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Smoldering sex appeal aside, Margot Robbie still plays second fiddle to a hit desperate Will Smith in Focus

By Alex Bentley

When done right, there’s nothing quite as satisfying as a con man movie. It’s pure escapism, as the audience gets to revel in the “heroes” pulling one over on the clueless w ...


Running Down a Dream

McFarland, USA transcends sports clichés with charm, thanks to charismatic Coster

By Alex Bentley

If you’re watching a sports movie, especially one made by Disney, you can usually count on several things: a person or team overcoming seemingly insurmountable odds; resistance to said person ...


Line Up the Oscar

Julianne Moore is Oscar worthy in Still Alice, but the real surprise is Twilight star

By Alex Bentley

With no specific cause and no cure, Alzheimer’s disease is as scary a diagnosis as one could ever get. That is precisely the premise of Still Alice. Alice Howland (Julianne Moore) is a 51 ...


Jupiter's Descent

Oscar nominee's pathetic performance keeps Jupiter Ascending from flying high

By Alex Bentley

When last we encountered the Wachowskis, the writing and directing sibling team were making a movie out of what many considered to be an unfilmable book, Cloud Atlas. They’ve followed that up ...


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New Star Wars star gives an early preview of his real force: Oscar Isaac dominates A Most Violent Year

By Alex Bentley

Writer/director J.C. Chandor has had a heck of a rocket start to his career. He was nominated for an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay for his first film, Margin Call, and he steered Robert Redfor ...


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Bradley Cooper does Texas right in American Sniper: Nothing easy about this movie, war lessons

By Alex Bentley

Last we heard from director Clint Eastwood, he was fumbling his way through the adaptation of the jukebox musical Jersey Boys. So naturally he would quickly follow that up with American Sniper, a m ...


The Review Is In

Michael Mann loses his magic touch: Blackhat fits every horrible January movie stereotype

By Alex Bentley

Every time I go into a film released in January — and I’m not talking about movies like Selma or American Sniper that expand nationwide after limited release in December — I hold ...


History Comes Alive in Selma

Despite inaccurate portrayal of LBJ, Selma makes history come alive with humanizing view of Martin Luther King

By Alex Bentley

Whether by chance or due to the sheer enormity of his legacy, not one feature film has been made about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. since he was assassinated in 1968. He’s certainly played a pa ...


The Review Is In

Stoned movie making bums out audiences: Inherent Vice an incoherent haze of a messy downer

By Alex Bentley

Director Paul Thomas Anderson has always been known for his esoteric films. In fact, he’s probably the most well-known current filmmaker to have trafficked solely in films that aren’t a ...


Fairy Tale Cinema

Meryl Streep is a real witch in fairy tale musical with a clever twist

By Alex Bentley

Translating a stage musical into a movie has never been an easy job. The difficulties most often lie in replicating theater’s intimacy, as even the most grandiose of productions are inherentl ...


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