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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>>
In McFarland, USA, Kevin Costner Eases White America Into the Now McFarland, USA
Well-crafted fluff that is actually quite serious.
, February 19, 2015
American Sniper notwithstanding, the first fresh multiplex trend to emerge in 2015 is Old White Dudes Learning How to Share Their World. First... More>>
Outcasts, Be More Pretty! The DUFF
The DUFF fights society’s beauty obsessions — with makeovers.
, February 19, 2015
Shove off, John Hughes. The DUFF, a high school comedy by Ari Sandel, opens by declaring that The Breakfast Club's social categories are, like,... More>>
Hot Tub Time Machine 2 Is a Tepid Sequel Hot Tub Time Machine 2
, February 19, 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>>
Fifty Shades of Grey Is a Film That Punishes Its Fans Fifty Shades of Grey
Fifty Shades is even more square than Twilight.
, February 12, 2015
Even fans of Fifty Shades of Grey admit the book is a literary atrocity. Novelist E.L. James's erotic reveries read like the rantings of a drunk... More>>
Crazy-Pants Spy Parody Kingsman Smartly Exposes Us as the Bad Guys Kingsman: The Secret Service
The most interesting comic-book movie of the past few years.
, February 12, 2015
Those more devoted to the genre can debate whether Matthew Vaughn's Kingsman is the best comic-book movie of the past few years. What's beyond... More>>
Julianne Moore Will Move You in Alzheimer's Drama Still Alice Still Alice
The triumph of Still Alice is that it's about a person, not an illness.
, February 12, 2015
Most of us can't imagine having a disease that tugs and tears at the very threads of who we are. When we wake up in the middle of the night with... More>>
Another Great Marion Cotillard Performance Anchors Two Days, One Night Two Days, One Night
The Dardennes lens onto someone in conflict with her own humanity.
, February 12, 2015
In the opening moments of Two Days, One Night, a working-class Belgian woman named Sandra (Marion Cotillard) wakes from a midday nap, takes a... More>>
Wicked Yet Nice, The Voices Offers Peak Ryan Reynolds The Voices
Reynolds takes on the most complex role of his career.
, February 05, 2015
The creators of The Voices, a sad comedy about a man and his talking cat, are aware that star Ryan Reynolds is an unusual leading man. At a... More>>
Forget the Generic Title — Appropriate Behavior Is Dirty, Hilarious and Moving Appropriate Behavior
More than just indie-by-the-numbers.
, February 05, 2015
Forget its generic title, its breakup setup and its indie-standard Brooklyn walk-and-talks: Writer/director Desiree Akhavan's Appropriate... More>>
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