Hollywood’s miracle men: How Phil Lord and Chris Miller manage to continue turning garbage into gold

Phil Lord and Chris Miller don’t make movies; they make miracles. Taking Hollywood’s most cynical, profit-driven ideas and injecting them with undeserved doses of wit and humanity, they violate every maxim that relates art and commerce in Tinseltown.

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Review: ‘Interstellar’ fails to reach cosmic expectations

What fills Christopher Nolan’s mind when he looks up at the stars? We know Kubrick ponders the nature of existence; Ridley Scott has nightmares of spacecraft turned to death traps; Michael Bay dreams of robots.

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‘Birdman’ a wild but moving mediation on the artistic process

The boundaries between fiction and fantasy are not incredibly clear in this movie, and that’s the fun of it all. As Thomson, Keaton is hilarious and disturbing, incredibly grounded and yet fantastical.

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Movie review: ‘Gone Girl’

You don’t really know anyone in “Gone Girl,” at least until the film’s litany of tricks and twists and turns run its course. “Gone Girl” begins as one film and ends as another, with a radical shift thrown in the middle for good measure.

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‘Skeleton Twins’ strikes a perfect balance

Let’s go ahead and just fast forward to the inevitable ending of this article: the ending of “Skeleton Twins” was a little unrealistic. Okay. Moving on, because the majority of the 92-minute film was a well-written and beautiful depiction of depression, loneliness and the unbreakable tie of being a sibling.

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Movie review: ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’

When you are a super-soldier who has World War II-era American values but now has to deal with modern-day life in 2014, who can you really trust? “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” tries to answer this main question as it thrusts Captain America Steve Rogers, once again played by hunky Chris Evans, back into action.

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Movie Review: ‘Divergent’

“Divergent,” a film based on author Veronica Roth’s young adult series of the same name, attempts to carve its place among other blockbuster teen movies like “The Hunger Games” and “Harry Potter.

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Movie review: ‘Nymphomaniac: Vol. I’

Lars von Trier is a world-class provocateur, perhaps the boldest, most shameless in cinema today. He toes the line between art house hero and outright troll with anything but delicacy, doing whatever he wants, whenever he wants.

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Cadenza predicts the Oscars

The 86th annual Academy Awards will air Sunday night on ABC. Hosted by Ellen DeGeneres, this year’s awards ceremony features an impressive array of nominees. Here are Cadenza’s predictions of who will win in the major categories. BEST PICTURE ‘12 Years a Slave’ ‘American Hustle’ ‘Dallas Buyers Club’ ‘Gravity’ ‘Her’ ‘Nebraska’ ‘Philomena’ ‘The Wolf of […]

Talk about the Passion: ‘The Passion of the Christ,’ 10 years later

To say it was controversial would be an understatement. Anti-Semitism, excessive violence, scriptural deviation—the charges leveled against it were numerous and fierce, with many coming months before the film’s release. It certainly didn’t help that Mel Gibson—no Boy Scout himself—was the film’s primary creative force. (He both directed and co-wrote it.

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