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Secrets Not Worth Knowing: Suspense Flatlines in Closed Circuit Secrets Not Worth Knowing: Suspense Flatlines in Closed Circuit
Film falls on the wrong side of the line between restrained and drab.
, August 29, 2013
Intricate, intelligent thrillers made specifically for grown-ups are so rare these days that it's tempting to award extra points to anyone who... More>>
Alfonso Cuaron's Gravity is Lightning From the Heavens Alfonso Cuaron's Gravity is Lightning From the Heavens
, August 29, 2013
The late, great Elmore Leonard advised writers never to open a book with weather. Does a lightning storm count? Last evening I was welcomed to... More>>
DePalma's Passion Is All Tricks - And Undervalued DePalma's Passion Is All Tricks - And Undervalued
DePalma replays all his greatest hits, and that's not a bad thing.
, August 29, 2013
Your life surges ahead as it is, pretty much, but maybe tinted blue. Maybe everything around you is tilted a bit, and strips of light glow on the... More>>
Drinking Buddies Is An Honest, Affecting Romance Drinking Buddies Is An Honest, Affecting Romance
By fixating on the minutiae, Joe Swanberg finds the honest moments.
, August 29, 2013
There is a moment of silent incompatibility in Joe Swanberg's Drinking Buddies that illuminates the entirety of a relationship in a single... More>>
Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Movie: What Happened? Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Movie: What Happened?
, August 29, 2013
An average episode of the 1989-1999 cable show Mystery Science Theater 3000, in which a man and his robot buddies heckle bad movies, runs about... More>>
Five Great Summer Movies You Might Have Missed (And Can Still Catch!) Five Great Summer Movies You Might Have Missed (And Can Still Catch!)
, August 29, 2013
As another summer movie season characterized by cynicism and excess draws to a close, there are few activities less valuable or interesting... More>>
Ten Fascinating Facts from Slimed!, the New Oral History of '90s Nickelodeon Ten Fascinating Facts from Slimed!, the New Oral History of '90s Nickelodeon
, August 29, 2013
After Jimmy Savile, Amanda Bynes, Lindsay Lohan, and that Christian puppeteer who wanted to kidnap, kill, and eat little boys, it's hard not to... More>>
The World's End Is a Likable Brew, But Not One for the Ages. The World's End
Middle-aged men face a pub crawl and the end of the world.
, August 22, 2013
The laddish pleasures of The World's End, Edgar Wright's comedy about a group of middle-aged guys drinking beer and facing mortality, come with a... More>>
In You're Next, There's No Time for Torture You're Next
Not-bad slasher flick puts the well-to-do in the red.
, August 22, 2013
On September 17, 2011, 1,000 protestors set up tents in Manhattan's financial district and dubbed themselves Occupy Wall Street. Four days later,... More>>
Free Angela Davis Director Shola Lynch: “Our history is being held hostage by corporations” Free Angela Davis Director Shola Lynch: “Our history is being held hostage by corporations”
, August 22, 2013
Director Shola Lynch has been mining the rich terrain of black American history for a while now, notably in the award-winning 2004 documentary... More>>
Kick-Ass 2 is Giddy, Gory and Meaningless Kick-Ass 2
Kick-Ass grows up, improves - but still isn't about anything.
, August 15, 2013
Despite the giddy, gory ridiculousness of Kick-Ass 2, this summer's most violent yet least punishing comic-book movie, there's a kernel of ugly... More>>
The Butler Is So Old-School It Feels Modern The Butler
The Butler finds urgency in the conventional.
, August 15, 2013
At the movies, straightforward storytelling, the kind in which a director and his cast push a story forward in waves of action and feeling, has... More>>
The World’s End Creators Simon Pegg, Nick Frost and Edgar Wright Versus Starbucksification The World’s End Creators Simon Pegg, Nick Frost and Edgar Wright Versus Starbucksification
‘Give us five minutes and we’ll change the world.’
, August 15, 2013
Like so many screenplays, The World’s End has its origins in a Starbucks. As director Edgar Wright tells it, the ideas for next... More>>
Jobs Report Jobs Report
Ashton Kutcher almost reveals the man beyond the devices.
, August 15, 2013
Geniuses, unfortunately, tend to be impossible people. Consumed by their own dazzling brilliance, they treat those closest to them cruelly and... More>>
Elysium: This Bramble of Lofty Ideals Is No Darn Fun Elysium
Here's a first-world problem: heavy, allegorical sci-fi.
, August 08, 2013
Movie stars shouldn't be subject to the rules of gravity, as we mere mortals are. One of the great pleasures of watching actors is to see them... More>>
We're the Millers: A Family That Hates Together Stays Together We're the Millers
These outsiders would detest their own square movie.
, August 08, 2013
If there's one nuance mainstream comedies have yet to learn, it's that "empathetic" need not mean "likable" — audiences can feel for... More>>
Disney's Planes Really Is Just Cars 2 with Wings Planes
On the unbearable lightness of Planes.
, August 08, 2013
You can guess the plot of Disney's Planes — it's just Cars 2 with wings, an international romp that pits a humble country bumpkin against a... More>>
Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters Dumbs Down Folklore Exactly How You'd Expect Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters
in Percy Jackson, the mythical gets standardized.
, August 08, 2013
How would those Bronze Age storytellers who shaped and handed down the myths of ancient Greece fare in a modern screenwriting seminar? All that... More>>
The “Anti-Casting” of Paul Rudd and Emile Hirsch in Prince Avalanche Marks an Indie Return for David Gordon Green The “Anti-Casting” of Paul Rudd and Emile Hirsch in Prince Avalanche Marks an Indie Return for David Gordon Green
The Prince Avalanche director finds life in the Texas rubble
, August 08, 2013
When David Gordon Green introduced Paul Rudd to Emile Hirsch, the two actors didn’t click. It was an awkward seafood dinner. “Emile... More>>
The Funny Outweighs the Cock-Ups in I Give It a Year I Give It a Year
A funny, romantic divorce coemdy.
, August 08, 2013
Besides its dozen or so big laughs and its winning streak of middle-upper-crust romantic jadedness, Dan Mazer's I Give It a Year has going for it... More>>
2 Guns Is Too Much of the Same Thing 2 Guns
2 Guns is every movie you've seen before.
, August 01, 2013
All you need for a movie are two guys and two guns. Unless that movie is 2 Guns, in which case you probably need a good deal more. The problem... More>>
Europa Report: A Found-Footage Failure of Form Europa Report
Ersatz space doc Europa Report only looks realistic.
, August 01, 2013
No human has left near-Earth orbit since 1972, we're reminded in Europa Report, a smartly marketed space-horror quickie that purports to be the... More>>
Movies Need Lohan Movies Need Lohan
The Canyons is vital, messy, and alive with regret
, August 01, 2013
A movie can be highly imperfect, stilted, or implausible in all sorts of ways—and still be everything you go to the movies for. The... More>>
Breaking Bad’s Vince Gilligan Reveals the Exact Moment Walter White “Broke Bad” Forever Breaking Bad’s Vince Gilligan Reveals the Exact Moment Walter White “Broke Bad” Forever
, August 01, 2013
The lauded “Golden Age” of television just makes Vince Gilligan sad. Let’s get specific: “The sadness for me at the heart... More>>
Mainstream Movie Porn Sucks: How Real Sex in Real Movies Is a Real Distraction Mainstream Movie Porn Sucks: How Real Sex in Real Movies Is a Real Distraction
The long, hard truth
, August 01, 2013
Porn re-inserts itself into the arthouse with this week’s The Canyons, co-starring adult industry stud James Deen, and next week’s... More>>
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