The Skeleton Twins

Two of a kind.


Movie Reviews & Stories
Some twins can finish each other’s sentences, or guess what number the other is imagining with to-the-decimal-point accuracy. In The Skeleton Twins, Maggie and Milo’s sibling ESP manifests i   More
 
Wednesday, September 24, 2014 MATTHEW SINGER

The Boxtrolls: Movie Review

Laika returns with more stop-motion wizardry—and a good deal less fun.


Movie Reviews & Stories
Last summer, Portland animation house Laika turned heads with a trailer full of same-sex couples materializing and evaporating next to a rosy-cheeked toddler. “Sometimes, there’s a mother,��   More
 
Wednesday, September 24, 2014 REBECCA JACOBSON

Eye of the Walrus: Tusk Reviewed

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Movies & Television
Critic's Grade: BThe time had come, said Kevin Smith, to talk of many things. After the embittered distribution struggles surrounding 2011’s Red State, the unsinkable icon of DIY cinematic half-assery had seemingly retired from the moviemaking and engaged his loyal fan base only through a garrulous weekly podcast. On SModcast, Smith and longtime producing partner Scott Mosier talk about a dizzying ...   More
 
Monday, September 22, 2014 JAY HORTON

Wetlands

Not, despite its title, a nature documentary.


Movie Reviews & Stories
Remember that bathroom in Trainspotting? The one with its floor flooded with standing water and a toilet seat smeared with decades of accumulated excrement? A lavatory in the opening scene of    More
 
Wednesday, September 17, 2014 REBECCA JACOBSON

Love Is Strange

More beautiful than bizarre.


Movie Reviews & Stories
At one point in Love Is Strange, the film’s central couple, Ben and George, reunite after days of separation. George (Alfred Molina) collapses into his partner’s arms and sobs silently, wh   More
 
Wednesday, September 10, 2014 BLAIR STENVICK

The Identical

False idols.


Movie Reviews & Stories
What if Elvis Presley’s brother had lived? What if, wracked by desperate poverty, his parents only pretended to bury the stillborn twin and instead allowed a traveling preacher and his loving    More
 
Wednesday, September 3, 2014 JAY HORTON

The Last of Robin Hood

Teenage dream.


Movie Reviews & Stories
As a real-life Lolita story, The Last of Robin Hood should be oozing with intrigue. Instead, this film about the final two years of Errol Flynn—who played the titular swashbuckler in 1938—and    More
 
Wednesday, September 3, 2014 REBECCA JACOBSON

A Most Wanted Man

The spy who bored me.


Movie Reviews & Stories
Had it been released a year ago, nobody would have taken notice of A Most Wanted Man, a gratingly bland espionage thriller set in post-9/11 Hamburg. But director Anton Corbijn’s thriller happens   More
 
Wednesday, July 23, 2014 AP KRYZA

Movie Review: The Trip to Italy

On the road again.


Movie Reviews & Stories
The phrase “it is what it is” is a plague on the English language. But in the case of The Trip to Italy, a sequel to 2010’s The Trip, the intrinsic nature of the film—established by its pr   More
 
Wednesday, August 27, 2014 MATTHEW SINGER

Movie Review: Frank

The head and the heart.


Movie Reviews & Stories
At first glance, Frank seems like twee hipster bait. It’s about a struggling songwriter. Tweets flash onscreen like in a millennial episode of Pop-Up Video. It treats Austin—and specifically S   More
 
Wednesday, August 27, 2014 AP KRYZA

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