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Action Hero Time

Even Denzel Washington can't rescue The Equalizer from cheesy thriller fate

By Alex Bentley

Denzel Washington has taken a long and winding road to becoming an action star. He nearly started out as a perennial Oscar contender in the 1980s, and it wasn’t until 2001’s Training Da ...


Family Quirks

This Is Where I Leave You charms with all-star cast

By Alex Bentley

Since his career revival as the lead in the TV show Arrested Development, Jason Bateman has played many roles that have traded upon his essential goodness. While others commit crimes, moral or actu ...


Horrific Transformation

Tusk proves Kevin Smith should stick to comedy

By Alex Bentley

A good horror comedy has to strike the right balance between two seemingly disparate genres. It needs enough horror to please aficionados, but it also requires the right amount of comedy to draw in ...


Predictable Yet Pleasurable

Frontera's first-rate acting makes up for predictable storyline

By Alex Bentley

There are few new ideas in filmmaking these days, so a movie is often judged not by its originality but by how well it executes a familiar story. That’s certainly the case with Frontera, a fi ...


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 ...


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