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Low Down

"Low Down" is a very good jazz movie and a very good heroin movie, if indeed there's much practical difference between the two modes—and perhaps there isn't. From "The Man with the Golden Arm" through "Bird" and "Mo Better Blues," jazz...Show More Summary

We Can Tell How Smart (or Dumb) You Are Based On Your Favorite Band Now

6 days agoFilm / Film Reviews : Pajiba

One of the few times you actually want to brag that Counting Crows is your favorite band.

More Than a Superstar: “Mr. Dynamite: The Rise of James Brown”

It must be daunting to mount a documentary about someone as well-known, beloved and important as James Brown. Where do you start? While his on-stage persona is well-documented, not as much is known about his life away from the mic, so a personal approach would work. Show More Summary

Ouija

I played with a Ouija board exactly one time. More on that shortly. What amuses me about he game, and that amusement transfers over to the movie version, is that it proves that there is no such thing as bad publicity. People my age will remember...Show More Summary

Force Majeure

In Ruben Östlund’s sharp-edged marital drama “Force Majeure,” a young Swedish family–mom, dad, two grade school age kids–begin heir skiing vacation in a French Alpine resort in typical holiday high spirits. The first day on the slopes,...Show More Summary

Laggies

Movies about men in states of arrested development are legion. They’re the reason Judd Apatow, Adam Sandler and others too numerous to mention have careers. In film after film, male actors riff on the asinine notion that “boys will be boys” while their understanding, far more mature female counterparts smile and eagerly wait for them to grow up. Show More Summary

John Wick

Just when John Wick thought he was out, they pull him back in. It’s the tried-and-true formula of one last job/heist/assignment. A longtime bad guy leaves the life of crime in pursuit of peace and quiet, but naturally gets dragged back to his old haunts and habits to settle a final score. Show More Summary

White Bird in a Blizzard

Gregg Araki is no stranger to teen angst and provocative filmmaking. For the last 25 years, Araki has been seemingly obsessed with the years of sexual exploration and teenage rebellion in works like “The Doom Generation,” “Nowhere” and...Show More Summary

Life of Riley

In photographs taken close to the time Alain Resnais was to present his “Life of Riley” (its French itle is “Aimer, boire, et chante,” that is, “Love, Drink, and Sing,” but the English title matches that of its source, a work by British...Show More Summary

Stonehearst Asylum

Brad Anderson is one of our most underrated filmmakers, bringing his precise directorial eye to works like “Session 9” and “Transsiberian,” while also taking time to elevate shows such as “Fringe,” “The Wire” and “Boardwalk Empire.”Show More Summary

The Heart Machine

“The Heart Machine” is a tries-too-hard title that sounds like a medical drama or perhaps a robot romance. But it is nothing of the sort. Thank goodness. Instead, this insightful drama layered with subtle thriller elements aims for the...Show More Summary

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