This Is Where I Leave You
A Walk Among the Tombstones

This Is Where I Leave You

This Is Where I Leave You 

* * Too clever by half and too broad to be genuinely funny, the contrived family dramedy This Is Where I Leave You favors situational contrivances over honest characters.  It’s the sign of a distinctly modern movie such as this that after winding us up with hijinks for the duration of its running time, it […]

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A Walk Among the Tombstones

A Walk Among the Tombstones 

* * * Someone is murdering the wives of New York drug dealers in the diabolical mystery A Walk Among the Tombstones, an appealingly low-key detective thriller featuring a top-of-his-game Liam Neeson as independent private detective Matthew Scudder, author Lawrence Block’s hardboiled crusader featured in 17 of his popular crime novels. It’s been nearly three […]

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The Possession of Michael King

The Possession of Michael King 

* * For awhile, the supernatural thriller The Possession of Michael King, about an atheist documentarian and grieving widower who turns to the supernatural for answers, delivers the goods—ingenious concept, strong acting, palpable atmosphere and some genuine scares.  And while there’s nothing quite new in David Jung’s moderately compelling “found footage” feature, there are spooky […]

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Sin City: A Dame to Kill For

Sin City: A Dame to Kill For 

* * There’s one thing to recommend—or maybe two—in Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller’s tediously stylized mayhem opus Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, and that’s a delicious Eva Green as a scheming femme fatale who leads several men to doom. Green, who similarly elevated this year’s Spartan epic 300: Rise of an Empire, […]

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What If

What If 

* 1/2 When writing a screenplay intended to be “offbeat,” it’s probably not a good idea to employ a shopworn and predictable plot, as is the case with the untenable new romantic “comedy” What If, starring a pair of otherwise accomplished actors playing exactly two conditions—haplessly befuddled and manically pixie—right to the hilt, and right […]

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I Origins

I Origins 

* * * * Great films always divide viewers, and I Origins, and Mike Cahill’s superbly thought-provoking examination of skepticism, belief, science, religion, true love and the existence of the soul, will be no exception.  As his second picture, following 2011’s notable Another Earth, I Origins reveals Cahill’s estimable screenwriting and directing capabilities at full […]

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Filmmaker Mike Cahill and Star Michael Pitt Search for Answers in I Origins, the Year’s Most Thought-Provoking Movie

Filmmaker Mike Cahill and Star Michael Pitt Search for Answers in I Origins, the Year’s Most Thought-Provoking Movie 

A picture as intelligent and sophisticated as the offbeat new drama I Origins is a rarity in American movies, but given that this one was written and directed by Mike Cahill, who gave us 2011’s similarly thoughtful Another Earth, it’s no surprise. But his former film was merely a warm-up for his infinitely more complex […]

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The Fluffy Movie Funny Man Gabriel Iglesias Finds Passion, Universality in Comedy

The Fluffy Movie Funny Man Gabriel Iglesias Finds Passion, Universality in Comedy 

Gabriel Iglesias just may be the first celeb I’ve seriously drank with, if you can count knocking back a couple in a suite at Chicago’s James Hotel, ground zero for the star’s junket to promote this weekend’s opener and Iglesias’ stand-up concert film, The Fluffy Movie.  Disarmingly sweet-natured and over accommodating, Iglesias, the wildly popular […]

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Every Year I Live, I Know Less About Love: Paul Haggis on Third Person’s Investigation into the Heart of an Artist

Paul Haggis, the Oscar-winning writer and director who penned Million Dollar Baby and directed his own screenplay for Crash (movies that won consecutive Best Picture Oscars in 2005 and 2006), has maintained a lower profile in the last few years. And while his success in the last decade afforded him ample opportunity to become a […]

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Edge of Tomorrow

Edge of Tomorrow 

* * * * A tale told with sound and fury signifying perhaps the best big-budget sci-fi action movie since Avatar, director Doug Liman’s Edge of Tomorrow is proof positive that a summer superthriller needn’t be mindless, this one so innovative in its storytelling and satisfying in its execution—particularly in the performance of star Tom […]

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