywood Gutter Spits Up Another Load of Debris

Everything about the concept of a “Jump Street” comedy franchise reeks of Hollywood’s perpetual endeavor to repackage a formula and call it a movie. 2014 has been an abysmal year for Hollywood movies — bottom-line grosses notwithstanding — and the near future looks just as bleak.
Cityview  |  Cole Smithey  |  06-09-2014  |  Movies

Time-Warped Nightmare Profusion: Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt Gets Stuck

All high-concept, but affording only minimal entertainment reward by way of its stale ghost-in-the-machine storyline, “Edge of Tomorrow” is the “Groundhog Day” of sci-fi movies.
Cityview  |  Cole Smithey  |  06-03-2014  |  Movies

Godzilla: The biggest cock-blocker on Earthnew

It has its frustrating moments, but the new Godzilla is the best Ed's seen since the first one.
NUVO  |  Ed Johnson-Ott  |  05-27-2014  |  Movies

Loose With Math: Seth MacFarlane’s Comedy: 50 Laughs From 100 Tries

Of the hundred or so gags, jokes, and one-liners that comic genius Seth MacFarlane throws at the wall over the course of his bawdy and sometimes grotesque western comedy, nearly half of them connect with a funny bone.
Cityview  |  Cole Smithey  |  05-27-2014  |  Reviews

The Three 'B's' of Summer Movies: Blockbusters, B-Grades and Bustsnew

10 movies you must see; 10 more that you can wait for to appear at the discount theater; and 10 movies that, if you do see, we'll never talk to you again.
Boise Weekly  |  George Prentice  |  05-21-2014  |  Movies

Pure Cinema: Alejandro Jodorowsky Returns

After a 23 year hiatus from making feature films — his last was “The Rainbow Thief,” a work-for-hire film from 1990 starring Peter O’Toole and Omar Sharif that he disowned after it was completed — Chilean director Alejandro Jodorowsky makes a striking return to filmmaking.
Cityview  |  Cole Smithey  |  05-20-2014  |  Movies

‘Nymphomaniac: Volume I and II’ are embarrassingly excessivenew

Lars von Trier’s Nymphomanic films are ambitious but pretentious
Orlando Weekly  |  Cameron Meier  |  05-19-2014  |  Reviews

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