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Spoiler Alert John Dies at the End
Whodunit in the thriller John Dies at the End? The '90s.
, February 21, 2013
Kids born in 1992 can buy beer now, and according to the usual timeline of nostalgia, this means that the fetishization of all things '90s is... More>>
River Phoenix's Dark Blood: Not the Epitaph He Deserves. River Phoenix's Dark Blood: Not the Epitaph He Deserves.
, February 21, 2013
When River Phoenix died in October 1993, he was three weeks away from completing his performance in Dark Blood, an $8 million indie film that had... More>>
In Defense of New Girl (Hear Us Out...) In Defense of New Girl (Hear Us Out...)
, February 21, 2013
Depending on your perspective, Zooey Deschanel is either the cutest, funniest, most adorable little retro-kookster on earth, or she's an... More>>
May Induce Queasy Pleasure Side Effects
Side Effects is well worth risking.
, February 14, 2013
If Side Effects, an immensely pleasurable thriller centering around psychotropic drugs, really is Steven Soderbergh's final big-screen film, as... More>>
Melissa McCarthy's Body Horror Identity Thief
Identity Thief's creators fear what audiences love about actress.
, February 14, 2013
Just a week or so after the Pentagon reversed its ban on allowing female soldiers into combat, here's another breakthrough, of a sort: The... More>>
Die Hard, Die Alone Die Hard, Die Alone
When John McClane lost his family, the movieslost much of John McClane
, February 14, 2013
Does anyone care about John McClane anymore? That's not the same as asking if you want to see A Good Day to Die Hard, the fifth in this series of... More>>
Kiarostami in Exile Kiarostami in Exile
The great Iranian director lost a home but gained a planet.
, February 14, 2013
Abbas Kiarostami is preoccupied with my tape recorder. He wonders if it's too far away from where he's sitting. He makes his translator switch... More>>
A Toast to Lena Dunham's Panties A Toast to Lena Dunham's Panties
, February 14, 2013
Internet assholes are always yelling about what Lena Dunham doesn't wear on Girls, but let's talk about something she does. Bros who think... More>>
Berlin Discoveries: Greatness Emerges at the Year's First Major Film Festival Berlin Discoveries: Greatness Emerges at the Year's First Major Film Festival
, February 14, 2013
If Sundance signals the annual launch of American indie cinema's new product line, the 63-year-old Berlin Film Festival (February 7-17) offers... More>>
Stand Up Guys Stand Up Guys
A blow to Al Pacino's Legacy
, February 07, 2013
Please, for his own good, somebody clap Dustin Hoffman into a chastity belt. Based on what Al Pacino suffers in Stand Up Guys, and the identical... More>>
Side Effects and Collaborations Side Effects and Collaborations
Steven Soderbergh and Scott Z. Burns talk partnerships.
, February 07, 2013
"I've been lucky in that I've always worked with writers whose voices are so specific that there really isn't any way to recalibrate things... More>>
Melissa McCarthy Is Not Your Best Friend Anymore Melissa McCarthy Is Not Your Best Friend Anymore
, February 07, 2013
To watch Melissa McCarthy as lovable chef Sookie St. James on seven seasons of the Gilmore Girls was to see an actress perfect the art of playing... More>>
Hansel & Gretel Too Much Candy Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters
Fear a steady diet of movies like Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters.
, January 31, 2013
Steven Spielberg and his jaunty little apologue about the 16th President of the United States aside, it's no longer enough in movies for a... More>>
Oscar's Feast of Appetizers Oscar's Feast of Appetizers
Gorge on this year's Oscar-nominated short films.
, January 31, 2013
There's scant dialogue but plenty of eloquent storytelling in the five animated short films up for a 2013 Oscar, all of which — along with... More>>
Aw, Nuts Aw, Nuts
A brief history of movie characters getting whacked in the balls.
, January 31, 2013
Being a lucky guy, I've only been kicked in the balls once. How did it rate on the comedy scale? Well, it was funnier than a monologue by Chelsea... More>>
Kings of the Stone Age Sound City
Dave Grohl and other rockers toast L.A.'s Sound City.
, January 31, 2013
Here's something you don't get to say too often: It's a shame when Paul McCartney turns up. Before McCartney arrives, rasping, puppy-eyed, and... More>>
Ass Kicking, Plato-Style Ass Kicking, Plato-Style
The great director Walter Hill brings a Bullet (and ideas) to your head.
, January 31, 2013
'It's hard to get these things started," says Walter Hill, the dean of the American action movie, speaking to me from Los Angeles. "Action films... More>>
Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up to Face Monsters Mama
Mama is less scary than a call from Mom.
, January 24, 2013
A chiller about two abandoned little girls and their bond to the wraith of the title, Mama never delivers the primal terror its premise would... More>>
George Stark's Parker George Stark's Parker
Rough guide to a rough guy
, January 24, 2013
In George A. Romero's deeply silly 1993 Stephen King adaptation The Dark Half, Timothy Hutton stars as Thad Beaumont, a writer whose highbrow... More>>
'Girls' Boy Makes Good 'Girls' Boy Makes Good
In movies and TV, Alex Karpovsky is only playing an asshole.
, January 24, 2013
The coffee shop in New York's Union Square might be packed on this cold afternoon, but scanning the crowded bar it's hard to miss Alex Karpovsky... More>>
Park City's Breakouts Park City's Breakouts
The movies to know from Sundance - and the year ahead.
, January 17, 2013
For the next ten days, all Hollywood eyes — and those of many a filmgoer — will turn toward the frigid wilds of Park City, Utah,... More>>
Gangster Squad Gangster Squad
retelling the stories of better movies.
, January 17, 2013
Originally slated to open in September 2012, Gangster Squad was delayed when the movie-theater shooting in Aurora, Colorado, suddenly made a... More>>
The Selling of Schwarzenegger, 2013 The Selling of Schwarzenegger, 2013
Arnold returns - but do we still need him?
, January 17, 2013
We're now a generation removed from Arnold Schwarzenegger's brief, odd reign as the biggest star in movies. This Coppertone age lasted from 1990,... More>>
Promised Land's Hard Sell Promised Land
For Matt Damon and company, the message is the message.
, January 10, 2013
Salesmen are typically depicted in screen drama as the quintessential American phonies. The exceptions — in Barry Levinson's Avalon or Whit... More>>
Darkness on the Edge of Town Darkness on the Edge of Town
The thrilling manhunt of Zero Dark Thirty.
, January 10, 2013
'Just so you know, it's going to take a while," says the CIA officer to his newly arrived colleague at the start of Kathryn Bigelow's Zero Dark... More>>
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