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Step Up to the Plate

Haute cuisine served family-style.

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In an early sequence in the documentary Step Up to the Plate, about a father-son culinary duo, the camera floats above a white plate as it fills with ingredients: first smudges of mashed yellow pe   More
Wednesday, October 17, 2012 REBECCA JACOBSON

Crazy From the Heat

Seven Psychopaths is an insane blast.

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In 2008, playwright-turned-filmmaker Martin McDonagh pulled off a nifty directorial trick: He made a crime comedy with soul. There aren’t too many of those around—not in the post-Pulp...   More
Wednesday, October 10, 2012 MATTHEW SINGER


Flash Gordon travels to Iran.

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Halfway through Ben Affleck’s Argo, the main characters stage a script reading for a Flash Gordon rip-off they claim to be prepping for the screen. It’s 1980, and there are green Wookies, gold   More
Wednesday, October 10, 2012 AP KRYZA

How to Survive a Plague

Battling AIDS beyond the ribbon.

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“Ninety-three through ’95 were the worst years,” says longtime AIDS activist David Barr near the close of How to Survive a Plague. “And then we got lucky.” The sentiment captures the gen   More
Wednesday, October 10, 2012 SAUNDRA SORENSON


Tim Burton reanimated.

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“Based on an original idea by Tim Burton,” it says in the credits. It’s hard to read that phrase and not snicker a little. In recent years, the popular knock on Burton is that he doesn’t h   More
Wednesday, October 3, 2012 MATTHEW SINGER


The nail-biting sequel to Betamax!

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The horror anthology has long been a staple of sleepover parties—the modern-day equivalent of sitting around a campfire listening to people tell eerie stories. Trouble is, some stories simply su   More
Wednesday, October 3, 2012 AP KRYZA

Bruce & Joe's Excellent Adventure

Gordon-Levitt is Willis. Willis is Gordon-Levitt. Looper is great.

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Brain-bending sci-fi loses its snap when treated like homework, but you won’t really understand Looper unless you prepare by watching a few episodes of Moonlighting. These...   More
Wednesday, September 26, 2012 AARON MESH

The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Teenage angst, paid off well.

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The truest essence of this film can be stirred up from the angsty sediment in the YouTube comments section for its trailer. Here in the stinky, putrid underpinnings of the Web, pubescent humans    More
Wednesday, September 26, 2012 EMILY JENSEN

The Brooklyn Brothers Beat the Best

Whining the night away.

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Guys like Ryan O’Nan give struggling artists a bad name. In The Brooklyn Brothers Beat the Best, O’Nan plays Alex, a going-nowhere musician and miserable piece of shit. A scruffily bearded whi   More
Wednesday, September 26, 2012 MATTHEW SINGER

Cultish Personalities

Paul Thomas Anderson’s The Master is more than just Scientology bait.

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As you might have heard, The Master is the film Scientology maybe, sort of doesn’t want you to see. But based on some of Joaquin Phoenix’s acting choices, director Paul Thomas Anderson must’   More
Wednesday, September 19, 2012 MATTHEW SINGER

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