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Film Reviews

Win Win Loses Half the Battle

By all rights I should like Tom McCarthy’s movies much better than I do. The writer-director of low-budget dramedies The Station Agent and The...

Source Code: Every Time I Die

Spoiler alert: This review gives away a major plot point (but we’ll warn you again when it’s coming). Many big Hollywood science-fiction films set...

Insidious: Last House on the Left

Damn, I love haunted house movies: The Haunting (the 1963 original), The Changeling, Alien (it’s a haunted house in space, OK?), you name it....

Jane Eyre: Viewer, I Married Him

A girl in petticoats and great distress runs across a fog-encrusted heath while lush orchestral music on the soundtrack speaks to the tumult in...

Charles Baker Changes Roles

“I refuse to live in L.A.,” Charles Baker said. It’s not something you’d expect to hear from a working actor with his sights set...

Limitless: One Pill Makes You Smarter

The diabolically clever science-fiction film Limitless begins with Eddie Morra (Bradley Cooper), a wannabe New York writer who’s been creatively blocked for several years....

Paul: Ancient Alien

Simon Pegg and Nick Frost go on a road trip with an alien: comedy gold, right? Well, close. Paul has a lot going for...

Cedar Rapids: Oh Ooo Oh Iowa

The trailer for Cedar Rapids is edited to make it look like another version of The Hangover, which makes sense because Ed Helms stars...

Mars Needs Moms: Empty Wells

Last week, we had the incredible burst of experimentalism that was Rango, a defiantly old-school 2-D animated film that nevertheless ventured fearlessly into territory...

Cowboys and Amphibians

This week’s films all trade in outright fantasy, but only one of them succeeds in turning the tropes of fable and science fiction into...