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“Did Fred Madison recreate his past in his mind? Or was he trying to justify his whole life through the avatar of Pete Dayton, almost like a videogame, only more real?” Peter Tieryas Liu considers Lost Highway.
“I should have known that Ender’s Game was not for me. I love science fiction, but sci fi authors aren’t exactly known for passing the Bechdel test.” How badly does Shae Ramsey hate this film?
“It is readily apparent that Newman is recounting an ultimately circuitous inner journey by traversing the globe.” Lauren Jonik reviews Leigh Newman’s memoir.
“In the dark forest of crime and thriller fiction, Night Film is an anomalous addition, an unexpected clearing amongst a crowded crush of trees, both belonging to and standing out from the forest around it.” A review by Molly Geipel.
“I set my expectations appropriately low and set out to enjoy Riddick for a vapid, fun thrill ride featuring sexy people, slimy aliens and cool-looking dystopian landscapes.” Alas, low expectations were not enough to prepare Shae Ramsey.
“The opening weekend of the Indianapolis International Film Festival is now officially behind us. And, wow, what a start it has had.” Chris Overpeck is blown away by some great films.
“The candid photographs are at times haunting, and scenes from his act provide enough material on their own to fill this 84-minute documentary.” A review by Michael Ward.
“Every single action set piece is featured in the trailer. I’m not exaggerating here, I mean it. Every. Single. One.” Eric Wood reviews the full-length version of Fast & Furious 6, too.
“We learn to trust the author to know where she is and where she needs to go. It’s like listening to an especially ambitious jazz improvisation.” Nikki Stern reviews the new Kate Atkinson novel.
“Douglas’ performance takes the wrong cue. He is a (presumably) straight actor playing a gay part–and this should create a contract with his cable audience. Except that he does not commit.” Jaime Franchi is committed to not liking Behind the Candelabra.