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Thursday, June 19,2014

Sequel, heal thyself

‘22 Jump Street’ cures sequelitis

By Ryan Syrek
Pretend you were excited for the big screen version of 21 Jump Street. Yeah, nobody believes you. Writers Michael Bacall and Jonah Hill teamed up with directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller for the most hilarious, self-aware adaptation of a Richard Greico television show ever attempted. A sequel was inevitable. Yet somehow this sequel is far better than we deserve.
Thursday, June 12,2014

Control-Z Cruise

‘The Edge of Tomorrow’ doesn’t need an undo button

By Ryan Syrek
Every time Tom Cruise, the greatest modern matinee idol, makes a new movie, everybody rushes to fuse artist and art and spews out some variation of “I just don’t like him anymore.” America’s collective moral stance seems to be that we should never forget that someone belongs to a douchey faith but we should purge memories of other horrid things actors have done, like domestic abuse. Disagree? Tell it to Sean Penn’s two Oscars.
Thursday, June 5,2014

So choose one, Seth

‘A Million Ways to Die in the West’ is vile

By Ryan Syrek
Anna (Charlize Theron) blows into town, she agrees to help Albert win a duel against Louise’s new boyfriend, Foy (Neil Patrick Harris). Of course, she sees the nicety nice niceness of Albert as irresistible and cannot wait to reward him with sex.
Thursday, May 29,2014

It’s a sad business, being funny

Charlie Chaplin’s autobiographical ‘Limelight’

By Michael J. Casey
back on stage. Two performers, one on the way up and one on the way down meet in the middle — typical fare for melodrama, but Chaplin mines the material for something far more serious. A younger Chaplin would have made the movie with more joie de vivre, but reality weighed heavily on Chaplin’s mind.
Thursday, May 22,2014

Atomic blast ‘Godzilla’ is radioactive fun

By Ryan Syrek
The film opens in the late ’90s. Joe Brody (Bryan Cranston) and his wife Sandra (Juliette Binoche) are investigating bizarre seismic readings at the nuclear reactor where they work. Things do not go well. The nuclear station goes kablooey, Sandra is killed and Joe spends the next 15 years trying to get to the bottom of what really happened.
Thursday, May 15,2014

Hazy Hazings

‘Neighbors’ is hilarious-ish

By Ryan Syrek
Let’s start with something that’s apparently really, really hard for edgy comedy people to grasp: jokes about rape or the N-word suck, and you suck for using them. Yes, you are allowed to make them; they aren’t illegal or anything.
Thursday, May 8,2014

Squash the spider, man!

‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2’ is icky

By Ryan Syrek
Screenwriters Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman are franchise serial killers, having parasitically attached themselves to Transformers and Star Trek, among others. That two living, breathing human beings can routinely produce content this noxious and vapid without remorse is almost impressive.
Thursday, May 8,2014


After years of being told to put your phone away at the movies, the Dutch are changing the norms with the new thriller APP. Phones are a part of the movie experience, and audience members are encouraged to download the app IRIS before the movie to augment the story.
Thursday, May 1,2014

Sex will kill you

Decoding the meaning of ‘Under the Skin’

By Ryan Syrek
Director Jonathan Glazer and writer Walter Campbell’s Under the Skin joins the smallest movie subgenre: brilliant but batshit insane.
Thursday, April 24,2014

A lesserknown masterpiece

Dairy Center to screen Ozu’s ‘Tokyo Story’

A summation of the movie makes sound intolerably sad, and it is a sad movie, but only because it invokes genuine empathy. Consider the scene where the mother watches her grandson playing in a field. She wonders if he will grow up to be a doctor. She then wonders if she will live to see it.