Basic Beaches: The Other Woman Reviewed

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Movies & Television
The Other Woman screened after WW press deadlines, making us late to the vengeance-themed beach party. Critic's Grade: CThe Other Woman makes friends in low places.The Bechdel Test holds that a film must present a scene featuring two women talking about something other than a man. The Other Woman would almost certainly flunk it. The majority of screen time is given over to a rambling ...   More
 
Friday, April 25, 2014 JAY HORTON

As Winter in the Blood

Knocked cold.


Movie Reviews & Stories
As Winter in the Blood opens, a young Blackfoot Indian named Virgil First Raise (Chaske Spencer) finds himself piss-ass drunk in a ditch, staggering toward a hallucination of his dead father—w   More
 
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 KATHRYN PEIFER

Transcendence

There’s a ghost in the machine.


Movie Reviews & Stories
On the surface, techno thrillers seem like a slam dunk: As technology evolves, so do the potential plot devices for effects-heavy films that pit man against the very stuff designed to benefit hu   More
 
Wednesday, April 16, 2014 AP KRYZA

Dom Hemingway

Pretty boy turns petty; preaches with poetry.


Movie Reviews & Stories
Jude Law is all grown up. In Richard Shepard’s gangster send-up Dom Hemingway, Law has ditched his pretty-boy looks to play a petty criminal with a paunch and “a face like an abortion.” (D   More
 
Wednesday, April 16, 2014 DEBORAH KENNEDY

Under the Skin

ScarJo spins a web for lonely Glaswegians.


Movie Reviews & Stories
Hell hath no fury like a woman with unlimited access to dingy lairs in Glasgow, Scotland. That’s one lesson to be gleaned from Jonathan Glazer’s Under the Skin, a sci-fi/horror hybrid starri   More
 
Wednesday, April 9, 2014 DEBORAH KENNEDY

The Raid 2

Another master class in Indonesian martial arts.


Movie Reviews & Stories
Poor Rama. The last time we saw the baby-faced Indonesian rookie cop in 2011’s excellent The Raid: Redemption, he had just fought his way up a 15-floor apartment building filled with violent c   More
 
Wednesday, April 9, 2014 RUTH BROWN

The Great Flood

A mesmerizing, wordless trip along the Mississippi.


Movie Reviews & Stories
There’s a moment in The Great Flood, a documentary about the Great Mississippi Flood of 1927, when a woman being evacuated wades through knee-deep water. Her hair mussed and her clothes soaked   More
 
Wednesday, April 2, 2014 REBECCA JACOBSON

Dystopia Undaunted: Divergent Reviewed

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Movies & Television
It wouldn't be March at the multiplex without another dystopian YA adaptation.Critic's Grade: BAt first glance, Divergent would seem to be riding on the coattails of The Hunger Games. Here’s another dystopian YA novel-turned-wannabe blockbuster, with another rising star—Shailene Woodley, in for Jennifer Lawrence—at the center. But this movie adaptation proves there’s more than one way to ride ...   More
 
Thursday, March 20, 2014 LAUREN TERRY

Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me

Broadway baby.


Movie Reviews & Stories
For someone who made her Broadway debut 68 years ago, Elaine Stritch is still quite the firecracker. Dressed in her trademark white collared shirt and black tights—as Tina Fey notes, the long-le   More
 
Wednesday, March 19, 2014 REBECCA JACOBSON

Better Living Through Chemistry

Bitter pill.


Movie Reviews & Stories
When Better Living Through Chemistry first started popping up on film news sites back in 2010, it was billed as a noirish thriller starring Jeremy Renner, Jennifer Garner and Judi Dench. It was    More
 
Wednesday, March 12, 2014 RUTH BROWN

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