Movie Review: This is The End

The post-apocalyptic comedy This is The End may be the best movie I’ve seen all year. I realize these are strong words for a movie that isn’t some dramatic picture about men overcoming disaster (though that is essentially what this is) or some hyper-violent comic-book movie. Not only is it incredibly funny, but it actually contains … Continue reading Movie Review: This is The End

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Movie Review: Man of Tai Chi

Man of Tai-Chi (2013), the first film directed by Keanu Reeves, is a formidable picture that fully displays the passion Reeves has for martial arts. Unlike the recent Ninja 2: Shadows of the Tear (2013), Keanu smartly trusts his audience and focuses on the martial artist Tiger Chen rather than an American protagonist. Despite Keanu’s … Continue reading Movie Review: Man of Tai Chi

Movie Review: The Act of Killing

To call the documentary The Act of Killing disturbing is an understatement. The film is the closest most of us may ever have to stare face to face with pure evil. Director Joshua Oppenheimer follows a group of Indonesian thugs who were once part of a military death squad during the 1960s. These men, in … Continue reading Movie Review: The Act of Killing

Movie Review: Her

Moments after Spike Jonze’s science-fiction/romance hybrid Her, I sat in my seat thinking about the movie I had just seen. I didn’t feel comfortable sharing with my friends my thoughts--at least not in that moment. I spent the rest of the night in quiet contemplation. There’s something personal aboutHer; I can imagine people seeing some … Continue reading Movie Review: Her

Movie Review: Before Sunrise

In director Richard Linklater’s Before Sunrise (1995)--the first in what is now a trilogy of romantic films--he introduces us to Jesse (Ethan Hawke) and Celine (Julie Delpy), two romantic hopefuls who have a fateful meeting on a train to Vienna. Featuring the same quiet but assured directing style as Linklater’s cult-classic Dazed and Confused, Sunrise … Continue reading Movie Review: Before Sunrise

Movie Review: Only God Forgives

Danish filmmaker Nicolas Winding Refn’s 2011 film Drive was a fairly major sensation. Mixing the sensibilities of an art film with the qualities of a big-budget action flick, Drive became a critical darling with its stylistic violence and pulsing synth-laden soundtrack. Its lead actor, Ryan Gosling who was more known from schmalzy romance films, became … Continue reading Movie Review: Only God Forgives

Movie Review: Kiss Kiss Bang Bang

The holidays are the perfect time of year to join friends and family in enjoying holiday themed music, books, and, of course, film. It explains why TBS can get away with a twenty-four hour marathon of A Christmas Story or Home Alone. Christmas puts people in a good mood, and they want that reflected in … Continue reading Movie Review: Kiss Kiss Bang Bang

Movie Review: Casablanca

The 1942 film Casablanca is beloved by millions. With its achingly romantic setting in 1940s Morocco, the nostalgic, smoke-filled den of Rick’s Cafè Amèricain, and the tragic love story between Rick Blaine (Humphrey Bogart) and Ilsa Lund (Ingrid Bergman), the film’s lasting legacy gives weight to the idea that "yes, they really don’t make them … Continue reading Movie Review: Casablanca

Movie Review: Graceland

Violence against children is a taboo rarely violated by mainstream cinema. Kids are often perceived as innocents in conflicts often waged by adults, but most movies avoid placing children in any active danger. Besides, is there ever a good reason for actors to simulate child abuse? But films aren’t only meant to provide entertainment; they … Continue reading Movie Review: Graceland

Movie Review: The Skin I Live In

Pedro Almodovar’s The Skin I Live In (2011) begins as an effective thriller, akin to David Cronenberg’s own entries into the body-horror genre of the 1980s. We are introduced to an odd Spanish family: Robert Ledgard (Antonio Banderas), a brilliant doctor who has been working on artificial skin, and is driven by the tragic death … Continue reading Movie Review: The Skin I Live In