Film

Review: ‘The Gift’ (2015)

10 Aug , 2015  

Recent TV spots tout THE GIFT as “a modern day FATAL ATTRACTION” but, while I can appreciate zeroing in on Richard Roeper’s quote for the double name recognition value, it’s not. Joel Edgerton’s feature directorial debut is an unexpectedly sharp, slow burn. Where FATAL ATTRACTION campily bobs, THE GIFT thoughtfully weaves. THE GIFT opens with […]

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Straight-shooting with Rachel Landon

16 Jul , 2015  

Tucson, Newton, Charleston. That these cities leave a bad taste in your mouth for any other reason than their disgusting namesake food stuffs is a testament to the hard work, discipline, and sacrifice required to attain the American Dream.

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Review: ‘Amy’ (2015)

10 Jul , 2015  

Making extensive use of archival footage and photographs (supplemented with occasional location shooting), Kapadia has pieced together an incredibly thoughtful, compelling film, restrained without seeming to withhold and frank without seeming to exploit.

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Review: ‘The Gallows’ (2015)

10 Jul , 2015  

In 1993, high schooler Charlie Grimille was killed in a freak accident during a school production of The Gallows. Twenty years later, the school is staging the play again and, well, you probably already know where this is going but let’s go into specifics anyway. In a school where drama is a mandatory class and […]

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Review: ‘San Andreas’ (2015)

2 Jun , 2015  

Let’s start with a quick lesson in seismology: The SAN ANDREAS fault lies between the Pacific and North American tectonic plates and, more importantly, through the union’s most populous state, California. Tectonic plates are those things that occasionally shift and make the ground go all wobbly beneath your feet. So, at least until the big […]

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Review: ‘Poltergeist’ (2015) Is a Solid, Well-Acted, But Unnecessary Reboot

27 May , 2015  

Whether old school CRT or flat screen, there’s nothing quite as eerie as a television set broadcasting snowy, flickering static into a dark room. Of course, do we have Tobe Hooper and Steven Spielberg to thank for that?

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Review: TUTS Underground’s Sweet Potato Queens

7 Apr , 2015  

This March, in a two-night-only exclusive, TUTS Underground staged the first ever readings of Sweet Potato Queens, a new musical from a book by Tony-winning Rupert Holmes, with music by Grammy-winning Melissa Manchester and lyrics by Oscar-nominee Sharon Vaughn.

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