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As Lit's Biggest Prick, Jason Schwartzman Wears Us Down in Listen Up Philip Listen Up Philip
The writers you hate make for better viewing than the writers you love.
, October 23, 2014
You can't live in New York for more than ten days without meeting some truly dreadful people: couples who fret about having to choose between... More>>
Whiplash Offers a Painful and Joyous Jazz Education Whiplash
Whiplash soars when it focuses on the music.
, October 23, 2014
Jazz isn't dead. Miraculously, there's always a small but steady stream of young people who continue to fall in love with this most dazzling and... More>>
As Lit's Biggest Prick, Jason Schwartzman Wears Us Down in Listen Up Philip Listen Up Philip
The writers you hate make for better viewing than the writers you love.
, October 16, 2014
You can't live in New York for more than ten days without meeting some truly dreadful people: couples who fret about having to choose between... More>>
The Tragedy of Gary Webb Stings Even When Kill the Messenger Flags Kill the Messenger
The film, like Webb himself, is a little rumpled.
, October 16, 2014
It was a mystery that reporter Gary Webb would have jumped on: a man who'd made powerful enemies allegedly committing suicide with two gunshots... More>>
Whiplash Offers a Painful and Joyous Jazz Education Whiplash
Whiplash soars when it focuses on the music.
, October 16, 2014
Jazz isn't dead. Miraculously, there's always a small but steady stream of young people who continue to fall in love with this most dazzling and... More>>
WWII Drama Fury Shows the Ugly Part of an Ugly War Fury
Brad Pitt and company roll through hell.
, October 16, 2014
A gloom hangs over writer-director David Ayer's brutal war drama Fury that only the audience can see. It's April 1945, and we know that in weeks... More>>
The Cunning, Cutting Blue Room Leaves You Guessing The Blue Room
Georges Simenon’s ‘64 novel comes to life.
, October 16, 2014
Mathieu Amalric's brisk, agreeably nasty thriller The Blue Room turns on a couple of murders — or does it? — but rather than corpses,... More>>
Bill Murray Plays for Laughs Until St. Vincent Gets Maudlin St. Vincent
Murray goes for the laughs at least for a little bit.
, October 16, 2014
The big news: In its first half, before it bottoms out with the rankest feel-goodery, Theodore Melfi's too-familiar ain't-he-irascible... More>>
St. Vincent
Murray goes for the laughs at least for a little bit.
, October 09, 2014
The big news: In its first half, before it bottoms out with the rankest feel-goodery, Theodore Melfi's too-familiar ain't-he-irascible... More>>
The Cunning, Cutting Blue Room Leaves You Guessing The Blue Room
Georges Simenon’s ‘64 novel comes to life
, October 09, 2014
Mathieu Amalric's brisk, agreeably nasty thriller The Blue Room turns on a couple of murders — or does it? — but rather than corpses,... More>>
Stay Awhile The Guest
Accept the invitation of Adam Wingard’s thriller The Guest.
, October 09, 2014
Adam Wingard's The Guest opens with a wet-eyed woman (Sheila Kelley) sitting so still in a chair in her desert ranch house that all we hear is... More>>
Cinema's Greatest Villain Is Dull and Sad in Dracula Untold Dracula Untold
Vlad gets drained of his hottest blood.
, October 09, 2014
This Dracula Begins-style sword-and-fangs curio plays like someone said, "What if we took a vampire flick but did a find-and-replace swapping out... More>>
Duvall and Downey Jr. Can't Save Wheezing Courtroom Drama The Judge The Judge
The Judge could have used better judgment.
, October 09, 2014
God save us from old coots and the actors who play them. Is that a terrible thing to say? Actors, like the rest of us, grow old, and there aren't... More>>
Shouldn't a Movie Called Drive Hard Be More Mad? Drive Hard
More exploitatish than true exploitation.
, October 09, 2014
First there was The Driver, then there was Drive Angry and then there was Drive. Now there's Drive Hard — because why not? Thomas Jane... More>>
Jason Reitman's Men, Women & Children Despairs at Our Wi-Fi World Men, Women & Children
So earnest your kneejerk action may be to recoil.
, October 09, 2014
The tragedy of Jason Reitman's Men, Women & Children is that it was released the year it was made. A snapshot of today's cultural disconnection,... More>>
The Tragedy of Gary Webb Stings Even When Kill the Messenger Flags Kill the Messenger
The film, like Webb himself, is a little rumpled.
, October 09, 2014
It was a mystery that reporter Gary Webb would have jumped on: a man who'd made powerful enemies allegedly committing suicide with two gunshots... More>>
WWII Drama Fury Shows the Ugly Part of an Ugly War Fury
, October 09, 2014
A gloom hangs over writer-director David Ayer's brutal war drama Fury that only the audience can see. It's April 1945, and we know that in weeks... More>>
Ebullient Pride Pairs Miners and Gay Activists in '80s Wales Pride
It's easy to find fault with Pride, but it's not so easy to resist it.
, October 09, 2014
It says something about current global affairs that a movie set during the U.K. miners' strike of the mid-1980s — an event that tore lives... More>>
Gone Girl Is Smartly Crafted, Well Acted - and a Bit Too Slick Gone Girl
Film is never truly disturbing or disturbingly funny.
, October 02, 2014
Everything about Gone Girl, David Fincher's adaptation of Gillian Flynn's enormously popular 2012 thriller about a deteriorating marriage and a... More>>
Left Behind Is Sinfully Boring Left Behind
, October 02, 2014
Every child who's thrown a tantrum, packed a bag and plotted to run away has shivered with the same vengeful thought: I wish I could see how sad... More>>
Demonic Doll Movie Annabelle Is Surprisingly Unnerving Annabelle
, October 02, 2014
Annabelle, an effective prequel to horror pastiche The Conjuring, surpasses its predecessor simply by virtue of occasionally being scary. Both... More>>
André Benjamin Is Hendrix, but the Women Make Jimi. Jimi: All Is By My Side
You'll learn more about the ladies than you will about his genius.
, October 02, 2014
'Groupie" has come to be an ugly word, a misogynist dig that's used all too casually by men and women alike. A groupie is a woman who doesn't... More>>
New Doc Nas: Time Is Illmatic Looks Back at One of the Greatest Hip-Hop Albums Nas: Time Is Illmatic
Go deep with one of rap's greatest lyricists.
, October 02, 2014
One rhyme in particular crystallizes the genius of Nas's 1994 classic Illmatic. It comes in the song "One Love," which takes the form of a letter... More>>
Cinema’s Greatest Villain Is Dull and Sad in Dracula Untold Dracula Untold
Vlad gets drained of his hottest blood.
, October 02, 2014
This Dracula Begins-style sword-and-fangs curio plays like someone said, "What if we took a vampire flick but did a find-and-replace swapping out... More>>
Duvall and Downey Jr. Can’t Save Wheezing Courtroom Drama The Judge The Judge
The Judge could have used better judgment.
, October 02, 2014
God save us from old coots and the actors who play them. Is that a terrible thing to say? Actors, like the rest of us, grow old, and there aren't... More>>
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