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Killer Joe Killer Joe
Finger-lickin' wrong
, August 09, 2012
At one point in Killer Joe, a hideously funny tabloid noir set on the outskirts of Dallas County, Chris Smith (Emile Hirsch) is let into the... More>>
The Campaign The Campaign
Hijinks and f-bombs on the campaign trail.
, August 09, 2012
The Campaign begins with an on-screen quote attributed to Ross Perot: "War has rules. Mud-wrestling has rules. Politics has no rules." The Texas... More>>
Ruby Sparks Ruby Sparks
Finally, the fantasy girlfriend is fiction.
, August 02, 2012
It's one of the most cherished legends of the American indie: A socially retarded ugly duck, despite making no effort to regulate his glaring... More>>
Trishna Trishna
Michael Winterbottom takes Hardy's Tess to today's Mumbai.
, July 26, 2012
Michael Winterbottom is multitasking — like that's a surprise. He has made a dozen films in the past decade, as varied as the Steve... More>>
Red Lights Red Lights
Rodrigo Cortés's thriller Red Lights doesn't inspire faith.
, July 26, 2012
Red Lights aspires to be a genre movie of ideas. Like a great number of films dealing with supernatural and extraterrestrial phenomena, it's a... More>>
Why So Serious? The Dark Knight Rises
Self-important and overstuffed, The Dark Knight Rises feels like Batman forever.
, July 19, 2012
Christopher Nolan's ponderous, pontifical action movies are written less as screenplays than as operator's manuals, guiding an audience through... More>>
She Endures Beasts of the Southern Wild
In Beasts of the Southern Wild, a child -- and child performer -- thrive despite adverse conditions.
, July 12, 2012
A zealous gumbo of regionalism, magical realism, post-Katrina allegory, myth and ecological parable, Beasts of the Southern Wild, the southern... More>>
Amazing Spider-Man The Amazing Spider-Man
The spider becomes a man and a joy.
, July 05, 2012
The Amazing Spider-Man, an inexcusably good reboot-thing from director Marc Webb, celebrates the heartwarming arachno-genetic bar mitzvah in... More>>
To Rome with Love To Rome with Love
Everything continues apace in Woody Allen's latest comedy, and that's not so bad.
, July 05, 2012
In Woody Allen's new film, To Rome with Love, people — like, really young people — still talk, improbably, about "neuroses." Horny,... More>>
Savages Savages
Oliver Stone's drug-trade drama settles for sensation.
, July 05, 2012
"Welcome to the recession, boys," says John Travolta's DEA-double-agent profiteer in Oliver Stone's Savages, based on Don Winslow's novel.... More>>
Magic Mike Magic Mike
No so revealing.
, June 28, 2012
When Channing Tatum stood up and revealed his bare ass to the camera a minute or two into Steven Soder-bergh's Magic Mike — which the actor... More>>
Woody's Roman Holiday Woody's Roman Holiday
Woody Allen and two co-stars meet in L.A. to talk about his new film, To Rome With Love, and some old themes (art, death, love).
, June 28, 2012
Woody Allen has just had the biggest hit of his career with Manhattan — a love letter to the titular city, a romantic celebration of its... More>>
Ted Ted
Seth McFarlane's new film is stuffed with more of the same.
, June 28, 2012
Fans of Seth MacFarlane's Fox mainstay Family Guy who wish he would run afoul of FCC regulations every week might be pleased with Ted, the story... More>>
The Amazing Spider-Man The Amazing Spider-Man
The spider becomes a man - and a joy.
, June 28, 2012
The Amazing Spider-Man, an inexcusably good reboot-thing from director Marc Webb, celebrates the heartwarming arachno-genetic bar mitzvah in... More>>
The Real Gurl Katy Perry: Part of Me
A tour doc reveals Katy Perry's essential Katy Perry-ness.
, June 28, 2012
From bubblegum-bi-curious novelty "I Kissed a Girl" on, Katy Perry has built a career on glorious brain-dead-with-a-wink odes to playacting in a... More>>
Brave, A Rare Family Film Brave
A movie about courage that actually has some.
, June 21, 2012
With her flame-colored ringlets, Merida, the barely adolescent heroine of Pixar's 13th feature, looks like a wee Rebekah Brooks, maybe a... More>>
The Apocalypse Drag Seeking a Friend for the End of the World
If everyone's seeing Seeking a Friend for the End of the World, you might want to be left behind.
, June 21, 2012
Apocalypse movies are a venerable enough genre (and reliable enough as box-office cash spigots) to support a few lightweight, funny-sad-romantic... More>>
Young love, Wes Anderson-style, in Moonrise Kingdom Moonrise Kingdom
, June 14, 2012
It's 1965, the rainy end of summer on the rocky coast of a fictional New England isle. Twelve-year-old Sam (Jared Gilman), a scrawny,... More>>
Corporate Rock Still Sucks Rock of Ages
Rock of Ages posits Tom Cruise as a hair-metal god and hair metal as something un-awful.
, June 14, 2012
Rock of Ages, a new star-clogged pop-musical diversion, is a cinematic event. It's not every day, after all, that you get to see two great... More>>
Jane Fonda Deserves Better Peace, Love & Misunderstanding
Nothing's so funny in Peace, Love & Misunderstanding.
, June 14, 2012
Three generations of fine actresses are squandered in Bruce Beresford's Peace, Love & Misunderstanding, an incompetently structured film that... More>>
Paramount Turns 100 Paramount Celebrates the 1970s
On Its Centennial, Paramount Pictures Celebrates Its Peak: The 1970s
, June 07, 2012
It's a warm spring evening on the Paramount Pictures lot in Hollywood, and the crowd jostling for hors d'oeuvres in the lobby of the Paramount... More>>
Subverting the Rom-Com Safety Not Guaranteed|Lola Versus
In Safety Not Guaranteed and Lola Versus, love doesn't mean an insult to the audience's intelligence.
, June 07, 2012
With her high cheekbones, feline brown eyes, and heart-shaped mouth, actress Aubrey Plaza is bombshell hot. But in an unusual twist for a... More>>
Oslo, August 31st Oslo, August 31st
An addict revisits the people he has hurt and his own demons.
, June 07, 2012
In just two feature films, writer/director Joachim Trier has proven to be unparalleled in exposing the foibles and delusions of all the sad young... More>>
Prometheus Prometheus
It boasts impressive horror, but its ideas? Not so much.
, June 07, 2012
Arriving in theaters on the back of a portentous ad campaign, Ridley Scott's Prometheus assumes the air of something more than a summer movie, a... More>>
Snow White and the Huntsman Snow White and the Huntsman
The latest Snow White is a tale overtold.
, May 31, 2012
If ever there were a perfect example of pure, fresh, classical simplicity unnecessarily trodden under with complications, it is Snow White and... More>>
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