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Ridley Scott's baffling, biblical epic, 'Exodus: Gods and Kings'

Presumably, the creative itch to bring back the bygone...

Clicking and Streaming: 'We Are The Best'

Socialist-Feminist-Christian filmmaker Lukas Moodysson fuels his work with a...

'Return to Oz,' a darker take on Dorothy's story, treats youth with dignity

A tween-aged Fairuza Balk plays Dorothy, whose insistence on recounting her...

NOISE

Clicking and Streaming: 'Zodiac' and 'Broadchurch,' two picks for 'Serial' fans and haters alike

"Serial" is a podcast in which host Sarah Koenig details her own investigation into a potential...

No Trivia's Year in Music: The top 50 singles and 50 albums of 2014

News flash everybody: Lists are fucking awesome. They get a bad rep these days, because they're...

'Laura,' a smirking class satire masquerading as a film noir, plays at the Charles tomorrow and Monday

Who killed advertising superstar Laura Hunt? That's the question New York City detective McPherson...

The first part of the final 'Hunger Games' movie gets real, goes meta

The first part of the final 'Hunger Games' movie gets real, goes meta

All work and no play makes Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer...

'The Conformist,' a ridiculously gorgeous movie about a twisted little shit

'The Conformist,' a ridiculously gorgeous movie about a twisted little shit

A beautiful irony lies in the fact that one of cinema’s great creeps skulks...

'Interstellar' is a tripping-balls space epic that has as much heart as cinematic vision

'Interstellar' is a tripping-balls space epic that has as much heart as cinematic vision

The Earth is dying. This message is reinforced in every...

Daft Punk's 'Interstella' is a break from sci-fi self-seriousness

Daft Punk's 'Interstella' is a break from sci-fi self-seriousness

If Christoper Nolan’s transition from master of dorm room woah bro darkness...

"Whiplash" is like "Black Swan" with more hot jazz drumming

"Whiplash" is like "Black Swan" with more hot jazz drumming

Hey, remember the major motion picture “Black Swan”? If you enjoyed...

"The Wizard of Oz" makes me think of the time I ran away to join the circus

"The Wizard of Oz" makes me think of the time I ran away to join the circus

When I was a teenager, I dropped out of school and ran away to join a circus. It...

In 'John Wick,' Keanu kills everyone because somebody killed his dog

In 'John Wick,' Keanu kills everyone because somebody killed his dog

John Wick (Keanu Reeves) takes out most of the first 12 men with a handgun, though a few require a...

'Force Majeure,' a devastating Swedish satire, dissects masculine hang-ups

'Force Majeure,' a devastating Swedish satire, dissects masculine hang-ups

This slow-burning marriage drama starts out like a luxury travel-magazine ad...

'Birdman Or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)' is a condescending con job

'Birdman Or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)' is a condescending con job

There was a hilarious Bill Murray skit on the old “...

Clicking and Streaming: "Los Angeles Plays Itself"

Clicking and Streaming: "Los Angeles Plays Itself"

If you’ve spent a lifetime watching movies, you probably think you know...

Clicking and Streaming: "The Sacrament" and "Starred Up"

Clicking and Streaming: "The Sacrament" and "Starred Up"

A Vice magazine fashion photographer receives a letter from his troubled sister Caroline (Amy...

Clicking and Streaming: 'The Battered Bastards of Baseball' and 'Locke'

Clicking and Streaming: 'The Battered Bastards of Baseball' and 'Locke'

The Netflix original documentary "The Battered Bastards of Baseball" details the brief history of...

Gamer's Grammar: World building and the nemesis system in 'Middle-Earth: Shadow or Mordor'

Gamer's Grammar: World building and the nemesis system in 'Middle-Earth: Shadow or Mordor'

As a fiction writer, I am most interested in world-building. Last year, I was...

Gamer's Grammar: Why You Should Care About Gamergate

Gamer's Grammar: Why You Should Care About Gamergate

It’s been a particularly troubling few months for...

Arcade Games Saved My Life

Arcade Games Saved My Life

Just a few pages into Michael Kimball’s “Galaga”...

Game On

Game On

From their basement headquarters inside a rowhouse on Eastern Avenue, developers at...

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