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Park City's Breakouts Park City's Breakouts
The movies to know from Sundance - and the year ahead.
, January 17, 2013
For the next ten days, all Hollywood eyes — and those of many a filmgoer — will turn toward the frigid wilds of Park City, Utah,... More>>
Gangster Squad Gangster Squad
retelling the stories of better movies.
, January 17, 2013
Originally slated to open in September 2012, Gangster Squad was delayed when the movie-theater shooting in Aurora, Colorado, suddenly made a... More>>
The Selling of Schwarzenegger, 2013 The Selling of Schwarzenegger, 2013
Arnold returns - but do we still need him?
, January 17, 2013
We're now a generation removed from Arnold Schwarzenegger's brief, odd reign as the biggest star in movies. This Coppertone age lasted from 1990,... More>>
Promised Land's Hard Sell Promised Land
For Matt Damon and company, the message is the message.
, January 10, 2013
Salesmen are typically depicted in screen drama as the quintessential American phonies. The exceptions — in Barry Levinson's Avalon or Whit... More>>
Darkness on the Edge of Town Darkness on the Edge of Town
The thrilling manhunt of Zero Dark Thirty.
, January 10, 2013
'Just so you know, it's going to take a while," says the CIA officer to his newly arrived colleague at the start of Kathryn Bigelow's Zero Dark... More>>
Godzilla and Flowers Godzilla and Flowers
The films of Kim Jong Il
, January 10, 2013
When he died in December 2011, Kim Jong Il left behind more than a dynastic regime and a closet full of drab pantsuits. Jong Il, who ruled the... More>>
Team Kerouac Team Kerouac
Kristen Stewart and Garrett Hedlund chat about the film version of On the Road.
, January 03, 2013
There's traffic from Silver Lake. That's why Kristen Stewart and Garrett Hedlund, the stars of On the Road, are late to the Benedict Room of the... More>>
L.A.'s Finest L.A.'s Finest
Gangster Squad's cop-turned-screenwriter faces the thin blue line edit.
, January 03, 2013
"Like a lot of other stuff in my life, I sort of fell backwards into it," screenwriter Will Beall says of his unexpected perch atop Hollywood's... More>>
Defending Tarantino Defending Tarantino
What critics who attack the director's borrowings miss.
, January 03, 2013
Ah, here it is again: that special time we experience every two to six years when Quentin Tarantino makes a new movie, and people dig out the old... More>>
10 Movies to Watch in 2013 10 Movies to Watch in 2013
In theaters, on demand or wherever.
, December 27, 2012
Most of the blathering this year about the death of film and film culture has already evaporated from the mind, like so much inert gas. But one... More>>
Les Misérables Les Miserables
The follies of 1832
, December 27, 2012
You can hear the people sing — really hear them — in the long-gestating screen version of that Broadway juggernaut Les... More>>
Tabu Tabu
Miguel Gomes offers more.
, December 27, 2012
Perhaps in response to bombastic mainstream Hollywood, international auteurs often veer toward minimalism — quieter emotions, slower... More>>
A History of Violence Django Unchained
Django Unchained upends the western — and America's original sin.
, December 27, 2012
Watching Django Unchained, it's easy to imagine that Quentin Tarantino had such a blast making his last picture, the ebullient Holocaust fantasia... More>>
Films of 2012: The Ultimate Review Films of 2012: The Ultimate Review
Quentin Tarantino emerges from a chaotic couple of years with his most ambitious film to date, Django Unchained. Will the academy really, really like it?
, December 20, 2012
Quentin Tarantino has been Googling himself, and it's starting to become a problem. The filmmaker, whose eighth feature, Django Unchained, opens... More>>
Films of 2012: Ten Best Films of 2012 Films of 2012: Ten Best Films of 2012
Just because you live in Houston doesn't mean you can't see all these films.
, December 20, 2012
It's the most wonderful time of the year. No, not Christmas/Hanukkah/Festivus, but Top 10 list time, when a year's worth of cinematic output is... More>>
Films of 2012: Getting Better and Better Films of 2012: Getting Better and Better
The end of cinema? Hardly.
, December 20, 2012
More than ever, boiling this concluding year down to the 10 "best" movies feels both arbitrary and reductive. Ideally, I'd have 25 unnumbered... More>>
This Is 40 This Is 40
Like marriage, film is long, aimless and worth it.
, December 20, 2012
Sadly, country songwriters stand as nearly the only entertainers in our popular culture who craft memorable art on the subject of marriage, the... More>>
The 2012 Village Voice Film Critic's Poll The 2012 Village Voice Film Critic's Poll
Movies are alive in the Age of McConaughey.
, December 20, 2012
Squeaking by with an Obama-size victory margin, Paul Thomas Anderson's thrillingly strange The Master tops this year's Voice Film Critics' Poll,... More>>
Tom Cruise Reaches Tom Cruise Reaches
As the strapping Jack Reacher, the star scores.
, December 20, 2012
In his 2005 novel One Shot, writer Lee Child lays out nine rules for surviving a five-against-one alley fight, a challenge his hero, the ex-Army... More>>
Modern Prematurity Modern Prematurity
Seth Rogan takes his Centrum Silver in Guilt Trip
, December 20, 2012
Once comic actors reach a particular career stage, they often choose one of two paths: A) They stop being funny and start being all Hallmark... More>>
On His Majesty’s Secret Service On His Majesty’s Secret Service
In Hyde Park on Hudson, it’s patriotic to pleasure a president.
, December 20, 2012
It's dispiriting that a film about the romantic life of Franklin D. Roosevelt, who cultivated a small coterie of mistresses, should exhibit so... More>>
Slouching Toward Erebor Slouching Toward Erebor
The Hobbit gets neither there nor back again.
, December 13, 2012
Welcome back to Middle-Earth. It has been nearly a decade since writer-director Peter Jackson last set foot on J.R.R. Tolkien's hallowed ground,... More>>
David Chase Achieves His Rock-'n'-Roll Dreams David Chase Achieves His Rock-'n'-Roll Dreams
, December 13, 2012
David Chase looks like he wants to whack somebody. Not just anybody, mind you, but the middle-age guy with the bad dye job a few tables away from... More>>
The Trouble with Hitchcock Hitchcock
Shouldn't the making of Psycho be more interesting?
, December 06, 2012
Early in Hitchcock, Alfred Hitchcock (played by Sir Anthony Hopkins with a sack of fat connecting chin to neck) walks the red carpet at the... More>>
The Best Action Director Working Today The Best Action Director Working Today
John Hyams is dedicated to the abstract and the ass-kicking.
, November 29, 2012
If David Cronenberg and Luc Besson had a mutant baby, it still wouldn't be able to make a movie quite as hypnotically badass as Universal... More>>
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