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Paramount Turns 100 Paramount Celebrates the 1970s
On Its Centennial, Paramount Pictures Celebrates Its Peak: The 1970s
, June 07, 2012
It's a warm spring evening on the Paramount Pictures lot in Hollywood, and the crowd jostling for hors d'oeuvres in the lobby of the Paramount... More>>
Subverting the Rom-Com Safety Not Guaranteed|Lola Versus
In Safety Not Guaranteed and Lola Versus, love doesn't mean an insult to the audience's intelligence.
, June 07, 2012
With her high cheekbones, feline brown eyes, and heart-shaped mouth, actress Aubrey Plaza is bombshell hot. But in an unusual twist for a... More>>
Oslo, August 31st Oslo, August 31st
An addict revisits the people he has hurt and his own demons.
, June 07, 2012
In just two feature films, writer/director Joachim Trier has proven to be unparalleled in exposing the foibles and delusions of all the sad young... More>>
Prometheus Prometheus
It boasts impressive horror, but its ideas? Not so much.
, June 07, 2012
Arriving in theaters on the back of a portentous ad campaign, Ridley Scott's Prometheus assumes the air of something more than a summer movie, a... More>>
Snow White and the Huntsman Snow White and the Huntsman
The latest Snow White is a tale overtold.
, May 31, 2012
If ever there were a perfect example of pure, fresh, classical simplicity unnecessarily trodden under with complications, it is Snow White and... More>>
Men in Black Goes Back in Time Men in Black 3
, May 24, 2012
Can any one of the millions of Americans who saw Men in Black 2 in 2002 describe its plot today? A single scene? I saw both MIB movies upon their... More>>
2012 Summer Guide: Summer Movie Preview 2012 Summer Guide: Summer Movie Preview
, May 24, 2012
In a movie season worshipped for its CGI-boosted, spiritually bankrupt juvenilia, it's heartening to know that filmmakers still create —... More>>
Sacha Baron Cohen's The Dictator Sacha Baron Cohen's The Dictator
More culture-clash yuks than comedy revolution.
, May 17, 2012
In his third collaboration with director Larry Charles, Sacha Baron Cohen plays Admiral General Aladeen, the young, dumb dictator of fictional... More>>
What to Expect When You're Expecting What to Expect When You're Expecting
The narrow world view of the parent trap.
, May 17, 2012
Even though it doesn't have a story, characters, or setting, Heidi Murkoff's mega-bestselling, 28-year-old pregnancy manual, What to Expect When... More>>
Battleship Battleship
Because every generation needs an Armageddon.
, May 17, 2012
Every once in a while, a movie comes along that's so utterly shameless that it achieves a certain grandeur. Peter Berg's Battleship, which I... More>>
Morgan Spurlock's Mansome Morgan Spurlock's Mansome
A trivial investigation of gender.
, May 17, 2012
"I think that men are having an identity crisis, but they don't really know it." So says "biological anthropologist" Helen Fisher, speaking in... More>>
Tim Burton's Dark Shadows Dark Shadows
Johnny Depp plays a vampire family-man
, May 10, 2012
A significant portion of Tim Burton's output over the past decade has been concerned with slipping the "Burton treatment" to susceptible texts:... More>>
Things Go Boom in Avengers Marvel's The Avengers
Superheroes bump superegos in Joss Whedon's all-star film.
, May 03, 2012
At the start of Joss Whedon's long-awaited Marvel superhero supergroup flick, The Avengers, the Tesseract — a powerful, potentially... More>>
Bernie Bernie
Murder in a Small Town
, April 26, 2012
Richard Linklater's Bernie is the rarest of rarities: a truly unexpected film. It might be classified as a black comedy, for it deals with the... More>>
Michigan Is Not for Lovers The Five-Year Engagement
A couple struggles with weather, relationship in The Five-Year Engagement.
, April 26, 2012
There is exactly one unexpected moment in the otherwise drearily predictable The Five-Year Engagement that, though little more than a throwaway... More>>
No Sparks The Lucky One
The chemistry fizzles in Notebook-lite The Lucky One.
, April 19, 2012
It's Nicholas Sparks's world; we just live in it. Sparks, in case you haven't scanned the paperback racks lately, is the former pharmaceutical... More>>
Things Are Looking Up Damsels in Distress
Whit Stillman returns with the toe-tapping college-girl fantasy Damsels in Distress.
, April 19, 2012
Back with his first film in 14 years, Whit Stillman still operates in a world of his own. It's true both in respect to the singularity of his... More>>
The Problem with Romance The Deep Blue Sea
Lovers try to stay above water in The Deep Blue Sea.
, April 19, 2012
The Deep Blue Sea, the first fiction feature in a dozen years from the visionary British director Terence Davies, is a film about love that in no... More>>
Your Clever Is Showing The Cabin in the Woods
Built to impress, Cabin in the Woods can't see the forest for the trees.
, April 12, 2012
At the end of The Cabin in the Woods, the world is destroyed by an apocalyptic hand of fate — an actual hand, mind you — yet that is... More>>
I Love the '90s: Titanic 3D Titanic 3D
The shelf life of Clinton-era nostalgia is tested.
, April 05, 2012
A historical romance with a then-unheard-of price tag, James Cameron's 1997 Titanic was the nearest thing to a Gone with the Wind-style cinematic... More>>
I Love the '90s: American Reunion American Reunion
The shelf life of Clinton-era nostalgia is tested.
, April 05, 2012
Another defining coming-of-age love story of the Clinton era, 1999's American Pie, has expanded into a saga far more epic — and rather more... More>>
God Only Knows Footnote
Father and son Talmudic scholars grapple with each other and the truth in Footnote.
, March 29, 2012
In the first scene of Israel's Best Foreign Language Oscar nominee, Footnote, Uriel Shkolnik (Lior Ashkenazi) — a fortysomething Talmudic... More>>
Floor-to-Floor Combat The Raid
Cops versus thugs in high-powered high-rise fight flick The Raid.
, March 29, 2012
Lean, fast-moving, and filled with game-changing fight sequences that have a brutally beautiful (or beautifully brutal) quality, Gareth Evans's... More>>
North America's Next Top Killer The Hunger Games
The Hunger Games rages against our stupid culture, and becomes part of the problem.
, March 22, 2012
"If no one watches, then they don't have a game," a teenager says in this faithful if cautious adaptation of the first volume of Suzanne... More>>
Fathers & Sons in Suck City Being Flynn
Being Flynn can't stop telling us exactly what to feel.
, March 22, 2012
Written and directed by Paul Weitz, Being Flynn is an adaptation of Nick Flynn's 2004 memoir Another Bullshit Night in Suck City, which explored... More>>
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