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Brew Views: Bad Santa

In the scuzzball spirit.


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Many will decry 2003’s neoclassic holiday upheaval Bad Santa as a cynical and reactionary piece of humbuggery, but there’s a surprisingly sweet element that lurks in the jacked-up odyssey of B   More
 
Wednesday, December 5, 2012 AP KRYZA

Brew Views: Chasing Ice

Baby, it’s cold outside.


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National Geographic photographer James Balog might be called the innovator of ice porn. In the documentary Chasing Ice, he sets out to document melting glaciers around the world, selflessly strivi   More
 
Wednesday, November 28, 2012 DREW LENIHAN

Brew Views: The Nightmare Before Christmas

Ghost of Christmas Past


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Earlier this year, Tim Burton remade his 1984 live-action short, Frankenweenie, as a feature-length stop-motion adventure, to some of the best reviews of his late career. It was a shrewd maneuver,   More
 
Wednesday, November 21, 2012 MATTHEW SINGER

Brew Views: Arbitrage

Gere as Icarus.


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Arbitrage may not be directed by Paul Verhoeven, but feature-film rookie Nicholas Jarecki so thoroughly channels the hollow-man ambitions, smug moral posturing and incongruous driving-synth atmo   More
 
Wednesday, November 14, 2012 MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Brew Views: Robot & Frank

Artificial intelligence.


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Jake Schreier’s touching Robot & Frank follows an elderly cat burglar (the great Frank Langella) who lives in isolation. Frank struggles with kleptomania and bouts of dementia, much to the   More
 
Wednesday, November 7, 2012 AP KRYZA

Brew Views: Beasts of the Southern Wild

That other hurricane.


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In the Bathtub—the fictional Louisiana bayou settlement that forms the backdrop for the enchanting Beasts of the Southern Wild—the price of existing off the grid is living in waterlogged squalor   More
 
Wednesday, October 31, 2012 MATTHEW SINGER

Brew Views: Samsara

Wordless wonder.


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Samsara is a Sanskrit word referencing the circle of life. That may reek of patchouli, but put aside those aversions—this wordless documentary is one of the most visually intoxicating films in   More
 
Wednesday, October 24, 2012 MATTHEW SINGER

Brew Views: Night of the Living Dead

Bloodthirsty business.


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When Night of the Living Dead opened in 1968, its flesh-eating zombies scandalized audiences otherwise watching Hawaii Five-0. George Romero’s horror flick follows a group trapped in a farmhouse a   More
 
Wednesday, October 17, 2012 REBECCA JACOBSON

Brew Views: Reservoir Dogs

Kool thing.


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Reservoir Dogs is a shut-in child’s mescaline dream of criminal cool. It is also the film that launched Quentin Tarantino’s brilliantly infantile oeuvre. The 20-year-old Reservoir is, on one h   More
 
Wednesday, October 10, 2012 MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Brew Views: Army of Darkness

Here comes the boomstick.


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Horror buffs will argue that the moment Bruce Campbell became Bruce Fucking Campbell happened when he fought his own severed, possessed hand in 1987’s Evil Dead II. But the Campbell persona that   More
 
Wednesday, October 3, 2012 MATTHEW SINGER
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