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by Laura Leon November 13, 2014

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  Anybody knows that with a Christopher Nolan movie, however much we might leave the theater thinking “Wow, that was amazing,” the inevitable feelings of “WTF was that?” begin encroaching on one’s feelings of amazement. Interstellar ...

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Insatiable

by Ann Morrow January 2, 2014

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  It’s a Scorsese movie all the way. And perhaps because his sizzling storytelling, when it comes to crime, with its jacked-up characters, dizzying morality arcs, and stroke-of-genius pop soundtracks, has become an oft-copied formula (most ...

All-American Hustle

by Laura Leon November 27, 2013

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  Am I a broken record or what, referring yet again to Matthew McConaughey as a tremendously gifted actor? Well, so be it. Traditionally, actors who change their appearances are bound to get Oscar recognition, and ...

Swamp Things

by Laura Leon May 1, 2013

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  In much the spirit of Mark Twain’s Huckleberry Finn and Tom Sawyer, Mud, a new movie written and directed by Jeff Nichols, explores the lives of its protagonists while limning a way of life lived ...

Going Down, Hard

by Laura Leon November 8, 2012

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  Any movie that begins with a visual panorama of flashing lighting, pouring rain and a rundown trailer park, set to the aural backdrop of a snarling junkyard dog and the expletive punctuated door pounding of ...

Only in Texas

by Shawn Stone August 23, 2012

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Everybody loved Bernie Tiede (Jack Black), the friendliest, most caring undertaker in Carthage, Texas. He was attentive to his job, active in his church, supportive of local culture and felicitous of little old ladies. In ...

The Naked Truth

by Laura Leon July 11, 2012

My coworker and I were talking about a recent New York Times article describing the gay community’s enjoyment of Magic Mike, the new movie about a male strip club in Florida; he joked that maybe ...