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De Niro and Stallone Team Up to Beat Down Your Memories of Better Movies Grudge Match
The Raging Bull takes on Rocky, but the end result is drab and plodding.
, December 26, 2013
The surprise in Grudge Match, the not-quite-a-comedy that pits Rocky Balboa against Raging Bull, isn't that it has the chutzpah to posit a... More>>
The Year in Movies 2013: Joaquin Phoenix Returns and the Films of the Year The Year in Movies 2013: Joaquin Phoenix Returns and the Films of the Year
We look at the year a man fell in love with a phone and a whole lot more.
, December 19, 2013
Want to see the list of the 10 best movies that screened in Houston this year? Check out The Year in Movies 2013: Top 10 Movies, Houston... More>>
Ron Burgundy Is Back, and Anchorman 2 Is Best When It Is Absurd Ron Burgundy Is Back, and Anchorman 2 Is Best When It Is Absurd
The Anchorman saga's secret? Will Ferrell's generosity.
, December 19, 2013
The audience that shows up for a comedy is the most tyrannical of all. Their very presence is the equivalent of a schoolyard bully's challenge:... More>>
The Year in Movies 2013: Top 10 Movies, Houston Style The Year in Movies 2013: Top 10 Movies, Houston Style
The best movies this year that you had a chance to see.
, December 19, 2013
The problem with these annual "best of" lists is one of volume: There are just so many of them that it renders much of their findings... More>>
Like a Sleek New Phone, Her Still Strains to Connect Like a Sleek New Phone, Her Still Strains to Connect
The film tries to be direct, but is just maddeningly coy.
, December 19, 2013
The terrible reality of modern life is that even beautiful young people on a first date can't go a whole evening without checking their phones.... More>>
Madea vs. Christmas, Logic and Larry the Cable Guy Madea vs. Christmas, Logic and Larry the Cable Guy
, December 19, 2013
Someday there will be a serious academic study on Tyler Perry, the battered and sexually abused child who legally changed his first name at 16 to... More>>
Hurt Like the Dickens Hurt Like the Dickens
How Ralph Fiennes brought his marvelous Invisible Woman to the screen.
, December 19, 2013
If you’re a person alive in this age, Ralph Fiennes has at some point probably made you hate him. As the Nazi Amon Goeth in 1993’s... More>>
Five of the Year's Best Films -- That You Can Stream on Netflix Right Now Five of the Year's Best Films -- That You Can Stream on Netflix Right Now
, December 19, 2013
For professional film critics, you'll notice, the year in film tends to conclude prematurely. Those "Best Of" lists you see popping up everywhere... More>>
The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug Is Everything the Last One Wasn't The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
This Hobbit dwarfs its sleepy-eyed predecessor.
, December 12, 2013
Elves snore, it turns out. Their maidens make teensy-peen jokes and pine for the hottest of dwarves. And Bilbo Baggins, so concerned about his... More>>
Ya Dig? Abel Ferrara on Ms. 45, Back in Theaters After More than 30 Years Ya Dig? Abel Ferrara on Ms. 45, Back in Theaters After More than 30 Years
, December 12, 2013
Bronx-born filmmaker Abel Ferrara considers all of his fiction films to be documentaries: What you see is what happened in the moment that was... More>>
Walt’s Revenge Saving Mr. Banks
Saving Mr. Banks mansplains, Disney-style.
, December 12, 2013
How stubborn was Walt Disney? He spent 26 years wheedling Mary Poppins author P.L. Travers to sell him the film rights to her book — call... More>>
Christian Bale and Casey Affleck Almost Save Out of the Furnace Out of the Furnace
Somber drama is earnest to a fault.
