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Movie Quirkiness at its Finest

The Grand Budapest Hotel shows Houston-born director at his wacky best

By Alex Bentley

Even if you’ve never quite understood the appeal of his films, it’s hard to knock Wes Anderson for his dedication to the craft. The Houston native who graduated from St. John's Scho ...


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A seductive Scarlett Johansson helps make Her one of the strangest movies ever

By Alex Bentley

Spike Jonze’s mindset has always been slightly askew from the majority of those in the entertainment industry. Whether making videos for the Beastie Boys or Bjork, generating ideas for the Ja ...


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Nudity, sex, drugs and more nudity: Scorsese's Wolf of Wall Street one of the craziest movies of all time

By Alex Bentley

Martin Scorsese has made all kinds of films during his career, from ultraviolent gangster flicks to a meditation on the life of the Dalai Lama. But even Scorsese completists will admit that he has ...


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Saving Mr. Banks is just one giant Disney commercial: But somehow it's still worthwhile

By Alex Bentley

Movies about making movies, especially ones based on real-life stories, will always be catnip for film lovers, as they purport to take us behind the curtains and show what really happens during the ...


Ron Burgundy is Back

Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues is just silly fun — and what's wrong with that?

By Alex Bentley

When Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy came out in 2004, it was a modest success, taking in around $85 million. But it was an exercise in supreme silliness that failed to fully capitalize on th ...


Bilbo's Quest Renewed

Second Hobbit movie is better than the first; sets up epic finale

By Alex Bentley

When The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey came out in 2012, it was an undeniably fun return to Middle Earth, but it was missing that certain something that made The Lord of the Rings trilogy so captiv ...


Film Dystopia

Hunger Games follow-up doesn't catch fire, but Jennifer Lawrence sizzles

By Alex Bentley

When The Hunger Games came out in March 2012, it’s fair to say there were modest expectations for the film. Star Jennifer Lawrence, who already had one Oscar nomination under her belt, gave t ...


Powerful AIDS Film

Oscar buzz surrounds Matthew McConaughey 's powerful performance in Dallas Buyers Club

By Alex Bentley

Matthew McConaughey’s reputation as an ultra laid-back dude who occasionally plays bongos in the buff is so ingrained that it’s easy to forget what a solid actor he’s been over th ...


This Does Not Compute

Benedict Cumberbatch nails role of WikiLeaks founder, but The Fifth Estate fails to deliver

By Alex Bentley

When WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange first began his assaults on governments around the world by publishing documents detailing atrocities and other secrets, only the hardiest of souls could wade ...


Early Oscar Contender

Short Term 12 jump starts fall movie season with intimate tale of troubled teens

By Alex Bentley

There are some films that use lots of establishing shots, dialogue and other tricks to prepare an audience for what they are about to witness. All you need to know about the world of Short Term 12, ...


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