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Philip Martin

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'Heaven Is For Real'

posted: 04/18/2014 2:08 a.m. Comment 1

You might already be familiar with the particulars of Heaven Is for Real.

ON FILM: If heaven exists, what about hell?

posted: 04/18/2014 2:05 a.m. Discuss

They warned us about the Burpos.

REVIEW: 'Transcendence'

posted: 04/18/2014 2:03 a.m. Discuss

As futuristic thrillers about the rise of the machines go, Transcendence is somewhat elevated by a classy cast and smoothly integrated CGI. But it lacks any genuine philosophical heft.

REVIEW: Le Week-End

posted: 04/18/2014 2:01 a.m. Discuss

In Roger Michell’s Le Week-End, older British couple Nick (Jim Broadbent) and Meg (Lindsay Duncan ) go to Paris to celebrate their anniversary. You might think that sounds like a nice little premise for a movie, and if you know Michell’s comedies like 1999’s Notting Hill or 2010’s Morning Glory, you might suspect something along the lines of The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel or Quartet, a sweet story leavened by the realities of growing old not quite gracefully.

CRITICAL MASS: ATU professor’s poetry lots to wrap head about

posted: 04/13/2014 3:39 a.m. Discuss

Antoine Lavoisier, the father of modern chemistry, appears early on in Arkansas Tech University professor Paul Lake’s latest collection of poetry, The Republic of Virtue (University of Evansville Press, $15).

Gatsby in a green jacket

posted: 04/13/2014 3:03 a.m. Discuss

I don’t know why I care about Tiger Woods.

REVIEW: Tim’s Vermeer

posted: 04/11/2014 2:20 a.m. Discuss

Perhaps what modern audiences value most in the paintings of 17th-century Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer is the uncanny “objectivity” with which the artist was able to record a world minutely out of phase with our expectation — he almost imperceptibly skews toward beauty. Vermeer shows us a world that very nearly exists, the soft-focus world of the dazzled.

REVIEW: The Raid 2

posted: 04/11/2014 2:16 a.m. Discuss

While it may be reasonable to ask what our enjoyment of viciously violent movies says about us (and whether we might be harming our souls by watching them), it’s hard to imagine anyone being left unimpressed by the sheer ingenuity of Welsh director Gareth Evans’ The Raid 2, the inevitable sequel to his similarly beautiful, similarly savage but far lower budget 2011 film The Raid: Redemption.

CRITICAL MASS: Brockmeier alters path with poignant, true tale

posted: 04/06/2014 3:28 a.m. Discuss

“Kevin is good with stories and always has been …” — Kevin Brockmeier, A Few Seconds of Radiant Filmstrip Kevin Brockmeier’s A Few Seconds of Radiant Filmstrip (Pantheon, $24) appears at first to be a modestly intended experiment, a side project for a novelist while he recharges and waits for the mania to once more descend.

The cult of the good-looking corpse

posted: 04/06/2014 3:04 a.m. Discuss

“The worst crime I could think of would be to put people off by faking it and pretend as if I was having 100 percent fun.” — Kurt Cobain, in his suicide note Kurt Cobain was found dead from a self-inflicted shotgun wound 20 years ago.

REVIEW: The Face of Love

posted: 04/04/2014 2:01 a.m. Discuss

The clone wars have begun: On the heels of Muppets Most Wanted and Denis Villeneuve’s Enemy, Arie Posin’s The Face of Love presents as the latest in an odd run of movies featuring doppelgangers.

ON FILM: Scorsese’s editor discusses her craft

posted: 04/04/2014 1:56 a.m. Discuss

“The editor is the final author of the film.” — David Lean The name “Thelma Schoonmaker” is one which even casual movie fans are likely to be vaguely aware, even if they aren’t quite sure why.

Time still begins on Opening Day

posted: 03/30/2014 2:55 a.m. Discuss

Monday is Major League Baseball’s Opening Day, a notion somewhat undercut by the pair of games the Dodgers and the Diamondbacks played in Australia last week.

REVIEW: Enemy

posted: 03/28/2014 2:04 a.m. Discuss

“Chaos is order waiting to be deciphered” is the epigram for Denis Villeneuve’s Enemy, and while the film doesn’t cite its source, it’s from Portuguese novelist Jose Saramago’s The Double, upon which the movie is based. Saramago is a lot of things, including a Nobel Prize winner (for 1998’s Blindness), but subtle isn’t one of them.

CRITICAL MASS: The nice-guy robber on 3rd

posted: 03/23/2014 4:01 a.m. Discuss

The best stuff happened when we were 12 years old. Movies were better when we were 12, music has never been as good as it was that magic season.

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