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Girl Twirling

Terrence Malick’s To the Wonder is more mystifying than mind-blowing.

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Terrence Malick’s The Tree of Life overflowed with voice-over narration. His new film is practically an audiobook. Actually, “audiobook” is misleading: That would suggest To the Wonder’s    More
Wednesday, April 24, 2013 REBECCA JACOBSON


Growing up in a swift current.

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As with many stories about coming of age under harsh circumstances, a mighty river runs through the center of Jeff Nichols’ Mud, a Southern-fried fable about two adolescent Arkansas boys whose c   More
Wednesday, April 24, 2013 AP KRYZA

It’s a Disaster

In which the movie’s title speaks for itself.

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When writer-director Todd Berger was developing the characters for this apocalypse-themed dramedy, in which eight attendees at a couples’ brunch discover they’re about to die in a biochemical    More
Wednesday, April 24, 2013 EMILY JENSEN

The Company You Keep

Redford’s thriller can’t keep up with its actors.

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Never mind that in real life, Weather Underground activists did not murder anyone in their anti-war radicalism of the early 1970s. In Robert Redford’s The Company You Keep, they did.  As    More
Wednesday, April 17, 2013 MITCH LILLIE

Room 237

All theory and no play makes Jack an obsessive.

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We tend to project ourselves onto art. We take a story as a reflection of our own experiences, or we interject our own theories about what an artist really means. Every English teacher does it,    More
Wednesday, April 17, 2013 AP KRYZA

Trip And Slide

Danny Boyle’s Trance is a head trip that spins in on itself.

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As best I can tell, Trance is the first film—outside porn, maybe—to have a plot that hinges on a woman’s pubic hair. Though the Goya painting that goes missing in the art-heist thriller is   More
Wednesday, April 10, 2013 REBECCA JACOBSON


Galactically dumb. Means well.

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This is the sort of movie that critics were invented to despise: a crowd-pleasing, oafish, wildly implausible pile of sentimental dreck. But just like its main character, a French-Canadian meat-   More
Wednesday, April 10, 2013 MATTHEW KORFHAGE


Swing, and a miss.

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Jackie Robinson is an American legend: The first black player to break Major League Baseball’s color barrier, he shouldered the hopes of a generation, weathering a flurry of abuse to open the ga   More
Wednesday, April 10, 2013 AP KRYZA

Rebel Ride

Two years on two wheels: radical homesteading and roadkill suppers.

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A couple years ago, Noah Hussin didn’t eat roadkill. Now it makes his mouth water. In November 2010, Hussin and his brother Tim set out, on bicycles, to document communities of radical homestead   More
Wednesday, April 3, 2013 REBECCA JACOBSON


A tense Norwegian tale of the tailed.

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A brief synopsis of Norwegian folklore: Nature is scary as shit, and everything’s out to get you. In a vast and frigid nation still so afraid of wolves it almost eradicates them each year, the   More
Wednesday, April 3, 2013 MATTHEW KORFHAGE

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