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It's Blockbuster Time: Your Guide to the Summer Movie Season It's Blockbuster Time: Your Guide to the Summer Movie Season
Movie by movie, here's how to get the most out of this summer without having to cake on sunscreen.
, May 30, 2013
5/31: Now You See Me: Action filmmaker Louis Leterrier's output is all over the map, from the fitfully delightful Transporter 2 to... More>>
As He Likes It: Joss Whedon Takes On Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing As He Likes It: Joss Whedon Takes On Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing
Shakespeare, comic books — for the Avengers auteur, it's all the same thing.
, May 30, 2013
After completing five months of principal photography on The Avengers, Joss Whedon flew back to Los Angeles and threw himself a welcome-home... More>>
Before Midnight: The Aftermath of a Sunrise and Sunset. Before Midnight: The Aftermath of a Sunrise and Sunset.
Before Midnight's lovers face the darkness.
, May 30, 2013
Ask people about their favorite movies, and the same titles come up regularly — Casablanca, Pulp Fiction, Annie Hall, Citizen Kane. But... More>>
After Earth: Smith Family Robinson After Earth: Smith Family Robinson
The adventure flick pretends it’s not an M. Night Shyamalan film
, May 30, 2013
The surprise twist in the new M. Night Shyamalan film is that the film is directed by M. Night Shyamalan, a fact that the movie—like the... More>>
After Auteur: How M. Night Shyamalan Became Just Another Director After Auteur: How M. Night Shyamalan Became Just Another Director
Quick -- name the new M. Night Shyamalan summer blockbuster.
, May 30, 2013
Wait, you didn’t know that After Earth, the Will Smith–Jaden Smith sci-fi adventure hitting theaters this weekend, is the latest from... More>>
In Omit the Logic, Richard Pryor Crucifies Himself, Again and Again In Omit the Logic, Richard Pryor Crucifies Himself, Again and Again
, May 30, 2013
“Least you got to see a motherfucker crucify himself,” Richard Pryor spits in the most surprising footage director Marina Zenovich... More>>
The Sublime Dumb Play of Fast & Furious 6 Fast & Furious 6
Oh, this is why we have car chases.
, May 23, 2013
There's one key truth that separates the tank-topped gearheads of the Fast and Furious movies from the rest of us. Every problem these lugnuts... More>>
The Hangover Part III: The Heart of Fartness The Hangover Part III
Funny but unlovable, the "wolf pack" returns for round 3.
, May 23, 2013
The unlikeliest of all the Hangover trilogy's comic implausibilities might be its four pampered, rich-boy leads unironically calling themselves... More>>
The Hopefulness of Frances Ha Is Constant. Frances Ha
Here's to Frances Ha, not quite a real person yet.
, May 23, 2013
New York is a cruel and beautiful place, just as 27 is a cruel and beautiful age. In Frances Ha, Greta Gerwig plays a woman who's feeling the... More>>
Cannes: Heli Is Family Drama Set Against Mexico’s Drug Wars Cannes: Heli Is Family Drama Set Against Mexico’s Drug Wars
, May 23, 2013
One of the most exciting things about attending the Cannes Film Festival is being among the first people to see the films the world will be... More>>
A Brief History of the Lens Flares Technique — and the End of Film A Brief History of the Lens Flares Technique — and the End of Film
, May 23, 2013
Daniel Mindel, A.S.C., is part of an ever-shrinking population: cinematographers who have yet to shoot a feature digitally. He acknowledges that... More>>
Cannes Diary: What Are the Women in their Dresses Hoping for? Cannes Diary: What Are the Women in their Dresses Hoping for?
, May 23, 2013
Nearly everyone I know who has seen the official poster for the 66th Cannes Film Festival — a bird’s-eye view of a kiss between a... More>>
Cannes: Not Even the Gifted Emma Watson Can Raise The Bling Ring Cannes: Not Even the Gifted Emma Watson Can Raise The Bling Ring
But I haven’t given up on Sofia Coppola.
, May 23, 2013
The biggest puzzlement of these early days of the festival comes from Sofia Coppola, one of my favorite working directors. Until now, I have... More>>
Cannes: Young & Beautiful Is a Portrait of a 17-Year-Old French Call Girl Cannes: Young & Beautiful Is a Portrait of a 17-Year-Old French Call Girl
, May 23, 2013
François Ozon’s Young & Beautiful, a portrait of a 17-year-old French call girl, is something else again. This is another story... More>>
Cannes: Steven Soderbergh’s Behind the Candelabra is a Delightful Little Curio Cannes: Steven Soderbergh’s Behind the Candelabra is a Delightful Little Curio
, May 23, 2013
Ladies and gentlemen—anyone, really, who cares about his or her mug—step right up. According to a bit of advice proffered in one of... More>>
Cannes: Refn’s Again with Ryan Gosling, but Only God Forgives Isn’t in the Same League as Drive
, May 23, 2013
Expectations here in Cannes were high—or at least semi-high—for Nicolas Winding Refn’s Only God Forgives, in which Kristin... More>>
Cannes: The Coen Brothers’ Inside Llewyn Davis Cannes: The Coen Brothers’ Inside Llewyn Davis
, May 23, 2013
I. First, Something About the Badges (Then We’ll Get to the Coens) Someday I’m going to write a song and call it “Ballad of... More>>
Fast & Furious & Elegant: Justin Lin and the Vulgar Auteurs Fast & Furious & Elegant: Justin Lin and the Vulgar Auteurs
, May 23, 2013
Justin Lin may strike some as out of place in the pantheon of contemporary auteurs. The Taiwanese-born American filmmaker, best known for having... More>>
Star Trek Heads into Darkness and Familiar Territory Star Trek Into Darkness
Throwing canon to the wind in the follow-up to the 2009 reboot.
, May 16, 2013
'Who are you?" pleads a doomed man as Benedict Cumberbatch looms into his first close-up in Star Trek Into Darkness. The answer is Khan. And... More>>
The Great Gatsby The Great Gatsby
Gatsby's sometimes great, but not always good.
, May 09, 2013
There's a scene in Baz Luhrmann's The Great Gatsby in which Leonardo DiCaprio's hyperrich, super-awkward Jay Gatsby takes it upon himself to... More>>
Assault on Wall Street Assault on Wall Street
Uwe Boll's solution to the crash? Bloodshed.
, May 09, 2013
Uwe Boll's rep is on the upswing, but, really, what other direction could it go? The consensus choice for the world's worst professional director... More>>
R.I.P., Ray Harryhausen, Master of the Handmade Fantasy R.I.P., Ray Harryhausen, Master of the Handmade Fantasy
, May 09, 2013
In the course of reviewing movies in the early 2000s, just as computer-generated special effects were becoming radically sophisticated and were... More>>
Rashomom Stories We Tell
Sarah Polley gets to know all the women her mother is.
, May 09, 2013
Jean-Luc Godard said, "All you need for a movie is a girl and a gun." But really, all you need is a girl, preferably a charismatic one with a... More>>
Hollywood: Enough with the Father-Son Dramas, Already! Hollywood: Enough with the Father-Son Dramas, Already!
, May 09, 2013
In his new film, the social drama At Any Price, director and co-writer Ramin Bahrani examines how the transformation of food into intellectual... More>>
What Gatsby Gets Wrong: Ten Ways the New Movie Will Trip Up the Lazy Students of Tomorrow What Gatsby Gets Wrong: Ten Ways the New Movie Will Trip Up the Lazy Students of Tomorrow , May 09, 2013
The only thing we English teachers hate more than SparkNotes is a high-quality, mostly faithful movie version of a book. Why would a student slog... More>>
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