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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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Thursday, January 17,2013

Les swing and les miss

'Les MisÚrables' is the nail in the coffin

By Ryan Syrek
Two minutes in: You can do this, Ryan. Sure, a three-hour film version of a Broadway musical is a dry way to waterboard you, but people say Les MisÚrables is the best adaptation yet. Maybe this is the one that finally changes your mind. Five minutes in: Nope. This is my personal hell.
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Thursday, January 10,2013

Cotillard’s coattails

‘Rust and Bone’ hops a ride on Marion’s talent

By Ryan Syrek
Given that France is America’s go-to national punching bag for milquetoast xenophobic jokes, it is a testimony to her towering talent that Marion Cotillard is an Oscar-winning box office draw.
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Thursday, January 10,2013

Sherlock Homeless

‘Jack Reacher’ is one smart drifter

By Ryan Syrek
Jack Reacher, the hero of Jack Reacher (in case you were confused), is a drifter with nothing to lose. We know this because that is exactly what Tom Cruise says he is while yelling at a bad guy on the phone, Taken-style.
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Thursday, January 3,2013

Antebellum antiheroism

‘Django Unchained’ is awesome and complicated

By Ryan Syrek
Oh, Quentin Tarantino, you’ve really done it this time, haven’t you?
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Thursday, December 27,2012

2012, will you marry me?

This year’s best movies were so good, you guys...

By Ryan Syrek
I want the 2012 year-in-film to have my babies. Heck, I’ll have its babies; it has been so durn good I’d totally go seahorse for it.
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