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The Internship Is Worse Than Fetching Coffee The Internship
This Better Be for Credit
, June 06, 2013
Eager young people can't find jobs; qualified older people can't find jobs. There's nothing funny about that, which is exactly why someone ought... More>>
If George R.R. Martin Wrote Every TV Show Ever If George R.R. Martin Wrote Every TV Show Ever
, June 06, 2013
George R.R. Martin took a break from killing Starks today to send us this list of the notes he would send to the producers of TV shows if he were... More>>
The Purge Asks Questions, Gives Conflicting Answers The Purge
The action is awesome, but does that hurt the message?
, June 06, 2013
Here's a category idea for bar trivia: Collect one-sentence plot summaries of young-adult novel series and R-rated horror films, and see who can... More>>
A Protest, A Prayer: The Story of Pussy Riot Comes to HBO Pussy Riot
Punk lives as Pussy Riot rots.
, June 06, 2013
Anyone trying to run a civilized country should know that throwing musicians in jail for making music is always a bad idea. That didn't stop... More>>
The Mouth That Ate Itself: Morton Downey Jr. Roars Again Évocateur: The Morton Downey Jr. Movie
Documentary Évocateur is upsetting, moving and funny as hell.
, June 06, 2013
Used to be to get famous in the rightwing blowhard racket you had to have an act. Not today. Has anyone ever once thought, "Oh, I can't wait to... More>>
What Maisie Knew Might Be a Great Movie About Childhood What Maisie Knew
A look at an awkward age, free of Hollywoodisms.
, June 06, 2013
There are times during the affecting tumult of What Maisie Knew when you may think, "At last, a first-rate American movie about what being a kid... More>>
Life Is a Sitcom in The Kings of Summer The Kings of Summer
It's not a very special episode.
, June 06, 2013
It's to the great detriment of The Kings of Summer that it follows the identically premised Mud by just weeks. Both films tell bittersweet... More>>
It's Blockbuster Time: Your Guide to the Summer Movie Season It's Blockbuster Time: Your Guide to the Summer Movie Season
Movie by movie, here's how to get the most out of this summer without having to cake on sunscreen.
, May 30, 2013
5/31: Now You See Me: Action filmmaker Louis Leterrier's output is all over the map, from the fitfully delightful Transporter 2 to... More>>
As He Likes It: Joss Whedon Takes On Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing As He Likes It: Joss Whedon Takes On Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing
Shakespeare, comic books — for the Avengers auteur, it's all the same thing.
, May 30, 2013
After completing five months of principal photography on The Avengers, Joss Whedon flew back to Los Angeles and threw himself a welcome-home... More>>
Before Midnight: The Aftermath of a Sunrise and Sunset. Before Midnight: The Aftermath of a Sunrise and Sunset.
Before Midnight's lovers face the darkness.
, May 30, 2013
Ask people about their favorite movies, and the same titles come up regularly — Casablanca, Pulp Fiction, Annie Hall, Citizen Kane. But... More>>
After Earth: Smith Family Robinson After Earth: Smith Family Robinson
The adventure flick pretends it’s not an M. Night Shyamalan film
, May 30, 2013
The surprise twist in the new M. Night Shyamalan film is that the film is directed by M. Night Shyamalan, a fact that the movie—like the... More>>
After Auteur: How M. Night Shyamalan Became Just Another Director After Auteur: How M. Night Shyamalan Became Just Another Director
Quick -- name the new M. Night Shyamalan summer blockbuster.
, May 30, 2013
Wait, you didn’t know that After Earth, the Will Smith–Jaden Smith sci-fi adventure hitting theaters this weekend, is the latest from... More>>
In Omit the Logic, Richard Pryor Crucifies Himself, Again and Again In Omit the Logic, Richard Pryor Crucifies Himself, Again and Again
, May 30, 2013
“Least you got to see a motherfucker crucify himself,” Richard Pryor spits in the most surprising footage director Marina Zenovich... More>>
The Sublime Dumb Play of Fast & Furious 6 Fast & Furious 6
Oh, this is why we have car chases.
, May 23, 2013
There's one key truth that separates the tank-topped gearheads of the Fast and Furious movies from the rest of us. Every problem these lugnuts... More>>
The Hangover Part III: The Heart of Fartness The Hangover Part III
Funny but unlovable, the "wolf pack" returns for round 3.
, May 23, 2013
The unlikeliest of all the Hangover trilogy's comic implausibilities might be its four pampered, rich-boy leads unironically calling themselves... More>>
The Hopefulness of Frances Ha Is Constant. Frances Ha
Here's to Frances Ha, not quite a real person yet.
, May 23, 2013
New York is a cruel and beautiful place, just as 27 is a cruel and beautiful age. In Frances Ha, Greta Gerwig plays a woman who's feeling the... More>>
Cannes: Heli Is Family Drama Set Against Mexico’s Drug Wars Cannes: Heli Is Family Drama Set Against Mexico’s Drug Wars
, May 23, 2013
One of the most exciting things about attending the Cannes Film Festival is being among the first people to see the films the world will be... More>>
A Brief History of the Lens Flares Technique — and the End of Film A Brief History of the Lens Flares Technique — and the End of Film
, May 23, 2013
Daniel Mindel, A.S.C., is part of an ever-shrinking population: cinematographers who have yet to shoot a feature digitally. He acknowledges that... More>>
Cannes Diary: What Are the Women in their Dresses Hoping for? Cannes Diary: What Are the Women in their Dresses Hoping for?
, May 23, 2013
Nearly everyone I know who has seen the official poster for the 66th Cannes Film Festival — a bird’s-eye view of a kiss between a... More>>
Cannes: Not Even the Gifted Emma Watson Can Raise The Bling Ring Cannes: Not Even the Gifted Emma Watson Can Raise The Bling Ring
But I haven’t given up on Sofia Coppola.
, May 23, 2013
The biggest puzzlement of these early days of the festival comes from Sofia Coppola, one of my favorite working directors. Until now, I have... More>>
Cannes: Young & Beautiful Is a Portrait of a 17-Year-Old French Call Girl Cannes: Young & Beautiful Is a Portrait of a 17-Year-Old French Call Girl
, May 23, 2013
François Ozon’s Young & Beautiful, a portrait of a 17-year-old French call girl, is something else again. This is another story... More>>
Cannes: Steven Soderbergh’s Behind the Candelabra is a Delightful Little Curio Cannes: Steven Soderbergh’s Behind the Candelabra is a Delightful Little Curio
, May 23, 2013
Ladies and gentlemen—anyone, really, who cares about his or her mug—step right up. According to a bit of advice proffered in one of... More>>
Cannes: Refn’s Again with Ryan Gosling, but Only God Forgives Isn’t in the Same League as Drive
, May 23, 2013
Expectations here in Cannes were high—or at least semi-high—for Nicolas Winding Refn’s Only God Forgives, in which Kristin... More>>
Cannes: The Coen Brothers’ Inside Llewyn Davis Cannes: The Coen Brothers’ Inside Llewyn Davis
, May 23, 2013
I. First, Something About the Badges (Then We’ll Get to the Coens) Someday I’m going to write a song and call it “Ballad of... More>>
Fast & Furious & Elegant: Justin Lin and the Vulgar Auteurs Fast & Furious & Elegant: Justin Lin and the Vulgar Auteurs
, May 23, 2013
Justin Lin may strike some as out of place in the pantheon of contemporary auteurs. The Taiwanese-born American filmmaker, best known for having... More>>
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