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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>>
Paul Thomas Anderson, The Master's Master Paul Thomas Anderson, The Master's Master
Talking 70mm, Joaquin Phoenix, and researching Scientology for his sixth and most anticipated film
, September 06, 2012
"I've made six movies, and I feel like I'm only just finally figuring out how this business fucking works," Paul Thomas Anderson says on an... More>>
Hillbillies vs. Peacocks in Lawless Lawless
Looks trump plot in prohibition drama
, August 30, 2012
Screening the history of bootlegging in urban America led to the invention of a genre — the gangster film — but moviegoers have seen... More>>
Indiana Jones and the Perils of Humanistic Decency Indiana Jones and the Perils of Humanistic Decency
Still joyously disreputable, Raiders comes to IMAX.
, August 30, 2012
The story goes that while filming in Tunisia in the summer of 1980, Steven Spielberg avoided the dysentery that afflicted most of the cast and... More>>
Hit & Run Hit & Run
A '70s car-chase flick for the Utne Reader set.
, August 23, 2012
Hit & Run, a new action comedy engineered by faintly Muppety co-­director/writer/star Dax Shepard, is as much about running mouths as running... More>>
Action Movies Don't Have to Suck Action Movies Don't Have to Suck
A lament for lost carnage - and coherence.
, August 23, 2012
Remember how action movies used to be? The good old-fashioned American (but often European-accented) ones from the '80s and '90s, the type paid... More>>
Marjane Satrapi: There Is No "Clash of Cultures" Marjane Satrapi: There Is No "Clash of Cultures"
Graphic novelist on east, west and how all stories are autobiography.
, August 23, 2012
"I have always been against this idea of the 'clash of cultures,'" Marjane Satrapi says. "It's the biggest piece of bullshit I've ever... More>>
New York Vacation 2 Days in New York
Julie Delpy brings the Paris gang to the city.
, August 23, 2012
Calling back many of the same characters and more than a few of the same jokes, 2 Days in New York, Julie Delpy's fourth film as writer-director,... More>>
David Koepp at the End of Civilization David Koepp at the End of Civilization
The writer/director on filming in NYC, George Romero and saying no to bad script notes.
, August 23, 2012
David Koepp writes, and now directs, superior B-movies. This is an admirable and tough-to-master skill given how few major movie studios are... More>>
Celeste and Jesse Forever Celeste and Jesse Forever
Rom-com too scattered to transcend its genre.
, August 16, 2012
In Celeste and Jesse Forever, the titular, newly-separated female protagonist's un-flamboyant queer co-worker (Elijah Wood) tells her "it's time... More>>
Julie Delpy Rocks New York Julie Delpy Rocks New York
Always more than an ingenue, she's taking on everything that's wrong with movies - and she's bringing Chris Rock.
, August 09, 2012
"My son is sick right now, covered in zits. It's not contagious — I mean, it's contagious, but don't worry: Grown-ups don't catch it. It's... More>>
The Old, Good Total Recall The Old, Good Total Recall
, August 09, 2012
Just because it made loads of money, stars Arnold Schwarzenegger, and features a three-titted mutant doesn't mean Total Recall isn't ruggedly... More>>
Whitney Houston, Actress Whitney Houston, Actress
Surveying the great diva's checkered film career.
, August 09, 2012
In anticipation of the remake of the 1976 girl-group melodrama I (which didn't screen in time for our deadline) — Whitney Houston's... More>>
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