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True Story Aims to Expose Journalistic Malpractice but Mostly Exposes James Franco True Story
Film is too dispassionate to be genuinely chilly.
, April 16, 2015
The sequence that opens True Story tells you plenty about what you're in for: A rumpled teddy bear drifts down from our vantage point like a... More>>
Online Thriller Unfriended is the Rare Good Film About the Internet Online Thriller Unfriended is the Rare Good Film About the Internet
Perhaps the most 2015 movie of 2015.
, April 16, 2015
The trolling is coming from inside the house! Mere emojis can't capture the plugged-in joys of the first hour or so of haunted-internet teen... More>>
Disney’s Monkey Kingdom Is Wonderful and Full of Lies Monkey Kingdom
A different kind of made-up Disney princess story.
, April 16, 2015
Truth in film takes another jolly beating in Disneynature's Monkey Kingdom, a documentary-like nature flick with the last-century chutzpah to... More>>
With Broken Horses, an Indian Master Aims for Amerindie Suspense With Broken Horses, an Indian Master Aims for Amerindie Suspense
Vidhu Vinod Chopra has ambitions other than showtune dazzlement.
, April 16, 2015
The most profitable film in the history of India is the romantic comedy 3 Idiots, which, according to the formal strictures of its industry, is a... More>>
Nicholas Sparks’s Bull-Riding Romance The Longest Ride Is Total BS and Totally Great The Longest Ride
Give in and enjoy the ride.
, April 09, 2015
The Longest Ride is Nicholas Sparks's most ambitious novel. Instead of one couple, there's two — and he's even stretched out of his... More>>
Has Marvel Finally Figured Out How to Make Daredvil Work On Screen? Has Marvel Finally Figured Out How to Make Daredvil Work On Screen?
Marvel’s Daredevil, on Netflix, plods promisingly toward comic-book glory
, April 09, 2015
The screen version of any long-running comic-book superhero inevitably feels thin compared to the richly detailed idea of that hero in the minds... More>>
Furious 7 Vin Diesel and Co. Are Faster, Furiouser — And They’ll Make You Cry Furious 7
Sequel offers more - and more and yet more of the same.
, April 02, 2015
You may, like me, have seen all of the Fast and Furious movies, and you may, like me, have enjoyed most or many of them. You may also, like me,... More>>
Noah Baumbach Ages Up to Fortysomething Angst in While We're Young Noah Baumbach Ages Up to Fortysomething Angst in While We're Young
Can Generation X Grow Up Already?
, April 02, 2015
Noah Baumbach has always had a dash of hypochondria, but in the last few years, his doctor's visits have changed. "If you're a worrier like I am,... More>>
About Last Knights… About Last Knights
It’s the global fantasy honor-drama you’ve not been waiting for.
, April 02, 2015
The glum revenge epic Last Knights is a timeworn tale that, when you squint, looks like the future. Established Hollywood stars Clive Owen and... More>>
Kevin Hart’s Nerdiness Rescues Get Hard From Its Uncomfortable Homophobia Get Hard
With just a little more effort, it could kill.
, March 26, 2015
Get Hard, Etan Cohen's comedy about a white stockbroker who hires a black man to prepare him for a ten-year stretch in San Quentin, is like a... More>>
Insurgent Might Be a Synonym for "Brain-Dead" Insurgent
One of its characters speaks for us all when he says, "I knew you were dumb, but..."
, March 26, 2015
We're two films into the kiddie-dystopia Divergent franchise, and it's still unclear if the sequel's director, three screenwriters, eight... More>>
Merchants of Doubt Reveals a Country Eager to Be Fooled Merchants of Doubt
Film examines selling doubt for profit.
, March 26, 2015
The Amazing Randi insists that the public wants to be fooled, that it's easier and more comforting for us not to see unromantic truths —... More>>
The Gunman Pretends to Be More Serious Than Taken, But Is Just As Silly The Gunman
Sean Penn stars in ambitious thriller.
