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Samba (2015)

Treating immigration as somewhat slapstick may not be to everyone’s taste. And Samba doesn’t quite hold together. But Omar Sy is so appealing, he makes up for a lot of the script’s deficiencies. My review of Samba is now up … Continue reading

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A Gay Girl in Damascus: The Amina Profile (2015)

A really good documentary about the 2011 Internet hoax that swept the world, the blog written by a supposed “gay girl in Damascus.” My review of The Amina Profile is now up at Rogerebert.com.

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Flavorwire List: Best Movie Characters of All Times

This project was super-fun: Flavorwire editor Jason Bailey reached out to me to participate in the Flavorwire Best Movie Characters List, as a kind of “retort” to a ridiculous recent list run by Empire. Other writers participated: Jason, the great … Continue reading

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Who’s Who at Ebert

Rogerebert.com is highlighting each of the critics this week, and today my number is up. I am digging my avatar. I think that’s the first time I’ve even had an avatar. Back in 2013, when I first started writing for … Continue reading

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Mad Women (2015)

So far, I’m three for three this month at Ebert. Mad Women is awful. And not because it’s “shocking” but because it is bad. These bad movies are wearing me down. My review of Mad Women is now up at … Continue reading

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Tap World (2015)

I’m sure many of you have heard the sad news by now that The Dissolve, one of the best film sites on the web, has shut its doors. It’s devastating to those of us who loved its terrific writing, longform … Continue reading

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The Creed Trailer

Well. THAT was phenomenal. Never mind the fact that it pours right into my Rocky obsession, but the film is directed by the enormously gifted Ryan Coogler who brought us the harrowing Fruitvale Station. I’m thrilled he’s at the helm. … Continue reading

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Duke, O’Hara, and Ford

I finished Scott Eyman’s magnificent biography of John Wayne (John Wayne: The Life and Legend), and could not recommend it more highly. While the book deserves only praise for its delving into Wayne’s filmography, the true strength of the book … Continue reading

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A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (2014); directed by Ana Lily Amirpour

I reviewed A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night for Rogerebert.com, and put it on my Top Movies of the year list. It weaves some kind of weird spell, with its genre mix of vampire-horror, family-angst-drama, 1950s gearhead/rebel-kids, and Spaghetti … Continue reading

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In Stereo (2015)

My second review of the week, the first being Faith of Our Fathers. I didn’t think Faith of Our Fathers was any good but it didn’t piss me off like In Stereo. My review of In Stereo is now up … Continue reading

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