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Bad Cop to Good Cop: David Ayers Switches Teams

“End of Watch” is a gritty brief apologia from writer-director David Ayer for his less than complementary Los Angeles copsploitation films “Training Day” and “Harsh Times.”
City Pulse  |  Cole Smithey  |  09-18-2012  |  Reviews

Problem Childnew

Starring Oscar-winner Tilda Swinton, John C. Reilly and Ezra Miller as Kevin.
Boise Weekly  |  George Prentice  |  04-05-2012  |  Reviews

'Burn Down' delivers true American Gothicnew

The discomforting cliché that out of bad pain comes good comedy — an assurance that has, in some form or other, been made by acerbic jokers from Mark Twain to Bernie Mac — is nothing to scoff at.
San Antonio Current  |  Roberto Ontiveros  |  04-02-2012  |  Nonfiction

'In Darkness' finds humanity plumbing the sewers of Lvovnew

The darkness that pervades Agnieszka Holland's new film is figurative and physical. In Darkness (nominated to a Best Foreign Film Oscar) begins with a bungled burglary attempted under cover of night.
San Antonio Current  |  Steven G. Kellman  |  04-02-2012  |  Reviews

‘This’ is Really Itnew

There’s something potent about Melissa James Gibson’s haunting new play This at Playwrights Horizons, something that draws you into the story even as you find yourself intermittently annoyed by the prospect of more floundering yuppies coming to terms with their mortality.
New York Press  |  Mark Peikert  |  12-10-2009  |  Theater

Broadway's Next Big Hit Starts Now with the World Premiere of New Musical 'POP!'new

POP!, the Andy Warhol musical that's world-premiering at the Yale Repertory Theatre this month, takes place as a fever dream inside Warhol's head after the famed artist is shot inside his cavernous work studio The Factory on June 3, 1968.
New Haven Advocate  |  Christopher Arnott  |  12-08-2009  |  Theater

Robert De Niro Settles Down in a Travelogue Family Dramanew

Everybody's Fine is sort of like a square version of the more lauded recent Jack Nicholson vehicle About Schmidt, and its squareness is the main reason I prefer it.
The Memphis Flyer  |  Chris Herrington  |  12-07-2009  |  Reviews

Brothers Brings the War Homenew

Director Jim Sheridan's adaptation has a contemplative steadiness far more common in European films than American ones.
The Portland Mercury  |  Alison Hallett  |  12-07-2009  |  Reviews

Eastwood Examines a Chapter of LA's Sordid Past in 'Changeling'

Apart from a flashing neon light coda that extends the film 10 minutes too far, Eastwood's drama is an engrossing drama with a keen line of social commentary.
City Pulse  |  Cole Smithey  |  10-20-2008  |  Reviews

Freshness to a Tired Genrenew

Bitter:Sweet's sounds not unlike a pop standard from a classic Broadway musical, but updated for a 21st-century dance club.
Tucson Weekly  |  Gene Armstrong  |  08-15-2008  |  Reviews

Bitter:Sweet Found Each Other on Craigslistnew

Although they've hit the road only once before, the band's had a large amount of commercial success in television and on the internet, with songs featured in TV shows like Lipstick Jungle, while the new album was the No. One seller on iTunes last week and will be featured at Starbucks stores nationwide.
Los Angeles CityBeat  |  Gabrielle Paluch  |  07-18-2008  |  Profiles & Interviews

Roger Spottiswoode's Western-Do-Gooder-in-the-Third-World Flick Lacks Heartnew

The script suggests that the whole point of the brutal Japanese invasion of China in the 1930s was the moral redemption of a cynical British journalist and a guilty American ex-army wife.
Baltimore City Paper  |  Geoffrey Himes  |  07-08-2008  |  Reviews

'The Children of Huang Shi' Offers a Middling Historical Dramanew

The film is a "based on a true story" movie that feels about nine degrees removed from what probably really did happen -- and that within those degrees was probably a more interesting story.
The Memphis Flyer  |  Greg Akers  |  07-07-2008  |  Reviews

Young Novelists Navigate Ambition and Their 20s in Coming-of-Age Flick, 'Reprise'new

Although it has its moments, for the most part it is a shopworn story of young, well-off people who confuse celebrity with greatness and suffering with an unsatisfactory job.
Baltimore City Paper  |  Martin L. Johnson  |  07-01-2008  |  Reviews

'Mongol' Paints a Historically Hazy but Kick-ass Picture of Genghis Khannew

Here's a brawny old-school epic to make the CGI tumult of 300, Alexander and Troy look like sissy-boy slap parties.
Nashville Scene  |  Jim Ridley  |  06-27-2008  |  Reviews

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