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Jack Black is the chosen one, again

Ok The CGI animated film has practically become old hat at this point, with countless productions from Pixar, DreamWorks, Fox, etc. over the years and no shortage of vehicles looming on the horizon.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016 Alex De Vore

Shenanigans and Goings-On

Sisterly love go awry

Ok Here’s the thing about Amy Poehler and Tina Fey: They’re great at what they do, and they’re not so great at what they don’t do. I know, I know, shocker! This was precisely my problem with Sisters.

Wednesday, January 13, 2016 Ben Kendall

Crime of the Century

The crash of 2008 is made plain in Adam McKay's new film

Ok What’s that old saying about how if you’re not pissed off, you’re not paying attention? Obviously, this sentiment rings especially true in America, where the rich literally steal from the poor, and we kno...

Wednesday, January 6, 2016 Alex De Vore

Animated Alternate Reality

Take the kids to see 'The Good Dinosaur' for goodness sake

Ok Disney/Pixar’s latest animated flick is also the first feature-length animated film from director Peter Sohn, best known as the model for chubby scout Russell in Up.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015 Brianna Stallings

Labyrinth of Whys

Labyrinth of Lies explores the Frankfurt Nazi trials but really only scratches the surface

Ok Labyrinth of Lies follows young a Frankfurt prosecutor as he seeks justice when he is unwittingly tangled within the hidden truths of a war-torn country.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015 Alex De Vore

Experimental Madness

Directors take off with comic aspects of genre in 'The Forbidden Room'

Ok The Forbidden Room melds the heavy symbolism of small-bore psychoanalysis with early-Hollywood camp.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015 Lucas Iberico Lozada

Candidate Zero

Manipulating the press and slandering your opponent to victory in 'Our Brand Is Crisis'

Ok Our Brand Is Crisis is based loosely on the 2005 documentary by the same (dumb) name, which is itself based on the real events of the 2002 Bolivian presidential election.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015 Alex Falcone

Gaslighting Charlie

It’s all head games until someone goes nuts in 'Breathe'

Ok Director and co-writer Mélanie Laurent (usually seen in front of the camera) crafts a heartbreaking tale of teenage cruelty.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015 David Riedel

Bless the Beasts and Children

'Beasts of No Nation' is good but relentlessly grim

Ok Even if this movie is fiction, child soldiers aren’t (which Fukunaga and the other filmmakers remind us of in the credits).

Wednesday, October 14, 2015 David Riedel

Out on the Tiles, Permanently

'Time Out of Mind' is an OK movie but a better Steely Dan song

Ok Time Out of Mind is sometimes compelling, sometimes exasperating, and often hugely frustrating.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015 David Riedel
 
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Morning Word: Rep. Espinoza Faces Ethics Complaint

Democratic Party says she used government resources to promote campaign for secretary of state

Morning Word The ethics complaint cites a radio program where Espinoza repeatedly directed listeners to her official, legislative website in order to get information about collecting petitions for her campaign and her contact information. ... More

Feb. 05, 2016 by Peter St. Cyr

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