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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>>
The To Do List Is, at Least, a Welcome Start The To Do List
Maggie Carey's debut is full of promise.
, July 25, 2013
Like first sex, writer-director Maggie Carey's debut feature, The To Do List, is quick and messy, fitfully pleasurable, full of promise but not... More>>
How Friends Illustrates the Depressing Insularity of Our Lives How Friends Illustrates the Depressing Insularity of Our Lives
“I’ll be there for you … and others in our census bracket”
, July 25, 2013
Friends ended less than a decade ago, but it’s already a relic of a bygone era — a critically respected network sitcom that enjoyed... More>>
Too Bad The Wolverine Isn’t as Interesting as Hugh Jackman Too Bad The Wolverine Isn’t as Interesting as Hugh Jackman
, July 25, 2013
As summer comic-book blockbusters go, The Wolverine is not as elephantine as it could have been. It’s more, well, wolverine—bony,... More>>
The Death of the Makeover: The To Do List, The Spectacular Now and The Heat have killed Hollywood’s Most Obnoxious Scene The Death of the Makeover: The To Do List, The Spectacular Now and The Heat have killed Hollywood’s Most Obnoxious Scene
, July 25, 2013
”I kept thinking she was the ugly duckling who was going to turn into a swan,” a fortyish loudmouth complained as the crowd trudged... More>>
Half Fun, Half Rote, The Conjuring Offers the Same Old Spirits The Conjuring
The Conjuring spooks but never actually scares.
, July 18, 2013
Something like half the running time of the engaging new don't-go-in-the-basement thriller The Conjuring is devoted to showing us characters... More>>
The New Black and Other Docs Ask, “Why Has Black Been Made the Face of Homophobia?” The New Black and Other Docs Ask, “Why Has Black Been Made the Face of Homophobia?”
, July 18, 2013
There’s a gorgeous moment in Yoruba Richen’s documentary The New Black, currently playing the film festival circuit, in which two... More>>
Girl Most Likely, a Jersey-vs.-Manhattan Comedy Girl Most Likely, a Jersey-vs.-Manhattan Comedy
, July 18, 2013
Less funny than her worst SNL sketch, Girl Most Likely strands Kristen Wiig in a dreadful, disingenuous city-vs.-suburbs comedy that mercilessly... More>>
Red 2 Isn’t Great, but Helen Mirren? Fabulous. Red 2 Isn’t Great, but Helen Mirren? Fabulous.
, July 18, 2013
The world is full of lackluster movies. But the world is not full of Helen Mirren in a Marlene Dietrich fedora, or Helen Mirren in full-tilt... More>>
Men in Bland: R.I.P.D. is a Movie That Exists Men in Bland: R.I.P.D. is a Movie That Exists
, July 18, 2013
In actual life, bureaucratic systems are the only workable state-citizen interface we’ve developed that can handle the sheer bulk of... More>>
Pacific Rim Is the Summer Blockbuster You Always Wanted from Guillermo del Toro Pacific Rim
Del Toro's Pacific Rim offers monster/robot glory.
, July 11, 2013
If the great god of movies, whatever slippery Mount Olympus of money he resides on, decrees that summer is the time for larger-than-life 3D... More>>
Crystal Fairy Is All About Michael Cera's High Crystal Fairy
In Crystal Fairy, a great, dickish performance.
, July 11, 2013
With an offhand precision that suggests he might prove one of his generation's major actors, Michael Cera lays bare two specific human weaknesses... More>>
Grown Ups 2 Has No Real Plot to Speak of Grown Ups 2 Has No Real Plot to Speak of
, July 11, 2013
Adam Sandler pats his own back for being loyal in Grown Ups 2, an excuse for the star to hang out with his friends while he plays a Hollywood... More>>
Adam Sandler’s Laziness: Why Nothing Changes in Movie After Movie Adam Sandler’s Laziness: Why Nothing Changes in Movie After Movie
Adam Sandler is successful because he’s lazy.
, July 11, 2013
Not lazy in the sense that he has no ambition, or doesn’t want to work hard to maintain his status as America’s big-screen comedy... More>>
Nothing’s Shocking: What does it Mean for a Film to Be Transgressive Today? Nothing’s Shocking: What does it Mean for a Film to Be Transgressive Today?
, July 11, 2013
In 1997, the programmers of the Making Scenes queer film and video festival in Ottawa, Ontario, received an unmarked package in the mail. It... More>>
Pirates of the Old West: The Lone Ranger Is More Disney Overkill The Lone Ranger
The film has it all, but what it ends up with isn't much.
, July 04, 2013
The great movie westerns are about honor, dignity, the majesty of the landscape. But they're also about beautiful men, charismatic, sometimes... More>>
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