, December 05, 2013
The life of Russell Baze, a steelworker in a Pennsylvania town just outside of Pittsburgh, may be drab and dreary, but he's a good, hardworking... More>>
Gus Van Sant's Psycho Just Turned 15 -- and Is More Fascinating than you Remember Gus Van Sant's Psycho Just Turned 15 -- and Is More Fascinating than you Remember
, December 05, 2013
Fifteen years ago (December 4, 1998) an unusual movie was released, and roundly rejected: director Gus Van Sant's off-puttingly faithful remake... More>>
Stallone Tries to Make a Star out of Statham in Homefront Homefront
Statham is an action lover's last hope, like it or not.
, November 28, 2013
Once upon a time — the 1980s — you could walk into a movie theater any day of the year, plop down a few bucks and watch one man kick... More>>
Spike Lee's Oldboy Is Utterly Unnecessary Oldboy
The film is savage but lacks any weight or meaning.
, November 28, 2013
A favorite pastime of those who love Asian film is to carp about Hollywood's annoying tendency to lay claim to and defile their favorites. But... More>>
Jointmaker Jointmaker
Nearly 25 years after Do the Right Thing, Spike Lee releases his first "film."
, November 28, 2013
For all its nasty twists, the biggest shock in Spike Lee's remake of Park Chan-wook's Oldboy (opening November 27) hits in the movie's first... More>>
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Is as Much Setup as Treat The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
Blockbuster sequel is more assured, but suffers from middle-book syndrome.
, November 21, 2013
It says something that two of the biggest sensations in young-adult literature over the past ten years have featured heroines who keep more than... More>>
Vince Vaughn Births More of the Same in Delivery Man Delivery Man
We're not sure why Delivery Man exists.
, November 21, 2013
Imagine an alternate history for Vince Vaughn. What if, 18 years ago, instead of rehearsing Swingers during the day and sampling Los Angeles's... More>>
Well-Spotted Minds Well-Spotted Minds
Michel Gondry on Noam Chomsky and a brainy new doc.
, November 21, 2013
Michel Gondry likes video stores. He is, after all, the director of the ultimate VHS sonnet, Be Kind Rewind, in which Jack Black and Mos Def... More>>
Sam Claflin and Jena Malone on Keeping The Hunger Games: Catching Fire PG-13 Sam Claflin and Jena Malone on Keeping The Hunger Games: Catching Fire PG-13
, November 21, 2013
Through the soaring windows of the Mandarin Oriental Miami, it's hard not to notice the blue skies and matching azure water. Most people find... More>>
In Honor of Night of the Comet, a Cult Time Capsule of '80s America In Honor of Night of the Comet, a Cult Time Capsule of '80s America
, November 21, 2013
"This movie has been written about in books — go figure — and there's discussion about whether or not it's actually a zombie movie.... More>>
Chris Lilley Transforms Himself into Australia’s Worst Import for Ja'mie: Private School Girl Chris Lilley Transforms Himself into Australia’s Worst Import for Ja'mie: Private School Girl
, November 21, 2013
Few men wear a dress as meaningfully as comedian Chris Lilley. Since 2005, he has sported the pinstriped schoolgirl uniforms of his native... More>>
Best Man Holiday Is a Welcome Return for a Underappreciated Genre The Best Man Holiday
Welcome, Best Man Holiday. Black ensemble comedies have been away far too long.
, November 14, 2013
From the mid-1990s to somewhere around 2006, Hollywood bankrolled a number of romantic entertainments targeted to — though not made... More>>
Matthew McConaughey's Body Does the Talking in Dallas Buyers Club Dallas Buyers Club
McConaughey sheds 40 pounds to play AIDS victim and entrepreneur.
, November 07, 2013
Weight-loss and weight-gain performances are tricky things. Robert De Niro's heavily mannered turn in Raging Bull just has to be great —... More>>
Thor Returns to Slum It on Earth Instead of Reaching New Heights Thor: The Dark World
Thor remains a cog in the Marvel machine.
, November 07, 2013
Among the Avengers, Thor should reign supreme. Sure, Captain America is the de facto leader, but even he — like the others — is just... More>>
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