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A Chopped-Up Eleanor Rigby Suffers a Fate Worse Than Loneliness A Chopped-Up Eleanor Rigby Suffers a Fate Worse Than Loneliness
, September 18, 2014
In two minutes, the Beatles captured the empty life of sad singleton Eleanor Rigby. Director Ned Benson is devoting three films to her namesake... More>>
Wiig and Hader Brave Despair in The Skeleton Twins —  and Still Get Laughs The Skeleton Twins
Skeleton Twins isn’t perfect, but it cuts to the bone
, September 18, 2014
Surprisingly moving for a film assembled from such familiar scenes, Craig Johnson's The Skeleton Twins mushes together queasy/quirky indie family... More>>
Border Disorder Border Disorder
Frontera mines a crisis for smart, compelling drama.
, September 18, 2014
Some movies seem to be put on this Earth just for actors. You look at the synopsis of a picture, and you think, "Well, it could be OK," but then... More>>
A Walk Among the Tombstones Is the Kind of Thriller Liam Neeson Deserves A Walk Among the Tombstones
What if a Liam Neeson movie was as potent as Liam Neeson?
, September 18, 2014
They've done it at last: made a Liam Neeson-stomps-some-ass flick where, as the credits roll, there's more stuff to be glad you saw than Neeson... More>>
Kevin Smith’s Tusk Labors for Infamy Tusk
Tusk is kind of terrible, but at least it’s trying to be about something.
, September 18, 2014
Kevin Smith is a bright guy who over the years has become a little too taken with his own persona, his own jokes, his own cult following —... More>>
If You’re Not a Rich Dope, This Is Where I Leave You Offers Nothing This Is Where I Leave You
Film is nothing of a movie
, September 18, 2014
"I've spent my whole life playing it safe," whines Judd Altman (Jason Bateman), the middle-class milquetoast at the center of This Is Where I... More>>
No Good Deed: Oh, to Be Rich and Hunted by Idris Elba! No Good Deed
, September 18, 2014
Married Women Over 30, here’s a pitch for a movie: My Dinner With Idris. You never thought it would happen to you, but one rainy night when... More>>
Don't Watch That, Watch This: Geek Cinema Selfie Party Don't Watch That, Watch This: Geek Cinema Selfie Party
, September 11, 2014
What's fascinating, new and neglected across all major video platforms. Among other things, cinema has always been a ready-made self-eulogizer... More>>
How Kevin Smith Got Young Again How Kevin Smith Got Young Again
The indie veteran and podcast pro on Tusk -- and what will finally shut him up
, September 11, 2014
This summer, a prankster stole Kevin Smith's Twitter account and tweeted, "Before this comes out I want to state that I am a gay proud man."... More>>
Atlas Shrugged: Who Is John Galt? Has the Year's Funniest Sex Scene Atlas Shrugged III: Who Is John Galt?
, September 11, 2014
The sex scene almost makes it worth sitting through Atlas Shrugged III, the last and least of the cheapjack adaptations of Ayn Rand's brick-thick... More>>
The Last of Robin Hood Wrestles with a Star’s Underage Love The Last of Robin Hood
Film doesn’t milk Errol Morris scandal for purpose.
, September 11, 2014
If older man/younger women matchups make many people uncomfortable, the older man/much younger women combo tends to make them apoplectic. It... More>>
Dolphin Tale 2 Is a Warm, Wise Animal Tale Dolphin Tale 2
This sequel puts other sunny-weepy sea mammal flicks to shame
, September 11, 2014
Even the most inspiration-averse will have eyes as moist as blowholes by the end credits of Dolphin Tale 2, a good-hearted kids' drama whose... More>>
The Drop (and Gandolfini) Find New Life in Lowlifes
One of Gandolfini’s final performances may be an award winner
, September 11, 2014
Petty Greatness The Drop (and Gandolfini) find new life in lowlifes. The Drop, the richly textured, beautifully acted film collaboration... More>>
Wiig and Hader Brave Despair in The Skeleton Twins — and Still Get Laughs The Skeleton Twins
Skeleton Twins isn’t perfect, but it cuts to the bone
, September 11, 2014
Surprisingly moving for a film assembled from such familiar scenes, Craig Johnson's The Skeleton Twins mushes together queasy/quirky indie family... More>>
A Walk Among the Tombstones Is the Kind of Thriller Liam Neeson Deserves A Walk Among the Tombstones
What if a Liam Neeson movie was as potent as Liam Neeson?
, September 11, 2014
They've done it at last: made a Liam Neeson-stomps-some-ass flick where, as the credits roll, there's more stuff to be glad you saw than Neeson... More>>
If You’re Not a Rich Dope, This Is Where I Leave You Offers Nothing This Is Where I Leave You
Film is nothing of a movie
, September 11, 2014
"I've spent my whole life playing it safe," whines Judd Altman (Jason Bateman), the middle-class milquetoast at the center of This Is Where I... More>>
Kevin Smith's Tusk Labors for Infamy Tusk
Tusk is kind of terrible, but at least it’s trying to be about something.
, September 11, 2014
Kevin Smith is a bright guy who over the years has become a little too taken with his own persona, his own jokes, his own cult following —... More>>
Forrest Gump returns, Still With Nothing to Say Forrest Gump
Gump goes bigger than ever in IMAX release.
, September 04, 2014
Forrest Gump has turned 20 and is celebrating its birthday with a weeklong IMAX release. It's a significant milestone for the six-time Academy... More>>
Elvis Lives in The Identical - and so Does His Boring Twin The Identical
Elvis slash fiction is shocking only in its banality.
, September 04, 2014
The Identical is Elvis slash fiction that could have been written by a spinster church organist. Its premise is intriguing: What if Jesse... More>>
Innocence Could Have Been the Great Prep-School Blood-Thriller Innocence
The themes are fascinating even if the movie doesn't live up to them.
, September 04, 2014
Since it's the kind of slow-building movie whose very premise is something of a spoiler, a pretty delicious one, let's get the consumer-guide... More>>
Lithgow, Molina and Manhattan All Move in Love Is Strange Love Is Strange
A movie that's about love, money, New York and real estate.
, September 04, 2014
You could be forgiven, after watching the opening minutes of Ira Sachs's fine-grained and flinty Love Is Strange, for thinking it's going to be a... More>>
The Age of Consent The Age of Consent
The Last of Robin Hood wrestles with a star’s underage love.
, September 04, 2014
If older man/younger women matchups make many people uncomfortable, the older man/much younger women combo tends to make them apoplectic. It... More>>
Robin Wright, as Robin Wright, Seizes a Mod Future in The Congress The Congress
An ambitious knockout that doesn't quite live up to its potential.
, August 28, 2014
After The Princess Bride made Robin Wright a star, she shocked Hollywood by saying no. No to The Firm and Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves. No to... More>>
Brutal Prison Drama Starred Up Stirs Rare Empathy Starred Up
There is no easy redemption in this one.
, August 28, 2014
The beginning of David Mackenzie's U.K. prison drama, Starred Up, might make you wonder if you'll survive to the end: We see a kid with a... More>>
In The November Man, Pierce Brosnan Gun-Parties Like It's 1989 In The November Man, Pierce Brosnan Gun-Parties Like It's 1989
, August 28, 2014
Here's what an R rating gets you these days: a few splattery headshots, some glimpses of cable TV-style background nudity, a couple kids and... More>>
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