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Review: THE GREATEST SHOWMAN, How Can Something So Wrong Feel So Right?

As Hugh Jackman’s P.T. Barnum starts selling the idea that using exaggerations, myths, and tall-tales as thinly-disguised truths are admirable, truth be damned. I couldn’t help but think about the “meta-ness” of it all. It’s as if Barnum was directly...

Hugh Jackman in THE GREATEST SHOWMAN Trailer: It Doesn't Start Until the Bearded Lady Sings

Last seen as a grizzled, aging mutant in Logan, Hugh Jackman is reborn as P.T. Barnum -- yes, the circus guy -- in The Greatest Showman. Reportedly, it's a musical, though the first trailer hints around that, instead focusing on...

SXSW 2017 Review: Triumph of THE DISASTER ARTIST

I think we were all pretty skeptical upon hearing the announcement that James Franco would be bringing the story of the making of Tommy Wiseau's The Room to the big screen over three years ago; at least those of us...

Review: NEIGHBORS 2: SORORITY RISING, A Message To Young Women

A fairly wretched and sloppily assembled sequel, Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising is too lazy to conjure up anything new for its putative heroes to do. Instead, the focus turns to delivering an oddly mixed message: young women can still be...

Review: NEIGHBORS Goes Directly For The Raunch

To put it bluntly, asking why things happen in Hollywood studio comedies is besides the point. It's all about getting to the funny as expeditiously and as often as possible. Neighbors, a new Hollywood studio comedy by Nicholas Stoller, quickly...

SXSW 2014 Review: NEIGHBORS Goes Directly For The Raunch

To put it bluntly, asking why things happen in Hollywood studio comedies is besides the point. It's all about getting to the funny as expeditiously and as often as possible. Neighbors, a new Hollywood studio comedy by Nicholas Stoller, quickly...

AnarchyVision: Jason Gorber Talks GRAVITY, MUSCLE SHOALS and more!

Another opportunity post-TIFF to extol the virtues of Cuarón's Gravity, along with Parkland, the fabulous documentary Muscle Shoals, and Jonathan Levine's long shelved All The Boys Love Mandy Lane.Video embedded below...

Opening: PARKLAND, A Refreshingly Original Take On The Death Of JFK

As a resident of Dallas, Texas, for more than seven years, the assassination of U.S. President John F. Kennedy has taken on deeper meaning than it did before I moved here. Dealey Plaza, where the president was shot on November...

Review: AT ANY PRICE Explores The Changing World Of Modern Farmers

"It's gonna be a great harvest," says a farmer's wife near the end of At Any Price. She's referring to the corn crop, but what this resonant, well-acted drama has made clear by this point is that "you reap what...