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2.5 yaps

Class of 1994: “The Shadow”

Despite episodic fits and starts of nostalgic glee, “The Shadow” is a temperamental trinket without the temerity to truly explore its hero’s dark side. Continue reading

4 yaps

Class of 1994: “Fear of a Black Hat”

This mockumentary spoof lampoons gangster-rap luminaries but more furiously lambastes those who embraced the genre to pursue a bank account, not a battle cry. Continue reading

4.5 yaps

Class of 1984: “Stop Making Sense”

Accessible and arty (like Talking Heads itself), Jonathan Demme’s concert film comes vibrantly alive as a story of artistic expression at its most incandescent. Continue reading

4.5 yaps

Captain America: The Winter Soldier

With aggression more akin to Christopher Nolan’s Batman films than Marvel’s pop spectacle, this sequel tests Cap’s mettle & metal in mighty, entertaining ways. Continue reading

2 yaps

Sabotage

A cacophonous, purposeless mishmash of mayhem and murder whose stink nestles in the nostrils while asking far too much of Arnold Schwarzenegger. Continue reading

3.5 yaps

Class of 1994: “The Chase” / “Terminal Velocity”

In an alternate universe somewhere, the real Charlie Sheen is still making ridiculously entertaining action movies … and earning the credit he deserves. Continue reading

1.5 yaps

Class of 1994: “Reality Bites”

Formless and fuzzy, “Reality Bites” is a film whose legacy as an encapsulation of an ethos and an era has little to do with the film itself. Continue reading

4.5 yaps

Class of 1994: “The Hudsucker Proxy”

Few Coen Brothers films spike the vein of pure pleasure so easily — an irresistible romance, unpredictably riotous comedy & heartfelt hosanna to the common man. Continue reading

1 yaps

The Legend of Hercules

“300″ is one of many films this badly wants to be. Move the decimal point three places to the left, and that’s about the percentage of good stuff here. Continue reading

3 yaps

Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones

For all of the momentum and promise it shows in the early going, “The Marked Ones” more or less ends up marking time for this franchise’s moronic mythology. Continue reading

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