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Thursday, May 10,2012

Barnabas, stay buried

‘Dark Shadows’ remake better left in the ground

By Dave Taylor
Barnabas awakens and returns to Collinwood, the ancestral home, a delightfully creepy run-down 200room mansion complete with turrets, peculiar sculptures and secret passages.
Thursday, May 10,2012

Like a Joss

Whedon’s ‘Avengers’ talk nerdy — and that’s a good thing

By Ryan Syrek
This was going to be a rabid, frothing defense of the superhero genre, complete with impassioned pleas that appealed to cinematic intellectuals who are apt to dismiss such films. But Tom Hiddleston, who ironically plays the evil Loki in The Avengers,.
Monday, May 7,2012

Badly thought out film adaptations, nevermore

'The Raven' is a disappointment

By Dave Taylor
Edgar Allan Poe introduced his 1840s readership to a new kind of fiction: detective novels. In his dark, twisted and often macabre stories, criminals committed crimes and were brought to justice by an
Thursday, May 3,2012

In need of altar-ations

‘The Five-Year Engagement’ is slow-motion matrimony

By Ryan Syrek
Constantly clocking in well past two hours, the length of these films suggests a pretense that is (hopefully) unintentional.
Thursday, May 3,2012

Anatomically correct

At least ‘Bully’ has heart in the right place

By Ryan Syrek
Sure, it’s impossible not to be moved by stories like that of Tyler Long, who hung himself in response to relentless and malicious torture by his peers. Try not to shed a tear as Alex is called “fish face” and fails to raise his hand when a teacher asks “anyone with at least one friend” to do so.
Thursday, April 26,2012

Kung Ow Kickin’

‘The Raid: Redemption’ delivers tasty action

By Ryan Syrek
Writer/director Gareth Evans, who admittedly did much more to earn the latter half of his hyphened title than the former, delivers what is essentially a “dude ballet.” Featuring meticulous choreography, orchestrated and punctuated with unflinching cinematic savagery, The Raid.
Thursday, April 26,2012

Jazz gives the blues

‘Chico and Rita’ animates love%u2028

By Ryan Syrek
In America, the term “adult animation” still conjures up images of inappropriate drawings, an alarming genre enjoyed by a thankfully small subgroup of the human race. But for the rest of the world, cartoons are more than just a way to sell Happy Meal tie-ins.
Thursday, April 19,2012

Camp Crystal Fake-Out

‘The Cabin in the Woods’ is lying to you

By Ryan Syrek
What’s funny is that writer Joss Whedon and writer/director Drew Goddard are going to get praised for how original The Cabin in the Woods is.
Thursday, April 12,2012

The ship so nice they sank it twice

By Michael Phillips
The RMS Titanic has resurfaced from the icy depths of the Atlantic only to be subjected to a second dunking, this time with a 3-D upcharge, under the stewardship of Capt. James Cameron, master and commander.
Thursday, April 5,2012

Fairy tale, retold

Encased in a coffin, waiting to be brought back to life: That’s how Snow White spends a good portion of the folk story that bears her name. There’s no such downtime for the princess in the snappy retelling Mirror Mirror, a fractured fairy tale that occupies the divide between Disney and Grimm.
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