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Scott Tobias

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'Keanu' Finds Key And Peele On The Hunt For A Kitty

Thursday, April 28, 2016

The sketch comedy duo Key and Peele pull off the difficult feat of translating their sensibility into a feature film that recalls out-all-night sagas like Adventures In Babysitting.

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'Green Room': A Choreographed Thriller With A Spontaneous Beat

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Green Room, from the director of the well-regarded thriller Blue Ruin, is the violent and inventive story of a touring punk band that gets in way over its head.

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A Widower, A House, And A Plot Hammer That Hits A Little Hard

Thursday, April 07, 2016

Jake Gyllenhaal plays a man who starts literally destroying his surroundings out of grief in Demolition, from director Jean-Marc Vallee.

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A Great Director's Last Look At Her Mother And Herself

Friday, April 01, 2016

Chantal Akerman's No Home Movie captures conversations the filmmaker had with her mother, which take on additional weight given that both women have died since the film was made.

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A 'Big Fat Greek' Family Reunion Short On Ambition But Long On Charm

Thursday, March 24, 2016

There's not much to My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2, but for those who've missed the raucous Portokalos clan since 2002, it's fun to visit with them again.

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'Allegiant' Explains Itself, But Who Really Cares?

Thursday, March 17, 2016

The third film in the Divergent series expends great effort to render the faction system on which it relies easier to understand, but that doesn't necessarily make it more entertaining.

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It's Not Really 'Cloverfield,' But It's A Lot Of Fun

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Searching for the connection between 10 Cloverfield Lane and the original Cloverfield is sort of pointless and needless, and in the end, the non-sequel stands on its own.

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'Whiskey Tango Foxtrot' Can't Quite Find Its Footing

Friday, March 04, 2016

Based on The Taliban Shuffle, a 2011 memoir by Chicago Tribune reporter Kim Barker, Whiskey Tango Foxtrot opens many fronts on the war in Afghanistan: It's a fish-out-of-water comedy, with 30 Rock's Tina Fey fumbling through a different brand of chaos; a satirical riff on the absurdities of America's military ...

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A Swords-And-Sandals Epic That Glitters But Is Not Gold

Thursday, February 25, 2016

All that glitters is not gold in the chintzy mythological adventure Gods of Egypt, but most of it is — a CGI jewel-box festooned with golden sands and towering spires, golden spears and diamond-spackled bracelets, and metallic wings that shimmer in the sun. Even the gods themselves, once shivved in ...

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A Banished Family Fights Its Demons In A Puritanical Age

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Along with recent sensations like The Babadook and It Follows, Robert Eggers' debut feature The Witch immediately joins the pantheon of great horror movies, with the caveat that it's just barely a horror movie at all. The three films, all rich in metaphor, are effective for their common association with ...

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'Zoolander 2' Can't Quite Walk The Walk-Off Anymore

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Released just two weeks after the Sept. 11 attacks — which prompted Roger Ebert, in a one-star review, to offer it as a reason why Americans are hated in some parts of the world (he later apologized) — Ben Stiller's Zoolander found a country in no mood to ...

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These 'Zombies' Make An Austen Update Even The Undead Can't Revive

Thursday, February 04, 2016

It sounds like the worst sort of date-night compromise, like some terrible aesthetic treaty between a couple that fights over DVR space for Downton Abbey and The Walking Dead. And yet Seth Grahame-Smith's genre mashup Pride and Prejudice and Zombies was released to mostly kind reviews and robust sales, launching ...

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'Synchronicity': Sci-Fi That Smells Like More Than It Is

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Squeeze through the wormhole that is Jacob Gentry's indie sci-fi movie Synchronicity and nothing looks much different on the other side, just faint echoes of the past. In fact, the film could double as a metaphor for itself, a time machine constructed entirely of used components, with so little distance ...

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'13 Hours' Finds Fodder For Action, But Not Thought, In Recent History

Thursday, January 14, 2016

"Country's got to figure this [expletive] out, Amahl," growls a CIA security contractor to his Libyan translator on his way out of town in 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi, Michael Bay's account of the 2012 attack on the U.S. diplomatic compound. That's about the level of sophistication the ...

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In 'Anesthesia,' Separate Threads That Take Too Long To Be Joined

Thursday, January 07, 2016

Over 16 seasons and 368 episodes as prosecutor Jack McCoy on Law & Order, the workaday artistry of Sam Waterston was easy to take for granted, like the foundation to an especially durable piece of architecture. Such are the consequences of being part of "What's on?" for such a long ...

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Tarantino Holes Up A Few Outlaws In 'The Hateful Eight'

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Depending on your perspective, Quentin Tarantino's career either comes full circle or spins its wheels with The Hateful Eight, a three-hour Western pastiche that combines the single-setting theatricality of his first feature, Reservoir Dogs, with the explosive Civil War politics of his last, Django Unchained. As cinema's reigning pastiche artist, ...

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Russell Brand Goes Big And Loud On The Economy

Thursday, December 17, 2015

The worst part of Michael Moore's landmark documentary Roger & Me is Roger and me, because it's an act of pure political theater. Donning what would become his signature working-class costume — rumpled button-down shirt, blue jeans, tennis shoes, ballcap — Moore ambles into General Motors headquarters, requesting a meeting ...

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There's Entirely Too Much Melville 'In The Heart Of The Sea'

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Seafaring adventures like In the Heart of the Sea do not benefit from gravitas any more than a vessel benefits from extra weight in the cargo hold. They are about white squalls, rope burns, cracked hulls, torn sails, men overboard, malevolent sea creatures, and water water everywhere and not a ...

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Spike Lee Declares An Emergency In 'Chi-Raq'

Thursday, December 03, 2015

Answering one kind of madness with another, Spike Lee's Chi-Raq approaches the plague of gun violence in Chicago with a staggering disregard for propriety. Just the title alone — a reference to a fatality rate that's exceeded that of American soldiers fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan over the same period ...

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'Secret In Their Eyes' Brings A Brutal Story To A New Home

Thursday, November 19, 2015

After nabbing the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film in 2010—besting a pair of Cannes favorites in A Prophet and the Palme D'Or-winning The White Ribbon—the Argentinian thriller The Secret in Their Eyes enjoyed a hugely successful run in U.S. arthouses. For foreign language films, $1 million is generally considered ...

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