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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Book of the Dun Cow

By Kendrick Kuo on January 29, 2013

Review of Book of the Dun Cow by Walter Wangerin, Jr. By KENDRICK KUO Aesop’s fables, Narnia, and Animal Farm, all rolled into one, would produce something similar to Book of the Dun Cow (1978), although Dun Cow is in…

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In Defense of Burning Witches

By Coyle Neal on January 25, 2013

Review of Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters, Directed by Tommy Wirkola By COYLE NEAL Deep in the woods of Germany, a sinister plot is brewing—and the brew will be seasoned with twelve kidnapped children from nearby Augsburg. Enter Hansel and…

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Searching for Forgiveness in The Words

By Kendrick Kuo on January 24, 2013

Review of The Words, Directed by Brian Klugman and Lee Sternthal By KENDRICK KUO The Words is almost more a parable than a movie. The film has three interlayered stories—Clayton Hammond is an author who writes The Words, a book…

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Les Miserable, a second take

By Coyle Neal on January 22, 2013

Review of Les Miserables, Directed by Tom Hooper By COYLE NEAL “Whosoever shall seek to save his life shall lose it; and whosoever shall lose his life shall preserve it.” Luke 17:33 I went into Les Miserables without having read…

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Middle Earth is Inherited by the Meek

By Kendrick Kuo on January 17, 2013

A Review of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, Directed by Peter Jackson By KENDRICK KUO After hearing the good reviews, including our very own Paul Miller’s take on the film, I decided to watch The Hobbit on New Year’s Day.…

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