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    Transcendence: Weak Popcorn Movie

    Transcendence is a sub-par popcorn movie with a pseudo-scientific gloss. The marketing makes you think it’s like Inception, but it’s really more like a mediocre superhero movie. Its core concept is pretty cool, but ...
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    Under the Skin: Eerie, Simple, Wordless

    Under the Skin is an extremely simple (almost laughably simple), nearly wordless film about a sexy alien roaming around Scotland in a mini-van, seducing and then killing men. It is from English writer/director Jonathan Glazer, ...
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    Comedy
     
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    Grand Budapest Hotel: Charming, Visually Gorgeous

    By Mona Gerber Milbrodt The Grand Budapest Hotel: Gorgeous production values, Ralph Fiennes‘s charismatic comedic turn, and priceless cameos make this movie feel like an enjoyable, if slightly inconsequential, outing. As ...
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    Avant-Garde
     
    CarBig

    Nymphomaniac: Anti-Cinema

    Nymphomaniac, the new film from Danish filmmaker Lars von Trier, is very long (four hours), requires that you pay the price of two admissions to see it in its entirety, and is only moderately satisfying. Two admissions are nece...
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    Best of 2013
     
    Mud650v2

    Mud: Most Unfairly Overlooked Film of 2013

    Mud, starring Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, and child-actor Tye Sheridan, was released in the spring of 2013 and received very good reviews. I missed it in its original release but was recently able to track it down o...
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    Dramedy
     
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    Wolf of Wall Street: Another Mediocre Best Picture Nominee

    Martin Scorsese’s The Wolf of Wall Street, which was nominated for the Best Picture Oscar, is a predictable, over-long, repetitious dramedy based on the completely uninteresting life of Jordan Belfort, a semi-educated man...
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    Worst of 2013
     
    Lindsay Lohan

    The Canyons: Worst Film of 2013

    The Canyons was released in New York in the summer of 2013. The week it opened, I read impressive things about Lindsay Lohan’s performance and was excited that the film’s creative team was Bret Easton Ellis (screenw...
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    Dramedy
     
    NebraskaImage1

    Nebraska: Devoid of Ideas

    It is astonishing that Nebraska received an Oscar nomination as Best Picture. It may go down in history as the worst film ever to receive a Best Picture nomination. The major problem is that the script has no content. No ideas ...
     
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    Best of 2013
     
    Philomena15

    Philomena: Simple but Deep

    Philomena, starring Judi Dench as an Irish woman searching in America for her long-lost son, is a simple film. But it is put together by director Stephen Frears so superbly, with such grace and humanity, that you can’t he...
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    Drama
     
    AugustTable

    August: Osage County

    Great plays almost never make for great films. I’ve said it a million times. So it goes with the screen adaptation of Tracy Letts’ landmark play, “August: Osage County,” which debuted on Broadway in 2007...
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    Best of 2013
     
    12 Years 6

    12 Years a Slave: Best Film of 2013

    12 Years a Slave is a horrifying, realistic look at American slavery.  The film is grueling in its depiction of the hell that black Americans lived under for several hundred years, and it is the best film by far of 2013. It is ...
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    Best of 2013
     
    AmericanHustle4

    American Hustle: A Must-See

    By Mona Gerber Milbrodt Although she would have been barely past toddlerhood in 1978, Amy Adams wears those iconic big-ass hair rollers held fast by oversize metal bobby pin clips as if she had really lived in the post-Watergat...
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    Best of 2013
     
    Gatsby1A

    Great Gatsby: One of the Best of 2013

    Baz Luhrmann’s “The Great Gatsby” has flaws. For starters, it’s visually and sonically bloated and about a half-hour too long. (Total running time is almost two-and-a-half hours.) But it is also complex,...
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    Drama
     
    Pines

    Place Beyond the Pines: Starts Out Great but Devolves into Soap Opera

    “The Place Beyond the Pines” represents something of a step back for filmmaker Derek Cianfrance. His first feature, “Blue Valentine” (2010), starring Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams, a near-masterpiec...
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    Avant-Garde
     
    SpringBreakers2

    Spring Breakers: A Disaster

    I never would have believed Harmony Korine capable of making a boring film. But lo and behold, his new film “Spring Breakers” is just that. Incredibly boring. It has almost no content, almost no script, laughable ac...
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    Drama
     
    KeepLights

    Keep the Lights On: Exploration of Troubled Relationship

    Originally written October 2012 Think of “Keep the Lights On” as a companion piece to last year’s wondrous little film “Weekend” (which was on my Top 10 list of 2011). Gay men, who have played a ma...
  •  
    Mediocre Popcorn Movie
     
