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James Bond’s Placeholder: Chris Pine Does the Heavy Lifting

For a no frills spy thriller, Kenneth Branagh directs a respectable rendering of Tom Clancy’s well-worn Jack Ryan superspy character.
Cityview  |  Cole Smithey  |  01-20-2014  |  Movies

Bee True: the documentaries of Berlin and Beyondnew

Three German-language documentaries (More Than Honey, Miles and War, and Redemption Impossible) stand out in San Francisco's annual Berlin and Beyond film festival.
San Francisco Bay Guardian  |  Nicole Gluckstern  |  01-17-2014  |  Movies

Prepare for Punsnew

Yes, there are kid movies that adults can enjoy. The Nut Job is not one of them.
Tucson Weekly  |  Colin Boyd  |  01-16-2014  |  Reviews

SEALS Out of Water and Facts: How a Goat Herder Handed The U.S. Military its Ass

All films are political. All film is propaganda. Knowing that Peter Berg’s seemingly straight-ahead war picture is little more than a two-hour recruitment commercial designed for the U.S. military to attract testosterone-bubbling American males more interested in the size of their biceps than in ways they might use their minds to advance their lives, is part and parcel to the film’s equation.
Cityview  |  Cole Smithey  |  01-13-2014  |  Movies

Birth of a Salesmannew

I know people who have run Kickstarter campaigns for a variety of worthy projects and I prefer to see the strategy work for community-based efforts initiated by people with big vision and limited resources rather than be used to subsidize an already wealthy person’s movie. But what the hell. I suppose if you can sell me the pen in your pocket, you deserve the payout.
Worcester Magazine  |  Jim Keogh  |  01-09-2014  |  Movies

The Sex, Drugs and Wolves of Wall Streetnew

“The Wolf of Wall Street,” starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill, is a maniacal roller coaster of excess.
Jackson Free Press  |  Jordan Sudduth  |  01-09-2014  |  Movies

Spike Jonze's Her is dazzlingnew

Retro-futuristic romance with the most sincere of faces.
INDY Week  |  Craig D. Lindsey  |  01-09-2014  |  Reviews

That Worcester movienew

A review of the recently released movie "American Hustle," which in part was filmed in Worcester, Mass.
Worcester Magazine  |  Jim Keogh  |  01-07-2014  |  Reviews

A Mistress to Dickens: Ralph Fiennes Does Merchant Ivory with Felicity Jones

Ralph (pronounced “rafe”) Fiennes’s second directorial venture — following his adaptation of Shakespeare’s “Coriolanus” — is the closest thing to a Merchant Ivory production to come along since that venerable company ceased making films.
Cityview  |  Cole Smithey  |  01-07-2014  |  Movies

The Good, the Bad and the Crappynew

Our intrepid critic ponders the lineup of films scheduled for 2014 release.
Tucson Weekly  |  Bob Grimm  |  01-03-2014  |  Movies

A look at favorite films of 2013new

Syracuse New Times film blogger and reviewer Mark Bialczak looks back at a year in movies.
Syracuse New Times  |  Mark Bialczak  |  01-03-2014  |  Movies

Invisible Shadows: The Martin Scorsese Movie That Isn’t

There is no reason to see Martin Scorsese’s latest picture. Centered around its irredeemable greed-crazed anti-hero antagonist Jordan Belfort (Leonardo DiCaprio), “The Wolf of Wall Street” is an oddly inert piece of capitalist voyeurism that worships at the altar of its host.
Cityview  |  Cole Smithey  |  01-02-2014  |  Movies


Whew! What a great year for cinema. Hollywood may have dropped the ball with a blockbuster summer of busts — only Gore Verbinski’s vastly underrated “Lone Ranger” left a mark — but foreign, documentary, and independent films more than picked up the slack.
Cityview  |  Cole Smithey  |  01-01-2014  |  Movies

Iran’s Oscar Bait: Asghar Farhadi Could Return to the Red Carpet

Asghar Farhadi’s follow-up to his Oscar-winning “A Separation,” is a melodramatic romantic mystery with dangling threads. That’s not a put-down.
Cityview  |  Cole Smithey  |  01-01-2014  |  Movies

Movie Madness: The Best of 2013new

The sweet sixteen, elite eight and final four.
Boise Weekly  |  George Prentice  |  12-27-2013  |  Movies

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