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Jazzed-Up Oscar Contender

Best film of the year? Gut-wrenching Whiplash is a jazzed-up Oscar contender

By Alex Bentley

Jazz is probably not high on many people’s lists when it comes to interesting topics for a movie, but in the hands of writer/director Damien Chazelle, it is the impetus for one of the most in ...


Yet Another War Movie

Brad Pitt leads the charge in Fury, but war movie creatively tanks as it rolls over competition

By Alex Bentley

If someone is going to make a movie about World War II, he had better have a strong reason for doing so. Definitive movies about the Holocaust, military conquests and other aspects have already bee ...


Movie Time

Internet scare tactics: Men, Women & Children shows the real horror of our tech world

By Alex Bentley

The Internet age can often be challenging and confusing, and although some films have touched on aspects of this, no mainstream film has made it the sole focus of the story until Men, Women & C ...


The Review Is In

Gone Girl exposes Ben Affleck's animosity, modern marriage and Nancy Grace in wicked style

By Alex Bentley

The central mystery in Gone Girl, the new film based on the best-seller written by Gillian Flynn, is one that fits right in with today’s media-saturated culture. Nick Dunne (Ben Affleck) retu ...


Movie Escapism

Teen Wolf co-star breaks out in suspenseful The Maze Runner, but the ending is weak

By Alex Bentley

Here’s the problem with the rise in popularity of turning young adult books into films: They all start running together. With all of the main characters either living in some kind of dystopia ...


A Real Desperate Housewife

Almost unrecognizable Eva Longoria springs big surprise in drama about illegal immigration

By Alex Bentley

There are few new ideas in filmmaking these days, so a movie is often judged not by its originality but by how well it executes a familiar story. That’s certainly the case with Frontera, a fi ...


Strange Love

Strange love: The One I Love takes romance to new dimension in quirky comedy

By Alex Bentley

Movies about romantic relationships have tried all sorts of tricks to try and distinguish themselves from others in the overcrowded genre. The One I Love is the latest to try something special, uti ...


The Review Is In

If I Stay's unrealistic teens and cliches bomb, but the music — oh, that music — saves the movie

By Alex Bentley

The 2014 summer season has already seen one highly anticipated film based on a sad-but-uplifting young adult book, The Fault in Our Stars. But there’s always room for another, a void now bein ...


Film Food for Thought

Hundred-Foot Journey serves up delectable food porn — and charming Mirren

By Alex Bentley

Adapting a book into a film can be a thankless job. Not only must you attempt to please fans of the book — who want every tiny detail put up on screen — but you also have to consider th ...


The Review Is In

Woody Allen's new movie is airheaded: Magic in the Moonlight no masterpiece, but Emma Stone shines

By Alex Bentley

Anybody who’s seen, say, at least five Woody Allen movies — a fraction of what he’s made during the last 40 or so years — knows that almost all of his films feel similar. Yo ...


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