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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>>
Jupiter Ascending is a Fascinating Mess, Grand and Gaudy Jupiter Ascending is a Fascinating Mess, Grand and Gaudy
, February 05, 2015
“You ready for another miserable video game?” I heard one critic crack to another as I settled in for Jupiter... More>>
Martin Starr Is Grand in American-Iraqi Rom-Com Amira & Sam. Amira & Sam
Implausible? Sure, but it'll leave you misty-eyed.
, January 29, 2015
Look, if it's going to have any chance of stirring in us that warm, giddy, life-saving thrill of love actually working out, a romantic comedy... More>>
Black or White Wants You to Root for a Young Black Man to Be a Stereotype Black or White
Kevin Costner's fine, but the script makes its black characters cartoons.
, January 29, 2015
There are few hard-and-fast rules in screenwriting, but here's one I think we can agree on: Something's gone wrong if your crowd-pleasing family... More>>
A Strong Star Can’t Keep Sub Flick Black Sea From Sinking Black Sea
A script that keeps its stars from coming up for air.
, January 29, 2015
Jude Law, once so shiny-penny-clean and pretty — and with the kind of chin dimple that might have inspired Audrey Hepburn to ask, as she... More>>
If You've Ever Loved a Terrible Person, Mr. Turner Is a Movie for You Mr. Turner
Timothy Spall unearths the man beneath Mr. Turner’s gruffness.
, January 29, 2015
If you've ever loved a terrible person, Mike Leigh's quietly sensational Mr. Turner — a biopic, of sorts, covering the last 25 years of the... More>>
Actually, Strange Magic Is the Best George Lucas Film in 25 Years Actually, Strange Magic Is the Best George Lucas Film in 25 Years
, January 29, 2015
It's hard to imagine that George Lucas has cared, much, about the fan­revolt he's faced since '97 or so, the year he thumbed CGI Colorforms... More>>
Boy Meets Girl Meets Pistol in Overfamiliar Son of a Gun Son of a Gun
The film's trajectory is as predictable as a bullet's.
, January 22, 2015
It's been 50 years since Jean-Luc Godard said that all a film needs is a girl and a gun. Bet he wishes he could take that back. In the last... More>>
Jennifer Lopez's The Boy Next Door Is as Nuts as You Hope It Is The Boy Next Door
A movie built for dumb, sexed-up pleasure.
, January 22, 2015
The most pleasurably ludicrous highlight of The Boy Next Door comes half an hour in, before the sex and murders and... More>>
Jennifer Aniston Grieves, but Cake's Script Lets Her Down Cake
Aniston can act, but this script gives her nothing to do.
, January 22, 2015
Each year, screenwriters kill off enough offscreen children to fill a Chuck E. Cheese's. A dead son or daughter gives a movie the illusion of... More>>
If Mortdecai Had a Time Machine, It Could Be 1965's Top Comedy If Mortdecai Had a Time Machine, It Could Be 1965's Top Comedy
, January 22, 2015
Mortdecai is creeping into theaters with the flushed shame of a debutante who expects to be pelted with tomatoes. It's a pity. In 1965, Mortdecai... More>>
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