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Thursday, December 26,2013

'Love Actually'

Against all odds, Love Actually has sort of, kind of, maybe become a holiday classic. On one eventful Christmas in England, something like 500 couples, including Professor Snape, magically fall in love.
Thursday, December 19,2013

Breathe in the Smaug

‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug’ is still fresh

By Ryan Syrek
The story is just so much richer, as it doesn’t stop at “Baddie McEvil tries to destroy the world.” We join Bilbo and his dwarf buddies as they are nearing the secret entrance to the home they were forced to abandon on the grounds of “Oh, dear God, that’s a fire breathing dragon,” which is an understandable reason to break a lease.
Thursday, December 19,2013

Best and worst movies of 2013

Don't make me choose!

By Ryan Syrek
The only thing worse than years virtually free of good movies are years when I could make a top 10 list from the films I cut from my final top 10 list. What I’m sayin’ is: 2013 was real, real good, y’all.
Thursday, December 12,2013

Philomena, evil nuns and AIDS

A fairly phenomenal film

By Ryan Syrek
Philomena is kind of a tough sell. It’s not a feel-good holiday picture or a tour-de-force acting showcase destined to be showered with Oscar kisses. All the movie has to offer is the fact that it’s really, really good.
Thursday, December 5,2013

Frozen is a bit childish, but that's OK

'Frozen' is purposeful

By Ryan Syrek
There’s a joke about how a dude will like his new “sled” because “it’s got cupholders.” Oh, Frozen, you so hawt.
Wednesday, November 27,2013

You say you want a revolution?

'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire' strikes back

By Ryan Syrek
With a female protagonist, overt racial themes and a wonderfully literal “poor versus the poor while the rich look on” centerpiece, Catching Fire is the best science-fiction sequel since The Empire Strikes Back and is far more important.
Wednesday, November 27,2013

Bold thinking at the BolderLife Festival

BolderLife Festival opens eyes and minds

By Michael Callahan
Often we are so bombarded with media and messaging that it can become easy to distance ourselves from the harsh realities of the world.
Thursday, November 21,2013

Brutality depicted

'12 Years a Slave' is an epic lesson

By Ryan Syrek
New rule: You can watch Django Unchained as many times as you want, but you have to watch 12 Years a Slave at least once first.
Thursday, November 14,2013

Thor-sty for more

'Thor: The Dark World' is superhero satisfaction

By Ryan Syrek
The comic book series is so niche and crazy that there’s actually a supporting character named Throg, who is a frog version of Thor. And that comic book has now spawned two big-budget movies.
Thursday, November 14,2013

The bright side of Mexico

By David Accomazzo
Talking on the phone with longtime record producer-turned-filmmaker Duncan Bridgeman, you get the feeling you’re talking to an extremely friendly, hippie version of Hunter S. Thompson.