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8:00 PM on 04.22.2014

Tribeca Review: Maravilla

One of the most significant differences between a documentary and a film based on a true story is that documentaries can be about things that failed. Documentaries about big events are often started during the setup, and it&r...

Alec Kubas-Meyer

4:00 PM on 04.21.2014

Tribeca Review: Super Duper Alice Cooper

As a child, my parents lived and breathed Alice Cooper. My father had a particularly terrifying poster of his made-up, screaming face thumbtacked into the cork-board wall of his office that scared me too much to ever listen t...

Isabelle Magliari

8:00 AM on 04.21.2014

Review: Soft in the Head

Every once in a while, I see a movie that feels truly unique, and when that happens I tend to obsess over the process instead of the result. For better or worse, some films are just different, and while I definitely appreciate that difference, sometimes I really just have to wonder why. Soft in the Head is different, and I spent much of the film wondering. I never found an answer.

Alec Kubas-Meyer

3:00 PM on 04.05.2014

Review: Oculus

Have you ever seen a movie that you knew had a sizable amount of problems, but you couldn’t keep yourself from recommending it? There were issues abound, some that would potentially sink a lesser film. But the movie jus...

Mike Cosimano

8:00 AM on 04.04.2014

Review: Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Captain America: The First Avenger is my favorite film out of the Marvel line up (which is why I claimed this review). Captain America has always been my personal favorite Marvel character due to a mix of that cool Saturday m...

Nick Valdez

8:15 PM on 04.03.2014

Review: Nymphomaniac: Vol. I

In my mind, Lars von Trier doesn't make comedies. The only other von Trier films I've seen are the first two entries in the Depression Trilogy, Antichrist and Melancholia. I enjoyed them all in their own way, but as...

Alec Kubas-Meyer

4:00 PM on 03.30.2014

Review: Divergent

Back before the final Twilight film hit theaters, I wrote up an article in which I discussed whether or not certain Young Adult book films would be the "next big thing." My initial outlook for Divergent looked good, but that ...

Nick Valdez

3:00 PM on 03.28.2014

Review: Sabotage

I've been hyping Sabotage since I first heard about it. I'm a huge Arnold Schwarzenegger fan and a huge David Ayers (End of Watch) fan so the two together sounds like sweet, sweet cop action bliss. Ayers is great and mel...

Matthew Razak

2:00 PM on 03.28.2014

Review: The Raid 2: Berandal

I will admit that I have not seen every movie that has ever been made. I have not seen every action film, martial arts film, or even all of the most revered of the action and martial arts films. I’ve seen my fair share,...

Alec Kubas-Meyer

12:00 PM on 03.28.2014

Review: Cesar Chavez

There is a lot riding on Diego Luna's Cesar Chavez to succeed. Latinos aren't exactly given a lot of representation in fiction, and if there's one man, one figurehead we can rally behind, it's the activist Cesar Chavez. As ot...

Nick Valdez

10:00 AM on 03.28.2014

Review: Bad Words

Bad Words is Jason Bateman's directorial feature (although he's technically been directing television for years now), so there's plenty riding on the film to see if Bateman's truly got the chops to make a future out of it. Wh...

Nick Valdez

8:00 AM on 03.28.2014

Review: Noah

To preface this review I'd like to point you towards this article, which explains how I, as a DC film critic, finally got to see Noah ahead of time. Basically, Paramount for some reason thought it would be grand to scree...

Matthew Razak

8:00 PM on 03.27.2014

Review: 300: Rise of an Empire

When a not-sequel/prequel to 300, a film that hit theaters over eight theaters ago, was first announced, I was the first to complain about how boring the whole thing looked. And as time went on, and trailers were slowly ...

Nick Valdez

6:00 PM on 03.27.2014

Review: Muppets Most Wanted

2011's The Muppets was a breath of fresh air since it was a reboot which never really felt like one. There wasn't a grand gesture to reinvent the characters, a notable lack of cynicism, and it was most importantly, fun. It wa...

Nick Valdez

9:00 AM on 03.20.2014

Review: Rob the Mob

The mob, a subject that has been covered almost every way you can think of. Glorified, glamorized, famous and infamous. We forget sometimes that the mob is a real thing, with real people, and real reasons for their perspect...

Michael Jordan

3:00 PM on 03.17.2014

Review: Guilty of Romance

I greatly enjoyed Himizu, another 2011 Sion Sono film released last week in NYC theaters, but there was something it lacked that I expected from that sort of film: sex. It had the violence (although it was definitely subdued ...

Alec Kubas-Meyer

8:00 AM on 03.17.2014

Review: Himizu

I can see why Sion Sono was drawn to Himizu. The manga, which ran from 2001 to 2002, seems like exactly the sort of thing that would appeal to the man who made Cold Fish and Suicide Club. But that's not really a com...

Alec Kubas-Meyer

4:00 PM on 03.14.2014

SXSW Review: Que Caramba es la Vida

Growing up as a young Latino boy in San Antonio, Texas, I've had quite a few experiences with Mariachi groups. There was a Mariachi club in my high school, and on several occasions, my great uncle would hire groups to sing at...

Nick Valdez

8:00 AM on 03.14.2014

SXSW Review: Doc of the Dead

Zombies are some of the most divisive creatures in the horror genre. They've become such a big entity, the zombie film has grown into a genre all its own complete with multiple variations, multiple looks, and multiple medias....

Nick Valdez



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SXSW Review: Joe
by Nick Valdez

Before my screening of Joe, I wondered what kind of Nicolas Cage I'd be subject to for its duration. As good of an actor as he is, he has had a varied career. From "the bees" to voodoo make up in Ghost Rider, you never quite know what you're going to get from the man. Color me surprised when Joe forces Cage to subdue the "Rage Cage" and promptly deliver one of the finest performances of his career. 

Joe came out of nowhere to completely surprise me. It's going to be a film I remember for quite a while. It's definitely going to end up on lots of "Best of 2014" lists. 

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SXSW Review: Predestination
by Nick Valdez

Predestination is one of those festival films that you have no idea exists but, when you finally see it, you wonder where it's been your entire life. I'm not the biggest time travel movie fan, nor do I really enjoy science fiction in general, but Predestination uses its premise to rise above the usual trappings of the genre and creates a film which is a lot smarter than I initially gave it credit for. 

I mean, it was pitched to me as "Minority Report with Ethan Hawke" and it's much, much better than that. 

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Review: Need for Speed
by Nick Valdez

Need for Speed is in a tight spot. As a videogame adaptation it not only has to be a well made film, but also needs to please fans of the videogame series. It's got to do an odd little dance where it needs to show just enough evidence of its origin without it becoming overbearing or it succumbs to the same problems as other videogame movies had in the past. 

You can argue all day whether or not Need for Speed is unfairly held to a higher standard of quality thanks to the unbelievable amount of criticism videogame movies get already, but this is what we've got to work with. So I guess the ultimate question is: Does Need for Speed fulfill your needs? 

Haha, no. 

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