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Annie: Quvenzhané Wallis Might Make You Care About “Tomorrow” Today Annie
Annie goes 2014.
, December 18, 2014
The original Broadway Annie was a kiddie musical that wasn't for kids. It was a period piece about the Great Depression — both a hooray for... More>>
He Brought Down the Wrong Empire: Seth Rogen’s The Interview Won’t Show in Theaters The Interview
, December 18, 2014
Editor’s Note: Sony has officially canceled the theatrical release of The Interview following terrorist threats against theaters, and the... More>>
Into the Woods Sometimes Soars — But Also Dithers Into the Woods
The princess-party punch bowl has been forever spiked.
, December 18, 2014
Before worrying ourselves over its qualities as an adaptation or its findings as an experiment in just how much tumpety-tump parump-pa-bump the... More>>
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies Plays Like Middle-Earth Smash Bros. The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
Peter Jackson’s Hobbit-embiggening project hits its spectacular end.
, December 11, 2014
The biggest laugh I heard from the audience at my screening of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies came from seven words in the end... More>>
Bale and Exodus Tremble Before a Murdering God Exodus: Gods and Kings
Bale plays Moses as a Biblical middle manager.
, December 11, 2014
Flip open your Bibles to Numbers 12:3 to find the first inaccuracy in Ridley Scott's Exodus: Gods and Kings. "Now the man Moses was very meek,... More>>
Why We Need Comedy Why We Need Comedy
Chris Rock and Top Five make glorious sense in a country gone mad.
, December 11, 2014
Whatever it is Americans want out of life — and it's not even something we can precisely define ourselves — it was nowhere in... More>>
Where the Wild Reese Is Where the Wild Reese Is
Witherspoon hoboes through the winning Wild.
, December 11, 2014
For reasons that are perhaps understandable, stories about women finding themselves — or their voices, or their inner courage, or any... More>>
The Scarifying Babadook Is a Rare Horror Triumph The Babadook
Even with eyes half shut, you'll admire this film.
, December 04, 2014
If we're honest, most of us who relish a good horror film don't actually hope to feel something like horror. The appeal is, instead, that of... More>>
Garfield's Jim Davis Discusses Kitties' Online Domination and More Garfield's Jim Davis Discusses Kitties' Online Domination and More
"We can't hate on Monday enough."
, December 04, 2014
Garfield creator Jim Davis is well aware of the Internet's cat obsession. In fact, he's got an upcoming strip about it. "But if I told you the... More>>
A Selfie Goes to War A Selfie Goes to War
In Point and Shoot, the Arab Spring is second to a nice American’s journey.
, December 04, 2014
Can profundity be accidental? Marshall Curry's documentary Point and Shoot is a study in naifdom that seems to think it's about something else:... More>>
Horrible Bosses 2 is the Comedy the First Should Have Been Horrible Bosses 2 is the Comedy the First Should Have Been
Sequel is looser, breezier and more confident than the original.
, November 27, 2014
The third-greatest scourge of the earth, right after online comments sections and bedbugs, is the unfunny comedy sequel, which may be why you... More>>
Tommy Lee Jones's The Homesman Brings a Lost America to Life. The Homesman
A bleak yet accomplished account of defeat.
, November 27, 2014
Tales of the Old West continue to make up a significant portion of our cultural narrative, mostly because we still like to comfort ourselves with... More>>
Wrestling Drama Foxcatcher Engages but Doesn't Pin Foxcatcher
Steve Carell Is unrecognizable as a lonely tyrant.
, November 27, 2014
The du Pont family made its fortune selling gunpowder during the War of 1812, and soldiered on to invent everything ever worn by a cop: Kevlar,... More>>
The War Goes Viral in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1
Mockingjay is sharp on propaganda but soft on celebrity.
, November 20, 2014
Over the first two Hunger Games films, we've watched coal miner's daughter Katniss Everdeen become the pawn, then the pest, of the Capitol, whose... More>>
Jon Stewart's Rosewater Is Outraged, Cinematic and Even Funny Rosewater
Stewart tackles the stupidity of evil.
, November 20, 2014
During a 2009 Daily Show interview with Maziar Bahari, the Canadian-Iranian journalist who, earlier that year, had been imprisoned in Iran for... More>>
Men in the Landslide Men in the Landslide
Östlund’s first-rate Force Majeure exposes the act of manliness.
, November 20, 2014
Ruben Östlund makes films the way sociologists devise thought experiments: by posing a hypothesis and thinking fully through its... More>>
The Theory of Everything: Stephen Hawking's Marriage Makes for a Wise but Glossy Drama The Theory of Everything
Even brainiacs have to muddle through marriage.
, November 13, 2014
If the universe is infinitely finite, an entity whose mystery is knowable only through an evolving progression of theories and equations, it's... More>>
Big Hero 6 Upgrades Disney's Cartoon Kid's Flicks Big Hero 6
Big Hero 6 is easier to admire than it is to love.
, November 13, 2014
Imagine if nerdy Clark Kent didn't have to remove his glasses and pocket protector to save the world. Then imagine him as fat and sweet as a... More>>
A Star Survives Beyond the Lights
Showbiz drama Beyond the Lights is familiar but cutting.
, November 13, 2014
Tales of fame and its trappings — and the way they're never enough to build a life — are as old as show business itself. Maybe for... More>>
Dumb and Dumber To Is Missing the Original's Magic Idiocy Dumb and Dumber To
, November 13, 2014
In the mid 1990s, self-appointed cultural gatekeepers used to wield Peter and Bobby Farrelly’s Dumb and Dumber as proof of the... More>>
How Reality TV Went From Launchpad to Dumpster How Reality TV Went From Launchpad to Dumpster
, November 13, 2014
Minor spoilers for the second episode of The Comeback's sophomore season. It's no mystery why The Comeback, which returned for its second season... More>>
Christopher Nolan's Interstellar May Be Grand, but It Doesn't Connect Interstellar
So much space there isn't room for people.
, November 06, 2014
There's so much space in Christopher Nolan's nearly three-hour intergalactic extravaganza Interstellar that there's almost no room for people.... More>>
Birdman Gives Michael Keaton a Role Worthy of Him Birdman
Birdman is marvelously entertaining.
, November 06, 2014
Before there was a Birdman, there was a Batman — several, in fact, though the best was played by Michael Keaton in the two Tim Burton films... More>>
Laggies Gets Adult Loneliness and Cross-Generational Friendship Laggies
The film drifts between charming and off-putting.
, November 06, 2014
It's an unwritten rule that we're supposed to feel most in step with people our own age, as if sharing the same cultural and historical... More>>
It's Conservationists vs. Oil and Militias in the Stunner Virunga Virunga
, November 06, 2014
Here's a question the rest of us are lucky never to have had to think about: How many people does it take to bear away the corpse of a grown... More>>
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