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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

A Total Phony: Salinger Reviewed

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You may have read how we attempted to stalk Michael McDermott, the man who lurked outside a Vermont post office to photograph J.D. Salinger. The documentary about the reclusive author, Salinger, isn't out till Friday, Sept. 13, and it's just as rewarding as the photo McDermott eventually snapped—wh...   More
 
Thursday, September 5, 2013 by MICHAEL NORDINE

Brew Views: Spring Breakers

Disney gone wild.


Brew Views
The words “spring break” are repeated so often in Spring Breakers that the phrase takes on a mantralike quality. Still best known for writing Kids and directing Gummo, backwater auteur Harmony K   More
 
Wednesday, May 15, 2013 MICHAEL NORDINE

Not Much Gain, But Little Pain Either: Pain & Gain Reviewed

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Pain & Gain screened after WW deadlines, but Michael Nordine did his critic's duty. Expecting a great deal of pain and awfully little gain, he was pleasantly surprised.
Critic's Grade: B-
When considering the merits of Dwayne Johnson's cinematic oeuvre, it's helpful to keep one thing in mind: The Rock's movies may not be especially good most of the time, but he ...   More
 
Friday, April 26, 2013 by MICHAEL NORDINE
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