At Any Price: A Study in Discontentment

By Kendrick Kuo on May 3, 2013

Review of At Any Price, Directed by Ramin Bahrani Profoundly American and profoundly disturbing, At Any Price, the newest release by acclaimed director Ramin Bahrani (Goodbye Solo, Chop Shop), strikes at the heart of our enterprise and reveals the broken…

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Iron Man 3 is worth every nickel

By Coyle Neal on May 3, 2013

Review of Iron Man 3, Directed by Shane Black Does this movie even really need a review? As with everything else in the Avengers oeuvre to date (with the possible exceptions of Hulk and The Incredible Hulk), Iron Man 3 is…

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Kon-Tiki and the Risk of Faith

By Kendrick Kuo on May 3, 2013

Review of Kon-Tiki, Directed by Joachim Roenning and Espen Sandberg Kon-Tiki is a name that has faded from popular memory, but launched a generation of explorers and adventurers, including astronauts. Kon-Tiki is the name of a raft that carried a…

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At Any Price: Interview with Dennis Quaid and Ramin Bahrani

By Kendrick Kuo on May 2, 2013

At Any Price tells the fictional, but oh so real story of the Whipple family, caught up in the Darwinian struggle to survive in the modern agriculture business, which thrives under the banner “expand or die”. We watch as this…

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The General: A Train Full of Laughs

By Paul Miller on May 1, 2013

Review of The General, Directed by Buster Keaton In our effort to blog our way through the American Film Institute’s Top 100 Films, I picked out one of the few movies on the list I had not only not seen,…

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Last Train Home in Industrializing China

By Kendrick Kuo on April 30, 2013

Review of Last Train Home, Directed by Lixin Fan The documentary Last Train Home tells the heart-wrenching story of a family caught in the turbulence of an industrializing China. Every Spring, for Chinese New Year, 130 million migrant workers trek…

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Wreck It, But Be Nice to Your Sister

By Paul Miller on April 29, 2013

Review of Wreck-It Ralph, Directed by Rich Moore Confession:  I love video games.  When I was 2, my dad bought the Apple II computer.  Some of my earliest memories are playing stone-age video games together as a family.  I remember…

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If you love America, go see Pain & Gain

By Coyle Neal on April 26, 2013

Review of Pain and Gain, Directed by Michael Bay “Don’t be a don’t-er, do be a doer.” Such is the motto of body-builders/gym-rats Danny Lugo, Paul Doyle, and Adrian Doorball (Marky Mark, the Rock, and Anthony Mackie). Okay, if we’re…

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Here’s Looking at You, Casablanca!

By Alexis Neal on April 24, 2013

Review of Casablanca, Directed by Michael Curtiz It’s December of 1941 in sunny, depressing Casablanca, where refugees flock in an attempt to flee the ravages of Nazi-infested Europe. They flock to Vichy-controlled Casablanca, and there they stay—unless Captain Louis Renault…

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Man or Mouse: Humanity and Morality in The Secret of NIMH

By Alexis Neal on April 22, 2013

Review of The Secret of NIMH, Directed by Don Bluth Mrs. Brisby has a serious problem. Her youngest son, Timmy, has a nasty fever. Which would be problem enough, but it’s getting to be plow season. This is bad news…

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