Hard Not to Laika

“Show your work.” That statement is both an admonition given by rigid mathematics instructors and part of the reason why stop-motion animation continues to captivate. The meticulous, painstaking craft of slowly posing miniature figures requires an effort that simply doesn’t come across when watching computer animation. It’s not to say that the latter doesn’t require […]

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Kim Jong-Uh Oh

Have you ever asked a friend to take a picture of you, and they forced you to pose for far too long before revealing that they were actually recording video the entire time? It’s a practical joke that endures because people tend to look absolutely bizarre when they’re trying look picture perfect. Well, veteran documentarian […]

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Lewd, Rude Food, Dude

The first 70-or-so minutes of Sausage Party is obscenely insightful, a hilariously raunchy contemplation of how spiritual beliefs can be ignorance-inducing and socially blinding. The last 15-20 minutes is as gloriously demented, completely unhinged and shocking as anything can be in the age of the Internet. Congrats to writers Kyle Hunter, Ariel Shaffir, Seth Rogen […]

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Nun Too Soon

The Innocents is a perfect film and, so far, the second-best film of 2016 for me. It’s runtime approaches two hours in length, but I didn’t spot a single misplaced moment. Somewhat refreshingly, The Innocents avoids all of the themes that we expect to see in a story about devoutly religious people living under brutal […]

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A Nice, Quiet Apocalypse

More apocalypse films like Into the Forest, please! I enjoy the nitro-boosted chaos of the Mad Max series and the zombie hordes of “The Walking Dead” TV series. Even the never-ending series of Hollywood films about aliens arriving to ruin humanity’s fun occasionally offer some cheap thrills. But every now and then, it’s nice to […]

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Squad Goals

Both the original “Star Trek” and “Star Trek: The Next Generation” got to warm up on the small screen before being called up to the big (screen) league. This not only gave their cinematic endeavors a heightened sense of importance, it fleshed out the depth of the crews’ overall mission and provided the real-life casts […]

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Less Giggle, More Gag

All of the good puns have already been used. Comments such as “Tickled will tickle your curiosity” and “By the end of Tickled, you won’t have anything to laugh about,” are the kinds of zingers film critics dream of. What puns about tickling are even left for me to find a clever way to tell […]

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It’s Ghostbusters, Whaddya Want?

Sadly, but as expected, news that writer/director Paul Feig’s reboot of Ghostbusters would feature four women in the lead roles was met by the kind of childish misogyny that has come to exemplify the worst of the Internet. Fragile manbabies cursed with boundless insecurity and access to Wi-Fi have made hating this movie suffice for […]

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Stuck in a Bunker With You?

You can keep your Jason Voorhies and Freddy Kreuger. To me, nothing is more terrifying than an overweight, middle-aged, gun-loving, white man obsessed with the “impending apocalypse.” Whether its barfy nonsense about chemtrails or proof of a Martian invasion, AM-radio-style conspiracies have given us a booming “doomsday bunker” industry and now 10 Cloverfield Lane, a […]

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Fun With Catholics and Communism

The funniest scene in Hail, Caesar! is a microcosm of the film’s overall genius. Foppish British director Laurence Laurentz (Ralph Fiennes) tries to get Hobie Doyle (Alden Ehrenreich), a singin’ and dancin’ cowboy movie star, to deliver a single line of dialogue in a refined, “rueful” way. They repeat the line back and forth to […]

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