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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>>
Star Trek Heads into Darkness and Familiar Territory Star Trek Into Darkness
Throwing canon to the wind in the follow-up to the 2009 reboot.
, May 16, 2013
'Who are you?" pleads a doomed man as Benedict Cumberbatch looms into his first close-up in Star Trek Into Darkness. The answer is Khan. And... More>>
The Great Gatsby The Great Gatsby
Gatsby's sometimes great, but not always good.
, May 09, 2013
There's a scene in Baz Luhrmann's The Great Gatsby in which Leonardo DiCaprio's hyperrich, super-awkward Jay Gatsby takes it upon himself to... More>>
Assault on Wall Street Assault on Wall Street
Uwe Boll's solution to the crash? Bloodshed.
, May 09, 2013
Uwe Boll's rep is on the upswing, but, really, what other direction could it go? The consensus choice for the world's worst professional director... More>>
R.I.P., Ray Harryhausen, Master of the Handmade Fantasy R.I.P., Ray Harryhausen, Master of the Handmade Fantasy
, May 09, 2013
In the course of reviewing movies in the early 2000s, just as computer-generated special effects were becoming radically sophisticated and were... More>>
Rashomom Stories We Tell
Sarah Polley gets to know all the women her mother is.
, May 09, 2013
Jean-Luc Godard said, "All you need for a movie is a girl and a gun." But really, all you need is a girl, preferably a charismatic one with a... More>>
Hollywood: Enough with the Father-Son Dramas, Already! Hollywood: Enough with the Father-Son Dramas, Already!
, May 09, 2013
In his new film, the social drama At Any Price, director and co-writer Ramin Bahrani examines how the transformation of food into intellectual... More>>
What Gatsby Gets Wrong: Ten Ways the New Movie Will Trip Up the Lazy Students of Tomorrow What Gatsby Gets Wrong: Ten Ways the New Movie Will Trip Up the Lazy Students of Tomorrow , May 09, 2013
The only thing we English teachers hate more than SparkNotes is a high-quality, mostly faithful movie version of a book. Why would a student slog... More>>
Iron Man 3: Iron Deficiency Iron Man 3: Iron Deficiency
It's shtick and explosions for the great Robert Downey, Jr.
, May 02, 2013
Where has Robert Downey Jr. gone? There's no doubt he's the star of Iron Man 3; he sprints through the picture like a neurotic panther. And yet... More>>
Travis Bickle and Annie Hall Deserve Better Travis Bickle and Annie Hall Deserve Better
The Big Wedding is vile, racists and embarrassing.
, May 02, 2013
When Michael Haneke's sobering end-of-life drama Amour premiered at Cannes last May, many critics reflected on the presence of a shared cultural... More>>
Fear of a Shane Black Planet: The Iron Man 3 Auteur's Career, Reconsidered Fear of a Shane Black Planet: The Iron Man 3 Auteur's Career, Reconsidered
, May 02, 2013
Iron Man 3 opens this week. For some viewers the film's appeal isn't the eponymous superhero, but the sarcastic-yet-sensitive hero behind the... More>>
Ramin Bahrani: Expand or Die Ramin Bahrani: Expand or Die
For At Any Price director Ramin Bahrani, bigger films demand bigger targets.
, May 02, 2013
Responding to the uproar earlier this month over the passage — and President Obama's signage — of the so-called "Monsanto Protection... More>>
What Is a Movie Critic's Job in the Summer of Comic Books? A Discussion What Is a Movie Critic's Job in the Summer of Comic Books? A Discussion
, May 02, 2013
Stephanie Zacharek is the new chief film critic at the Village Voice. Alan Scherstuhl is the Voice's film editor. Sometimes they gab about how... More>>
Pain & Gain: American Idiots Pain & Gain
Michael Bay injects potent absurdity into the unbelievable true story of Pain & Gain.
, April 25, 2013
Daniel Lugo (Mark Wahlberg) believes life has cheated him. Doesn't America promise riches and luxury to people who deserve it? He's worked hard... More>>
Mud: Killer Matthew Mud
McConaughey is great again, in Mud.
, April 25, 2013
Has anyone ever been so perfectly cast as Matthew McConaughey in Dazed and Confused? Sculpted entirely of charisma and cheekbones yet still... More>>
Mad Men: Five Academic Theories Explaining Life at SCDP Mad Men: Five Academic Theories Explaining Life at SCDP
, April 25, 2013
Just as Mad Men charms its viewers by using sex, drugs, snappy banter and pretty people to make heavy topics (sexism, racism, dreams diffused)... More>>
Tom Cruise Can Still Be Great — Why Aren’t His Movies? Tom Cruise Can Still Be Great — Why Aren’t His Movies?
, April 25, 2013
Though he’s long been among the most recognizable celebrities in the world, Tom Cruise has always seemed vaguely irritating, like the... More>>
Watching The Client List with a Real Sex Worker Watching The Client List with a Real Sex Worker
, April 25, 2013
In The Client List, Lifetime’s pseudo-steamy take on the world of sensual massage, Jennifer Love Hewitt plays a struggling housewife who... More>>
Oblivion: A Boy and His Drone Oblivion
Tom Cruise's Oblivion is grand until it's not.
, April 18, 2013
The good news: Here's a lavish, serious science-fiction picture, one that on occasion transcends big-budget hit-making convention to glance... More>>
To the Wonder: Spinning in Place To the Wonder
Terrence Malick's gorgeous, ridiculous Wonder.
, April 18, 2013
I have rarely enjoyed watching Terrence Malick's movies. But I really wouldn't want to be him. When you're a reclusive perfectionist who has made... More>>
Django Unchained: The Most Moving Scene Quentin Tarantino Has Yet Filmed Django Unchained: The Most Moving Scene Quentin Tarantino Has Yet Filmed
Django is Like “Accidental Racist,” Except Not Godawful.
, April 18, 2013
Half a year later, now on Blu-ray and DVD, Django Unchained is still kicking up shit, this time via cross-media trickle-down. TV’s LL... More>>
How to Spot Hollywood’s Nonthreatening Black Man (NTBM) How to Spot Hollywood’s Nonthreatening Black Man (NTBM)
, April 18, 2013
Last week, America received two embarrassing reminders of its doting but asexual love for the Nonthreatening Black Man (NTBM). First,... More>>
Seven Depressing Things About Scary Movie V That Have Almost Nothing to Do with the Movie Itself Seven Depressing Things About Scary Movie V That Have Almost Nothing to Do with the Movie Itself
, April 18, 2013
Picking up a mere seven years after the previous installment, Scary Movie V features no original cast members, no Wayans brothers producing (they... More>>
The Devil’s Auteur: Rob Zombie Faces His Fans — and His Art The Devil’s Auteur: Rob Zombie Faces His Fans — and His Art
, April 18, 2013
After working a packed auditorium into a frenzy at last September’s premiere of Lords of Salem at the Toronto International Film Festival,... More>>
42: The Brooklyn Museum 42
42 almost makes a flesh-and-blood man of its hero.
, April 11, 2013
A likable hagiography as nuanced as a plaque at the Cooperstown Hall of Fame, Brian Helgeland's Jackie Robinson bio 42 finds a politic solution... More>>
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