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V.24 No.48 | 11/26/2015
Arlo Apatosaurus

Film Review

The Good Dinosaur

Pixar stumbles following after a (dinosaur) boy and his (human) dog

By Devin D. O’Leary
Is it really an insult to say something is one of Pixar’s least good efforts?
V.24 No.47 | 11/19/2015

Film Review


Claustrophobic, mother-and-son drama traps the world between four walls

By Devin D. O’Leary
Claustrophobic mother-and-son drama Room reduces the world to a 10-by-10 space.

Gift Guide

The Gift of Movies

Say hello to my little friends on DVD and Blu-Ray

By Devin D. O’Leary
From classic, shot-in-New Mexico cinema to DVDs of the latest, homegrown indies to a book that covers the entire history of the film industry in our state, here’s a fine selection of gifts.
V.24 No.46 | 11/12/2015
“Well, it still beats working at Chipotle.”

Film Review

The 33

Real-life drama about trapped miners can’t dig itself out of “inspirational biopic” trap

By Devin D. O’Leary
Real-life mine collapse drama The 33 digs itself an inspirational hole.
Robert Maestas


Credit Where It’s Not Due

By Sean Cardinalli
The readers write.
V.24 No.45 | 11/5/2015
Toni Collette and Drew Barrymore

Film Review

Miss You Already

Anemic drama looks at friendship, illness

By Devin D. O’Leary
Cancer is bad but drama is formulaic in Miss You Already.
V.24 No.43 | 10/22/2015
Chen Daoming & Gong Li

Film Review

Coming Home

Zhang Yimou directs unforgettable Chinese drama about the power of forgetting

By Devin D. O’Leary
Chinese director Zhang Yimou looks back at the Cultural Revolution with heartbreaking results in Coming Home.
V.24 No.42 | 10/15/2015
National Lampoon

Film Review

Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead: The Story of the National Lampoon

Dynamic documentary traces the rise and fall of a comedy empire

By Devin D. O’Leary
Raunchy rag gets royal treatment in Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead: The Story of National Lampoon
V.24 No.41 | 10/8/2015
Malala Yousafzai

Film Review

He Named Me Malala

Documentary exalts, humanizes teenage activist

By Devin D. O’Leary
He Named Me Malala reminds us how much better and stronger good is than evil.
V.24 No.40 | 10/1/2015

Film Review


Blunt, brutal drug war drama finds cops and robbers (but not good guys and bad guys) along the US-Mexico border

By Devin D. O’Leary
Sicario moves at fever pitch and with expectation-confounding confidence.
V.24 No.39 | 9/24/2015
Robert De Niro and Anne Hathaway

Film Review

The Intern

Nancy Meyers’ genial workplace comedy does the job it was hired to do

By Devin D. O’Leary
The Intern is a sweetly forgettable comedy-drama for the late summer season.
V.24 No.38 | 9/17/2015
“Who wants to go to Sonic?”

Film Review


Lily Tomlin is a tough old bird in emotional comedy about the choices we make in life

By Devin D. O’Leary
Lily Tomlin is your favorite cranky, lesbian relative in Paul Weitz’ emotional indie comedy Grandma.
V.24 No.37 | 9/10/2015
Grandma, making biscuits. Nothing creepy about that.

Film Review

The Visit

What’s the twist in M. Night Shyamalan’s new “old people are scary” thriller? ... That it’s a decent film.

By Devin D. O’Leary
M Night Shyamalan teaches us that old people are scary in The Visit.
V.24 No.36 | 9/3/2015
Mistress America

Film Review

Mistress America

Baumbach and Gerwig reunite for some screwball sophistication

By Devin D. O’Leary
Indie director Noah Baumbach and indie actress Greta Gerwig reunite for seriously scewball comedy Mistress America.
V.24 No.35 | 8/27/2015
An extreme sports enthusiast, getting high.

Film Review


High-altitude documentary hits viewers like an avalanche

By Devin D. O’Leary
High-altitude climbing documentary Meru takes viewers to scary new heights.
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