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Cartoon Cartel

by Shawn Stone October 8, 2015


The promos for this film looked pretty good, promising a gritty look at the drug-fueled carnage on both sides of the Mexican border. Sicario is indeed gritty, violent and bloody, but it’s not exactly insightful ...


Hippie Noir

by Shawn Stone January 15, 2015


  The likelihood of any novel by Thomas Pynchon being adapted for the big screen has always seemed remote, owing to the difficulties in adapting the material and the elusiveness of the author. Yet here is ...

Love is Strange

by Laura Leon February 10, 2014


  Set in 1987 over the course of a long, hot weekend, Labor Day tells the melodramatic tale of a socially stunted woman, Adele (Kate Winslet), whose life, and that of her son Henry (Gattlin Griffith), ...

L.A. Inconsequential

by Laura Leon January 16, 2013


  It’s got the fashion and neon flash of 1949 Los Angeles, but Gangster Squad, a movie about the LAPD’s attempt to destroy Mickey Cohen’s attempt to take over the mob, is an empty zoot suit. ...

Time-Travel Transformation

by Laura Leon May 30, 2012

A few weeks ago, during one of those bouts of sleeplessness where you mull over troubling work and family situations ad nauseum, I thought about Will Smith. Why, I’ll never know, but in my nocturnal ...