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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 ...
 
Bleak Drama
 
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Joe: Inspired but Chaotic and Overblown

There’s a lot that is right with David Gordon Green‘s Joe — and much that is wrong. Nicolas Cage stars as a small-business owner named Joe, who lives in an impoverished corner of the heartland, the kind of pla...
 
Science Fiction
 
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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, ...

 
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 ...
 
Avant-Garde
 
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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
 
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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
 
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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...
 
Worst of 2013
 
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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
 
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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
 
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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...