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Blue is the Warmest Color

With literary elegance, two perfect performances and a powerful erotic charge that’s explicit but not exploitative, this French epic is one of the year’s best. Continue reading

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Class of 1983: “Something Wicked This Way Comes”

Like all of Ray Bradbury’s greatest works, it shines a harsh light on the true cost of shame, greed, vanity, anxiety and other very human fears. Continue reading

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Much Ado About Nothing

Joss Whedon’s modern adaptation of “Much Ado About Nothing” is sure to please Shakespeare fans but leave the rest out in the cold. Continue reading

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Class of 1983: “The Dead Zone”

In a career built on unsettling, uncompromising bleak visions, “The Dead Zone” is among David Cronenberg’s most poignant, powerful and strangely humane works. Continue reading

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Bullet to the Head

“Bullet to the Head” is a pretty fitting title for Sly’s latest because that was all I wanted by the time the credits started. Continue reading

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Much Ado About Nothing

Joss Whedon tackles iambic pentameter served under the guise of modern day aesthetics in “Much Ado About Nothing.” Continue reading

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Class of 1983: “The Outsiders”

Despite great moments, “The Outsiders” feels like two movies awkwardly thrown together by an auteur who was adapting to being cowed by bankers and executives. Continue reading

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Think Like a Man

Despite brief flashes of genuine hilarity, “Think Like a Man” remains a one-dimensional film told from an all-too-familiar male perspective. Continue reading

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Dark Shadows

Mostly self-assured in its silly-serious storytelling, “Dark Shadows” is pitched somewhere between a timeless play’s tragedy and ’70s pop-song punch. Continue reading

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21 Jump Street

Channing Tatum is an unexpected riot. The script has some fun, winking touches. The film is brazen, brash and blustery. Too bad it’s not more of a blast. Continue reading

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