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Wednesday, July 3,2013

Review: 'World War Z' better than awful

'World War Z' lacks scope and aim

By Ryan Syrek
As has been well-publicized, Brad Pitt’s company, Plan B, snapped up the rights to Max Brooks’ thoughtful, faux-historical retrospective novel and then promptly scrapped everything but the title. Turns out, they disregarded most of that too, in that the film World War Z features no war. Technically, it does take place on a planet, so it satisfies the “world” in its title. But unless the “Z” is meant to invoke onomatopoetic snoring, two-thirds of the title is still a lie.
Thursday, June 27,2013

I Kent believe it got better!

'Man of Steel' punches summer in the face

By Ryan Syrek
With one tiny twist in perspective, Man of Steel has reinvented the character, dominated the summer blockbuster season and invigorated the concept of rebooting a franchise.
Thursday, June 20,2013

No bull! Shh…

'Blancanieves' is a silent, bullfighting gem

By Ryan Syrek
Blancanieves is what The Artist wants to be when The Artist grows up. It’s proof that a powerful score, expressive physical acting and imaginative directing can still deliver a silent film as resonant today as it would have been all those decades ago.
Thursday, June 13,2013

The truth of true love

'Before Midnight' will rub your heart raw

By Ryan Syrek
You know the moment. It’s that split second when your mouth sprints right when your brain comes up lame. Suddenly, an average argument about one thing, one time, is now an argument about everything, every time.
Thursday, June 6,2013

Lonely Hearts’ Club

'Love Is All You Need' if you have Pierce Brosnan

By Ryan Syrek
Let’s be honest, Love Is All You Need (or Den Skaldede Frisør if Danish is more than a donut to you) is basically redundant escapist fantasy. But when the fantasy services the desires of middle-aged women struggling with uncompassionate husbands and cancer and not hormonal, heterosexual male teenagers jagged (as most movies seem intent to service), it scores a free pass on originality.
Thursday, May 30,2013

Fade to blackout

'The Hangover' series can’t end fast enough

By Ryan Syrek
The Hangover Part III is so jaw-droppingly terrible, America deserves an explanation.
Thursday, May 23,2013

Kobayashi Magoo

'Star Trek Into Darkness' turns a blind eye to continuity

By Ryan Syrek
If modern nerd culture has a “patient zero,” it was Mr. Trekkie (or Miss Trekker, if you’re nasty). Their legendary attention to detail is exceeded only by their willingness to speak Klingon in the most intimate of settings. And they’re really, really going to hate Star Trek Into Darkness.
Thursday, May 16,2013

Puttin' on the Fitz'

90-year-old themes buoy 'The Great Gatsby'

By Ryan Syrek
If “director Baz Luhrmann” and “restraint” have ever appeared in the same sentence together, they were the word-bread creating a sandwich around the phrase “has absolutely no.”
Thursday, May 9,2013

Up and Downey

In 'Iron Man 3,' Tony Stark soars once more

By Ryan Syrek
Co-screenwriter Drew Pearce and Black have done the unthinkable; they created a character-based superhero movie that isn’t about the superhero not wanting to be a superhero. Gasp!
Thursday, May 2,2013

Tom Cruise’s foreign policy

'Drones bad,' 'Oblivion' says

By Ryan Syrek
If you conceived a child back when Tom Cruise jumped on Oprah’s couch, it would now be old enough to tell you to move on. Despite welcoming back rapists and murderers when they win a Super Bowl, modern society seems intent on holding a grudge against a guy who, at worst, is a weird idiot.