Archive for ‘August, 2013’

Closed Circuit: A thriller that doesn’t thrill

It’s got terrorism, paranoia, murder, bad guys and gals doing bad things, courtroom drama and Rebecca Hall — and it still doesn’t work. And hey, what’s up with Julia Stiles and these crap roles she’s getting?

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Seamus Heaney, 1939-2013: An appreciation

One of Ireland’s great writers dies at age 74, leaving behind several marvelous books of poetry, and a brilliant CD with piper Liam O’Flynn.

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Time, gentlemen, please: Friendship, aging, and a pub called The World’s End

Simon Pegg, Nick Frost and director Edgar Wright bring (we hope) their trilogy of genre-bending buddy movies to an end with the story of five aging pals who get more than they expect when they attempt an epic pub crawl back in their home town.

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You’re Next is arrow-to-the-face home invasion mayhem

A family get-together in a remote house. Bad guys lurking in the darkness. And, of course, no cell phone reception. Game on.

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Kick-Ass 2: They should have stopped at one

Is it an allegory for high school? A message film about discovering your inner you? A fun romp with lots of fights and witty banter? Yeah, it’s all that. And so much less.

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The Velvet Underground — in all their scuzzy glory, ‘way back in ’68

It’s raw, it’s tinny, it’s 45 years old — and it’s a must-have for any fan of one of American’s greatest rock bands.

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Come on, genius, investigate before you buy

A few seconds online is all it takes to decide what to spend your money on. Really. Seconds. Trust me.

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