“Age of Ultron” is Marvel’s Pledge to Its Kingdom (Opinion)
2015

“Age of Ultron” is Marvel’s Pledge to Its Kingdom (Opinion)

This is neither a review nor defense of Avengers: Age of Ultron. This is an analysis piece in which I explain how wrongly we’re looking…

“Avengers: Age of Ultron” (2015): Getting the Band Back Together (Film Review)
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“Avengers: Age of Ultron” (2015): Getting the Band Back Together (Film Review)

Remember that shot in the action finale of The Avengers? The one where it’s made to look like one contiuous take, flowing between the heroes…

“American Sniper” (2014) & Meditations on Criticism (Review/Opinion)
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“American Sniper” (2014) & Meditations on Criticism (Review/Opinion)

Movies aren’t always for whom we think they are. With the release, reception, and buzz around American Sniper, there’s an important conversation we’re not having…

RIFF: “Art and Craft” (2014): The Art of Deception (Review)
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RIFF: “Art and Craft” (2014): The Art of Deception (Review)

Art and Craft tells the story a man named Mark Landis. Landis is a very peculiar man, a diagnosed schizophrenic who live alone in his…

RIFF: “Altman”(2014): Not Altmanesque Enough (Review)
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RIFF: “Altman”(2014): Not Altmanesque Enough (Review)

Robert Altman is one of the most remarkable, influential and singular directors in the history of American cinema. A true renegade director whose entire career…

“The Amazing Spider-Man 2″ (2014): The Slingy, The Sticky, & The Arachnophobia (Review)
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“The Amazing Spider-Man 2″ (2014): The Slingy, The Sticky, & The Arachnophobia (Review)

It’s no secret that I hated The Amazing Spider-Man. I herald it as one of the worst superhero movies ever made and a singular black…

“The Amazing Spider-Man 2″ (2014): The Itsy-Bitsy Spider Climbed Up The Water Sprout (Review)
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“The Amazing Spider-Man 2″ (2014): The Itsy-Bitsy Spider Climbed Up The Water Sprout (Review)

Much has been said of the eagerness with which the web slinging wall crawler  Spider-Man was rebooted following the creative failure of 2007’s Spider-Man 3,…

‘American Hustle’ (2013): Live and Let Die (Review)
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‘American Hustle’ (2013): Live and Let Die (Review)

David O. Russell could not have come back in better form after taking six years off after the failure of I Heart Huckabees. Taking his…

“The Avengers” Actually Has Great Drama!
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“The Avengers” Actually Has Great Drama!

I got into an interesting conversation with a couple friends of mine about the successes and failures of Man of Steel.  For those who don’t…

‘All Is Lost’ – Robert Redford on a Mother F***ing Boat!
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‘All Is Lost’ – Robert Redford on a Mother F***ing Boat!

2013 really is an odd year (puns galore!) for film. Earlier, Hollywood put out two movies featuring invasions of the White House Die Hard style…