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  • Opposites Attract in a Refreshing High School Romance

    OPPOSITES ATTRACT: A gawky bookworm (Shailene Woodley) and a hard-drinking popular kid (Miles Teller) strike up an unlikely romance. City Paper grade: B+ Sutter (Miles Teller) is the fast-talking, glad-handing, hard-partying popular kid. Aimee (Shailene Woodley) is the naïve, inexperienced, insecure girl dating above her station. They meet cute when he wakes up...

    • Aug 15, 2013
  • Drama in the World of Movie Trailer Voice-Overs

    City Paper grade: B- The familiar basso profondo of Don LaFontaine opens actress Lake Bell’s directorial debut, set in the world over which the late LaFontaine once reigned: the realm of movie trailer voice-overs. A montage of interviews with the man once known as “The Voice of God” introduces a few of...

    • Aug 15, 2013
  • Techno-Thriller Makes Laughable Attack on Corporate Amorality

    City Paper grade: C- While it’s easiest to drop the onus on directors and producers when a talent-stacked cast comes back with a lousy product, you’ve also got to stick fingers toward the actors themselves. Gary Oldman, Harrison Ford and Richard Dreyfuss, vets that they are, surely knew how creaky and flimsy...

    • Aug 15, 2013
  • Death-Squad Leaders Re-Enact Mass Killings in Chilling Doc

    RETURN OF THE REPRESSED: Given cameras by the director, Indonesian death-squad leaders make their own movies about the era of widespread killings. City Paper grade: A– A profoundly unsettling work of investigative cinéma vérité, Joshua Oppenheimer’s The Act of Killing retells Indonesia’s bloody anti-Communist purges through the eyes of their perpetrators. After the...

    • Aug 1, 2013
  • In Crystal Fairy, Drug-Crazed Ugly Americans Embark on Road Trip

    City Paper grade: B– Thrown together in two months while director Sebastián Silva and star Michael Cera were waiting on another stalled project, Crystal Fairy reflects the loose, on-the-fly nature of its creation. Cera plays a toned-down variation of his drug-crazed egomaniac from This Is the End, here as a cluelessly boorish trust-fund...

    • Jul 25, 2013
  • False Accusations and Small-Town Hysterics Fuel The Hunt

    City Paper grade: B It spoils nothing to reveal that Lucas, Mads Mikkelsen’s character in The Hunt, is entirely innocent of the child-molestation charges leveled against him. We see from the outset how Lucas, a laid-off Danish high school teacher now working in a kindergarten, affectionately wrestles with the children in his care;...

    • Jul 25, 2013
  • Computer Chess: Fever Dreaming, ’80s Nerd Style

    City Paper grade: B We’ve half of 2013 yet to go, but even when Computer Chess premiered in January it was a cinch for the year’s most surprising — and at times baffling — change of pace. Tired of being asked when he’d switch to video, 16mm devotee Andrew Bujalski went all-in with a...

    • Jul 25, 2013
  • Almodóvar’s Polymorphously Perverse Airplane!

    AIRHEADS: Bawdy flight attendants Fajas (left, Carlos Areces) and Ullo (Raúl Arévalo) entertain passengers as their malfunctioning aircraft circles over Mexico. City Paper grade: B+ A delirious throwback to Pedro Almodóvar’s high-farcical period, I’m So Excited! is a garish, rude and giddy delight. Set almost entirely in an airplane searching for a place...

    • Jul 25, 2013
  • Saw Director’s Scare Tactics Still Horrify

    City Paper grade: B Just like 2010’s Insidious, James Wan’s The Conjuring glimmers with spine-freezing promise at the outset and dulls as it unfolds, but there are more than enough delightfully low-tech screams to make up for the last dozen or so stupid The [Blank]-ening movies. Inspired by a real-life account from paranormal investigators...

    • Jul 18, 2013
  • The Way, Way Back: To Be Young and Awkward

    GROWING PAINS: Gawky teen Duncan (Liam James) lumbers through puberty while trying to woo his neighbor Susanna (AnnaSophia Robb). City Paper grade: B+ While most coming-of-age vehicles waste time spackling narrative cracks with dull sentiment, Nat Faxon and Jim Rash’s The Way, Way Back stands out for its frank, personal performances and...

    • Jul 11, 2013

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