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Venus in Fur (2014)

A cat and mouse game of the best degree, Venus in Fur is a film that’s as thrilling and constantly entertaining as any thriller you can find. It consists almost exclusively of two people either acting in, or talking about, a play, and yet, thanks to wonderful filmmaking and great acting, each line feels like […]

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Tammy (2014)

I can’t recall ever watching a movie in a theater whose crowd was as dead as the one for Tammy. I don’t often do a “crowd report,” but for some comedies I feel as if that’s necessary, because some people think I have terrible taste in comedies. (Those people include me, by the way; I […]

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Snowpiercer (2014)

Snowpiercer is certainly one way to tackle the issues of class disparity and climate change — at once, no less. The film’s entire premise is based on these two ideas, and then it takes its characters and audience on a great thrill ride of a movie. It does so effortlessly and stylishly. From its opening […]

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Movie 43 (2013)

Before Movie 43 was released, the cast list was announced. Names like Elizabeth Banks, Hugh Jackman, Halle Berry, Gerard Butler, Emma Stone, Kate Winslet, Gerard Butler, Anna Faris, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Kristen Bell, Sean William Scott, Dennis Quaid, Greg Kinnear, Uma Thurman — the list goes on and on — were announced to be involved. That’s […]

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Ghost World (2001)

Based on the comic book of the same name written by Terry Zweigoff, Ghost World is a coming-of-age story different from most similar films you’ll see come out of Hollywood. It doesn’t adhere to genre conventions, it takes a different direction in its story, it contains far more wit and satire than most movies are […]

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How to Train Your Dragon 2 (2014)

I saw How to Train Your Dragon a couple of years after most people and while I liked it at the time, I wasn’t quite as enamored with it as seemingly everyone else on the face of the planet. Sure, it was cute and funny and enjoyable — not to mention absolutely gorgeous — but […]

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Lullaby (2014)

There are heartbreaking movies and then there are manipulative movies that break hearts by constantly hitting them with sledgehammers. Lullaby feels more like the latter, unfortunately. This is a movie where the smallest of moments work the best, while the big, tear-soaked ones feel fake. And you can’t have that type of feeling in a […]

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This Is the End (2013)

If you happen to like the comedic offerings of most of the actors involved in This is the End, you’re going to enjoy this movie. The actors involved are Seth Rogen, Jay Baruchel, James Franco, Jonah Hill, Craig Robinson, and Danny McBride. The film’s premise is that all of these people — playing themselves — […]

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All Cheerleaders Die (2014)

In 2001, fresh college graduates Lucky McKee and Chris Sivertson decided to make a film called All Cheerleaders Die. I don’t know if many people saw it; I know I certainly haven’t. Now, 13 years later, the directorial team has remade their own film, which some people might automatically dismiss as egotistical, but I think […]

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Joy Ride 3 (2014)

The Joy Ride series has always been one about morality. It exists to teach lessons — lessons we should already know, but regardless… — to both its characters and its audience. The first film was about telling us how bad pranking others is, while the second was about theft. You’d think that we’d keep moving […]

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Albatross (2011)

Emelia Conan Doyle (Jessica Brown Findlay), an aspiring author because of her assumed relationship to the Sherlock Holmes novelist — and something she continually tells people — is a bit of a loose spirit. She drifts from place to place and basically does whatever she wants. Her penchant for sarcasm is unmatched. At the beginning […]

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Citizen Toxie: The Toxic Avenger IV (2000)

Apparently someone at Troma Entertainment saw Superman III and thought, “Hey, that was fun; let’s do that with the Toxic Avenger.” I am kidding, somewhat, especially because that’s not at all what Citizen Toxie: The Toxic Avenger IV is like. But it does have two different versions of its title character — one good, one […]

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The Expendables 2 (2012)

The Expendables made more money than it probably should have, so The Expendables 2 was an inevitability. That film had a bunch of action stars — some of whom you might have forgotten about, like Dolph Lundgren — who were past their prime (and Jason Statham, who is still a star) and had them team […]

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22 Jump Street (2014)

The prevailing thought out there is that a sequel to a comedy will never be as good as the original. I’m pretty sure that thought exists because it’s often true. It certainly feels that way, doesn’t it? 22 Jump Street is a film that bucks that trend. As a matter of fact, I would go […]

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Dredd (2012)

Had Dredd been released before The Raid: Redemption, it probably would have felt a lot more fresh. The fact of the matter is that the similar premises, along with release dates relatively close together, makes the latter film feel less original than it should. I’m not claiming one ripped off the other, or anything similar […]

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Plush (2013)

For about the first half of Plush, it looked as if everything was going to be okay. Not for the characters, but for the movie. It came across as an exploration of how an artist needs to explore the dark side in order to bring out the best of herself. It painted a portrait of […]

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The Toxic Avenger Part III: The Last Temptation of Toxie (1989)

When Lloyd Kaufman and Michael Herz, the two men who directed The Toxic Avenger 1-3, decided to make a sequel to their 1984 “classic,” they wound up shooting many more hours of footage than they needed. Some sources say four hours, other says six. The point is, that’s too long for a Toxic Avenger movie […]

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R.I.P.D. (2013)

Men in Black was released in 1997. R.I.P.D. was released in 2013. There is absolutely no reason that the latter, which is essentially a retread of the former, should look worse. I’m not saying that special effects make or break a film, but I’m also not saying that they don’t help. That’s especially true in […]

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