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Virtuosity Is Enough Virtuosity Is Enough
Grand Piano is all suspenseful invention.
, March 06, 2014
Blockbuster spectacles are a dime a dozen. The thing we almost never see is the ambitious trifle, the smaller movie that strives to tell a story... More>>
If Only Non-Stop Were Worthy of Liam Neeson Non-Stop
Film wastes its star, and our time and goodwill.
, February 27, 2014
Action heroes with nothing to lose are the best kind, perhaps the only kind worth watching. In the opening seconds of Jaume Collet-Serra's... More>>
A Master’s Farewell The Wind Rises
Miyazaki bows with the gorgeous The Wind Rises.
, February 27, 2014
In 1998 Douglas Adams published a sweet, funny essay called "Riding the Rays," about an excursion to Hayman Island to try a kind of underwater... More>>
Meet Skinaflix, the Netflix for Aficionados of Old-School Porn Meet Skinaflix, the Netflix for Aficionados of Old-School Porn
, February 27, 2014
“Sex films sell, and other stuff doesn't . . . or at least not nearly as well,” says film preservationist Joe Rubin. Rubin, 24 years... More>>
Who Killed the Romantic Comedy? Who Killed the Romantic Comedy?
Rom-coms used to be a cash cow — and wildly popular with audiences. What happened?
, February 27, 2014
The corpse lay crumpled on the conference table, close enough that the studio executive could tug on the red heel of her Louboutins. She'd been... More>>
The Joy of Not Making It The Joy of Not Making It
Think you’re special? See Adult World.
, February 27, 2014
Every once in a while a terrific small-budget indie comes along and nobody even blinks. Adult World, directed by Scott Coffey (known mostly as an... More>>
Son of God Is a Chintzy Melodrama About the Horrors of Capital Punishment Son of God
, February 27, 2014
When we first meet the hero of Son of God, a kind of chintzy melodrama about the horrors of capital punishment, he’s approaching a... More>>
The Bronzed Age 300: Rise of an Empire
300 sequel offers more bloody hunks — and Eva Green.
, February 27, 2014
Man, woman, gay, straight, bi: There's something for everyone in 300: Rise of an Empire, the XXL sequel to the also-larger-than-life... More>>
There He Goes Again Non-Stop
Neeson stomps, Neeson-style, in Non-Stop.
, February 20, 2014
Action heroes with nothing to lose are the best kind, perhaps the only kind worth watching. In the opening seconds of Jaume Collet-Serra's... More>>
Lloyd Kaufman Hopes the MPAA Burns in Hell Lloyd Kaufman Hopes the MPAA Burns in Hell
Troma co-founder celebrates 40 years of independent cinema with appearance at the Drafthouse.
, February 20, 2014
Lloyd Kaufman is a staunch defender of American independent cinema. He's also the guy who, with business partner Michael Herz, co-directed trash... More>>
Vesuvius Blows, But Pompeii Doesn't Pompeii
, February 20, 2014
Here's the last thing I ever would have expected out of Pompeii, that sword-thrust of 3D gladiator-vs.-volcano madness coming right at your... More>>
3 Days to Kill Is Nonsense, but Cos' Remains the Boss 3 Days to Kill
, February 20, 2014
In 1990, the same year that Kevin Costner released the massive global hit Dances with Wolves, a curious thing happened in France. The name Kevin... More>>
Stalingrad
In Russian hit Stalingrad, the block busters you.
, February 20, 2014
In the admittedly dubious interest of using national stereotypes as a way of understanding human nature, let's posit that while Americans have... More>>
Darkman: Celebrating Sam Raimi's Descent Into Utter Madness Darkman: Celebrating Sam Raimi's Descent Into Utter Madness
, February 20, 2014
No matter what else he does, director Sam Raimi has two unassailable fan favorites under his belt: 1987's Evil Dead 2, and the 1992... More>>
Wrong Move, Remake: The Lasting Relevance of Paul Verhoeven's Original RoboCop Wrong Move, Remake: The Lasting Relevance of Paul Verhoeven's Original RoboCop
, February 20, 2014
It doesn’t feature iPhones, Twitter, or an internet, and yet Paul Verhoeven’s RoboCop remains perhaps the most prescient sci-fi... More>>
Winter's Tale Is Pretty but Not Much Else Winter's Tale
The film may be imperfect, but the horse is pretty magnificent.
, February 13, 2014
It's a little sad that Colin Farrell has outgrown roles that require him to wear raggedy sweaters and say things like "For fook's sake!" It had... More>>
The Gentler New RoboCop Limited Only by Focus Groups RoboCop
, February 13, 2014
Congratulations, Detroit. In 1987, Paul Verhoeven's RoboCop cemented it as the most violent city in the world, an honor the Motor City resented... More>>
Endless Love Earns Its Title the Bad Way Endless Love Earns Its Title the Bad Way
, February 13, 2014
The endless love in question unfolds in that universe where shy, bookish teenage girls are always catalog-model beautiful, not a pimple in sight... More>>
About Last Night: Hilarious Sex-Talk Romance Trumps One of Its Predecessors About Last Night: Hilarious Sex-Talk Romance Trumps One of Its Predecessors
, February 13, 2014
Just as animated characters who look too human creep us out, could there be a phenomenon we might call the RomCom Uncanny Valley, a case when... More>>
The 1987 RoboCop's ED-209: The Movies' Greatest Badass Robot? The 1987 RoboCop's ED-209: The Movies' Greatest Badass Robot?
, February 13, 2014
Director José Padilha's long-delayed RoboCop reboot has arrived, and it’s neither an unalloyed (see what I did there?) triumph nor... More>>
In Berlin, In Order of Disappearance Feels Like a Tarantino Picture In Berlin, In Order of Disappearance Feels Like a Tarantino Picture
, February 13, 2014
Though it’s difficult to pinpoint the typical Berlin Film Festival film, I’ve attended the festival enough times to attest that most... More>>
Stations of the Cross Leading at the 2014 Berlin Film Festival Stations of the Cross Leading at the 2014 Berlin Film Festival
, February 13, 2014
Variety and The Hollywood Reporter, both of which publish special daily issues at the major international festivals, may be the most famous movie... More>>
It's Not Monumental, But the Monuments Men Satisfies in Bits and Pieces The Monuments Men
Clooney's actors shine, and that's almost enough.
, February 06, 2014
Art may not be more important than human lives. But on the list of things that mean something to human lives, across centuries, it ranks pretty... More>>
The Lego Movie Really Snaps Together The Lego Movie
Phil Lord and Christopher Miller build a fun and absurd film.
, February 06, 2014
Consider the Lego, the toy of contradiction. With one — well, with hundreds of them — you can build anything: houses, airplanes,... More>>
The Triumph of Frozen, the First Disney Princess Movie About Girls Rather Than for Them The Triumph of Frozen, the First Disney Princess Movie About Girls Rather Than for Them
The first Disney princess film to completely root itself in anything like the true feminine experience.
, February 06, 2014
How retrograde are many of the core tenets of the Disney princess? Consider this: My daughter owns a book called Snow White’s Secret, in... More>>
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