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Mainframes and Hallways: The Endless Corridors of "Transcendence"

  • By Sam Adams
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  • April 17, 2014 4:13 PM
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With an artificially intelligent Johnny Depp, Transcendence" seems like a simplistic Luddite fable. But its images say something more complex, and more interesting.

First Reviews of "The Amazing Spider-Man 2"

  • By Sam Adams
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  • April 8, 2014 8:47 PM
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  • 1 Comment
"Amazing Spider-Man 2" may be no "Spider-Man 2," but at least it's not "Spider-Man 3."

Arnold Schwarzenegger's "Sabotage" Sounds Like an Absolutely Dreadful Must-See

  • By Sam Adams
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  • March 28, 2014 1:18 PM
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  • 2 Comments
Critics hate "Sabotage" in a way that suggests they also kind of enjoy it.

Is "Noah" NSFW? Blame the Bible

  • By Sam Adams
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  • March 28, 2014 11:26 AM
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Some of the aspects of Darren Aronofsky's "Noah" that may give Christian viewers pause come straight from the book of Genesis.

A Grand Unified Theory of Lars Von Trier

  • By Sam Adams
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  • March 27, 2014 10:51 AM
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"Nymphomaniac" serves as a summary of Lars Von Trier's recurring obsessions, including his obsession with himself.

The Freeing Power of True/False's Free Ride

  • By Sam Adams
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  • March 26, 2014 3:05 PM
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  • 7 Comments
Missouri's True/False Film Fest has built its reputation in part by covering journalists' expenses. Does that mean you can't trust what they write?

Here Comes the Flood: First Reviews of Darren Aronofsky's "Noah"

  • By Sam Adams
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  • March 21, 2014 9:48 AM
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Does the "Black Swan" director's take on Genesis give God the glory glory?

Suffer the Little Children: "The Walking Dead" Crosses the Line and Pulls Its Audience Along

  • By Sam Adams
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  • March 18, 2014 1:22 PM
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  • 8 Comments
"The Grove" steered Carol to a shocking decision. But did it make it too easy for the audience to ride along?

A Pastry-Covered Hammer: Wes Anderson's "Grand Budapest Hotel"

  • By Sam Adams
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  • March 17, 2014 3:38 PM
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  • 3 Comments
Critics praise the beautiful surface of Wes Anderson's latest, but miss the steel beneath it.

"Divergent" Hamstrung by Faithfulness, Say First Reviews

  • By Sam Adams
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  • March 17, 2014 10:48 AM
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  • 1 Comment
Although Shailene Woodley gets good notices, the first movie in the YA trilogy spends too much time on setup to get off the ground.

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