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The Most Disappointing Movies of 2008

Many of the movies that disappointed Jurgen most in 2008 were grossly over-hyped, overpraised -- and zealously defended by people with wide-ranging vocabularies. If you haven't seen these films yet, may I suggest you try something else instead?

World / Independent Film Spotlight10

Review: Hide Your Smiling Faces

Friday April 11, 2014

Hide Your Smiling Faces

"Do you ever think about dying? About someone killing you, or you killing yourself?" Youthful summertime memories and untapped adolescent angst take center stage in Daniel Patrick Carbone's honest, impressionistic first film. Eric D. Snider reviews.

Reviews: Oculus

Monday March 31, 2014


Much better than a film about a haunted mirror has any right to be. Directed, co-written, and edited by Mike Flanagan, this effective tale of terror stars Katee Sackhoff, Annalise Basso, Garrett Ryan, and Brenton Thwaites. Read our review.

Review: The Grand Budapest Hotel

Monday March 31, 2014

Grand Budadpest Hotel

Wes Anderson's latest, starring an impressive line-up of stars including Ralph Fiennes, Tilda Swinton, Jason Schwartzman, Jude Law, and of course Bill Murray, is "funny, if not gut-busting, and well-executed, if not a masterpiece," argues our reviewer Eric D. Snider. Read his review.

Review: What We Do in the Shadows

Monday March 24, 2014

What We Do in the Shadows

In this New Zealand mock documentary, a group of vampires lives together, Real World-style, in Wellington. What could have been a lame extended sketch (think bloody dishes in the sink) turns into an inventive comedy in the talented hands of Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi. According to Eric D. Snider, What We Do in the Shadows deserves to be a hit. Read our review.

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