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Thursday, March 14,2013

That’s enough, James Franco

In 'Oz the Great and Powerful,' the hero is the villain

By Ryan Syrek
Look, James Franco must be stopped.
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Thursday, March 7,2013

Faint pulse praise

'Warm Bodies' is a 'tweener

By Ryan Syrek
Warm is the ultimate ’tweener temperature. It’s not “hot” or “cold”; it rejects extreme or definitive categorization. It’s the thermometer equivalent of “meh.” So, it’s fitting that writer/director Jonathon Levine’s film sports the noncommittal word as the lead in its title. Warm Bodies is completely OK. It is resplendently fine. It is immeasurably pretty good. Sadly, it really hoped to be great.
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Thursday, February 28,2013

Hardly dying

‘A Good Day to Die Hard’ ignores every word in the title

By Ryan Syrek
A Good Day to Die Hard is not Die Hard; it’s also not good and mostly takes place at night. So really, the whole title is a lie.
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Thursday, February 21,2013

Restless leg syndrome

'Side Effects' will have you twitching with anxiety

By Ryan Syrek
Like Frankenstein’s monster or fans of Two Broke Girls, this film shouldn’t exist and definitely shouldn’t work. And yet, it does. Boy howdy, does it ever.
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Thursday, February 14,2013

Only kinda good, fellas

'Gangster Squad' talks the talk, walks crooked

By Ryan Syrek
Nothing brings back memories of Sean Penn’s history as a serial domestic abuser like watching him revel in a man being drawn-and-quartered by automobiles. What a weird choice to take a cheesy, scene-chewing, 1940s mob-boss role at this point in his career.
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Thursday, February 7,2013

Diabetes: the real monster

‘Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters’ is insane

By Ryan Syrek
Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters is pretty much insane. And maybe it’s supposed to be.
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Thursday, January 31,2013

Check out some hot briefs

The 2013 Oscar-nominated shorts sizzle

By Ryan Syrek
Outside of the unspeakable fame and groupies, the best part of being a movie critic is getting a peek at stuff you may otherwise never see. One of my favorite annual traditions is checking out what the Academy felt were little films worthy of a little guy made of gold.
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Thursday, January 24,2013

You’ll need a Haneke

'Amour' will ruin you

By Ryan Syrek
Georges (Jean-Louis Trintignant) and Anne (Emmanuelle Riva) love the shit out of each other. Now in their 80s, the couple is affluent, cultured and about to stare into the abyss. One day, over breakfast, Anne stops communicating normally.
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Thursday, January 24,2013

White people nearly died

'The Impossible' and the hierarchy of suffering

By Ryan Syrek
How deplorable are we as a people that the most palatable story we found attractive enough to tell stars the pasty Ewan McGregor and the quasi-translucent Naomi Watts? And as if it wasn’t enough to focus a story set in this maelstrom of human...
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Thursday, January 17,2013

Where you been, Laden?

'Zero Dark Thirty' asks a good question

By Ryan Syrek
That members of the U.S. Senate have spent more time discussing the fictional depiction of torture in Zero Dark Thirty than they spent discussing the actual torture the military was performing in the wake of 9/11 is yet more proof that “Congress” is the opposite of “progress.”
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