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"The Interview" died; what comes next might be worse

Published Dec. 19, 2014

"The Interview" was canceled this past week amongst hack attacks and terrorist threats. It doesn't matter that this happened to THIS particular movie. What matters is what this means for ALL movies. And what this moment represents is a terrible precedent for the future of film and art altogether.


Chris Rock gets close to top form in "Top Five"

Published Dec. 15, 2014

Fans have been routinely left waiting for a Chris Rock movie that truly plays up to the standard of Chris Rock. Luckily, the wait is over with the arrival of "Top Five," a loose-limbed comedy about celebrity that feels like a movie worthy of its star - in both its voice and its significant supply of laughs.


The frostily funny "Force Majeure" sends a marriage down the moguls

Published Dec. 9, 2014

What doesn't kill you supposedly makes you stronger. In the case of the sneakily incisive new Swedish dark comedy "Force Majeure," however, what doesn't kill you reveals your deepest faults to all of your loved ones. And they are not impressed.


Needless "Horrible Bosses 2" is a criminally unfunny sequel

Published Dec. 4, 2014

Three desperate everyday guys pushed so far to the edge that committing a crime is the only option? OK, that works, or at least that's relatable on a darkly comic level. Three desperate everyday guys pushed so far to the edge that committing a crime is the only option ... again? Well, now we're moving into sociopathic territory, not exactly the best place for a comedy sequel, like "Horrible Bosses 2," to roost.


Hawking biopic "The Theory of Everything" falls well short of genius

Published Dec. 3, 2014

It's somewhat refreshing at first to see "The Theory of Everything" attempt to take that aspect of the more complicated aspects of Hawking's personal life head on. Unfortunately, that's where the bravery ends. As the movie attempts put a pleasant glaze over an emotionally jagged situation, it becomes clear that there's a reason why biopics tend to avoid these kind of complex dilemmas: They're not very good at handling them.

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