    Trans2

    Transcendence: Weak Popcorn Movie

    Transcendence is a sub-par popcorn movie with a pseudo-scientific gloss. The marketing makes you think it’s like Inception, but it’s really more like a mediocre superhero movie. Its core concept is pretty cool, but ...
  •  
    Science Fiction
     
    UnderSkin650

    Under the Skin: Eerie, Simple, Wordless

    Under the Skin is an extremely simple (almost laughably simple), nearly wordless film about a sexy alien roaming around Scotland in a mini-van, seducing and then killing men. It is from English writer/director Jonathan Glazer, ...
  •  
    Comedy
     
    GBHotelposter650

    Grand Budapest Hotel: Charming, Visually Gorgeous

    By Mona Gerber Milbrodt The Grand Budapest Hotel: Gorgeous production values, Ralph Fiennes‘s charismatic comedic turn, and priceless cameos make this movie feel like an enjoyable, if slightly inconsequential, outing. As ...
  •  
    Avant-Garde
     
    CarBig

    Nymphomaniac: Anti-Cinema

    Nymphomaniac, the new film from Danish filmmaker Lars von Trier, is very long (four hours), requires that you pay the price of two admissions to see it in its entirety, and is only moderately satisfying. Two admissions are nece...
  •  
    Best of 2013
     
    Mud650v2

    Mud: Most Unfairly Overlooked Film of 2013

    Mud, starring Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, and child-actor Tye Sheridan, was released in the spring of 2013 and received very good reviews. I missed it in its original release but was recently able to track it down o...
  •  
    Dramedy
     
    WolfFeature2

    Wolf of Wall Street: Another Mediocre Best Picture Nominee

    Martin Scorsese’s The Wolf of Wall Street, which was nominated for the Best Picture Oscar, is a predictable, over-long, repetitious dramedy based on the completely uninteresting life of Jordan Belfort, a semi-educated man...
  •  
    Worst of 2013
     
    Lindsay Lohan

    The Canyons: Worst Film of 2013

    The Canyons was released in New York in the summer of 2013. The week it opened, I read impressive things about Lindsay Lohan’s performance and was excited that the film’s creative team was Bret Easton Ellis (screenw...
  •  
    Dramedy
     
    NebraskaImage1

    Nebraska: Devoid of Ideas

    It is astonishing that Nebraska received an Oscar nomination as Best Picture. It may go down in history as the worst film ever to receive a Best Picture nomination. The major problem is that the script has no content. No ideas ...
     
  •  
    Best of 2013
     
    Philomena15

    Philomena: Simple but Deep

    Philomena, starring Judi Dench as an Irish woman searching in America for her long-lost son, is a simple film. But it is put together by director Stephen Frears so superbly, with such grace and humanity, that you can’t he...
  •  
    Drama
     
    AugustTable

    August: Osage County

    Great plays almost never make for great films. I’ve said it a million times. So it goes with the screen adaptation of Tracy Letts’ landmark play, “August: Osage County,” which debuted on Broadway in 2007...
  •  
    Best of 2013
     
    12 Years 6

    12 Years a Slave: Best Film of 2013

    12 Years a Slave is a horrifying, realistic look at American slavery.  The film is grueling in its depiction of the hell that black Americans lived under for several hundred years, and it is the best film by far of 2013. It is ...
  •  
    Best of 2013
     
    AmericanHustle4

    American Hustle: A Must-See

    By Mona Gerber Milbrodt Although she would have been barely past toddlerhood in 1978, Amy Adams wears those iconic big-ass hair rollers held fast by oversize metal bobby pin clips as if she had really lived in the post-Watergat...
  •  
    Best of 2013
     
    Gatsby1A

    Great Gatsby: One of the Best of 2013

    Baz Luhrmann’s “The Great Gatsby” has flaws. For starters, it’s visually and sonically bloated and about a half-hour too long. (Total running time is almost two-and-a-half hours.) But it is also complex,...
  •  
    Drama
     
    Pines

    Place Beyond the Pines: Starts Out Great but Devolves into Soap Opera

    “The Place Beyond the Pines” represents something of a step back for filmmaker Derek Cianfrance. His first feature, “Blue Valentine” (2010), starring Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams, a near-masterpiec...
  •  
    Avant-Garde
     
    SpringBreakers2

    Spring Breakers: A Disaster

    I never would have believed Harmony Korine capable of making a boring film. But lo and behold, his new film “Spring Breakers” is just that. Incredibly boring. It has almost no content, almost no script, laughable ac...
  •  
    Drama
     
    KeepLights

    Keep the Lights On: Exploration of Troubled Relationship

    Originally written October 2012 Think of “Keep the Lights On” as a companion piece to last year’s wondrous little film “Weekend” (which was on my Top 10 list of 2011). Gay men, who have played a ma...