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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 ...


The Review Is In

Sexy action star Scarlett Johansson can't save Lucy: Absurd premise annoys any average human brain

By Alex Bentley

Most movies require that viewers suspend their disbelief at least a little in order to properly enjoy the stories they have to tell. However, the latest from writer/director Luc Besson, Lucy, uses ...


Kickstarter Film Fail

Can we get our money back? Zach Braff's Kickstarter film fails to deliver

By Alex Bentley

Zach Braff touched a lot of hearts, including mine, with his self-assured directorial debut, 2004’s Garden State. So much so that thousands of people dug into their own pockets to help financ ...


Don't Miss Masterpiece

The first great movie of the year: Texas director's Boyhood is a don't-miss masterpiece

By Alex Bentley

There have been some audacious experiments in the history of cinema, but none quite like Richard Linklater’s latest, Boyhood. For 12 years, Linklater has been making a movie about a boy growi ...


Movie Time

The best Planet of the Apes movie ever? Dawn emerges as summer's rare worthy blockbuster

By Alex Bentley

In a time when most action movies seem to have no heart, soul or intelligence, leave it to the one that features talking apes as its central characters to show everybody else how it’s done. ...


The Review Is In

Abortion comedy movie works: Obvious Child is funny and sweet rather than offensive

By Alex Bentley

Movies are so homogenized in the 21st century that it counts as a shock when a film takes a true risk. That is certainly the case with Obvious Child, a comedy that dares to broach the hot-button is ...


The Review Is In

Music waste: Clint Eastwood makes a mess of Jersey Boys, fails to deliver a worthy movie

By Alex Bentley

Since debuting in 2005, Jersey Boys has been one of the most popular Broadway musicals around. It has also revived interest in Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, a group that, despite being induct ...


The Review Is In

Clown win: Jonah Hill makes 22 Jump Street even crazier — and more hilarious — than the bromance original

By Alex Bentley

When 21 Jump Street came out in 2012, few expected it to become the success that it did. But Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum had the ineffable chemistry every good buddy comedy needs, and the film wa ...


Movie Time

No Zooey Deschanel, no problem: (500) Days Of Summer team scores again with Fault in Our Stars

By Alex Bentley

Movie romances tend to come with a certain formula, and that doesn't usually include main characters afflicted with deadly diseases. That’s just the first of many things that makes The Fa ...


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