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Looking for David O. Russell in Silver Linings Playbook.
, November 15, 2012
Silver Linings Playbook, which stars Bradley Cooper as a manic-depressive man-child attempting to get his life back together after a breakdown,... More>>
Puppets and Starlets Puppets and Starlets
Sean Baker's latest film goes inside the porn biz.
, November 08, 2012
Sean Baker's Starlet stars Dree Hemingway (Ernest's great-granddaughter) as Jane, a 21-year-old "girl next door" porn performer whose off-hours... More>>
James Bond's License to Feel James Bond's License to Feel
Skyfall is basically Downton Abby with cyber crime and shower sex.
, November 08, 2012
If Hollywood's rut du jour is the origin story as bid for franchise immortality, you can't say that Skyfall — the 23rd "official" James... More>>
James Bond, Out of Time James Bond, Out of Time
Fifty years in, the spy is ever less relevant - and still beloved. Why?
, November 08, 2012
Attention, Eon Productions, Daniel Craig, and Heineken: James Bond is not a beer drinker! Sure, I know. Getting all worked up about the new... More>>
Denzel Washington Sulks, Soars in Flight Flight
, November 01, 2012
The yammering about "Oscar gold" and Denzel Washington's potential three-peat will soon reach a deafening pitch, but such noise can only... More>>
Auteur Goes Amateur The Bay
Barry Levinson's The Bay aspires to YouTube.
, November 01, 2012
Found-footage eco-horror cheapie The Bay — in which a previously harmless waterborne parasite mutates into an unstoppable... More>>
Centuries of Too Muchness Cloud Atlas
Your past lives probably didn't love Cloud Atlas, either.
, October 25, 2012
The trailer for Cloud Atlas, the gargantuan new movie of David Mitchell's 2004 novel that took two Wachowski siblings and Tom Tykwer to adapt,... More>>
Finally, a Treat with Fun Size Fun Size
The teen comedy that's not bad for you.
, October 25, 2012
Gossip Girl and The O.C., the two teen TV shows created in the past decade by 36-year-old Josh Schwartz, are sly bait and switches. Both are... More>>
Starship Wachowski Starship Wachowski
The Cloud Atlas team dares you to leave your pod.
, October 25, 2012
It's a Sunday afternoon in New York, and Tom Tykwer and the filmmakers formerly known as the Wachowski Brothers are talking about Zardoz, that... More>>
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>>
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