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  • Any Day is blessed with a proliferation of odd details, but writer-director Rustam Branaman doesn't seem to realize how strange they are, or how interesting they could have been if heightened a little. For instance: Of all the challenges...

  • John Travolta's Raymond Cutter doesn't forge anything during the first 40 minutes of The Forger, unless we can count his unconvincing, age-inappropriate mane of hair. Cutter, a mopey master forger, is out of prison on early release because...

  • Like many, many films starring Christopher McDonald, the best thing about The Squeeze is Christopher McDonald. A charismatic and criminally underrated comic actor, he's forever cast as deceitful authority figures, a whole career of Judge...

  • Like a great baleen whale somehow crawling out of the water and dragging itself across the shore, The Reconstruction of William Zero is ponderously slow and has incomprehensible motivations. However, unlike a whale heaving itself along a...

  • Even though the desire to be understood and forgiven is universal and worthy of consideration, it is so hard to address in narrative without lapsing into cornball sentimentalism or the wispy epiphanies that keep Ira Glass rolling in Ford...

  • The story of espionage and duplicity that financial adviser Martin Armstrong relates in Marcus Vetter's documentary The Forecaster is as serpentine and fascinating as a John le Carré novel. Its narrative thread convincingly weaves...