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‘Seven Psychopaths’ is all kinds of crazy

by Isabella Place

October 11, 2012

“Seven Psychopaths’” writer and director Martin McDonagh recently walked the red carpet at the San Diego Film Festival, promoting his latest production amidst the exhilarating support of his many followers. McDonagh is mo...

‘End of Watch’ brings realism to tired police procedural genre

by Cody Franklin

October 9, 2012

When I first heard about “End of Watch,” I wasn’t very excited. “Oh look, another cop drama,” I said to myself. The trailers for the movie made it seem rather generic. LAPD shoots bad guys, bad guys shoot LAPD; it has b...

Great cast checks into ‘Hotel’

by David Dixon

September 27, 2012

Who knew 2012 would be the year of the horror-themed animated movie? “ParaNorman” came out during summer and Tim Burton’s homage to “Frankenstein,” “Frankenweenie,” will be released in October. This week, a ne...

Heartfelt ‘Arts’ offers honest human interaction

by Isabella Place

September 26, 2012

Whatever your college major is at the moment, don’t disregard this film simply because of the title. In “Liberal Arts,” 35-year-old Jesse (who is also screenwriter/director Josh Radnor) is invited to make a trip back to his alma...

Eastwood’s career goes to extra innings, finds some ‘Trouble’

by Andrew Younger

September 25, 2012

After Clint Eastwood’s career capstone as a racist with a heart of gold in 2008’s “Gran Torino,” the octogenarian actor announced it would be his last performance in front of the camera. “You always want to quit while you’re ahead,” Eastwood listed as his reason for bowing out gracefully from the silver screen. “You don...

P. T. Anderson’s ‘The Master’ is exquisite cinema

by David Dixon

September 24, 2012

It appears Paul Thomas Anderson has been hard at work behind- the-scenes since his magnificent Oscar-winning epic “There Will Be Blood” was released nearly five years ago. The prestigious filmmaker has now written and direct...

‘The Words’ is a terrible, soul-crushing film

by Andrew Younger

September 18, 2012

When writer-directors Brian Klugman and Lee Sternthal decided to take the maxim “write what you know” to the darkest depths of self-indulgence, namely by telling the story of a writer who is struggling with the difficulties of ...

Zobel’s unsettling ‘Compliance’ is hard to resist

by Andrew Younger

September 5, 2012

It’s been about eight years since national news reported the false imprisonment and sexual assault of a McDonald’s employee under the supervision of her female store manager, at the behest of a prank phone caller. At the t...

‘Lawless’ is a jug of undistilled excellence

by Kenneth Leonard

August 30, 2012

Shia LaBeouf is a very good actor. Yeah, I said it. I’ll say it again. The guy has some serious skills. LaBeouf’s acting chops are on display in Law- less, as he transforms from meek country boy to hardened bootlegging g...

‘Expendables II’ is dumb, summer fun

by Kenneth Leonard

August 20, 2012

What makes a great movie? It all boils down to the expectations of the moviegoer. Do not go see “The Expendables 2” if you are hoping to watch a “good” movie. The story is laughably thin, existing as a device for the management...

Nolan’s ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ shines bright

by David Dixon

July 23, 2012

“The Dark Knight” was simply a brilliant film. With several unforgettable performances, most notably Heath Ledger as the Joker, the film dealt with messages regarding terrorism, heroic deeds and corruption while still including pl...