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Porn’s Pimping Price - Linda Boreman’s Story Gets a Muted Treatment

“Lovelace” [mostly] succeeds as a brief biopic of Linda Boreman, a middle-class girl from Florida who became a household name – via her porn appellation “Linda Lovelace” – for which she made only one film, “Deep Throat” (1972).
City Pulse  |  Cole Smithey  |  08-06-2013  |  Reviews

12 Months Too Long Com-Rom-Rom-Com Tests Your Patience

As a premise, a doomed marriage sounds like a no-brainer: you can pile on outrageous episodes of slapstick, physical comedy and biting wit. Unfortunately, "I Give It a Year" is a no-brainer.
City Pulse  |  Cole Smithey  |  08-06-2013  |  Reviews

The Power of Positive Drinking: Teen Alcoholism Has its Perks

“The Spectacular Now” is the work of inexperienced screenwriters. We know this because of their handling — or rather mishandling — of the film’s underlying theme of teen alcoholism.
City Pulse  |  Cole Smithey  |  07-29-2013  |  Movies

Blue and Cold: Woody Allen’s Ghost Roams Empty Halls

Woody Allen has bottomed out. His latest attempt at interpreting yet another global mecca — this time San Francisco — through a prism of flailing romance, barely manages to elicit a couple of subdued chuckles.
City Pulse  |  Cole Smithey  |  07-23-2013  |  Movies

Unrepentant Cutthroats: Joshua Oppenheimer Leaks Indonesia’s Genocide

At once the most micro and meta combination of cinéma vérité, documentary, and docudrama filmmaking techniques ever assembled, Joshua Oppenheimer’s “The Act of Killing” is an earth-shattering cinematic experience.
City Pulse  |  Cole Smithey  |  07-21-2013  |  Reviews

Ghost Story: James Wan Abandons Gore for Suspense

Since carving his name as a modern-horror director to be reckoned with, James Wan (“Saw” - 2006) has been moving steadily toward a less literal, more haunting, approach to the genre.
City Pulse  |  Cole Smithey  |  07-15-2013  |  Reviews

Western Allegory Pop: How the West Was One

Perhaps more important than what Gore Verbinski’s gleefully postmodern Western isn’t, is what it is.
City Pulse  |  Cole Smithey  |  07-08-2013  |  Reviews

The DC Crime Ring Eats Its Own — Hollywood Can’t Help Taking Notice

Copycat redundancies to the recent “Olympus Has Fallen” aside, “White House Down” is an unintentionally laughable action movie that wallows in involuntary cynicism about how America — or screenwriter James Vanderbilt at least — views the White House as the world’s biggest crime ring.
City Pulse  |  Cole Smithey  |  06-24-2013  |  Reviews

Primer for Serial Killers — Slasher Pic Crosses the Red Line

An irredeemable exploitation horror movie that overplays its subjective point-of-view conceit, “Maniac” will leave viewers cold.
City Pulse  |  Cole Smithey  |  06-17-2013  |  Reviews

Not Quite Apatow: Rogen, Franco, Hill, and McBride Joke Around

“This Is the End” exposes the narrow limits of the self-referential humor favored by Generation Z comics James Franco, Jonah Hill, Seth Rogen, Jay Baruchel, Danny McBride, and Craig Robinson.
City Pulse  |  Cole Smithey  |  06-11-2013  |  Reviews

Illegal Alien: Superman the Underdog

“Man of Steel” takes a fresh approach to the well-worn origin of the Superman narrative (first published as Action Comics #1 in 1938).
City Pulse  |  Cole Smithey  |  06-10-2013  |  Reviews

Canned Shakespeare — Joss Whedon Falls on His Sword

Josh Whedon’s sophomoric attempt at swimming in Kenneth Brannagh’s waters of expertise — namely adapting Shakespeare plays to film — is akin to watching a wet cat lick itself dry.
City Pulse  |  Cole Smithey  |  06-03-2013  |  Reviews

Dumb and Dumber: Teen Adventure Fantasy Flounders

Coming on the heels of Jeff Nichols’s superior Huckleberry Finn-styled boys’ coming-of-age movie “Mud,” “The Kings of Summer” reaches farther into the realm of fantasy, but comes up short.
City Pulse  |  Cole Smithey  |  05-28-2013  |  Reviews

Gen X Grows Up — Linklater, Delpy, and Hawke Put a Cherry on the Cake

For better or for worse — mostly better — Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke may best be remembered for their romantically euphoric trilogy in collaboration with wunderkind Generation X auteur Richard Linklater.
City Pulse  |  Cole Smithey  |  05-28-2013  |  Reviews

Gatsby In Hell: Flames of Incompetence Consume Baz Luhrmann

Baz Luhrmann’s bastardization of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel is a demeaning travesty.
City Pulse  |  Cole Smithey  |  05-20-2013  |  Movies

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