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  • Film Review: 'Under the Skin' Published 4/17/2014 at 11:30 a.m. 0 comments

    The Scottish accents are impenetrable and the narrative obscure, but Scarlett Johansson speaks the universal language in “Under the Skin,” a movie that counts on the associations the viewer brings to the connection of its title noun with the fleshy ...

  • 'Time Warp Drive-In' returns with monthly marathons Published 4/17/2014 at 12:06 p.m. 0 comments

    After a successful test run in October, the “Time Warp Drive-In” concept returns Saturday, April 26, to the Malco Summer Drive-In with a program of music and “blaxploitation” films dubbed “Soulful Cinema.”

  • Film Review: 'Joe' Published 4/17/2014 at 3:37 p.m. 0 comments

    “Southern Gothic” may be too genteel or literary a term for “Joe,” even if the new film from director David Gordon Green is adapted from an acclaimed work of Southern literature, a 1991 novel of rural violence and sacrifice by ...

  • Film Review: 'The Unknown Known' Published 4/10/2014 at 11:38 a.m. 0 comments

    As Rumsfeld speaks, an on-screen graphic breaks down Iraqi deaths from 2004 to 2009: 23,894 are defined as “enemy,” while almost three times as many — 66,081 — are classified “civilian.” As the tag line on the poster for “The ...

  • Film Review: 'Nymphomaniac: Vol. 1' Published 4/10/2014 at 11:31 a.m. 0 comments

    Von Trier’s title character, Joe — played as a teenager and young adult by lovely newcomer Stacy Martin, and as our bruised and battered adult narrator by Charlotte Gainsbourg — is addicted to lust, but she hardly ever seems happy, ...

  • Film Review: 'The Raid 2' Published 4/10/2014 at 11:09 a.m. 0 comments

    Unnecessarily pretentious but also frequently astonishing, “The Raid 2” is writer-director Gareth Evans’ sequel to his punishing “The Raid” (2012), but you shouldn’t fret if you missed the earlier entry. The byzantine underworld and law-enforcement alliances eventually become clear, but ...

  • What to Watch: King Kong obscurities reborn, ‘The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug’ and more Published 4/8/2014 at 12:31 p.m. 0 comments

    This week, giant monsters attack.

  • Movie Capsules: What's Showing Published 4/3/2014 at 3:25 p.m. 0 comments

    Descriptions and starred mini-reviews by John Beifuss.

  • Film Review: 'The Face of Love' Published 4/3/2014 at 11:33 a.m. 0 comments

    Does “The Face of Love” belong to Annette Bening? If you’re speaking of an ideal, the answer is debatable; if you’re speaking of the new movie with that name, the answer is most definitely yes.

  • Film Review: 'Frankie & Alice' Published 4/3/2014 at 11:24 a.m. 0 comments

    “Frankie & Alice” may be “based on true events,” as an opening title promises, but it seems more truly inspired by star-producer Halle Berry’s desire for an ostentatious showcase to demonstrate that her Best Actress recognition for “Monster’s Ball” didn’t ...

  • Movie Capsules: What's Showing Published 3/27/2014 at 4:03 p.m. 0 comments

    Descriptions and starred mini-reviews by John Beifuss.

  • Film Review: 'Tim's Vermeer' Published 3/27/2014 at 3:47 p.m. 0 comments

    Produced and narrated by Penn Jillette and directed by Teller, the movie raises compelling questions about the value of art and the process of painting.

  • Film Review: 'Enemy' Published 3/27/2014 at 3:30 p.m. 0 comments

    “Enemy” represents a rather bold career move for Canadian director Denis Villeneuve. Grim? Surreal? Yes and yes, but also darkly funny.

  • Film Review: 'Bad Words' Published 3/27/2014 at 3:16 p.m. 0 comments

    As the difference of only one word in the titles suggests, the deservedly R-rated “Bad Words” is a “Bad Santa” relocated from the context of Christmas to the culture of spelling bees.

  • What to Watch: ‘The Wolf of Wall Street,’ ‘The King of Comedy,’ ‘Performance,’ and more Published 3/26/2014 at 9:56 a.m. 0 comments

    In this week's 'What to Watch,' John Beifuss updates his 2013 year-end rankings re:'The Wolf of Wall Street' and dispenses four stars to a handful of revived masterpieces