Doona Bae in 'Cloud Atlas' (Warner Bros.)

Review: ‘Cloud Atlas’ Aims to Be Profound, But Falls Gloriously Short

Wildly ambitious, visually sumptuous, and head-achingly confounding, Cloud Atlas is an experience that aims to be profoundly moving. Whether it succeeds is another matter entirely. Continue reading Review: ‘Cloud Atlas’ Aims to Be Profound, But Falls Gloriously Short

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Emily Blunt and Rosemarie DeWitt in 'Your Sister's Sister'

Indie Weekend: ‘Your Sister’s Sister,’ ‘The Woman in the Fifth,’ ‘Bill W.’

Three indies are opening locally today, June 22: ‘Your Sister’s Sister.’ Emily Blunt and Rosemarie DeWitt play sisters who reunite at a remote cabin in the company of recovering friend Mark Duplass. Advance reviews have been mixed to positive. (Landmark … Continue reading Indie Weekend: ‘Your Sister’s Sister,’ ‘The Woman in the Fifth,’ ‘Bill W.’

Review: Scott Pilgrim vs. the World

Michael Cera and Mary Elizabeth Winstead in 'Scott Pilgrim vs. the World'
Michael Cera and Mary Elizabeth Winstead in 'Scott Pilgrim vs. the World'

Not bad … for a FREAKIN’ INSTANT CLASSIC!!!

The very first frame announces the intent of the movie: the Universal Studios logo, in pixellated form, with cheesy synth music playing the theme. We’re in an 8-bit world, and director and co-scripter Edgar Wright is at the controls.

A dazzling plunge into an unending deluge of visual and cinematic tricks proceeds forthwith. Yet they’re not really “tricks” in the sense of a magician’s sleight-of-hand; they’re a means of expressing the alternating currents of bliss, confusion, fear, hope, lust, and love (maybe? possibly?)  that surge through the mind and body of anyone taking the delicate first steps in a relationship.

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