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'The Counselor' Review: Phony Morality Tale Trips Up A-List Cast

'The Counselor' Review: Phony Morality Tale Trips Up A-List Cast

Writer Cormac McCarthy is better known as a novelist than a screenwriter. He penned the novels that were adapted into films like All the Pretty Horses, The Road and the Oscar-winning No Country for Old Men. But in The Counselor,

'A.C.O.D.' Review: Divorce Comedy Delivers Intermittent Laughs

'A.C.O.D.' Review: Divorce Comedy Delivers Intermittent Laughs

In the 1979 Oscar-winning drama Kramer vs. Kramer, a young son watches as his parent’s relationship falls apart. He sees his mother leave the family and then watches as his two parents fight over him. Now, imagine that kid 25

'Runner Runner' Review: Recycled Drama Banks on Shopworn Thrills

'Runner Runner' Review: Recycled Drama Banks on Shopworn Thrills

The biggest problem with the new thriller Runner Runner isn’t what’s onscreen, although the plot and the dialogue are often cringe-worthy. The great issue with the film is that we’ve seen all that it has to offer in countless other,

'Prisoners' Review: Slow-Burn Thriller Muddies Heroes, Villains

'Prisoners' Review: Slow-Burn Thriller Muddies Heroes, Villains

If there is one word that can be used to describe the new kidnapping drama Prisoners, that word is methodical. This slow-paced, sizzling thriller never jumps from scene to scene, leaving the viewer’s head spinning with outrageous plot twists. Instead,

'The Spectacular Now' Review: Sobering Snapshot of Teen Angst

'The Spectacular Now' Review: Sobering Snapshot of Teen Angst

Miles Teller has made a career out of partying. Onscreen, that is. In films like Footloose, Project X and 21 & Over, he played characters who enjoyed drinking and having a good time. In The Spectacular Now, he sobers up.

'Red 2' Review: Inferior Sequel Still Slings Sexy Lead

'Red 2' Review: Inferior Sequel Still Slings Sexy Lead

The original Red (2010) was a fun escapist action comedy featuring an A-list cast willing to act silly to earn a few good laughs. Some of the film’s plot was absurd and the conspiracy at its heart underwhelming, but the

'World War Z' Review: Zombie Thriller Has Brains, Global Scope

'World War Z' Review: Zombie Thriller Has Brains, Global Scope

“Movement is life,” says former United Nations investigator Gerry Lane (Brad Pitt) in the new film World War Z. He’s referring to the best way to survive the apocalyptic zombie attacks that are quickly destroying the human race. The quote

'Trance' Review ' Hypnotic Drama Worthy of Discussion, Debate

'Trance' Review ' Hypnotic Drama Worthy of Discussion, Debate

“No piece of art is worth a human life.” So says the man charged with protecting million-dollar paintings in the new psychological drama Trance. James McAvoy stars as a man who understands the value of self-preservation and security when it

'The Call' Review ' Little More than a Wrong Number

'The Call' Review ' Little More than a Wrong Number

In the film that garnered her an Oscar nomination, Abigail Breslin played a girl whose life was changed because of a phone call. In Little Miss Sunshine, a phone call–and the consequential message that followed– informed her character that she

Oscar Predictions: Best Actor Edition

Oscar Predictions: Best Actor Edition

There are few sure things in life. The sun will rise tomorrow, Katherine Heigl will make another terrible romantic comedy and Daniel Day-Lewis will win his third best actor Oscar tomorrow are the closest things we have. If the latter