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2014 Stories by Alan Scherstuhl

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    Cringe Out Loud

    published March 27, 2014

    Any Yanks concerned that the Brits outclass us may find relief in Alan Partridge, an import comedy that at first seems to stand as evidence of... More >>

  • Cheap Thrills Exposes Human Awfulness and Not Enough Else

    published March 20, 2014

    As Bob Zmuda tells it, screenwriter Norman Wexler used to tote a briefcase full of thousands of dollars to pay off the many people he pissed off... More >>

  • Brothel From Another Planet

    published March 20, 2014

    Setting aside all the women are people too! thinking that might make us a touch more enlightened than our forebears, I have to ask: Is... More >>

  • May Catch On

    published March 13, 2014

    Here's a hearty keep-at-it award for Christopher Folino and Todd Burrows, directors of this restless, reckless superhero crime curio, an... More >>

  • These Kids Yesterday

    published March 13, 2014

    Today it's hard for us to fathom why preachers used to rail so vehemently against jitterbugging. Even with cultural context — black music... More >>

  • The Dune That Died

    published March 13, 2014

    The most perfect works of art are those suspended between conception and realization, the ones that seize you up with how great they're gonna... More >>

  • Speaking Truth to the Choir

    published March 13, 2014

    Have you ever felt that you needed to see Anita Hill's family doing the Electric Slide? It's clear from the subtitle that Freida Mock's... More >>

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    The Meh Wayback: Mr. Peabody & Sherman

    published March 6, 2014

    First, the pleasant surprises. In puffing up the slight, absurd Mr. Peabody and Sherman shorts from Jay Ward’s The Rocky and... More >>

  • Squeezing the Globe

    published March 6, 2014

    Here's the rare current-affairs documentary that doesn't just show us something gone wrong in some part of our world. Rachel Boynton's... More >>

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    Son of God Is a Chintzy Melodrama About the Horrors of Capital Punishment

    published February 27, 2014

    When we first meet the hero of Son of God, a kind of chintzy melodrama about the horrors of capital punishment, he’s approaching a... More >>

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    Vesuvius Blows, But Pompeii Doesn't

    published February 20, 2014

    Here's the last thing I ever would have expected out of Pompeii, that sword-thrust of 3D gladiator-vs.-volcano madness coming right at... More >>

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    About Last Night: Hilarious Sex-Talk Romance Trumps One of Its Predecessors

    published February 13, 2014

    Just as animated characters who look too human creep us out, could there be a phenomenon we might call the RomCom Uncanny Valley, a case when... More >>

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    The Four Good Things in I, Frankenstein

    published January 23, 2014

    There are four good things we can say about I, Frankenstein, another muscles-and-rubble comic book adaptation just un-terrible enough... More >>

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