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  • Not Fade Away Lays Bare David Chases's Rock and Roll Heart

    published December 19, 2012

    Rock and roll proves the coming-of-age crucible in Not Fade Away, Sopranos creator David Chase's semiautobiographical feature... More >>

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    John Hyams Is the Best Action Director Working Today

    published November 28, 2012

    If David Cronenberg and Luc Besson had a mutant baby, it still wouldn't be able to make a movie quite as hypnotically badass as Universal... More >>

  • California Solo

    published November 28, 2012

    Woe is the rocker whose career is cut short by a more talented sibling/bandmate's death, a plight played for earnest drunken-irresponsibility... More >>

  • Life of Pi Is the Story of How Important Life of Pi Is

    published November 21, 2012

    A stacked-deck theological inquiry filtered through a Titanic-by-way-of–Slumdog Millionaire narrative, Life of Pi... More >>

  • A Royal Affair

    published November 7, 2012

    The way to a queen's heart is through Rousseau in A Royal Affair, in which church and state oppression can't, at least for a time, quell... More >>

  • Wreck-It Ralph: Do You Choose to Continue? No.

    published October 31, 2012

    It's hard out there for a video game villain: always being attacked, never given the benefit of the doubt, and forever pigeonholed into a role... More >>

  • Bones Brigade: An Autobiography

    published October 31, 2012

    Stacy Peralta documents what he knows best: the '70s–'80s California skateboarding culture of which he was a seminal figure. Having... More >>

  • Beasts Do It: Jack and Diane Suggests the Kids Are Alright—Animals

    published October 31, 2012

    Equating teens with animals has long been a handy horror-cinema way to tackle pubescent sexual development. So with its most attention-grabbing... More >>

  • Festival of Lights

    published October 31, 2012

    Little girls never stop loving their daddies in Festival of Lights, a drama that never stops loving soap-opera-style melodramatics.... More >>

  • Sleep Tight

    published October 24, 2012

    Chloroform is a psychopath's best friend in Sleep Tight, though having unfettered access to the home of one's target doesn't hurt,... More >>

  • The Black Tulip

    published October 24, 2012

    Conservatism clashes with modernity in The Black Tulip, Sonia Nassery Cole's earnestly melodramatic Afghan drama about a family's... More >>

  • Pusher

    published October 24, 2012

    Less a bastardization than simply a watered-down and superfluous redo, Pusher faithfully mimics Nicolas Winding Refn's 1996 Danish crime... More >>

  • Silent Hill: Revelation

    published October 24, 2012

    Darkness is always chasing Heather (Adelaide Clemens), but, unfortunately, it takes 94 tedious minutes before Silent Hill: Revelation... More >>

  • 3, 2, 1 . . . Frankie Go Boom

    published October 10, 2012

    Less inept than its worst-of-the-year title suggests, 3, 2, 1 . . . Frankie Go Boom nonetheless proves too ramshackle and aimless to... More >>

  • Photographic Memory

    published October 10, 2012

    Ross McElwee attempts to understand his son in the present day by revisiting his own past in Photographic Memory, an autobiographical... More >>

  • Escape Fire: The Fight to Rescue American Healthcare

    published October 3, 2012

    Skyrocketing domestic health care costs are tackled with sobriety in Escape Fire: The Fight to Rescue American Healthcare, but the film... More >>

  • Sister

    published October 3, 2012

    Hustling is a profession for the pint-size in Sister, a Dardenne-lite drama about a 12-year-old boy's efforts to support himself and his... More >>

  • Butter

    published October 3, 2012

    Broad-stereotype comedy is slathered in shameless bathos in Butter, Jim Field Smith’s tale of a heated Iowa butter-carving... More >>

  • Six Million and One

    published September 26, 2012

    The past is at once ever-present and ignored according to Six Million and One, Israeli documentarian David Fisher's film about his trip to... More >>

  • Electoral Dysfunction

    published September 19, 2012

    Just in time for November’s Obama-Romney showdown comes Electoral Dysfunction, a documentary by comedian Mo Rocca about voting... More >>

  • Brooklyn Brothers Beat the Best

    published September 19, 2012

    Likable leads can’t energize lackluster formula in Brooklyn Brothers Beat the Best, an indie about—tell me if this sounds... More >>

  • My Uncle Rafael

    published September 19, 2012

    Armenian comedy star Vahik Pirhamzei brings his signature character to American shores with My Uncle Rafael, an insufferable import... More >>

  • Flogging Nemo: Pixar's Grand Fish Tale Needs No Enhancement

    published September 12, 2012

    A re-release whose cash-grab intentions are as transparent as the crystal-clear Sydney ocean, Finding Nemo 3-D exists only to relieve... More >>

  • The Stand Up

    published September 12, 2012

    For a film about a stand-up comedian to be mirthless is dispiriting; more problematic, however, is that The Stand Up doesn’t make up... More >>

  • The Eye of the Storm

    published September 5, 2012

    Emotionally and psychologically textured melodrama suffers under the weight of its source material in The Eye of the Storm, Fred... More >>

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