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  • Doom sells, but Brad Bird's defiant Tomorrowland wants us to question what we're buying. It's hard to rally to fix the planet when we've been cowed into hopelessness by an insurmountable number of threats: war, drought, ISIS, famine,...

  • 3 days ago | Film and TV

    Two and a half years ago, Judd Apatow released This Is 40, the most personal film of his career. He was anxious. He usually is. His default setting is inward panic. "I don't know if people can understand the pressure to be funny," Apatow says toda...

  • 5 days ago | Film Reviews

    In a junk-food summer, Brad Bird's Tomorrowland is a defiant carrot stick, a blockbuster adventure flick where the message is "Think smart." It's a deliberate phooey to the kiddie carnage of movies like Transformers and The Avengers, which frighte...

  • Avengers: Age of Ultron is a complicated, ticking machine -- a cuckoo clock under attack. Returning helmer Joss Whedon is earnestly trying to make a movie out of a bag of bolts: six stars, nine cameos, three enemies, and at least ten films...

  • 24 days ago | Film Reviews

    Avengers: Age of Ultron is a complicated, ticking machine — a cuckoo clock under attack. Returning helmer Joss Whedon is earnestly trying to make a movie out of a bag of bolts: six stars, nine cameos, three enemies and at least ten films to ...

  • 1 month ago | Film Reviews

    A normal movie ends with the American Humane Association's assurance that "No animals were harmed." But Tippi Hedren's doomed 1981 obsession Roar isn't normal. The AHA's seal is the first thing on screen — yet, if the authorities had a safet...