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#BlockbusterBeat by Matt Lynch Film

Steve Jobs | Danny Boyle

It’s hard to tell if Steve Jobs is better or worse for its general avoidance of “how we live now” handwringing. Even The Social Network, to which this is certainly meant as some sort of foll0w-up given its Aaron Sorkin fact-based tech-biography screenplay, concerned itself with our…

October 14, 2015
#BlockbusterBeat by Matt Lynch Film

The Visit | M. Night Shyamalan

M. Night Shyamalan might be on the ropes both in terms of his critical perception and industry clout. His last four films were widely (it could be argued, unfairly) disliked by both critics and audiences, and his name was even conspicuously absent from promotional materials…

September 10, 2015
#BlockbusterBeat by Matt Lynch Film

Jurassic World | Colin Trevorrow

Slick, loud, violent, merchandized to death, politically retrograde, largely scrubbed of idiosyncrasy, and also pretty exciting, Jurassic World is, like the original 1993 Jurassic Park, simultaneously we-tampered-in-God’s-domain overreacher sci-fi and an amusement park ride about being an amusement park ride. The characters constantly point out that their…

July 12, 2015
#BlockbusterBeat by Matt Lynch Film

Furious 7 | James Wan

You can claim to be invested in the Fast and/or Furious series for fancy cars, or for the characters and the laid-back diversity of the cast, or the occasional welcome nod to feminism, but really it’s all about the action. When Fast Five and, to a much greater…

April 2, 2015
#BlockbusterBeat by Matt Lynch Film

Blackhat | Michael Mann

Blackhat opens with a CG-animated representation of a block of data infiltrating a computer network. A tiny glowing grid sliding along a superconducting surface with what seems very much to be purposeful intent. But in and of itself it has no autonomy. It is…

January 25, 2015
by Ty Landis Film

Unbroken | Angelina Jolie

Comparable to reading a biography with informative chunks ripped out, leaving gaping holes aplenty in the narrative, Angelina Jolie’s Unbroken is little more than an incomplete and wholly misguided rendering of the fight of the human spirit. Chronicling the life of Louis “Louie” Zamperini…

December 29, 2014
by Chris Mello Film

A Walk Among the Tombstones | Scott Frank

After opening with a swaggering bit of drunken police violence, Scott Frank’s A Walk Among the Tombstones spends its runtime bathing in its characters’ moral and psychological muck. With a grimy, pre-Y2K New York as its setting — updating Lawrence Block’s 1992 novel by seven years…

September 24, 2014
#KickingtheCanon by Carson Lund Film

They Live | John Carpenter

It’s an acknowledged perceptual truth that we tend to ignore things about ourselves and the world around us that are uncomfortable to deal with. John Carpenter’s They Live takes this idea to a logical extreme: In denial of the all-consuming conformity of their culture, the characters…

December 5, 2013
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