Magic Touch

Magic Touch

The tactile world of The Boxtrolls explodes with imagination
The town of Cheesebridge — the setting for The Boxtrolls — rises from the water's edge like a traffic cone dotted with teetering Victorian buildings.

Action by Numbers

The Equalizer is just another formulaic action movie that even Denzel can't save
Do you remember the 1980s TV series The Equalizer, in which Edward Woodward played a mysterious former intelligence operative who did little private-eye vigilante jobs for people in trouble in New York City?

Driver's Seat

One scene-stealing performance gives This Is Where I Leave You a real jolt
A modest proposal, before diving into the rest of the muddled, sporadically appealing This Is Where I Leave You: Adam Driver should read all the lines, in all the movies.

You Are the Walrus

Did Kevin Smith seriously make his best film yet by venturing into campy horror?
An ambitious podcaster named Wallace (Justin Long), whose shows thoughtlessly center on making fun of "weirdos," walks in to an isolated mansion deep in the woods of Manitoba. Howard Howe (Michael Parks), the wheelchair-bound "adventurer" who lured him there, spins some imaginative tales of survival at sea, drugs him, cuts off his left leg and, when Wallace awakens, addresses him as Mr. Tusk.

Swan Song

Whether you like it or not, as underwhelming as it may be, The Drop is James Gandolfini's last film
J ames Gandolfini's wintery silences and bitter outbursts are enough on their own to merit seeing this otherwise frustratingly vague slice of low-end Crooklyn crime life, but just barely. Love it or leave it, this is Tony Soprano's swan song and, fittingly, Gandolfini's role as Cousin Marv, a beaten-down dive bar owner who owes his neighborhood Chechen mafia a lot more than a fistful of dollars, is memorable in its weary grace notes.

First Class

A Five Star Life contemplates the value of luxury
Irene (Margherita Buy) would seem to have the dream job as a secret inspector of five-star hotels.

Fall Flicks

A look at the most anticipated movies for the rest of 2014
Scott Renshaw

Die Laughing

Why Die Hard and other dated action films provide more laughs than gasps as the years pass
The Inlander's Suds and Cinema series has thus relied wholly on comedies, mostly because we figured people would want to laugh while they drank their locally made beer.

Under the Mask

Frank is more insightful than funny, and that's OK
Frank wears a massive mask at all times and has somehow managed to get four other people to make intentionally crappy music with him.

I Ain't Afraid o' No-Stalgia

The re-release of Ghostbusters takes a critic back to a formative movie summer
You're forgiven in advance if you roll your eyes at the blatant pandering to nostalgia that is to follow.

High Fidelity

If I Stay nails so much about its source material — except key details of tone
For a movie lover, the journey down the road of reading source material is a perilous one.

Style over Substance

Sin City: A Dame to Kill For struggles to even come close to its predecessor
There's the nihilism of Sin City.

Spinning Wheels

Woody Allen recycles old philosophical material in Magic in the Moonlight
Woody Allen.

Kids in America

Rich Hill gives us a grim look at the lives of kids growing up in rural poverty
You're going to be worried about our kids when you get done watching Rich Hill. Not just your kids, but all the kids out there.

Life Itself

Boyhood, made over the course of a dozen years, is Richard Linklater's masterpiece
The development of personhood as it is experienced — day-by-day, year in and year out — is the subject of Boyhood.

No New Twist

Into the Storm's CGI tornadoes don't have enough star power
There's something almost quaint about the idea that, once upon a time, the stars of disaster movies were ... well, stars.


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