In the Red

In the Red

The Accountant and Max Steel

(October 20, 2016) Reviews THE ACCOUNTANT. Director Gavin O'Connor has been grinding it out now for almost two decades. He made some waves in the burgeoning '90s indie boom without ever becoming...

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The Whole Story

Historial fiction and fuzzy memories

(October 13, 2016) Reviews THE BIRTH OF A NATION can't be experienced in a vacuum. It was never intended to be. Its marketing has effectively embraced current racial tensions, and the very...

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Deep Water

Disaster is in the details

(October 6, 2016) Reviews DEEPWATER HORIZON. It feels like yesterday when director Peter Berg and star Mark Wahlberg collaborated on Lone Survivor (2013). This is due as much to the punishing, visceral immediacy...

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Playing Cowboy

A new gang mounts up for The Magnificent Seven

(September 29, 2016) Reviews THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN. As my wife sometimes gleefully points out, I spent my early youth enchanted by the trappings of cowboy culture. Given the choice, I would almost...

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Getting Real

Faux found footage and leaks

(September 22, 2016) Reviews BLAIR WITCH. Being of a certain age, I remember the media blitz surrounding The Blair Witch Project (1999): the ambiguous print ads and teasers, the early Internet presence,...

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Hero Sum

Dissecting a crash landing and the Internet

(September 15, 2016) Reviews SULLY. Clint Eastwood has been directing movies for 45 years now, acting in them (less frequently, of late) for more than 60, and it shows. As much as...

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Cops, robbers and comics

(September 8, 2016) Reviews HELL OR HIGH WATER opens on a panorama of desolate, dusty West Texas-ness to narrow in on graffiti scrawled on cement: "3 tours in Iraq but no bailout for...

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Genre Blind

Don't Breathe and Mechanic: Resurrection

(September 1, 2016) Reviews DON'T BREATHE. Director Fede Alvarez weathered the gaze of my red, watery eye when he remade Evil Dead (2013), surpassing my low expectations with skill, imagination and reverence...

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Bros in Arms

The moral desert of War Dogs

(August 25, 2016) Reviews WAR DOGS. War, as we know, is profitable — in fact, it's a whole economy, as War Dogs makes sure to tell us right at the beginning. The film,...

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Let's be Frank

Sausage Party and Weiner-dog

(August 18, 2016) Reviews SAUSAGE PARTY. One could make an argument that Sausage Party is exactly the sort of summer movie the world needs at a time like this. A jaunt down to...

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Canon Fire

Squandered Squad and a champion Hunt

(August 11, 2016) Reviews SUICIDE SQUAD. My apologism for the canon of David Ayer has both strained my relationships with my more discerning friends and caused me to question my own taste....

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The Outsiders

Rogue agents, dads and moms

(August 4, 2016) Reviews JASON BOURNE. Bourne (Matt Damon), who spent most of the 14 years since we met him (The Bourne Identity, 2002) trying to reconstruct his pre-CIA past, has by...

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Turn Off

Dim Lights and phaser fun

(July 28, 2016) Reviews LIGHTS OUT. I have become a victim of my own scant optimism. Among horror movies, the ratio of bad to good remains dishearteningly high; higher, perhaps, than in any...

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Of Ectoplasm and Narcs

Ghostbusters, Infiltrators cross streams

(July 21, 2016) Reviews Ghostbusters. I would love to write an impassioned defense of the new Ghostbusters. I would find it deeply satisfying, both as a fan of the original and as...

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Dating Secrets

Mike and Dave bring the laughs, Pets falls flat

(July 14, 2016) Reviews Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates. As I've said time and time again, R-rated comedy is a risky genre. Banking on the strength or audacity of the material, it...

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The Buddy System

For self help and survival

(July 7, 2016) Reviews SWISS ARMY MAN. If we're being honest, Humboldt County doesn't really have the best track record when it comes to recent movie production. Sure, we get a little thrill...

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