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Pope Francis: A Man of His Word
The pope, in his own words, through the lens of Wim Wenders
"...its newest sovereign: Pope Francis. Rather than taking a straight biographical approach, the film’s dominant motif is that of..."

May 18, 2018 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Bad Samaritan
David Tennant plays Hannibal Lecter, which is less fun than it sounds.
"...Films would dig up from the underground. Instead, it's straight out of the glut of post-Silence of the Lambs..."

May 4, 2018 Movie Review by Richard Whittaker

Sleazy modern exploitation falls off its poorly staked moral high ground.
"...end”), and finally a sleazy woman-in-chains mise en scène straight from a Roger Corman drive-in flick, all followed by..."

April 27, 2018 Movie Review by Steve Davis

The Cured
The zombie apocalypse is over. So now what?
"...the best zombie movies, the story is not a straight analogy, but a metaphor, one that touches poignantly and..."

March 9, 2018 Movie Review by Richard Whittaker

Alex Garland's SF mystery is weird for weirdness' sake.
"...weirdness, then, why does it all feel so ... straight? And why do I feel like a bummed-out tourist..."

March 2, 2018 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

Goodbye Christopher Robin
The story of A.A. Milne and Winnie-the-Pooh
"...war. Cinematographer Ben Smithard (Belle) creates a sun-dappled countryside straight out of Currier & Ives by way of Sussex,..."

Oct. 27, 2017 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Cranky loner (and beloved character actor) faces mortality
"...Luke, Alien, Repo Man, Pretty in Pink, and The Straight Story, Stanton played many memorable supporting parts but only..."

Oct. 13, 2017 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

My Little Pony: The Movie
A rainbow-hued acid trip for 8-year-olds
"...which rehashes just about every MLP television episode and straight-to-video flick ever made. But die-hard fans won’t mind, as..."

Oct. 6, 2017 Movie Review by Steve Davis

Inspiring doc on Baltimore teenagers
"...with her clinically depressed mother. Cori Grainger is a straight-A student, who is delighted to find in step an..."

Aug. 11, 2017 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

The Untamed
Sex and body horror in the backwoods
"...Escalante’s fourth feature, sci-fi horror The Untamed, it came straight outta outer space and takes the form of a..."

July 28, 2017 Movie Review by Danielle White

A child prodigy gets caught up in a custody battle
"...waste, and so launches a custody battle with venom straight out of Kramer vs. Kramer. Tears are on the..."

April 14, 2017 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

All Nighter
A father searches for his daughter with the help of her ex-boyfriend
"...decide whether it wants to be Taken-lite or a straight-up comedy of mismatched males. (For the record, Liam Neeson..."

March 24, 2017 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

The famous Chilean poet is on the run in this biopic
"...Larraín’s film throws the viewer straight into the thrum, as the newly elected president Gabriel..."

Feb. 17, 2017 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

Nocturnal Animals
A dark meditation on regret and revenge
"...vacation are attacked by a trio of deranged maniacs straight out of The Hills Have Eyes. Genuine, cringe-worthy horror..."

Nov. 18, 2016 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

No Manches Frida
A thief becomes a substitute teacher to get his loot
"...finds her voice? Check. Unruly students positively motivated by scared-straight tactics and some tough love? Check. Stupid subplots involving..."

Sept. 9, 2016 Movie Review by Josh Kupecki

Kubo and the Two Strings
Sublime animated movie is disguised as kids' fare
"...First things first though, the narrative arc is straight out of Screenwriting 101: the hero's journey, a quest..."

Aug. 19, 2016 Movie Review by Josh Kupecki

Philip Roth's 2008 novel is hauntingly translated to the screen
"...Marcus Messner (Lerman), a straight-A student who is the pride of his Jewish parents,..."

Aug. 12, 2016 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

The Neon Demon
Cinema's bad boy, Nicolas Winding Refn, strikes again
" a strange film to unpack. Is it a straight-up horror movie? A mockery of artifice? Is the fact..."

June 24, 2016 Movie Review by Josh Kupecki

13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi
Michael Bay lends his firepower to this war that's not really a war
"...usual bombastic firepower, 13 Days ends up being a straight-up war film without an actual war in it...."

Jan. 15, 2016 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

The Marvel Universe expands to include comedy
"...self-seriousness of recent super antiheroes. It is Marvel’s first straight-up comedy, and thankfully, it works...."

July 17, 2015 Movie Review by Josh Kupecki

Playback: Five Nights on Dirty Sixth
Is Dirty Sixth Street the wasteland the music scene makes it out to be? Five straight nights answer loud and clear.
"...on this bar-lined thoroughfare, inspired me to spend five straight nights only experiencing music on Dirty Sixth. That artery..."

July 17, 2015 Music Column by Kevin Curtin

The Overnight
A good cast and a provocative setup still can't make this indie rom-com soar
"...In the tepid Generation X comedy The Overnight, two straight couples spend 12 or so hours asking themselves those..."

June 26, 2015 Movie Review by Steve Davis

The Human Centipede III (Final Sequence)
Did anyone really ask for a third helping of this stomach-turning provocation?
" a challenge, Mr. Six: You’ve already topped yourself straight into yawnsville...."

May 29, 2015 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Hot Pursuit
Reese Witherspoon and Sofia Vergara are on the run
"...the movie equivalent of leftovers. The odd coupling of straight-arrow Texas cop (Witherspoon) and spitfire Colombian widow (Vergara) on..."

May 15, 2015 Movie Review by Steve Davis

Johnny Depp fails to unleash his inner Peter Sellers in this globetrotting spy comedy.
" McGregor, Paltrow, Goldblum, all more or less playing straight to his silly, high-kicking, show pony act. Only Bettany,..."

Jan. 30, 2015 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

This Is Where I Leave You
Awfully likeable ensemble comedy.
"...son Judd (and the ensemble film’s nominal lead), a straight-and-narrow guy whose career and marriage have hit a roadblock,..."

Sept. 19, 2014 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

Mexico's most beloved comedy film star gets the biopic treatment.
"...Around the World in 80 Days. This is a straight-ahead biopic, very much the traditional rise to fame followed..."

Sept. 5, 2014 Movie Review by Louis Black

Cheap Thrills
This grisly, dark comedy is last year's winner of Fantastic Fest's Midnighters Audience Award.
"...Gekko – but Cheap Thrills cuts deeper, darker, and straight to the bone...."

March 21, 2014 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Son of God
This biopic is strictly for easily-entertained believers.
"...the viewer because there is nothing else here. A straight-ahead, unimaginative retelling of the life of Jesus (Morgado), edited..."

March 7, 2014 Movie Review by Louis Black

A gladiator slave must rescue his secret love before Vesuvius erupts.
"...was actually shot in Italy. Paul W.S. Anderson went straight to Toronto and front-loaded his film with enough CGI..."

Feb. 28, 2014 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

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