May 1, 2016
Yay Ok Meh barf

Hail to the King

Oh yeah, movies have actual stories sometimes

Yay Tom Hanks is almost always at his best when he plays the everyman thrust into extraordinary circumstances. He’s America’s sweetheart, and while the man has proven his chops in dozens of memorable films over the years, he always excels in roles th ... More

April 26, 2016 by Alex De Vore

Talking Cats

Only in France

Yay Hand-drawn animated features are a rarity is this day and age. Having one shipped over from Europe that has any kind of resonance is even rarer (the last one that this critic can recall personally was The Triplets of Belleville).
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April 27, 2016 by Ben Kendall

Kind of Blue

Workin’ with Don Cheadle

Ok If you had a time machine and wanted to know where “cool” came from, you could do worse than to travel back to 1949 New York and look up a guy named Miles Davis.
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April 20, 2016 by Ben Kendall

Who’s the Boss?

Not Melissa McCarthy

Barf Oh boy, here comes The Boss, yet another pointless outing in a long line of movies wherein Melissa McCarthy says a bunch of awkward things, acts like a childish asshole to everyone and falls down all the time. ... More

April 13, 2016 by Alex De Vore

Welcome to the Jungle

Kipling isn't rolling in his grave ... yet

Ok One could easily make the argument that Jon Favreau’s (Iron Man) new live-action Jungle Book adaptation is another nail in the “Hollywood is out of fresh ideas” coffin, but  it’s worth checking out, even if you aren’t being forced by your kids/ ... More

April 18, 2016 by Alex De Vore

I’m Sweet Enough

The way to the heart is through the stomach

Ok Everyone searches for meaning. It’s a quest that consumes us all, from the time that we start wondering why we’re here or what we’re doing with our lives.
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April 13, 2016 by Ben Kendall

El-Dough-Rado

Food critic Jonathan Gold opens the doors to LA’s nosh

Yay Los Angeles is home to about 20 million people. Its greater metropolitan area stretches in all directions for around 500 square miles.
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April 06, 2016 by Ben Kendall

Music is Truth

And the truth will set you free

Yay It may be visible every day for most, but those who would dare question the power of music need look no further than filmmaker Johanna Schwartz’ triumphant 2015 documentary. ... More

April 06, 2016 by Alex De Vore

The Preppie Connection

Another flick about rich kids with drugs and money, and the idiocy that ensues

Meh There’s a major problem at the heart of writer/director Joseph Castelo’s The Preppie Connection that’s hard to put a finger on. ... More

March 30, 2016 by Alex De Vore

Meanwhile, at the Hall of Justice

Crisis on infinite spin-offs

Meh Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is a poorly constructed pastiche of disparate scripts slapped together with the thinnest of pretense and has more guest stars than an episode of The Simpsons. ... More

March 23, 2016 by Ben Kendall

Uneven Bars

I used to be a gymnast like you, then I took an arrow to the knee.

Barf There’s a general guideline in screenwriting that’s known as the “save the cat” moment. It’s a scene where the audience gets to somehow connect with the main character (or villain, if you’re being creative) on a personal level. ... More

March 23, 2016 by Ben Kendall

Bittersweet Memories

A Miyazaki production you may not have seen

Ok Hidden beneath the layers of your adult-self, obscured in the forest of past experiences and your relationship with your family, lies perhaps the more real part of yourself.
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March 16, 2016 by Ben Kendall

Maybe There’s Giant Monsters

Or maybe not? John Goodman knows.

Ok What begins on a rather Hitchcockian level quickly devolves into a mildly enjoyable tangle of run-of-the-mill jump scares, so-so performances and unresolved plot lines in 10 Cloverfield Lane,. ... More

March 16, 2016 by Alex De Vore

British Indigent

I'm so charmingly transient

Ok Long venerated actor Maggie Smith frowned her way into today’s pop culture American heart and seems quite at home.
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March 02, 2016 by Julie Ann Grimm

Highbrow Kid Stuff

New Pixar film attacks social issues

Yay Not everyone is enamored with the saccharine-sweet films from the admittedly fine folks at Pixar, and not everyone loves CGI-produced animated films the way they love good old-fashioned cell animation.
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March 09, 2016 by Alex De Vore
 

Morning Word: LANL Reassures Local Leaders with Job Plans

Morning Word Los Alamos National Lab still faces a period of relative uncertainty as Los Alamos National Security’s contract to manage the lab goes out to bid sometime after 2017. ... More

April 29, 2016 by Peter St. Cyr

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