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Review: Afternoon Delight

Afternoon Delight had its moments, excuse me, of delight. Unfortunately, those moments were few and far between for me. In between I found a movie searching for a rudder, lost in a sea of possibilities. Rachel (Kathryn Hahn) is married to Jeff (Josh Radnor), but despite one child and an upper-middle class lifestyle, she seems terribly unhappy. Rachel and Jeff ... Read More »

Review: About Time

This is not a film for the cynical. There is a moment in the film, it will be different for each person, where you have to decide to either check out or lose yourself in it. I suspect many may choose to check out, but they’ll have missed a wholly enjoyable romantic fantasy. About Time is the story of Tim ... Read More »

Review: Enough Said

Julia Louis-Dreyfus is one of those actresses that still feels like a well-kept secret. Despite starring on Saturday Night Live, Seinfeld, The New Adventures of Old Christine, and Veep, she still feels so fresh and different that you’re sure you’ve discovered her for the first time. The idea to pair up with James Gandolfini, her male equivalent in fresh and ... Read More »

Review: Prisoners

In recent years the horror genre has shifted from the torture porn films of franchises such as Saw and Hostel, to more traditional ghost story hauntings such as Paranormal Activity and The Conjuring. Like a good horror villain, however, you apparently can’t kill torture porn and it has moved over to roost in the thriller genre with Prisoners. Denis Villeneuve’s ... Read More »

Review: Short Term 12

In college I minored in non-profit administration and took several courses with social work majors. While I wanted to help kids, they often exhibited a need to save kids. I sometimes wonder how many of them ended up beaten down and broken by a dispassionate system, or their impassioned selves? Director Destin Cretoon’s Short Term 12 asks similar questions, and ... Read More »

Review: The Spectacular Now

“It’s really human of you to listen to all my bullshit,” is maybe Molly Ringwald’s best line from the teen classic Sixteen Candles. It speaks to the hours we all spend as teenagers complaining, droning narcissistically about ourselves, and waxing poetically. It’s also disarmingly innocent and earnest at the same time—which also happens to be the perfect description of The ... Read More »

Review: Her

The first law of Isaac Asimov’s Three Laws of Robotics states, “A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.” These laws have been the basis for countless troves of science fiction, with the idea being that artificial life would need some sort of guidelines to protect it and us. ... Read More »

Review: Philomena

Philomena, likely like the woman who gives the film its name, is slight. Where you would expect the film to go big, it instead goes small. When you expect something serious, it instead turns almost slapstick. That might make it too clever a film for some—such as New York Post critic Kyle Smith. He accuses the film of being “organized ... Read More »

Review: American Hustle

Former FBI supervisor John Good, who oversaw the Abscam operation that makes up the heart of American Hustle, said of the film’s plot, “If they just did it the way Abscam was done, it would be a very boring movie.” American Hustle is anything but boring, but simply not being boring is not the same as being interesting. David O. ... Read More »

Review: Saving Mr. Banks

Is the creative spark forged in the fires of passion or adversity? Saving Mr. Banks, the story of the making of Mary Poppins, tries to answer this question, and comes down somewhere between the two. It argues it was the unique passion of those at Disney coupled with the adversity-filled childhood of Poppins author P.L. Travers that gave birth to ... Read More »