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Mass(acre) Appeal Mass(acre) Appeal
The Raid 2 offers more, more, argh.
, March 27, 2014
A grave has been freshly dug in the opening shot of director Gareth Evans's ultra-violent Indonesian flick The Raid 2. It's a start, but Evans is... More>>
Bloody Floody: Noah Wants to Be a Mad Epic Bloody Floody: Noah Wants to Be a Mad Epic
, March 27, 2014
To hear Darren Aronofsky tell it, in the interviews he's given recently to the New York Times Magazine and the New Yorker, there was no way in... More>>
Rule of Law Rule of Law
n Dom Hemingway, Jude Law goes for greatness
, March 27, 2014
Going bald is the best thing that ever happened to Jude Law. Britain’s prettiest export did the best he could with his burden of good... More>>
Cringe Out Loud Cringe Out Loud
Coogan’s comic Brit ass beats our stateside variety
, March 27, 2014
Any Yanks concerned that the Brits outclass us may find relief in Alan Partridge, an import comedy that at first seems to stand as evidence of... More>>
The Fog of Rummy The Fog of Rummy
Errol Morris can’t penetrate the man behind Iraq
, March 27, 2014
As its subtitle suggests, one reason Errol Morris’s 2003 documentary The Fog of War: Eleven Lessons from the Life of Robert S. McNamara... More>>
What We Get Out of It What We Get Out of It
Nymphomaniac: Volume II rewards but doesn’t reveal
, March 27, 2014
Our story resumes: Having found a love-like feeling for Jerôme (Shia LaBeouf), “restful domestic comfort” has, at the outset of... More>>
The Monument Man The Monument Man
This time, it’s Captain Asskick goes to Washington.
, March 27, 2014
Tucked into a pocket of his workout sweats, Steve Rogers — a.k.a. Captain America, the serum-enhanced Yankee Doodle Dynamo who's spent the... More>>
Bloody Floody: Bloody Floody:
Noah Wants to Bea Mad Epic.
, March 27, 2014
To hear Darren Aronofsky tell it, in the interviews he's given recently to The New York Times Magazine and The New Yorker, there was no way in... More>>
Muppets Most Wanted Is a Great Caper Muppets Most Wanted
Get ready for heaps of ridiculousness.
, March 20, 2014
If you count forward from Jim Henson's mid-1960s TV appearances with a fringy pup named Rowlf and the lizard, made from an old winter coat, who... More>>
Cheap Thrills Exposes Human Awfulness and Not Enough Else Cheap Thrills
This spiky spitball soars, only to fall to earth before it ends.
, March 20, 2014
As Bob Zmuda tells it, screenwriter Norman Wexler used to tote a briefcase full of thousands of dollars to pay off the many people he pissed off... More>>
Missing Dads Tyler Perry's The Single Moms Club
Tyler Perry’s Single Moms Club Isn’t Bad if You Bring a Bullshit Detector.
, March 20, 2014
Tyler Perry probably wishes he'd been raised by a single mom. As he has said in interviews, his father, Emmitt, was abusive and once beat him so... More>>
Shailene Woodley Proves More Human Than Divergent Shailene Woodley Proves More Human Than Divergent
YA Yawn.
, March 20, 2014
Dystopian movies don't have to make sense. As the audience, we're obligated to sit down with our popcorn and soda and pretend that yes, of... More>>
Brothel From Another Planet Brothel From Another Planet
Beautiful, curious Go Down Death unveils the cathouse of myth.
, March 20, 2014
Setting aside all the women are people too! thinking that might make us a touch more enlightened than our forebears, I have to ask: Is it... More>>
Yes We Can! Yes We Can!
(Make better biopics than César Chávez)
, March 20, 2014
The Chicano labor leader César Chávez can now join Mahatma Gandhi and Nelson Mandela in the pantheon of heroes whose world-altering... More>>
Need for Speed Has Aaron Paul and Not Much Else Need for Speed
This video-game-turned-film goes nowhere fast.
, March 13, 2014
Think adapting War and Peace is hard? Try adapting the race car video game Need for Speed. Tolstoy's 1,225-page behemoth has nothing on the... More>>
Wes Anderson Takes on World War II in The Grand Budapest Hotel The Grand Budapest Hotel
Anderson's moving elegy for his teensy world.
, March 13, 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>>
Genre Man Genre Man
Grand Piano’s Elijah Wood gives his all to indie thrillers.
, March 13, 2014
Like James Bond, Elijah Wood spends his latest film in a tuxedo trying to save a beautiful blonde from an assassin. Only he's gotta do it sitting... More>>
The Welcome Return of Kurt Russell The Welcome Return of Kurt Russell
Here are a few of our favorite Kurts.
, March 13, 2014
A wise man — or, more precisely, a wiseass trucker named Jack Burton — once opined that "it’s all in the reflexes." Few actors... More>>
There's More to Streaming Than Netflix There's More to Streaming Than Netflix
, March 13, 2014
As of this writing, the Netflix Instant catalog boasts more than 10,000 titles available for online streaming -- a number that, as per the... More>>
I'm Trying to Love Wes Anderson, That Miniaturist Puppet-Master I'm Trying to Love Wes Anderson, That Miniaturist Puppet-Master
, March 13, 2014
If you were to survey people who pay attention to movies -- to go door-to-door with a clipboard, a sharpened No. 2 pencil, and a sheaf of forms... More>>
May Catch On Sparks
Indie superhero flick Sparks almost soars — and is grimly promising.
, March 13, 2014
Here's a hearty keep-at-it award for Christopher Folino and Todd Burrows, directors of this restless, reckless superhero crime curio, an... More>>
These Kids Yesterday Teenage
The engrossing Teenage shows why they are who they are.
, March 13, 2014
Today it's hard for us to fathom why preachers used to rail so vehemently against jitterbugging. Even with cultural context — black music... More>>
Endless Love Earns Its Title the Bad Way Endless Love Earns Its Title the Bad Way
, March 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>>
He’s Gotta Have It He’s Gotta Have It
In Nymphomaniac, von Trier plunges deep.
, March 13, 2014
Let's start with the ending, the closing credits disclaimer that insists that none of the lead actors in Lars von Trier's two-part erotic epic... More>>
Life Carved From Clay Life Carved From Clay
Surviving the Khmer Rouge, with puppets.
, March 13, 2014
A friend of mine, who's in his fifties, is getting an MFA in nonfiction writing. Many of the other students in his program are in their twenties,... More>>
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