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Thursday, December 27,2012

Poor 2013: Films in the coming year

By Ryan Syrek
Listen, 2013, you look cool. You really do, with your new Superman movie and lack of Twilight. It’s just, well, your older sibling (2012) was super crazy awesome.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Thursday, November 8,2012

8-bit-o’-honey

‘Wreck-It Ralph’ is sticky sweet

By Ryan Syrek
For a generation weaned on more Mario than Mother Goose, Wreck-It Ralph has been a long time coming.
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Thursday, November 1,2012

No-town music

‘Detropia’ stylishly shows Detroit’s demise

By Ryan Syrek
At its worst, cinema verite is aimless pretense masquerading as artistic intent. At its best, it is Detropia, a documentary that adds soul to statistics, going inside the implosion of a once-proud city using a sprawling, haunting approach.
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Thursday, November 1,2012

Partly sunny

‘Cloud Atlas’ sports foggy brilliance

By Ryan Syrek
To steal from Mother Goose (don’t worry, she’s dead): When Cloud Atlas is good, it’s very, very good; when it’s bad, Hugo Weaving is doing a drag impression of Nurse Ratched.
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Thursday, October 25,2012

Being near Emma Watson

Just one of ‘The Perks of Being a Wallflower’

By Ryan Syrek
Reconciling the public’s fascination with Emma Watson’s blossoming sexuality with realizing that the first time she was on screen she was 11 years old is really difficult.
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