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Review: ‘Don’t Breathe’ takes you on a roller coaster of horror

Don't Breathe

Ah, horror movies, the great American pastime. What’s more patriotic than escaping the election season and summer heat to hide in a movie theater and submit to relentless scares instead? Maybe a lot of things, but for many of us, horror films are one of the purest forms of escapism available. They’re like cinematic roller… Read More →

Review: stop-motion animation ‘Kubo and the Two Strings’

Kubo and the Two Strings

Stop-motion animation is one of the most painstakingly intricate, beloved, and impressive forms of filmmaking on the planet. Stop-motion movies are so rare these days that we must take the time and effort to appreciate every instance of one that flits through theaters. Given the amount of craft they demand, it would be difficult to… Read More →

Review: ‘War Dogs’ wavers between war and humor

War Dogs

War Dogs is a story of government corruption, arms dealing, worldwide criminal activity, war profiteering, and the testing of tenuous relationships through it all. And who better to bring that story to you than the director of The Hangover? I can think of a lot of directors, actually, who could more skillfully handle such a… Read More →

Sausage Party Review: funny and existential

Sausage Party review

Sausage Party is about sentient food items that discover the unfortunate truth of the human diet. Sausage Party is an animated film featuring adorably brought to life foodstuffs — one that is also a hard-R, boundary shattering barrage of adult humor. Once you find out that its writers are Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, the… Read More →

Is ‘Indignation’ the best movie of the summer?

Indignation

There are some films that demand the right to exist through sheer beauty. Indignation is one of those films. As far as I know, no one was particularly clamoring for an adaption of the interminable Philip Roth’s 2008 novel. Most moviegoers probably have no idea who the author is. But during a summer of endlessly… Read More →

‘Jason Bourne’ Review: Does Matt Damon’s return save the series?

MATT DAMON returns to his most iconic role in "Jason Bourne." Paul Greengrass, the director of The Bourne Supremacy and The Bourne Ultimatum, once again joins Damon for the next chapter of Universal Pictures' Bourne franchise, which finds the CIA's most lethal former operative drawn out of the shadows. (Photo by Jasin Boland)

For a movie titled Jason Bourne, this has less to do with Jason Bourne than any Bourne film I’ve seen. Don’t worry — I haven’t seen The Bourne Legacy. The original Bourne trilogy is without a doubt one of my favorite movie series of all time. It exemplifies cerebral thrills to perfection. Bourne is a… Read More →

Review: will ‘Nerve’ leave you feeling nervous?

Nerve

Don’t let Wikipedia fool you: while Nerve’s wiki page describes it as an “action crime techno-thriller survival film”, the movie is a horror at heart. That’s not to say it’s terrifying or that it doesn’t contain hints of “action crime techno-thriller survival” in its lifeblood. But beneath all the technological teen talk and pomp, it… Read More →

Review: Will you sleep with the lights on after ‘Lights Out’?

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It’s unbelievable that Lights Out didn’t exist until now. Nearly everyone is afraid of the dark. When I first started watching horror movies, I slept with the lights on (ok, occasionally I still do) — why hadn’t a filmmaker directly exploited our infantile reliance on light yet? Turns out the director of the fiendishly well-made… Read More →

Does ‘Star Trek Beyond’ work without Abrams?

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Star Trek Beyond boldly goes where many filmmakers have gone before, and maybe that’s not such a bad thing. As a film critic sometimes I have to know when to be skeptical. For example, I loved J. J. Abrams’ 2009 reboot of Star Trek. But when I saw that Justin Lin — the testosterone vehicle… Read More →

5 celebrities who should be running for president instead

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With the ridiculousness of political coverage headlines growing exponentially, many people — myself included — end up looking for temporary escapes from the inane insanity. For some — definitely myself included — that escape is the wonderful world of movies. When you’re calming down in the dark of a movie theater, certain ideas can arise:… Read More →

A feline first: Entrepreneur hopes to launch cat café

Melissa Pruitt: Future owner of LaGattara Cat Café.

Seventeen years ago, an entrepreneur in Taipei, Taiwan opened the world’s very first café with cats as the guests’ accompaniment. With this attraction being as bizarre as it sounds, word got out and the cafés began to blossom worldwide. These “cat cafés” have become such a trend that they have gained publicity on shows like… Read More →

5 Best Films Made in Arizona

Films made in Arizona

Rumor has it that Flagstaff was almost the filmmaking capital of America, but it was abandoned in favor of Hollywood due to cold weather. I feel we were unfairly represented. 470 miles from Hollywood isn’t that bad though. Not all of Arizona looks like the ugly stretch of desert between Tempe and Tucson, and as… Read More →

Review: One big meh for ‘Ghostbusters’

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We are living in an era of unnecessary reboots and sequels, and we are powerless to stop it. Next in line for Hollywood’s endless quest to capitalize on our collective childhood is the reboot of Ghostbusters. Criticism of the reboot has ranged from caution to blatant misogyny: online groups without a modicum of intelligence, respect,… Read More →

Drug drama ‘The Infiltrator’ starts slow, pays off

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It’s quite rare that I know little about a movie before I’m watching it. Normally I’m reminding myself of a film’s writer and director before the opening credits have a chance to kick in. The Infiltrator somehow slipped under my obsessive radar though: as I sat down to watch it, I hadn’t even seen a… Read More →