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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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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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"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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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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Although Shailene Woodley gets good notices, the first movie in the YA trilogy spends too much time on setup to get off the ground.

Is "Need For Speed" the Right Kind of Dumb?

  • By Sam Adams
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  • March 14, 2014 4:31 PM
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Critics agree the Aaron Paul-starring video game adaptation isn't aiming high, but some think it hits the mark.

Little Woman, "Big Men": Rachel Boynton Gets Oil Barons and Audiences to Drop Their Guard

  • By Sam Adams
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  • March 13, 2014 3:36 PM
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The story of global capitalists plundering African resources gives its subjects room to breathe, and rope to hang themselves.

"Frozen": A Study in Over-Interpretation

  • By Sam Adams
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  • March 13, 2014 12:11 PM
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The people who attack, or praise, "Frozen" for its pro-gay message reveal much more about themselves than about the Oscar-winning animated musical.
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"The Grand Budapest Hotel" Isn't (Just) Wes Anderson's Best Movie: It's a Breakthrough

  • By Sam Adams
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  • March 7, 2014 4:00 PM
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Sure, it's got amazing sets and costumes (and fonts). But are you ready for a Wes Anderson movie about fascism?