Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter

“This is a true story.”

Movie Reviews & Stories
Countless films are influenced by the Coen Brothers, but few announce it outright like this one from another pair of filmmaking brothers, David and Nathan Zellner, whose Kumiko, the Treasure Hun   More
Wednesday, April 1, 2015 MICHAEL NORDINE

Movie Review: Merchants of Doubt

Spin masters warp “boring” science to make bank.

Movie Reviews & Stories
A month ago, OregonLive.com posted an op-ed about a potential vape ban in bars. “This isn’t about protecting people,” it said, “it’s about controlling them” and “empirical research   More
Wednesday, March 25, 2015 JOHN LOCANTHI

The Walking Dread: Terror lurks in the background in It Follows.

Terror lurks in the background in It Follows.

Movie Reviews & Stories
Horror fans can’t help being numb to the barrage of jump scares, fake-outs and in-your-face gore that dominates the genre. Hell, it’s been the bane of horror for decades, with slashers cedin   More
Wednesday, March 25, 2015 AP KRYZA

The Divergent Series: Insurgent

Killing people for being different is not good.

Movie Reviews & Stories
The Divergent Series: Insurgent is essentially a dumb action movie, except with the traditional gender roles reversed. The hero is a woman. The villain is a woman. The ever-supportive eye cand   More
Wednesday, March 18, 2015 JOHN LOCANTHI

Wild Tales: Movie Review

Revenge served piping hot.

Movie Reviews & Stories
A model walks onto a plane. A music critic seated across the aisle starts talking to her. It turns out he wrote a scathing review of music written by her ex-boyfriend. It turns out her ex-boyf   More
Wednesday, March 11, 2015 JOHN LOCANTHI

1971: Movie Review

Investigating the FBI.

Movie Reviews & Stories
On March 8, 1971, the night that Joe Frazier fought Muhammad Ali in the Fight of the Century, a group of activists broke into an FBI office in Media, Pa. They found documents proving the FBI a   More
Wednesday, February 25, 2015 JOHN LOCANTHI

Mr. Cronenberg Goes to Hollywood

The Videodrome director turns his eye to toxic celebrity culture in Maps to the Stars.

Movie Reviews & Stories
David Cronenberg has always been fixated on bodies. He fused them to television screens in Videodrome, crafted the finest head-explosion scenes of all time in Scanners, and charted every gruesome st   More
Wednesday, February 25, 2015 MICHAEL NORDINE

Russian Soul

Andrey Zvyagintsev’s epic Leviathan has a heavy heart and light hand.

Movie Reviews & Stories
In 2004, Marvin Heemeyer drove an armor-plated bulldozer through 13 buildings, including a newspaper office and the town hall, in his small Colorado town. Heemeyer, a welder, had snapped after   More
Wednesday, January 28, 2015 MITCH LILLIE

Mr. Turner: Movie Review

Brilliant scenery, with extra spittle.

Movie Reviews & Stories
Known as “the painter of light,” J.M.W. Turner created some of the world’s most awe-inspiring artwork. His landscapes are by turns frightful and beautiful, and the same goes for Mr. Turner   More
Wednesday, January 28, 2015 MICHAEL NORDINE

Chekhov's EpiPen: The Boy Next Door Reviewed


Movies & Television
Critic's Grade: DThe Boy Next Door wastes no time. In its first few minutes, it half-assedly skims over the strained marriage of high-school teacher Claire Peterson (Jennifer Lopez). In the next few minutes, Claire is seduced by her 19-year-old neighbor, Noah Sandborn (Ryan Guzman), who’s evidently come straight from the J. Crew spring catalog. This hunk promptly transforms into a violent, superhuman ...   More
Thursday, January 22, 2015 JOHN LOCANTHI


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