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AP Film Studies: Homer’s Odyssey

A Homer Groening retrospective reveals an overlooked genius.


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It’d be fair to assume that when Matt Groening named Homer Simpson after his father, he also gave the cartoon buffoon his dad’s personality. That couldn’t be further from the truth. Beca   More
 
Wednesday, January 14, 2015 AP KRYZA

Selma: Movie Review

With Selma, Ava DuVernay brings the civil rights movement to vivid life.


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Movies about humanity’s failures tend to flatter their audiences. Look at yesterday’s folly, they say, and be proud of our relatively democratic present. Too rare are movies that shine a r   More
 
Wednesday, January 7, 2015 CHRIS STAMM

Inherent Vice: Movie Review

Inherent Vice is decadent, depraved and wonderful.


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In Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Hunter S. Thompson scribed a stirring eulogy for the Summer of Love. “We were riding the crest of a high and beautiful wave,” he wrote. “Five years lat   More
 
Wednesday, January 7, 2015 AP KRYZA

Winter Sleep: Movie Review

Iced over.


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If you’re itching to spend three hours with a misanthropic mansplainer, Winter Sleep is just the ticket. A 196-minute meditation on marriage, class politics and narcissism, Turkish director Nu   More
 
Wednesday, January 7, 2015 REBECCA JACOBSON

AP Film Studies: Anime 101

OMSI unleashes three landmarks of Japanese animation.


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When most of us think of anime, we imagine gigantic-eyed otaku heroines with mystical powers and tiny skirts. We think of gigantic robots, ultra-cute kitties, Poké Balls, shrill squeals and s   More
 
Wednesday, January 7, 2015 AP KRYZA

AP Film Studies: Punks In Space

Repo Man’s Alex Cox blasts off with Bill, The Galactic Hero.


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Back in the early ’80s, Liverpudlian director Alex Cox had just finished his debut feature, Repo Man, a twisted punk-rock crime comedy starring Emilio Estevez. But the film had yet to become a   More
 
Wednesday, December 31, 2014 AP KRYZA

Movie Review: Point and Shoot

An American in Libya, with a gun in one hand and a camera in the other.


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In this age of narcissism, you’d be hard-pressed to find a better subject than Matthew VanDyke.  With no filmmaking experience and limited knowledge of the region, the sheltered Baltim   More
 
Wednesday, December 31, 2014 RUTH BROWN

The Interview

A better tiger scene than The Hangover!


Movie Reviews & Stories
Some people take a strong dislike to Katy Perry. There are a variety of stupid reasons for this, and it’s mostly pointless to argue with anyone who believes such a perspective indicates you’   More
 
Tuesday, December 30, 2014 MARTIN CIZMAR

Best of the Screen

2014 Movie Superlatives.


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We love top-10 lists as much as the next schmuck. But there’s a lot they may have trouble capturing—the tiny but brilliant cameos, the grossest gags, the ways in which Clint Eastwood and Cam   More
 
Wednesday, December 24, 2014 WW Staff

Uphill Battle

A heap of holiday releases, reviewed.


Movie Reviews & Stories
The holidays can be rough—especially if you’re one of the heroes in this year’s Christmas Day releases. These poor souls endure untold abuses: domineering spouses, police interrogations, wit   More
 
Wednesday, December 24, 2014 WW Staff
 

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