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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

Trouble With the Curve

Get off Clint Eastwood’s field of dreams, you damn dirty vegans!


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 If you wanted to know whether Clint Eastwood yells at chairs in his new movie, the answer is a resounding yes. He yells at chairs, bleachers, doors, garages and Amy Adams. He...    More
 
Wednesday, September 19, 2012 MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Compliance

Want a queasy sense of discomfort with that?


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When I saw the trailer for Compliance a couple months ago, I let loose with one of those deliberate groans that insecure pseudo-intellectuals use to let strangers in the vicinity know that one h   More
 
Wednesday, September 19, 2012 CHRIS STAMM

From Stage To Screen

Director Sam Green goes live with The Love Song of R. Buckminster Fuller.


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In The Love Song of R. Buckminster Fuller, Sam Green builds a movie from scratch. Instead of presenting the life of the titular 20th-century...   More
 
Wednesday, September 12, 2012 MATTHEW SINGER

Resident Evil: Retribution


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Not surprisingly, the latest Resident Evil film did not screen for critics. Astonishingly, though, it’s the fifth in the series. Somebody has to be watching these things. To figure out why, we   More
 
Wednesday, September 12, 2012 KENDRA CLUNE

Red Hook Summer

Spike Lee takes the pulpit.


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If Red Hook Summer, the latest slice of Brooklyn life from director Spike Lee, feels structurally unsound, that’s because the film is built atop a fairly weak foundation. As the movie begins,    More
 
Wednesday, September 5, 2012 MATTHEW SINGER

Beloved

Love hurts, love scars, love caused 9/11.


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Christophe Honoré’s moody, multigenerational musical Beloved begins as a winkingly sex-positive romp in which the ’60s seem a wonderful time to buy clothing, and prostitution is promoted as a   More
 
Wednesday, September 5, 2012 MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Southern Culture On the Skids

Killer Joe will disturb and offend you. William Friedkin doesn’t care.


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Generally speaking, inviting a guy who goes by the name “Killer Joe” into your home is a spectacularly unwise idea. Then again, the characters populating this unhinged slice of depravity fro   More
 
Wednesday, August 29, 2012 MATTHEW SINGER
 

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