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Inside Llewyn Davis

The Coen brothers’ new film is a heady, heartfelt character study and period piece. In other words, quintessential Coen.


Drama

Zach Hale
The album artwork for 1963’s The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan was nothing if not iconic. The image of a young Dylan with then-girlfriend Suze Rotolo clinging to his side, walking down a snow-covered street in New York’s Greenwich Village embodied the early ’60s folk movement like no other. It’s also where Inside Llewyn Davis makes its music.
 
Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Sanitarium

Commit yourself.


Horror

Rod Lott
It's official: We're living in a golden age of horror anthologies. True, the long-moribund subgenre isn't every fright fan's cup of tea, but those who like variety in one double-hour package have enjoyed a wealth of opportunities over the last few years and especially 2013.
 
Thursday, December 19, 2013

Saving Mr. Banks

Making Disney's Mary Poppins was anything but merry, as this winner shows.


Drama

Rod Lott
If there's one thing Hollywood loves more than itself, it's stories about itself. From The Artist to Argo, these films have translated into Tinseltown's ultimate display of self-affection: Oscar gold.
 
Friday, December 20, 2013

American Hustle

David O. Russell's latest proves there’s still a lot of criminal fun to be had from the time of polyester and disco.


Comedy

Phil Bacharach
Starting a major motion picture with a bald guy working on a comb-over isn’t the most obvious of choices. But American Hustle begins with Christian Bale, paunchy and fleshy and in decidedly non-Dark Knight shape, fixing his hair with a watchmaker’s precision. He glues down a massive comb-over and maneuvers a monstrous toupee before the coup de grâce: dousing the hirsute creation in nearly half a can of hairspray.
 
Friday, December 20, 2013

Unhung Hero

Does size matter?


Documentary

Rod Lott

First, watch this.

 
Thursday, December 19, 2013

The Wolf of Wall Street

Excess becomes a bit, um, excessive in the new film from Martin Scorsese.


Comedy

Phil Bacharach
After venturing outside his comfort zone in 2011’s family-friendly Hugo, Martin Scorsese returns to his cinematic turf of crooks, creeps and crime in The Wolf of Wall Street.
 
Friday, December 27, 2013

The Horror Show

No 'Show.'


Horror

Rod Lott
Although the title does not let on, 1989's The Horror Show actually began life as House III, a misbegotten sequel to 1986's hit House. In the end, it doesn't matter, because The Horror Show is every bit as terrible as House II or House IV.
 
Friday, December 27, 2013

The Snake God


Drama

Rod Lott
I love the Mondo Macabro label, but with its last three releases, it seems to have only one thing on its mind: spelled S-E-X. There was Countess Perverse, then How to Seduce a Virgin and now 1970's The Snake God.
 
Friday, December 27, 2013

The Wolverine / Prisoners

Hugh times two.


Action

Rod Lott
The Wolverine is the X-Men spin-off we should have received four years ago with X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Like the franchise's characters, the first mutation is not necessarily the best; whereas the 2009 version sought to be a comic book, the 2013 error-correcting reboot aims higher: comic book art. 
 
Monday, December 30, 2013

Cassadaga

Year's worst title, but how's the movie?


Horror

Rod Lott
Cassadaga is better than its terrible title, but still an indie picture that's clearly out of whack. In a good way, it opens with a boy who so wants to be a girl, he employs scissors to achieve that goal. In a bad way, it then largely shoves all that business aside until the third act. 
 
Monday, December 30, 2013
 
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