, March 19, 2015
In the action thriller The Gunman, Sean Penn, at age 54, looks neither old nor young. He's been in training to look this age for a long time.... More>>
Mike Tyson's Champs and the History of Fighting Mike Tyson's Champs and the History of Fighting
Mike Tyson opens up about everything he wished he had known then.
, March 19, 2015
'Mark Twain said boxing is the only sport where a slave, if he's successful, can rub shoulders with royalty," says former heavyweight Mike Tyson,... More>>
Russia, a Whale and a Way of Life Molder in Leviathan Leviathan
It may be steeped in despair, but the film is not a heavy-handed sermon.
, March 19, 2015
Where we come from defines us more than we even realize: That's the idea implicit in Andrey Zvyagintsev's somber, sturdily elegant drama... More>>
A Marriage Crumbles, Beautifully, in Winter Sleep Winter Sleep
Husband and wife battle in this Chekhovian drama.
, March 19, 2015
Twitter is doublestuffed with check-your-privilege messages for entitled men, but I've rarely seen one as potent as this singular line from Nuri... More>>
The New Cinderella Is a Straight, No-Chaser Fairy Story Cinderella
Branagh's take is unexpectedly delicate, uncompromisingly beautiful.
, March 12, 2015
There's no empowerment message embedded in Kenneth Branagh's Cinderella, no "Girls can do anything!" cheerleader vibe. That's why it's wonderful.... More>>
The Fascinating and Fun Red Army Showcases the Height of Soviet Hockey Red Army
A riveting look behind the Iron Curtain.
, March 12, 2015
Sport is a natural metaphor for war. Two sides in two colors face each other on a field, each with its pride and its physical safety at risk.... More>>
In Geezer Shoot-'em-Up Run All Night, Liam Neeson Gets Us Hooked on His Misery Run All Night
, March 12, 2015
Jaume Collet-Serra's Run All Night, a shoot-'em-up about an out-to-pasture hit man desperate to keep his boss and best friend from whacking his... More>>
Cronenberg's Maps to the Stars Has Little Fire, but Julianne Moore Is Grand Maps to the Stars
Film has the darkly glittering Cronenberg touch.
, March 05, 2015
Is it possible to essentially like a movie yet feel revulsion toward its script? David Cronenberg's Maps to the Stars is clearly intended as a... More>>
Second Best Ain't Bad: Here's a silver medal for The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
Second best, but not half bad.
, March 05, 2015
Almost immediately after it was released, the 2011 stealth hit Best Exotic Marigold Hotel became more a punchline than a movie. Who knew "older"... More>>
In the Oddly Emotional Chappie, Humans Are Weirder Than the Rapping Robot In the Oddly Emotional Chappie, Humans Are Weirder Than the Rapping Robot
, March 05, 2015
It's an ironic truth that directors fascinated by robots tend to make inhuman movies. From Ridley Scott's Blade Runner to last year's... More>>
Sadly, the Latest Hot Tub Time Machine Is on the Fritz Hot Tub Time Machine 2
The sequel loses the joke.
, February 26, 2015
Five years ago, four losers passed out in a jacuzzi, boiled back to 1986, healed their past wounds, rocked out to Poison and returned to their... More>>
Focus Is a Bright Trifle That Shows Off Margot Robbie Like a Diamond Focus
A star comes into focus, but Focus never quite does.
, February 26, 2015
If Grace Kelly had been raised by coyotes, she might have stalked the screen like Focus's Margot Robbie, a va-va-voom blonde with bite. Robbie is... More>>
The Last Five Years Soars Even as It Loses Sight of Its Source The Last Five Years
Here at last is peak Hendrick.
, February 19, 2015
Here at last is peak Kendrick: In intimate long takes and in comic montage, she belts, hurts, swoons and rages, always remaining appealingly... More>>
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