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Thursday, December 20,2012

Dwarfing expectations

‘The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey’ is expectedly awesome

By Ryan Syrek
We are masters of cynicism, proudly sporting a black belt in backlash. If this generation of critics, pseudo-critics and armchair-article-writing audience members given the bully pulpit of social media has any legacy, it will be bitching for bitching’s sake.
Thursday, December 20,2012

Songs of Solomon

CU filmmaker works in the medium of visual music

By David Accomazzo
For whatever reason, avant-garde art films have never gained the pop-culture cachet achieved by other realms of the art world.
Thursday, December 13,2012

The black market meets the stock market

‘Killing Them Softly’ shorts a promising premise

By David Accomazzo
Killing Them Softly is an ambitious mashup of black market and stock market politics, wrapped in the guise of a straight-up crime movie. If that sounds like it’d be hard to pull off, it is.
Thursday, December 6,2012

Hawkes’ virginity Hunt-ed

‘The Sessions’ is sweetly sexual

By Ryan Syrek
America’s Puritanical origins mean that “sweetly sexual” may sound oxymoronic, but that phrase absolutely defines The Sessions, the softest and kindest movie to ever feature a star of Mad About You buck nekkid.
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.
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