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Discordant Movie

Frank's strange, meandering storyline tests audience's patience

By Alex Bentley

There are “normal” mainstream films. There are strange, artsy films. And then there is Frank, a film that lies somewhere in between — though where exactly that is will depend on y ...


Heartfelt Independent Film

The Discoverers puts quirky spin on family road trip movie

By Alex Bentley

Awkward road trips involving dysfunctional families seem to be the theme of every other independent film, but that doesn’t mean that there isn’t room for another good one. All you need ...


This Isn't Mad Men

Clumsy Are You Here shows Matthew Weiner should stick with TV

By Alex Bentley

Certain films seem to have it made based on who’s involved, and Are You Here is one such movie. Written and directed by Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner, and starring Owen Wilson, Zach Galifian ...


Teen Love Conquers All

Great music saves If I Stay from potentially clichéd fate

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 ...


Giver Doesn't Have the Goods

Moviegoers won't get much from The Giver despite intriguing premise

By Alex Bentley

For a certain group of people, The Giver’s being adapted into a film is a longtime dream come true. The 1993 Lois Lowry novel, which won the prestigious Newbery Medal honoring children’ ...


Film Food for Thought

Undercooked Hundred-Foot Journey still makes a satisfying meal

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 ...


An Enjoyable Trifle

Magic in the Moonlight charms with predictable Woody Allenisms

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 ...


Action in Space

Guardians of the Galaxy defies end-of-summer movie doldrums

By Alex Bentley

Up until this point, comic book movies have focused on characters that have either proven popular across the board or those with such a history that a movie about them makes sense. That all changes ...


Turn Off Your Brain

Lucy makes being smart look awfully dumb

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 ...


Filmmaking Milestone

Richard Linklater pulls off gutsy experiment with Boyhood

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 ...


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