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The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

Now with less dishwashing.


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When last we saw Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) and his band of dwarves, they were headed to confront a dragon. But along the way, they also took an awful lot of time to do the dishes and sing s   More
 
Wednesday, December 11, 2013 AP KRYZA

The Armstrong Lie

Lie strong.


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Even now, knowing all that we do about his deception, Lance Armstrong can be remarkably convincing. As he denies doping allegations in the documentary The Armstrong Lie, you’re still halfway i   More
 
Wednesday, December 11, 2013 CURTIS WOLOSCHUK

Out of the Furnace

From Crazy Heart to a crazy Woody Harrelson.


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From the outset, shades of Michael Cimino’s Vietnam drama The Deer Hunter permeate Scott Cooper’s Out of the Furnace: images of Pennsylvania steel mills, a PTSD-addled young soldier forced int   More
 
Wednesday, December 4, 2013 AP KRYZA

The Broken Circle Breakdown

Belgian bluegrass.


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The Broken Circle Breakdown is a very American romance. It is also a very European tragedy. For Flemish couple Didier and Elise, the dream of America is that you can pick up, move on and become    More
 
Wednesday, December 4, 2013 MATTHEW KORFHAGE

AP Film Studies: Oh, Hi Tommy

10 Years of The Room.


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Tommy Wiseau is not a monster. Sure, he resembles Phil Hartman’s Unfrozen Caveman Lawyer and speaks in the kind of scattershot English that Frankenstein’s monster croaked out. But a monste   More
 
Wednesday, December 4, 2013 AP KRYZA

Oldboy

Spike Lee’s botched, uninspired remake.


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There’s something immediately dispiriting about the very thought of Spike Lee—once one of American cinema’s most original voices   More
 
Wednesday, November 27, 2013 CURTIS WOLOSCHUK

AP Film Studies: Art Of The Sale

Decoding the real meaning of prestige picture ads.


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It’s prestige picture time, that magical time of year for middlebrow film snobs, when the sounds of gigantic robots and Adam Sandler farts fall silent, replaced by gentle string music and Meryl    More
 
Wednesday, November 27, 2013 AP KRYZA

Out of the Blue

The sprawling Blue Is the Warmest Color will knock you sideways.


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As soon as Blue Is the Warmest Color premiered in Cannes last May, frenzied discussion engulfed the film. Whether people found it exhilarating or exploitative, it seemed no one could shut up abo   More
 
Wednesday, November 20, 2013 REBECCA JACOBSON

Catching Fire

Odds ever in their favor.


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While other young-adult novel adaptations preoccupy themselves with knockoff magic and chaste vampires, The Hunger Games series instead caters to the “adult” part of the equation. Taking what init   More
 
Wednesday, November 20, 2013 AP KRYZA

AP Film Studies: Know Jack

A goddamn marvel of modern science.


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Since September, gossip has circulated that Jack Nicholson has retired from acting due to an inability to remember lines. The rumor’s veracity has been debated, but it did inspire the Hollywoo   More
 
Wednesday, November 20, 2013 AP KRYZA
 

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