Cutting Room for December 19

In a bit of fun, Charlie Sheen is going to reprise his brief role from Ferris Bueller’s Day Off on ABC’s TV show “The Goldbergs.” The episode is going to be a tribute to the classic John Hughes movie. The only question is, after so long away from the part, how is Sheen going to be able to play a character that is drug-addled and in trouble with the law?

Creed is not an upcoming movie that...

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Ending in the Middle Earth

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

There are many things I don’t understand: quantum mechanics, car commercials, who put the bomp in the bomb bah bomp bah bomp. But chief among the perplexing unsolvables to me remains how people who loved writer/director Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings trilogy don’t like the current Hobbit series. Better acted, more personal and possessed of better visuals and 100% more Evangeline Lilly, the...

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Worst. Children’s Book. Ever.

The Babadook

The horror genre is not my least favorite genre solely because white people keep making period costume dramas. At their worst, horror flicks revel in sadism and do so shoddily, with weak acting, sparse storytelling, frequent misogyny and amateurish cinematography. Writer/director Jennifer Kent ain’t about that life. Filled with layers of rich meaning, two spectacular performances and...

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Cutting Room for December 12

I’m growing increasingly okay with this whole Ghostbusters 3 thing. The decision to hire director Paul Feig and cast the team as all women feels inspired, as the current number of movies anchored by a team of women this year stands at…hold on a tic, lemme check…zero. It stands at zero. News broke this week that Rebel Wilson and Jennifer Lawrence have both spoken to Feig about the film. The former...

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Happy, Little Clouded

The Tale of Princess Kaguya

Actual human beings made The Tale of Princess Kaguya, and you can tell. A water-colored rebuke of the robots who computer-generate most modern animation, every luscious scene is hand-crafted and flippin’ gorgeous. Sadly, the story is painted with obvious and familiar strokes, riffing on cliched fairy tale themes about independence and empowerment that fail the visual artistry. The result is a...

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Cutting Room for December 5

Chris Pratt has become whatever culturally gendered, cloying term you’d like to use in place of “America’s sweetheart.” He’s beloved for his work on “Parks and Rec” and flipped millions an adorable middle finger in Guardians of the Galaxy. So, obviously, his next movie is likely a remake of a remake of a bloody film full of brutal killers. Antoine Fuqua is directing a remake of The Magnificent...

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Cutting Room for November 28

Not that I’ve watched the teaser for Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens a lot, but this may be the longest that I’ve gone without replaying it. Actually, hold on a second, I have to do…something… Okay, I’m back. One of the only controversies about the gobstopping wonderment-inducing footage is whose voice that is dripping with Britishness and menace in the voiceover. Many thought it was...

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The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

The epic conclusion to the most epic of epics.

GRADE
A-


The Babadook

A terrifying tale of an ooky pop-up book and motherly love.

GRADE
A


The Tale of Princess Kaguya

A water-colored take on a Japanese folktale that is prettier than it is interesting.

GRADE
B-


The Theory of Everything

"Out of this world" performances buoy a sub-par script.

GRADE
B+


Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1

Half of what promises to be an epic conclusion to a fabulous series.

GRADE
B+


Birdman

A delirously fun satirical send up of artistic pretension. 

GRADE
B+


The Overnighters

"The Grapes of Wrath" in documentary form set in North Dakota.

GRADE
A-


Interstellar

If this was humanity's last hope, give up.

GRADE
D


Happy, Little Clouded

Actual human beings made The Tale of Princess Kaguya, and you can tell. A water-colored rebuke of the robots who...

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No Big Bang

In 1965, Stephen Hawking wrote his first ground-breaking thesis and wed Jane Wilde. His paper argued that if a star can...

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Leni Riefen-stalling

On the one hand, any film subtitled “Part 1” is a naked cash grab. On the other hand, shut up and take my money, Hunger...

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Oopsie Genius

I know two things for sure: (1) Birdman aims to relentlessly drive home one singular point, one thoroughly expressed thesis...

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