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WWII Drama Fury Shows the Ugly Part of an Ugly War Fury
, October 09, 2014
A gloom hangs over writer-director David Ayer's brutal war drama Fury that only the audience can see. It's April 1945, and we know that in weeks... More>>
Ebullient Pride Pairs Miners and Gay Activists in '80s Wales Pride
It's easy to find fault with Pride, but it's not so easy to resist it.
, October 09, 2014
It says something about current global affairs that a movie set during the U.K. miners' strike of the mid-1980s — an event that tore lives... More>>
Gone Girl Is Smartly Crafted, Well Acted - and a Bit Too Slick Gone Girl
Film is never truly disturbing or disturbingly funny.
, October 02, 2014
Everything about Gone Girl, David Fincher's adaptation of Gillian Flynn's enormously popular 2012 thriller about a deteriorating marriage and a... More>>
Left Behind Is Sinfully Boring Left Behind
, October 02, 2014
Every child who's thrown a tantrum, packed a bag and plotted to run away has shivered with the same vengeful thought: I wish I could see how sad... More>>
Demonic Doll Movie Annabelle Is Surprisingly Unnerving Annabelle
, October 02, 2014
Annabelle, an effective prequel to horror pastiche The Conjuring, surpasses its predecessor simply by virtue of occasionally being scary. Both... More>>
André Benjamin Is Hendrix, but the Women Make Jimi. Jimi: All Is By My Side
You'll learn more about the ladies than you will about his genius.
, October 02, 2014
'Groupie" has come to be an ugly word, a misogynist dig that's used all too casually by men and women alike. A groupie is a woman who doesn't... More>>
New Doc Nas: Time Is Illmatic Looks Back at One of the Greatest Hip-Hop Albums Nas: Time Is Illmatic
Go deep with one of rap's greatest lyricists.
, October 02, 2014
One rhyme in particular crystallizes the genius of Nas's 1994 classic Illmatic. It comes in the song "One Love," which takes the form of a letter... More>>
Cinema’s Greatest Villain Is Dull and Sad in Dracula Untold Dracula Untold
Vlad gets drained of his hottest blood.
, October 02, 2014
This Dracula Begins-style sword-and-fangs curio plays like someone said, "What if we took a vampire flick but did a find-and-replace swapping out... More>>
Duvall and Downey Jr. Can’t Save Wheezing Courtroom Drama The Judge The Judge
The Judge could have used better judgment.
, October 02, 2014
God save us from old coots and the actors who play them. Is that a terrible thing to say? Actors, like the rest of us, grow old, and there aren't... More>>
Shouldn’t a Movie Called Drive Hard Be More Mad? Drive Hard
More exploitish than true exploitation.
, October 02, 2014
First there was The Driver, then there was Drive Angry and then there was Drive. Now there's Drive Hard — because why not? Thomas Jane... More>>
Jason Reitman’s Men, Women and Children Despairs at Our Wi-Fi World Men, Women & Children
So earnest your kneejerk action may be to recoil.
, October 02, 2014
The tragedy of Jason Reitman's Men, Women & Children is that it was released the year it was made. A snapshot of today's cultural disconnection,... More>>
The Tragedy of Gary Webb Stings Even When Kill the Messenger Flags Kill the Messenger
The film, like Webb himself, is a little rumpled.
, October 02, 2014
It was a mystery that reporter Gary Webb would have jumped on: a man who'd made powerful enemies allegedly committing suicide with two gunshots... More>>
Ebullient Pride Pairs Miners and Gay Activists in ‘80’s Wales Pride
It’s easy to find fault with Pride, but it’s not so easy to resist it.
, October 02, 2014
It says something about current global affairs that a movie set during the U.K. miners' strike of the mid-1980s — an event that tore lives... More>>
Nice Guy Denzel Kills in the Cartoonish Equalizer The Equalizer
Washington's latest is gloriously dumb and hilariously violent.
, September 25, 2014
Before its regular-joe hero gets bitten by a radioactive equation and becomes the Equalizer, who's sort of the Rain Man of puncturing Russian... More>>
Gone Girl is Smartly Crafted, Well Acted - and a Bit Too Slick Gone Girl is Smartly Crafted, Well Acted - and a Bit Too Slick
Film is never truly disturbing or distrubingly funny.
, September 25, 2014
Everything about Gone Girl, David Fincher's adaptation of Gillian Flynn's enormously popular 2012 thriller about a deteriorating marriage and a... More>>
Grub-Eating Boxtrolls Thrive in Moral Grayness The Boxtrolls
A kiddie charmer that makes you laugh, cower and think of Hitler.
, September 25, 2014
The Boxtrolls is a kiddie charmer that makes you laugh, cower and think of Hitler. That's an unusual trifecta, but then again, this is an unusual... More>>
André Benjamin is Hendrix, but the women make Jimi. André Benjamin is Hendrix, but the women make Jimi.
You'll learn more about the ladies than you will about his genius.
, September 25, 2014
'Groupie" has come to be an ugly word, a misogynist dig that's used all too casually by men and women alike. A groupie is a woman who doesn't... More>>
3D Printing Doc Print the Legend Shows That Yes, You Will Be Able to Print a Gun Print the Legend
, September 25, 2014
In 2010, The Social Network fictionalized the dramatic building-up and falling-out around Facebook's founding. Four years later, the documentary... More>>
Nas: Time is Illmatic looks Back at One of the Greatest Hip-Hop Albums Nas: Time is Illmatic looks Back at One of the Greatest Hip-Hop Albums
Go deep with one of Rap's greatest lyricist
, September 25, 2014
One rhyme in particular crystallizes the genius of Nas's 1994 classic Illmatic. It comes in the song "One Love," which takes the form of a letter... More>>
Find Your Smile, Again Find Your Smile, Again
Hector’s Simon Pegg gets the Mitty treatment.
, September 25, 2014
Simon Pegg has always been more like a cartoon than a real boy. He's one part Charlie Brown to two parts Tintin, a round-faced runt who can... More>>
Golden Years Golden Years
David Bowie Is lovingly brings the Starman to Earth
, September 25, 2014
It's the kind of forward-thinking experience David Bowie himself might have predicted. Just for one day, on silver screens across the country, a... More>>
Nick Cave's New Movie Doesn't Quite Reveal the Man Behind the Myth — and That's a Good Thing Nick Cave's New Movie Doesn't Quite Reveal the Man Behind the Myth — and That's a Good Thing
, September 25, 2014
In one Nick Cave song, a pedophiliac outlaw caps a murder spree by killing the devil himself. In another, the narrator muses on Miley Cyrus while... More>>
Nice Guy Denzel Kills in the Cartoonish Equalizer The Equalizer
Washington's latest is gloriously dumb and hilariously violent.
, September 18, 2014
Before its regular-joe hero gets bitten by a radioactive equation and becomes the Equalizer, who's sort of the Rain Man of puncturing Russian... More>>
A Chopped-Up Eleanor Rigby Suffers a Fate Worse Than Loneliness The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Them
, September 18, 2014
In two minutes, the Beatles captured the empty life of sad singleton Eleanor Rigby. Director Ned Benson is devoting three films to her namesake... More>>
Grub-eating Boxtrolls Thrive in Moral Grayness The Boxtrolls
A kiddie charmer that makes you laugh, cower and think of Hitler.
, September 18, 2014
The Boxtrolls is a kiddie charmer that makes you laugh, cower and think of Hitler. That's an unusual trifecta, but then again, this is an unusual... More>>
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