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With a title so cocksure, We Are the Best! couldn’t be about anything other than early adolescence, those years of impetuous declarations and unshakable convictions. Swedish director Lukas Moo   More
 
Wednesday, June 11, 2014 REBECCA JACOBSON

Fake Out: Words and Pictures Reviewed

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Movies & Television
Critic’s Grade: C Buzzed about as a different kind of summer movie, Words and Pictures holds the right ingredients but lacks real flavor. It tries to revive the timeless debate of the pen versus the paintbrush, with an English teacher and art instructor at a Maine prep school going to war, but the unimaginative screenplay undermines the clever concept, and the plot is buried by its protagonists’ ...   More
 
Friday, June 6, 2014 LAUREN TERRY

Love Hurts: The Fault in Our Stars Reviewed

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Movies & Television
Critic's Grade: B+ “I believe we have a choice in this world about how to tell sad stories,” says Hazel Grace Lancaster at the beginning of the film adaptation of The Fault in Our Stars. For author John Green—who wrote the book of the same title—he approaches sad stories with wisdom, wit and a heartbreaking blow that, foreseen or not, leaves an emotional impact. This film has his stamp ...   More
 
Thursday, June 5, 2014 KAITIE TODD

Worth a Dam

In Night Moves, her fourth film set in Oregon, director Kelly Reichardt travels south for some ecoterrorism.


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Kelly Reichardt isn’t from Oregon. The filmmaker was born in Florida and now lives in upstate New York, where she teaches at Bard College. But despite her geographical remove, Reichardt has beco   More
 
Wednesday, June 4, 2014 REBECCA JACOBSON

Edge of Tomorrow

Groundhog Day goes to war with aliens.


Movie Reviews & Stories
Watching a Tom Cruise movie comes with the implicit understanding that the three-time Oscar nominee is most likely to play the hero and, should his character perish, he’ll receive a glorious s   More
 
Wednesday, June 4, 2014 MICHAEL NORDINE

When Women had Wings: Maleficent Reviewed

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Movies & Television
Critic's Grade: C+I do not go willingly into that uncanny valley, and I do not slap on a pair of 3D glasses without some reluctance. That said, I’ll hand it to Maleficent: Its overdependence on CGI actually makes sense. All the better to self-parody with. The familiar visual touchstones are all there in this revisionist retelling of Disney’s 1959 Sleeping Beauty, with a fever dream edge. The ...   More
 
Monday, June 2, 2014 SAUNDRA SORENSON

Come back, Shame!: A Million Ways to Die in the West Reviewed

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Movies & Television
Critic's Grade: C+As writer/director/producer and star of A Million Ways To Die In The West, Seth MacFarlane is all shit, no cattle. Ten years ago, just after Family Guy's second cancellation and shortly before its creator met the devil at the crossroads, a few of the aging boy-animator's eventual ambitions could have been surmised. He would, of course, build a cartoon kingdom upon mean-spirited ...   More
 
Monday, June 2, 2014 JAY HORTON

Mutant Muppets—X-Men: Days of Future Past Reviewed

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Movies & Television
Critic's Grade: A-X-Men: Days of Future Past is kind of like a Muppet movie, only instead of putting on a show and celebrating weirdness, its characters spend a lot of their time beating the shit out of each other and making things explode. Still, the film’s fundamentals are very similar to The Muppet Movie and The Muppets, because at its core are a bunch of weirdos—a couple blue people, a metal ...   More
 
Friday, May 23, 2014 AP KRYZA

The Double

Jesse Eisenberg does double duty.


Movie Reviews & Stories
It’s only right that a film about doppelgängers should feel eerily familiar. That’s certainly the case with writer-director Richard Ayoade’s sophomore feature, The Double. While loosely a   More
 
Wednesday, May 21, 2014 CURTIS WOLOSCHUK

Chef

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Imagine a movie written entirely by focus groups in Portland, Brooklyn and Silver Lake. In Chef, Jon Favreau plays an all-star cuisinier who’s stymied by his corporately conservative, Dustin Hof   More
 
Wednesday, May 21, 2014 MATTHEW KORFHAGE

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