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Thursday, December 6,2012

Falling down 12 steps

‘Smashed’ updates our alcoholic narrative

By Ryan Syrek
The ubiquitous hyperbolic after-school-special type of dramatization of the perils of alcoholism has lost its teeth; it no longer delivers a social bite so much as it gets drool everywhere.
Thursday, November 29,2012

A surreal take on a classic

‘Anna Karenina’ adaptation employs unique devices

By Dave Taylor
Tolstoy’s classic novel of love and infidelity, Anna Karenina has been brought to stage and screen many times, often with mediocre results due to its complexity.
Wednesday, November 21,2012

An Ang Lee masterpiece

‘Life of Pi’ succeeds at every level

By Dave Taylor
Being stranded in the middle of an unforgiving ocean is a theme that’s been explored in films as diverse as Swiss Family Robinson and Hitchcock’s surprisingly tense Lifeboat. But being cast adrift for more than 200 days in a lifeboat with an adult Bengal tiger?
Wednesday, November 21,2012

Emancipation examination

In the end, ‘Lincoln’ is more about an act than a man

By Ryan Syrek
A humble suggestion: Force the chittering, self-serving partisans in Washington who increasingly prefer filibusters over floor votes to watch Lincoln. Director Steven Spielberg’s latest provides a character sketch, not of its titular president, but of America’s political process.
Thursday, November 15,2012

Metal Lurching

‘Man with the Iron Fists’ is uneven fun%u2028

By Ryan Syrek
To walk in to The Man with the Iron Fists by choice is to give up your right to bitch about story and character.
Thursday, November 8,2012

Will the real Bond please stand up?

Daniel Craig finally nails spy’s character in ‘Skyfall’

By Dave Taylor
There’s no more iconic spy in Western culture than 007, Bond, James Bond, and with a 50-year cinematic history, the 22 previous films in the franchise also represent an extraordinary body of cinematic work.
Thursday, November 8,2012

8-bit-o’-honey

‘Wreck-It Ralph’ is sticky sweet

By Ryan Syrek
For a generation weaned on more Mario than Mother Goose, Wreck-It Ralph has been a long time coming.
Thursday, November 1,2012

No-town music

‘Detropia’ stylishly shows Detroit’s demise

By Ryan Syrek
At its worst, cinema verite is aimless pretense masquerading as artistic intent. At its best, it is Detropia, a documentary that adds soul to statistics, going inside the implosion of a once-proud city using a sprawling, haunting approach.
Thursday, November 1,2012

Partly sunny

‘Cloud Atlas’ sports foggy brilliance

By Ryan Syrek
To steal from Mother Goose (don’t worry, she’s dead): When Cloud Atlas is good, it’s very, very good; when it’s bad, Hugo Weaving is doing a drag impression of Nurse Ratched.
Thursday, October 25,2012

Being near Emma Watson

Just one of ‘The Perks of Being a Wallflower’

By Ryan Syrek
Reconciling the public’s fascination with Emma Watson’s blossoming sexuality with realizing that the first time she was on screen she was 11 years old is really difficult.
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