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Flawed Football Film

Draft Day works as an ad for the NFL, but it's a bust for moviegoers

By Alex Bentley

The behemoth that is the National Football League has long extended its reach beyond the boundaries of its season. With offseason training, free agent signings and more, the league can never provid ...

Cheaters Never Prosper

Breathe In brings nothing new to infidelity genre

By Alex Bentley

There have been so many different books, movies and television shows that explore illicit relationships between older men and younger women that the storyline could probably be considered its own g ...

Movie Quirkiness at its Finest

Director Wes Anderson is at his wacky best with The Grand Budapest Hotel

By Alex Bentley

Even if you’ve never quite understood the appeal of his films, it’s hard to knock Wes Anderson for his dedication to the craft. He’s now made eight feature films, and thanks to hi ...

Airplane Thriller

Non-Stop justifies Liam Neeson's late-career transition to action star

By Alex Bentley

The careers for most actors tend to have the same arc, where you pay your dues making rom-coms and action movies before you have enough clout to start making prestige movies. But 62-year-old Li ...

A Hostage Romance

Clever Jason Reitman falters in lackluster Labor Day

By Alex Bentley

Writer/director Jason Reitman (Juno, Up in the Air) has taken on a variety of topics in his short but lauded career, but all of his films have generally had humor as a common element. However, ther ...

A Serviceable Thriller

Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit effectively reboots character for new era despite flaws

By Alex Bentley

Once upon a time, the character of Jack Ryan — the creation of recently deceased author Tom Clancy — was a hot commodity. Books featuring Ryan were adapted into four separate films star ...

War on Terror Up Close

Lone Survivor pays brutal tribute to fallen soldiers but fails in storytelling

By Alex Bentley

There have been a number of movies about the War on Terror in Iraq and Afghanistan, but surprisingly few have dealt with actual soldiers on the ground. In fact, most focused on politics or the impa ...

Virtual Romance

Her flaunts Spike Jonze's skill as remarkably odd filmmaker

By Alex Bentley

Spike Jonze’s mindset has always been slightly askew from the majority of those in the entertainment industry. Whether he was making videos for the Beastie Boys or Bjork, generating ideas for ...

Winning Wall Street Depravity

Cocaine-fueled Wolf of Wall Street proves Scorsese can still surprise

By Alex Bentley

Martin Scorsese has made all kinds of films during his career, from ultraviolent gangster flicks to a meditation on the life of the Dalai Lama. But even Scorsese completists will admit that he has ...

Ron Burgundy is Back

Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues fits bill for mindless holiday fun

By Alex Bentley

When Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy came out in 2004, it was a modest success, taking in around $85 million. But it was an exercise in supreme silliness that failed to fully capitalize on th ...

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