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Thursday, January 16,2014

Bright Phoenix

Her looks at automating the frequency of the human heart

By Ryan Syrek
The most laughable part of Her isn’t the complex, sophisticated romantic relationship between a man and his software operating system; it’s the high-waisted, Clint Eastwood-esque pants everybody wears.
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Thursday, January 9,2014

Saving Mr. Banks is a bankrupt effort

Story of making Mary Poppins nearly a horror movie for artists

By Ryan Syrek
Director John Lee Hancock isn’t Joseph Goebbels or Leni Riefenstahl by any stretch, but Saving Mr. Banks is as close to corporate propaganda as can be legally released in theaters.
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Thursday, December 26,2013

Ron Burgundy is evil

But ‘Anchorman 2’ is great

By Ryan Syrek
Just like last time, the story is almost a nuisance. In the early 1980s, Ron and Veronica (Christina Applegate) are a successful husbandand-wife news anchoring team, until she gets a promotion and he doesn’t. Because he’s shallow and petty, he abandons his wife and son to wallow in whiskey.
Thursday, December 26,2013

Movies to look forward to in 2014

Expect lots of sequels from white dudes

By Ryan Syrek
Looking forward, 2015 is jam-packed with the single most anticipated docket of films ever scheduled. But first is 2014, the year nobody cares about. Let’s try to drum up some excitement anyway.
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Thursday, December 19,2013

Breathe in the Smaug

‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug’ is still fresh

By Ryan Syrek
The story is just so much richer, as it doesn’t stop at “Baddie McEvil tries to destroy the world.” We join Bilbo and his dwarf buddies as they are nearing the secret entrance to the home they were forced to abandon on the grounds of “Oh, dear God, that’s a fire breathing dragon,” which is an understandable reason to break a lease.
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Thursday, December 19,2013

Best and worst movies of 2013

Don't make me choose!

By Ryan Syrek
The only thing worse than years virtually free of good movies are years when I could make a top 10 list from the films I cut from my final top 10 list. What I’m sayin’ is: 2013 was real, real good, y’all.
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Thursday, December 12,2013

Philomena, evil nuns and AIDS

A fairly phenomenal film

By Ryan Syrek
Philomena is kind of a tough sell. It’s not a feel-good holiday picture or a tour-de-force acting showcase destined to be showered with Oscar kisses. All the movie has to offer is the fact that it’s really, really good.
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Thursday, December 5,2013

Frozen is a bit childish, but that's OK

'Frozen' is purposeful

By Ryan Syrek
There’s a joke about how a dude will like his new “sled” because “it’s got cupholders.” Oh, Frozen, you so hawt.
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Wednesday, November 27,2013

You say you want a revolution?

'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire' strikes back

By Ryan Syrek
With a female protagonist, overt racial themes and a wonderfully literal “poor versus the poor while the rich look on” centerpiece, Catching Fire is the best science-fiction sequel since The Empire Strikes Back and is far more important.
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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.
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