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Laggies Gets Adult Loneliness and Cross-Generational Friendship Laggies
The film drifts between charming and off-putting.
, November 06, 2014
It's an unwritten rule that we're supposed to feel most in step with people our own age, as if sharing the same cultural and historical... More>>
It's Conservationists vs. Oil and Militias in the Stunner Virunga Virunga
, November 06, 2014
Here's a question the rest of us are lucky never to have had to think about: How many people does it take to bear away the corpse of a grown... More>>
Citizenfour Captures Urgent, Nerve-Racking History in Progress Citizenfour
A look at Edward Snowden you won't believe you're seeing.
, October 30, 2014
Director Laura Poitras's Citizenfour boasts an hour or so of tense, intimate, world-shaking footage you might not quite believe you're watching.... More>>
Horns Lets Daniel Radcliffe Be Bad, But Not in a Good Way Horns
Religious metaphor strangles the fun from the film.
, October 30, 2014
Alexandre Aja's Horns is the rare YA-ish romance that doesn't make like a guidance counselor and force the characters to shake hands and forgive.... More>>
Nightcrawler's Jake Gyllenhaal Aces Being an Everyday Media Monster Nightcrawler
Film is chilling, but also wickedly funny and strange.
, October 30, 2014
Jake Gyllenhaal, not a particularly bulky guy to begin with, dropped 20 pounds or so to play a Los Angeles misfit who finds his calling as a... More>>
How John Wick Restored My Faith in Violent Movies How John Wick Restored My Faith in Violent Movies
, October 30, 2014
This essay contains a spoiler or two for John Wick. There’s too much violence in movies today -- too much of the wrong kind, though if you... More>>
Frances McDormand Is an Unpredictable Curmudgeon in HBO’s Magnificent Olive Kitteridge Frances McDormand Is an Unpredictable Curmudgeon in HBO’s Magnificent Olive Kitteridge
, October 30, 2014
When we first meet the title character in Olive Kitteridge, she considers the revolver in her hands and looks up at the cloudless sky above the... More>>
As Lit's Biggest Prick, Jason Schwartzman Wears Us Down in Listen Up Philip Listen Up Philip
The writers you hate make for better viewing than the writers you love.
, October 23, 2014
You can't live in New York for more than ten days without meeting some truly dreadful people: couples who fret about having to choose between... More>>
School Colors School Colors
Campus comedy Dear White People braves tough questions of race.
, October 23, 2014
Among its many attributes, Justin Simien's exuberant debut feature, Dear White People, proves that we're not yet living in a "post-racial... More>>
Citizenfour's Laura Poitras Explains Why Edward Snowden Did It Citizenfour's Laura Poitras Explains Why Edward Snowden Did It
...and asks you to consider your relationship with Google.
, October 23, 2014
With the first two documentaries in her post–9-11 trilogy -- My Country, My Country, a portrait of Iraq under American occupation, and The... More>>
The Dark Comes From Us The Dark Comes From Us
Nightcrawler's Jake Gyllenhaal on why we're to blame for tabloid news
, October 23, 2014
Jake Gyllenhaal is used to exhaustion. During his research for the LAPD drama End of Watch, he spent five months patrolling the streets with... More>>
Whiplash Offers a Painful and Joyous Jazz Education Whiplash
Whiplash soars when it focuses on the music.
, October 23, 2014
Jazz isn't dead. Miraculously, there's always a small but steady stream of young people who continue to fall in love with this most dazzling and... More>>
Copy Master Copy Master
Art and Craft’s trickster forger is an American original.
, October 23, 2014
Knocking out the first-rate forgeries that fooled 60 American museums? That was a curiously mundane miracle, something for Mark Landis to do... More>>
As Lit's Biggest Prick, Jason Schwartzman Wears Us Down in Listen Up Philip Listen Up Philip
The writers you hate make for better viewing than the writers you love.
, October 16, 2014
You can't live in New York for more than ten days without meeting some truly dreadful people: couples who fret about having to choose between... More>>
The Tragedy of Gary Webb Stings Even When Kill the Messenger Flags Kill the Messenger
The film, like Webb himself, is a little rumpled.
, October 16, 2014
It was a mystery that reporter Gary Webb would have jumped on: a man who'd made powerful enemies allegedly committing suicide with two gunshots... More>>
Whiplash Offers a Painful and Joyous Jazz Education Whiplash
Whiplash soars when it focuses on the music.
, October 16, 2014
Jazz isn't dead. Miraculously, there's always a small but steady stream of young people who continue to fall in love with this most dazzling and... More>>
WWII Drama Fury Shows the Ugly Part of an Ugly War Fury
Brad Pitt and company roll through hell.
, October 16, 2014
A gloom hangs over writer-director David Ayer's brutal war drama Fury that only the audience can see. It's April 1945, and we know that in weeks... More>>
The Cunning, Cutting Blue Room Leaves You Guessing The Blue Room
Georges Simenon’s ‘64 novel comes to life.
, October 16, 2014
Mathieu Amalric's brisk, agreeably nasty thriller The Blue Room turns on a couple of murders — or does it? — but rather than corpses,... More>>
Bill Murray Plays for Laughs Until St. Vincent Gets Maudlin St. Vincent
Murray goes for the laughs at least for a little bit.
, October 16, 2014
The big news: In its first half, before it bottoms out with the rankest feel-goodery, Theodore Melfi's too-familiar ain't-he-irascible... More>>
St. Vincent
Murray goes for the laughs at least for a little bit.
, October 09, 2014
The big news: In its first half, before it bottoms out with the rankest feel-goodery, Theodore Melfi's too-familiar ain't-he-irascible... More>>
The Cunning, Cutting Blue Room Leaves You Guessing The Blue Room
Georges Simenon’s ‘64 novel comes to life
, October 09, 2014
Mathieu Amalric's brisk, agreeably nasty thriller The Blue Room turns on a couple of murders — or does it? — but rather than corpses,... More>>
Stay Awhile The Guest
Accept the invitation of Adam Wingard’s thriller The Guest.
, October 09, 2014
Adam Wingard's The Guest opens with a wet-eyed woman (Sheila Kelley) sitting so still in a chair in her desert ranch house that all we hear is... More>>
Cinema's Greatest Villain Is Dull and Sad in Dracula Untold Dracula Untold
Vlad gets drained of his hottest blood.
, October 09, 2014
This Dracula Begins-style sword-and-fangs curio plays like someone said, "What if we took a vampire flick but did a find-and-replace swapping out... More>>
Duvall and Downey Jr. Can't Save Wheezing Courtroom Drama The Judge The Judge
The Judge could have used better judgment.
, October 09, 2014
God save us from old coots and the actors who play them. Is that a terrible thing to say? Actors, like the rest of us, grow old, and there aren't... More>>
Shouldn't a Movie Called Drive Hard Be More Mad? Drive Hard
More exploitatish than true exploitation.
, October 09, 2014
First there was The Driver, then there was Drive Angry and then there was Drive. Now there's Drive Hard — because why not? Thomas Jane... More>>
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