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The Equalizer

With a vengeance.


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Antoine Fuqua’s revenge thriller The Equalizer could easily have been downright awful. Instead, it’s merely mediocre, which is testament to the immutable charisma of Denzel Washington   More
 
Wednesday, September 24, 2014 MICHAEL NORDINE

Movie Review: The Drop

Dirty work.


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In the voice-over narration that opens The Drop, Bob Saginowski (Tom Hardy) sounds puerile and winsome, yet strangely precocious. He explains the “drop” process, in which a different New Yor   More
 
Wednesday, September 10, 2014 MICHAEL NORDINE

Magic in the Moonlight

Woody Allen enters the spirit world.


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As with many Woody Allen movies, Magic in the Moonlight pits a cerebral man against a flighty younger woman and asks them to fall in love. This incarnation finds Stanley (Colin Firth), a yellowf   More
 
Tuesday, August 5, 2014 MICHAEL NORDINE

Wish I Was Here

Zach Braff returns from Garden State.


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As Zach Braff’s directorial follow-up to the aggressively feel-good Garden State, Wish I Was Here has been bogged down by twee expectations since it was announced. And indeed, the film is every    More
 
Wednesday, July 16, 2014 MICHAEL NORDINE

Coherence

Comet and get it.


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Nothing that happens in Coherence should be allowed to happen. The film begins with a comet that may or may not be infused with reality-altering powers screaming across the sky during a dinner   More
 
Wednesday, July 9, 2014 MICHAEL NORDINE

Edge of Tomorrow

Groundhog Day goes to war with aliens.


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Watching a Tom Cruise movie comes with the implicit understanding that the three-time Oscar nominee is most likely to play the hero and, should his character perish, he’ll receive a glorious s   More
 
Wednesday, June 4, 2014 MICHAEL NORDINE

Colin Farrell Goes Time Traveling: Winter's Tale Reviewed

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Endless Love wasn't the only awful star-crossed romance that screened after WW's press deadline. Winter's Tale is just as bad, also just in time for Valentine's Day.
Critic's Grade: D+
It’s no secret that the first few months ...   More
 
Thursday, February 13, 2014 by MICHAEL NORDINE

The Past

A melodrama that knocks the wind out of you.


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At one point late in The Past, a man walks into the hospital room of his comatose wife and asks her to squeeze his hand if she can hear him. It’s a wrenching scene, one that lasts all of two m   More
 
Wednesday, January 29, 2014 MICHAEL NORDINE

Inside Llewyn Davis

The Coen brothers hum a bittersweet tune.


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Lovable losers abound in the films of Joel and Ethan Coen. Even the most ardent admirer of Raising Arizona’s H.I. McDunnough or The Big Lebowski’s the Dude would be hard-pressed to call either m   More
 
Wednesday, December 18, 2013 MICHAEL NORDINE

Keep What You Kill: Riddick Reviewed

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Most movies that screen after press deadlines should never have made it to screens in the first place. Riddick is a rare exception.
Critic's Grade: B+
“Maybe I went and did the worst thing of all: I got civilized.” So muses Richard B. Riddick early on in the new film bearing his name. He’s ostensibly explaining how he’s come to find himself stranded on a desolate planet...   More
 
Friday, September 6, 2013 by MICHAEL NORDINE
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