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The Battle Rages

by Laura Leon October 23, 2014


  Shot in dim gradations of brown, gray and what can only be called “griege,” Fury depicts a World War II that is all but over, except for the furious, determined last-ditch efforts made by those ...

Terribly True

by John Rodat November 6, 2013


  First, the easy stuff: Steve McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave is very powerfully and efficiently written, tremendously well cast and acted and deliberately and surely directed. In short, it’s an excellent movie, which is not ...

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by Shawn Stone June 26, 2013


  I’m no expert, but when zombies come to mind they fall into one of three groups. First, there are the old-school voodoo zombies of the Caribbean, as seen in The Serpent and the Rainbow, White ...

Artist, Servant, Fighter, Spy . . .

by The Staff February 23, 2012


Once again we present you with short essays about Oscar nominees we love (and, at the end, a few we don’t agree with.) While we may disagree about various nominated films and performances—check out our ...

Thinking Outside the Batter’s Box

by John Rodat September 28, 2011

Brad Pitt, left, and Jonah Hill star in Columbia Pictures'  drama "Moneyball."

The reason I got to review Moneyball, at all, is that I am almost entirely immune to the appeal of professional baseball. So much so, I tend to tune out when the subject is brought ...

From a Distance

by John Rodat June 29, 2011


Director Terrence Malick is hardly a prolific filmmaker: just six movies completed over four decades (the last of those yet to hit theaters). But his release-to-“masterpiece” ratio is one of the best in the biz. Since ...