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Wachowski Overload Wachowski Overload
Watching All of the Wachowskis' Movies for the Sake of Watching All of the Wachowskis' Movies
, October 25, 2012
At around the four-minute mark of my first viewing of the Cloud Atlas trailer, as the M83 track swelled to its bursting point and a hoverbike... More>>
The Rise of Found-Footage Horror Paranormal Activity 4
Why the new scary movies don't look like movies at all.
, October 18, 2012
This week's Paranormal Activity 4 continues the story of an extended American family whose members own a lot of surveillance cameras, camcorders,... More>>
Carax Express Carax Express
With Holy Motors, the Great Director returns in a rush.
, October 18, 2012
"This film was born out of the rage of not being able to make other projects," Leos Carax says of Holy Motors, an anomaly in the French... More>>
No, This Is How It's Done No, This Is How It's Done
Seven Psychopaths is a great, nasty time at the movies.
, October 11, 2012
Perhaps you've lost faith in movies about amusingly digressive criminals. Maybe you believe it's no longer possible to be pleasurably jolted by... More>>
T for Textbooks T for Textbooks
A new doc explores the Texas Board of Education's fight against science, history.
, October 11, 2012
The Revisionaries director Scott Thurman didn't set out to make a movie about the Texas State Board of Education's attempts to roll back... More>>
Hearts and Minds Hearts and Minds
With Argo, Ben Affleck asks us to love Hollywood again.
, October 11, 2012
Perhaps more than any other male American star of his generation, Ben Affleck understands the narrative advantage of having Hollywood on your... More>>
The Rise of Found-Footage Horror The Rise of Found-Footage Horror
Why the new scary movies don't look like movies at all.
, October 11, 2012
This week's Paranormal Activity 4 continues the story of an extended American family whose members own a lot of surveillance cameras, camcorders,... More>>
Frankenweenie and the Pleasures of Reanimation Frankenweenie
The Tim Burton you like is back.
, October 04, 2012
Ever since Mars Attacks!, Tim Burton has mostly been in the adaptation business, rendering dark and becurlicued Sleepy Hollows, Alice in... More>>
How To Survive A Plague How to Survive a Plague
David France's stirring history of ACT UP.
, October 04, 2012
In his filmmaking debut, journalist David France, who wrote the first story about ACT UP for The Village Voice, assembles a thoroughly reported... More>>
Ava DuVernay and the Future of Black Film Ava DuVernay and the Future of Black Film
A moment becomes a movement.
, October 04, 2012
"Positive characterizations are complex characterizations," says writer-director Ava DuVernay, tucking into a serving of roasted potatoes.... More>>
Waits Variations Waits Variations
Six ways of looking at Tom Waits, character actor.
, October 04, 2012
In Martin McDonagh's Seven Psychopaths, a prune-faced, simian-mouthed sexagenarian sits by the road in an old suit and brown-patterned tie, and... More>>
Hotel Transylvania Hotel Transylvania
A comic Dracula still kills.
, September 27, 2012
Casting a tapered, vase-slender silhouette and speaking in a Transylvanian accent with a touch of Borscht Belt, Hotel Transylvania's de-fanged... More>>
Back to the Good Stuff Looper
Looper makes time travel thrilling again.
, September 27, 2012
Early on in Rian Johnson's time-travel thriller Looper, Joe (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) sits at a diner and chats with his self from 30 years in the... More>>
Caesar's Messiah Caesar's Messiah
Rome invented Jesus, new doc claims.
, September 27, 2012
Those were trying times for Rome. Nero, the last of the Julio-Claudian Caesars and a big spender with a reputedly homicidal temper, was on the... More>>
Hotel Transylvania: Cartoons, Not Animation Hotel Transylvania: Cartoons, Not Animation
With big-studio millions behind him, Genndy Tartakovsky still goes it alone.
, September 27, 2012
"I hate realism," director Genndy Tartakovsky said last week over the phone. "In America especially, we're very narrow-minded as far as animation... More>>
The Master: From the Window to the Wall The Master
You aren't expecting what Paul Thomas Anderson is giving.
, September 20, 2012
There's something startlingly noncommittal about many of the initial reviews of The Master that leaked out following the impromptu screenings... More>>
Trouble With Eastwood Trouble with the Curve
Actor's return is a decidedly slow-pitch affair.
, September 20, 2012
After a nationally televised improv exercise that, for better or worse, offered more unvarnished reality than anything else at this year's... More>>
About About Cherry About About Cherry
Why real sex in real movies never quite works.
, September 20, 2012
The new, semi-gritty indie About Cherry is all about a semi-reluctant slide into the porn industry, and it's also the first mainstream feature... More>>
Dredd 3D: Judge, Jury and [Insert Explosion] Dredd 3D: Judge, Jury and [Insert Explosion]
Dark film is nothing to fear.
, September 20, 2012
Typically, the creators of comic book adaptations assume that ingratiating themselves to anyone unfamiliar with their characters/properties... More>>
Why You Have to See The Master in 70mm Why You Have to See The Master in 70mm
, September 20, 2012
In Los Angeles, when a film is referred to as "70mm," it usually means that the Aero is playing 2001 again. New releases in the format —... More>>
Meet The Monsters of TIFF Meet The Monsters of TIFF
A glimpse of this year's most bracing films.
, September 20, 2012
A critic's report from a film festival like Toronto, where something like 300 features were unveiled from September 6 through 16, can be... More>>
David France on the Plague Years David France on the Plague Years
The history and survival of ACT UP.
, September 20, 2012
"Death wasn't being responded to as a public health problem," David France says. "It was dealt with with sniggers. It was left to religious... More>>
Flogging Nemo Finding Nemo 3D
Pixar's grand fish tale needs no enhancement.
, September 13, 2012
A re-release whose cash-grab intentions are as transparent as the crystal-clear Sydney ocean, Finding Nemo 3-D exists only to relieve parents of... More>>
For a Good Time, See This Sex Comedy For a Good Time, Call...
Here’s the great phone sex comedy the world needs now.
, September 06, 2012
Remember way back when Bridesmaids was released, and Manohla Dargis referred to it as "unexpectedly funny"? It's amazing what still survives the... More>>
Paul W.S. Anderson's Fun, Frenetic Filmmaking Paul W.S. Anderson's Fun, Frenetic Filmmaking
Resident Evil: Retribution director is now an industry titan.
, September 06, 2012
The big movie event of September will be the anticipated latest from a certain filmmaker who signs his films with the surname Anderson and a pair... More>>
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