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Thursday, August 9,2012

Forgettable

‘Total Recall’ just slightly better than amnesia

By Ryan Syrek
Total Recall is the sci-fi tale of a quasi-postapocalyptic duckface war between Kate Beckinsale and Jessica Biel, with Colin Ferrell as the judge. At least, that’s what this remake of an adaptation of a short story, written by a gob-stopping five separate writers, seems to be about. Any larger theme is missed among the cacophony of dubstep and techno sounds, Farrell’s unrepentant shirtlessness and Biel and Beckinsale’s leather pants.
Thursday, August 2,2012

Savage beauty and the beasts

‘Beasts of the Southern Wild’ is why they make movies%u2028

By Ryan Syrek
They should hand out oxygen tanks before each screening of Beasts of the Southern Wild because writer/director Benh Zeitlin’s debut feature film takes your breath in the very first scene and plays keep away with it for more than 90 minutes.
Thursday, August 2,2012

Who watches ‘The Watch,’ man?

People who laugh at genital jokes%u2028

By Ryan Syrek
Seeing as how it has an extraterrestrial plot, let’s describe The Watch using an astronomical metaphor. Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn, Jonah Hill and Richard Ayoade are like comedic planets that orbit a central, burning sun. And that sun is made entirely of penis jokes.
Thursday, August 2,2012

From artist to activist

New documentary chronicles Chinese dissident Ai Weiwei’s fight against his government

By Sebastian Murdock
When Chinese government officials unexpectedly detained controversial artist Ai Weiwei — keeping him for 81 days in an undisclosed location — it ignited a firestorm of protests across the world that reinforced Ai’s calls for democracy in China.
Thursday, July 26,2012

Got ham?

‘The Dark Knight Rises’ is almost goofy%u2028

By Ryan Syrek
From Christian Bale’s bark to Hans Zimmer’s “gonna getcha” score, if director Christopher Nolan has driven one point home in his Batfilms, it has been this: “Take my films seriously, yo.” From meditations on the fine line between vengeance and justice to the moral ambiguity of using high-end technology “for the greater good,” this Bat-trilogy has cleverly and successfully fused “real world” stuff with “comic book” stuff. Until now.
Thursday, July 19,2012

Taylor can’t Kitsch a break

His best movie, ‘Savages,’ is still a mess%u2028

By Ryan Syrek
'Savages,' Taylor Kitsch’s last summer gasp and director Oliver Stone’s latest pulpy romp, is quite nearly good. Aside from its bloated meandering and terrible choice in leading lady, it was one solid landing away from respectable marks from the judges, even if the level of difficulty wasn’t all that high.
Thursday, July 12,2012

Inappropriate arachnid adjective

‘The Amazing Spider-Man’ is actually just so-so

By Ryan Syrek
Ugh. Because there’s no way for me to do this that isn’t personal, I may as well go all out. Spider-Man means a lot to me. Like, a lot a lot. As a gangly, nerdy kid often on the wrong side of juvenile taunting, Peter Parker’s experience wasn’t a standin for my life; he was living it. I mean, other than the whole “super powers” and “inexplicably hot girlfriends” part.
Thursday, July 12,2012

Wes Anderson could go full Burton

‘Moonrise Kingdom’ sweet but riddled with clichd Anderson-isms%u2028

By Ryan Syrek
It’s not writer/director Wes Anderson’s fault that since he burst on the scene with what is still his best film, Bottle Rocket, he has become a hipster demigod.
Thursday, July 5,2012

Not your average bear

Seth McFarlane’s ‘Ted’ is surprisingly watchable

By Dave Taylor
Ted is a film about a foul-mouthed teddy bear and a 30-something Bostonian with a hot girlfriend and the maturity of, well, a 35-yearold guy who lives with a stuffed animal. I found Ted to be quite hilarious, even as it was easily one of the crudest and most crass films I’ve seen in the theater so far this year.
Thursday, July 5,2012

When the system fails

‘The Invisible War’ exposes military’s shameful treatment of sex assault victims

By David Accomazzo
The first 15 minutes of Kirby Dick’s new documentary, The Invisible War, contain a staggering opening salvo. First, the jab, a statistic: “20 percent of servicewomen have been sexually assaulted while serving.” Then the cross, a devastating montage of 12 victims, from all different branches of the military, each describing how they were raped. Some look at the camera, some look off-screen, some stare vacantly into nothing.
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