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Punches and kicks are delivered with thunderous power and lightning-quick efficiency in Steven Soderbergh’s globe-trotting spy film Haywire, a Bourne-like tale of
Gut Reaction: The 84th Academy Award Nominations
The 2012 Oscar nominations were unveiled yesterday at the ungodly hour of 5:30am during a press conference in Los Angeles, CA.
The Grey
Set in a distant Alaskan hell where the devil deals in walls of snow, epic mountainsides, and rampaging beasts, The Grey follows a familiar narrative trajectory: “men unfit fo
Cape Envy: Josh Trank’s Chronicle
Chronicle, Josh Trank’s ripe stew of cliché characters, predictable scenarios, and crummy CGI, is a confirmation of said cash-grab, and its shameless predictability and cheap
Safety Blankets: Rodrigo Garcia’s Albert Nobbs
Albert Nobbs (Glenn Close) works as a butler in a prominent turn-of-the century Dublin Hotel where the wealthy socialites of the era come to drink and act entitled.
Slow-Motion Dive: Asghar Farhadi’s A Separation
Asghar Farhadi’s A Separation, a meticulously written and masterfully performed Iranian drama currently nominated for Best Foreign Language Film and Best Original Screenplay,
2012 Oscar Predictions
The 84th Annual Academy Awards airs this Sunday, February 26 and prognosticators, pundits, and pedestrians all over the globe are scrambling to compile their picks for cut-thr
First Person Shooter: Mike McCoy and Scott Waugh’s Act of Valor
An expensive Navy SEAL training video turned feature length action picture, Act of Valor has a clear goal in mind: to re-instill a sense of power and danger in the global repr
This is Not a Film: Tim and Eric’s Billion Dollar Movie
Stupid is as stupid does in Tim and Eric’s Billion Dollar Movie, an inane feature length extension of the comedy duo Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim’s Adult Swim sketch comedy
Blunderbuss Cinema: Andrew Stanton’s John Carter
Pixar Studios, the prolific Animation collective known for creating smart films that appeal to both children and adults alike, reached an artistic apex with WALL•E, a masterp
2012 San Diego Latino Film Festival
19 years after first being founded, the San Diego Latino Film Festival (March 8-18) is returning to its roots: Celebrating films made by Latino filmmakers in the United States
The Hunger Games
Presentation expresses and explodes political ideology in Gary Ross’ The Hunger Games, a stirring cinematic adaptation of the first book in Suzanne Collins’s hugely popular li
Mirror Mirror
Like the falling snowflakes that dominate many of its key sequences, Mirror Mirror is a weightless confection that evaporates almost on impact.
The Deep Blue Sea
The opening shot of The Deep Blue Sea, Terence Davies’ vivid whirlpool of swirling emotion set in post-WWII England, unfolds like a momentary flash of a half-remembered dream.
Controlled Chaos: Gareth Huw Evans’s The Raid: Redemption
The Raid: Redemption’s menial plot couldn’t be more straightforward: A special police task force made up of mostly rookies invades a 20-floor apartment building, a grim and de


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