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Thursday, November 7,2013

Tame, lame video game

'Ender's Game' has no winner

By Ryan Syrek
Glam it up all you want: Ender’s Game is about a kid playing a high-stakes video game.
Thursday, October 31,2013

Bad advice

'The Counselor' is Cormac-whacked

By Ryan Syrek
Featuring an all-star cast of irreproachable actors ... and also Cameron Diaz, The Counselor had Ridley Scott at the helm and an original screenplay written by Cormac McCarthy. All the ingredients in this cinematic recipe are independently delicious; so why does the final meal taste like week-old dumpster pizza with extra anchovies?
Thursday, October 24,2013


'The Fifth Estate' is second rate

By Ryan Syrek
The Fifth Estate is Keystrokes: The Movie, a flat, dull, repetitive dud made modestly palatable because nobody doesn’t like the taste of Benedict Cumberbatch, the British treat.
Thursday, October 17,2013

Grindhouse ground out

'Machete Kills' and no one cares

By Ryan Syrek
Before we go further, you should know I gave Ticked-Off Trannies with Knives a positive review, so I “get” grind-schlock. This isn’t that, this is someone doing a bad impression of that.
Thursday, October 10,2013

She needed her space

Sandra Bullock owns 'Gravity'

By Ryan Syrek
Bullock’s dizzyingly complex performance in a film that is as thrilling as it is culturally resonant does make Gravity something hella special.
Thursday, October 3,2013

Race scar drivers

'Rush' shows Formula 1's collateral damage

By Ryan Syrek
Director Ron Howard and writer Peter Morgan ask a good question with Rush, which is: What kind of broken human beings strap themselves to a rocket-coffin?
Thursday, September 26,2013

Hugh catch a predator?

Prisoners goes medieval on Paul Dano%u2028

By Ryan Syrek
If you like smiling and aren’t criminally demented, Prisoners is a damn rough watch.
Thursday, September 19,2013

SeaWorld can suck it

'Blackfish' is a one-note wake-up call

By Ryan Syrek
Breaking news: You know those giant, majestic, ocean-dwelling creatures with the first name “killer?” Turns out if you lock them in tiny spaces, it kills them, and if you get in with them, they kill you.
Thursday, September 12,2013

A bit plain, Jane

'Austenland' is sweet but simple

By Ryan Syrek
Since Stephanie “Twilight” Meyers is a producer on Austenland, the following question is fair game: Why are readers who fangirl out about Mr. Darcy from Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice embraced or applauded while devotees of whatever-that-sparkly-vampire-dude’s-name-was are chided?
Thursday, September 12,2013

Looking to illuminate: The DocuWest Film Festival

DocuWest festival aims for the ah-ha moment

By Dylan Owens
Documentary film festivals can be a hard sell. You don’t get the star power that goes with fictional films, the impossibly dramatic moments, or the singularly well-crafted denouement that wraps the whole thing up into one resonant piece. The documentary is all about stories.