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    "Everything Must Go" Except for Heavy Metaphors and Comfortable Narratives

    This review was originally published at Spout on May 13, 2011. It is being reposted for the film's home video release.

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    "Got the Facts on Milk?" Informs on a Necessary Issue Yet is Too Faulty and Goofy to Matter

    I get a lot of requests to review independent films, particularly documentaries. My primary qualification is that it must be something available to the public, via theatrical or DVD or VOD or online streaming release. Another factor, of course, is that it must sound completely worth the time it take...

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    "Prom" Is an Entertaining Movie Built Around a Tired Cliché, But Do Tweens Care?

    This review was originally published on Spout April 28, 2011. It is being reposted for the home video release.

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    On VOD: "Beware the Gonzo" Feels Dated But Evokes the Charm of Minor 80s Teen Movies

    If only Bryan Goluboff's debut feature, "Beware the Gonzo," were made in the 1980s. This tale of teen 'zine rebellion almost has a Savage Steve Holland feel to it, minus almost all of the humor and general absurdity, and I could easily picture John Cusack and Curtis Armstrong in lead roles filled instead by Ezra Miller (who seems more interested in emulating Justin Long and Max Fischer) and Griffin Newman, respectively. Though Newman's character, "Horny" Rob, is actually more like the Armstrong of "Revenge of the Nerds." It's quite the Reagan-era nerds-versus-jocks underdog teen comedy, but the lower tier stuff, not John Hughes. And about riv...

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    "The Beaver" Damns the American Sitcom Family With a Very Special (Major Depressive) Episode

    This review was originally published May 5, 2011. It is being reposted for the home video release.

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    "Win Win" is a Hilarious Comedy with a Very Winning Ensemble Cast

    This review was originally published on January 23, 2011, from the Sundance Film Festival. It is being reposted for its home video release.

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    "Trollhunter" is a Fantastic, Fun and Potentially Accidental Satire

    This review was originally posted from the Sundance Film Festival on January 25, 2011. It has been reposted for the film's home video release.

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    The Originals: "Fright Night" Is Just Right for a Remake

    The originals is a regular column where we look at material being remade, adapted or otherwise recycled, particularly if the source was unfamiliar to us before announcement of the new version. This week we caught up with the original 1985 "Fright Night" in anticipation of Craig Gillespie's redo, out...

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    "Your Highness" Fails the Fantasy Fan, So Why Set It In That Genre?

    What a perfect week for "Your Highness" to arrive on home video and remind us what a failure it was. James Franco stars in this past weekend's box office champ ("Rise of the Planet of the Apes"), which grossed nearly six times as much, while Danny McBride has a new movie out Friday ("30 Minutes or Less") that's getting pretty decent first marks. Meanwhile, indie debut "Bellflower" is a greater heir to a throne once sat in by David Gordon Green. Evan Glodell's gorgeously shot romance-turned-thriller is like "All the Real Girls" with bigger balls and a much darker outlook. Cynically speaking, Glodell may one day be directing period-set pot come...

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