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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>>
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>>
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