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A Most Violent Year

Most other critics found this 1980s crime-and-punishment drama worthy. But I was put off by its circuitous plotting and unrealized themes. Continue reading

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Interstellar

Christopher Nolan’s ruminative space odyssey falls short of lofty goals, but it’s still an oft-mesmerizing journey — even if you can’t always hear the dialogue. Continue reading

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A Most Violent Year

There have been many pretenders to Sidney Lumet’s vacant throne. Here is a thoroughly engrossing heir — with plenty of meat on its bones and ice in its veins. Continue reading

Nick’s Top 25 Movies of 2014

From what was an uncannily great year for movies, Nick picks his 25 favorites of 2014. Continue reading

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Interstellar

“Interstellar” never failed to engage me, but it also never fully satisfied me, either. The film’s sheer grandiosity underscores its plot shortcomings. Continue reading

Nick’s Top 25, Worst 5 and Beyond of 2013

Nick picks the best, worst and beyond from 2013’s cinematic cornucopia. Continue reading

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Mama

The creepy, atmospheric horror flick shows you how to effectively use CGI effects without overwhelming the story. Continue reading

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Zero Dark Thirty

One of 2012’s greatest films is one of 2013’s bigger Blu-ray disappointments thus far, at least as comprehensive special features are concerned. Continue reading

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Mama

The filmmakers manage that rare trick of weaving a pervasive blanket of dark mood, an almost suffocating sense of dread that sets up the boo-gotcha moments. Continue reading

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Zero Dark Thirty

A procedural that’s not dry or dispassionate. A subtle, nuanced character study. A throat-clenching action film. Kathryn Bigelow’s latest is one of 2012’s best. Continue reading

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