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Thursday, November 21,2013

Brutality depicted

'12 Years a Slave' is an epic lesson

By Ryan Syrek
New rule: You can watch Django Unchained as many times as you want, but you have to watch 12 Years a Slave at least once first.
Thursday, November 14,2013

Thor-sty for more

'Thor: The Dark World' is superhero satisfaction

By Ryan Syrek
The comic book series is so niche and crazy that there’s actually a supporting character named Throg, who is a frog version of Thor. And that comic book has now spawned two big-budget movies.
Thursday, November 14,2013

The bright side of Mexico

By David Accomazzo
Talking on the phone with longtime record producer-turned-filmmaker Duncan Bridgeman, you get the feeling you’re talking to an extremely friendly, hippie version of Hunter S. Thompson.
Thursday, November 7,2013

Tame, lame video game

'Ender's Game' has no winner

By Ryan Syrek
Glam it up all you want: Ender’s Game is about a kid playing a high-stakes video game.
Thursday, October 31,2013

Bad advice

'The Counselor' is Cormac-whacked

By Ryan Syrek
Featuring an all-star cast of irreproachable actors ... and also Cameron Diaz, The Counselor had Ridley Scott at the helm and an original screenplay written by Cormac McCarthy. All the ingredients in this cinematic recipe are independently delicious; so why does the final meal taste like week-old dumpster pizza with extra anchovies?
Thursday, October 24,2013


'The Fifth Estate' is second rate

By Ryan Syrek
The Fifth Estate is Keystrokes: The Movie, a flat, dull, repetitive dud made modestly palatable because nobody doesn’t like the taste of Benedict Cumberbatch, the British treat.
Thursday, October 17,2013

Grindhouse ground out

'Machete Kills' and no one cares

By Ryan Syrek
Before we go further, you should know I gave Ticked-Off Trannies with Knives a positive review, so I “get” grind-schlock. This isn’t that, this is someone doing a bad impression of that.
Thursday, October 10,2013

She needed her space

Sandra Bullock owns 'Gravity'

By Ryan Syrek
Bullock’s dizzyingly complex performance in a film that is as thrilling as it is culturally resonant does make Gravity something hella special.
Thursday, October 3,2013

Race scar drivers

'Rush' shows Formula 1's collateral damage

By Ryan Syrek
Director Ron Howard and writer Peter Morgan ask a good question with Rush, which is: What kind of broken human beings strap themselves to a rocket-coffin?
Thursday, September 26,2013

Hugh catch a predator?

Prisoners goes medieval on Paul Dano%u2028

By Ryan Syrek
If you like smiling and aren’t criminally demented, Prisoners is a damn rough watch.