Kurt Loder

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'The Canyons' Review: Lindsay Lohan Shows Flashes of Old Talent in Micro-Indie

The Canyons isn’t the worst movie I’ve seen this year. It’s not even the worst movie I’ve seen this summer. It has a pronounced lean-and-hungry look (it was shot in three weeks on a budget of $200,000, much of it Kickstarted), and the story--a slice of Tinseltown noir cranked out by Bret Easton Ellis--is almost laughably lurid. Aug 3, 2013 7:38 PM PT

'Pacific Rim' Review: $185 Million Mash Note to Godzilla Movies of Yore

The fact that somebody would spend $185 million to whomp up a big monsters-versus-robots movie of the sort that the old Toho mutant-lizard factory would have tossed off for a few bucks and change 60 years ago is surely a sign that something’s right with the world. Or at least with Hollywood. Or at least it will be if Pacific Rim doesn’t follow After Earth and The Lone Ranger into the currently raging bonfire of box-office despair. Jul 14, 2013 5:47 AM PT

'Upstream Color' Review: Artsy Character Study Engages While It Confounds

If "Upstream Color" marked the debut of a freshly minted film-school graduate, it might be dismissed as pretentious nonsense. Or maybe not. In any case, Shane Carruth, the 40-year-old Texan who did assemble this strange picture, has never set foot in a film school. Apr 21, 2013 6:56 AM PT

'To the Wonder' Review: A Vague Afterthought from the Mind of Terrence Malick

Sitting through Terrence Malick’s "To the Wonder" is like watching a stranger sorting through a packet of old photographs. To the photographer, the snapshots recall a story. To us they’re disconnected episodes in an unknown narrative. The people we see in them are laughing, crying, whatever; but we have no idea who they really are, and we never find out. Apr 13, 2013 3:40 PM PT

'Easy Money' Review: Swedish Crime Thriller Sizzles with Moral Shadings

"Easy Money" is a Swedish thriller thick with drug gangs, double crosses, and desperate men grappling for a way out through the bullet storms that beset them all around. Classic crime stuff, but in this case distinguished by the emotional connections among the characters and a flickering light of moral consciousness. Jul 14, 2012 7:00 AM PT

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