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Ryan Syrek

Matt and Ryan talk about cheesy sci-fi cover art, Logan Lucky, and various unsavory topics. Just like you want! more

Aug 18, 2017 2:24 PM Film

Two free screenings at Aksarben Cinema, the good Ridley Scott twin's movie at Alamo Drafthouse, and a musician's movie about a musician are all in this roundup! more

Aug 18, 2017 1:50 PM Cutting Room

A stealthy-smart script buoys a cliche-based heist movies about two brothers (Channing Tatum and Adam Driver) who partner with an explosive thief (Daniel Craig) to rob the Charlotte Motor Speedway. This is one kind and clever crowd-pleaser. more

Aug 18, 2017 1:11 PM Film

Matt and Ryan discuss movie rumors, review Girls Trip, and postulate about the genitalia of our robot overlords. more

Aug 11, 2017 1:06 PM Film

Ryan's take on this 90s-set family drama is more positive than Mason's, as he found it a quietly amusing exploration of dysfunction. more

Aug 11, 2017 12:51 PM Film

The Alamo Drafthouse and Film Streams are making August live up to its reputation as the hottest month with a bevy of screenings and events . more

Aug 4, 2017 1:07 PM Cutting Room

I’ve crossed 15 years reviewing films at The Reader. With apologies to 2001, this lines up fairly neatly with the start of the millennium. Since this issue celebrates the best of our big little town, here are my 10 favorite movies during that time. more

Aug 4, 2017 1:07 PM Film

A misunderstood-but-deep-down-super-awesome generic white boy, Jake Chambers (Tom Taylor), has dreams about a bad guy in black (Matthew McConaughey) trying to bring about the apocalypse and a good guy (Idris Elba) who aims to stop him. more

Aug 4, 2017 1:06 PM Film

This week, we have TWO episodes for you. One on The Dark Tower and one on Atomic Blonde. We also give Matt a new name. Come, meet Fling Flong! more

Aug 4, 2017 11:24 AM Film

Set in the Cold War, a spy with a list of the identities of spies gets killed, and MI-6 agent Lorraine Broughton (Charlize Theron) is dispatched to get it back and kill the bad guys. It's boring before it gets awesome but it gets very awesome. more

Jul 28, 2017 9:59 AM Film

Major Valerian (Dane DeHaan) and his partner, Sergeant Laureline (Cara Delevingne), are intergalactic space agents that stumble across a vast conspiracy in a film with great visuals and tons of problematic narrative decisions. more

Jul 21, 2017 9:53 AM Film

The real life romance of Kumail Nanjiani and his wife, Emily V. Gordon, is dramatized in this super sweet tale involving a medically induced coma, two sets of meddling parents, and plenty of genuine humor. more

Jul 14, 2017 2:36 PM Film

Matt and Ryan interview journalist/author Leo Adam Biga about Alexander Payne. Everything from his next film, Downsizing, to criticisms of Payne's work are on the table! more

Jul 14, 2017 1:32 PM Film

Matt and Ryan kinda stay on topic! Well, they discuss the World's Strongest Man competition, Matt's contagion level, and (eventually) rom-com The Big Sick! more

Jul 14, 2017 11:26 AM Film

Based on the Decameron, this is a breezy comedy about a peasant who finds himself in a convent where nuns are going bonkers. Filled with ribald humor and raunch, the cast makes this a welcome respite from blockbuster fatigue. more

Jul 13, 2017 3:11 PM Film

Ditching the origin story, this breezy adventure sees Peter Parker (Tom Holland) as he first stumbles through making Spider-Man a superhero. A blissful blend of teen dramedy and comic book spectacle, this is a perfect genre film. more

Jul 7, 2017 3:46 PM Film

Matt and Ryan complain about the world's lack of empathy and then talk Spider-man and video games. LIKE ADULTS! more

Jul 7, 2017 12:11 PM Film

For this month's Food issue, we deep-dish-dive into some unusual categories of where cinema and cuisine collide. more

Jul 5, 2017 12:00 AM Film

A young man must drive around hardened criminals while listening to music. That’s the entirety of the plot here, as writer/director Edgar Wright fully trusts a just-okay soundtrack to buoy an unoriginal film until its brilliant second half. more

Jun 30, 2017 1:11 PM Film

Summer series, horror events, and boutique-based judges are all included in this month's roundup of local film goodness! more

Jun 29, 2017 12:00 AM Cutting Room