The Cat’s in the Cradle and John McClane’s in Russia: A Good Day to Die Hard

By Alexis Neal on February 14, 2013

Review of A Good Day to Die Hard, Directed by John Moore By ALEXIS NEAL Where does our favorite modern-day cowboy go on vacation to get away from it all? Why, Mother Russia, of course, to track down his missing…

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Beautiful Creatures and the Books They Love

By Coyle Neal on February 14, 2013

Review of Beautiful Creatures, Directed by Richard LaGravenese By COYLE NEAL  Both Ethan and Lena want to escape—Ethan wants to get out of his backwoods South Carolina town (I forget the name, but does it really matter?), while Lena wants to…

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Love Conquers All: Romance and Idolatry in ‘The Mummy’

By Alexis Neal on February 13, 2013

Review of The Mummy, Directed by Karl Freund By ALEXIS NEAL You really should know better than to read aloud anything you find in an ancient tomb in Cairo. But when the long-lost Scroll of Thoth is discovered, a certain…

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Silver Tales from the Warner Bros. Lot

By Kendrick Kuo on February 11, 2013

Review of Tales from the Warner Bros. Lot from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment By KENDRICK KUO In commemoration of Warner Bros. 90th anniversary the studio has released a feature-length documentary about the grounds and the stories brought to the screen…

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Side Effects

By Kendrick Kuo on February 8, 2013

Review of Side Effects, Directed by Steven Soderbergh By KENDRICK KUO Rating: 7/10 Side Effects has generated a lot of buzz, partly because the director, Steve Soderbergh, has kept his lips sealed about what the movie is about, besides of…

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Pleasant Quartet Is the Anti-Amour

By Christian Hamaker on February 6, 2013

Review of Quartet, Directed by Dustin Hoffman, and Amour, Directed by Michael Haneke By CHRISTIAN HAMAKER After seven Oscar nominations and two wins as an actor, Dustin Hoffman moves behind the camera for Quartet, his official directorial debut. (The actor…

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What are the Beasts of the Southern Wild?

By Kendrick Kuo on February 5, 2013

Review of Beasts of the Southern Wild, Directed by Benh Zeitlin By KENDRICK KUO Beasts of the Southern Wild has taken top prizes at Sundance and Cannes and has now racked up nominations at the Oscars. The talk of the…

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Happiness may be a warm blanket, but Justice is a Bullet to the Head

By Coyle Neal on February 1, 2013

Review of Bullet to the Head, Directed by Walter Hill By COYLE NEAL This movie is a combination of the original graphic novel and all previous Stallone movies (except possibly that soccer one). And… I don’t actually think I’m exaggerating much.…

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Are We Stand Up Guys?

By Kendrick Kuo on January 31, 2013

Review of Stand Up Guys, Directed by Fisher Stevens By KENDRICK KUO What makes a stand up guy? Friendships between three retired gangsters tries to answer this question in the just-released Stand Up Guys starring Al Pacino, Christopher Walken, and…

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Big Trouble in Little China: Tina Turner Was Wrong–We DO Need Another Hero

By Alexis Neal on January 30, 2013

Review of Big Trouble in Little China, directed by John Carpenter By ALEXIS NEAL Jack Burton is nobody special. He’s just your average red-blooded American—a loudmouth truckdriver with a gambling habit and a knack for getting into trouble. When his…

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