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Diorama Hard Diorama Hard
Wes Anderson's moving elegy for his teensy world.
, March 06, 2014
Leave it to Wes Anderson to make a film about World War II without mentioning Germany. In The Grand Budapest Hotel, a wundercabinet set in the... More>>
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>>
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