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Talking Twinkies

 

A Siren’s Dirge

 

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Cutting Room for February 15

  • Not only did Shakespeare invent a billion words, he is also responsible for the remake of Footloose. See, the bard’s plays have been recast, reimagined and remade for hundreds of years, and if you want proof, check out the third annual Shakespeare on the Silverscreen film series showing at the Marcus Midtown Cinema every Tuesday night from Feb 26 through March 12.  Nebraska Shakespeare (nebraskashakespeare.com)...


Cutting Room for February 8

  • Hopefully far more effective than my “pray the Chicago Bears to the Super Bowl” effort, on February 27 at 7 pm, Film Streams (filmstreams.org) and The Werner Institute will attempt to Pray the Devil Back to Hell. Which is to say they will screen the documentary about the Liberian women who brought peace to their war-torn country and follow it with a discussion that includes various experts in both law and...


Faint Pulse Praise

“Warm” is the ultimate ‘tweener temperature. It’s not “hot” or “cold;” it rejects extreme or definitive categorization. It’s the thermometer equivalent of “meh.” So, it’s fitting that writer/director Jonathon Levine’s film sports the noncommittal word as the lead in its title. Warm Bodies is completely okay. It is resplendently fine. It is immeasurably pretty good. Sadly, it really hoped to be great.

Coming up...


Restless Leg Syndrome

Feel free to call director Steven Soderbergh’s latest film (and potentially last, if you believe his retirement threats) a wacky mallard because it is one odd duck. If a Hitchcock movie took a Dateline NBC segment behind the art house theater and got it pregnant, Side Effects is what would emerge from the birth canal. Like Frankenstein’s monster or fans of “Two Broke Girls,” this film shouldn’t exist and...


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Southpaw

Jake Gyllenhaal swings but the film kinda misses.

GRADE
C+

Ant-Man

A delightfully scaled-down heist movie featuring shrinking superheroes.

GRADE
A-

Minions

A spinoff of Despicable Me that isn't totally despicable. 

GRADE
C+

Amy

A soul-crushing look at a siren taken too early.

GRADE
A+

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

Another coming-of-age dramedy about a sad, privileged white kid.

GRADE
D

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GRADE
A

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GRADE
B-

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Set against the Northern Ireland conflict, this "trapped behind enemy lines" thriller delivers big time.

GRADE
A-

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