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The Rover Is More About Mood and Machines than Meaning The Rover
Pattinson and Pearce battle through The Rover.
, June 26, 2014
The Rover, Australian filmmaker David Michôd's follow-up to the brutish family drama Animal Kingdom, is a post-apocalyptic western from the... More>>
Winsome, Lose Some Begin Again
Begin Again won’t let Mark Ruffalo play a person.
, June 26, 2014
Mark Ruffalo's great gift, besides those scruffy good looks and that prickish, hungover charisma, is capturing the essence of the guy who's... More>>
Transformers: Age of Extinction: At Least the Product Placement Is Interesting Transformers: Age of Extinction
, June 26, 2014
Believe it or not, during Transformers: Age of Extinction, Michael Bay’s fourth rattling of the toy box, I felt one moment of near... More>>
E.T. Update Earth to Echo Makes Everything a Device E.T. Update Earth to Echo Makes Everything a Device
At least the alien feels at home in this digital world.
, June 26, 2014
Earth to Echo is a slender kiddie flick about a quartet of preteens and their palm-size alien pal that's at once bland, well-intentioned and... More>>
Fifty Years on, A Hard Day's Night Is Still Revelatory. Fifty Years on, A Hard Day's Night Is Still Revelatory.
A look at the eternal freshness of the film.
, June 26, 2014
Let's get the obvious over with: The early days of the Beatles, as reflected in Richard Lester's ebullient shout of freedom A Hard Day's Night,... More>>
Clint Eastwood's Jersey Boys Walk Like Jersey Men Jersey Boys
Get ready for a parade of expertly staged moments.
, June 19, 2014
If you think summer movies are clamorous, try a current Broadway musical. Watching Jersey Boys onstage is like soldiering through some extreme... More>>
Roman Polanski's Venus in Fur Is a Wicked Power Play. Venus in Fur
Polanski's light touch makes this more fun than it promises.
, June 19, 2014
Plays adapted into movies always feel naked by the time they make it to the screen, their theatrical bones showing through in a most awkward and... More>>
Bring It Undead Bring It Undead
All Cheerleaders Die is almost as good as its title
, June 19, 2014
You could call it Bring It On meets The Craft and stop right there with considerable accuracy. But why would you, when All Cheerleaders Die... More>>
They Came Together Punts the Bromantic Comedy Out the Window They Came Together Punts the Bromantic Comedy Out the Window
America's sweethearts hilariously trash the rom-com.
, June 19, 2014
Romances are Hollywood's most anxiety-inducing fantasy. Like superhero flicks or horror films, they exist in a phony world of big scenes and... More>>
Not Even Chris Evans and Tilda Swinton Can Keep Snowpiercer on the Rails Not Even Chris Evans and Tilda Swinton Can Keep Snowpiercer on the Rails
After the crash, grim Snowpiercer and its trains keep grinding along.
, June 19, 2014
It's kind of happy-sad, like watching a kid you knew as a toddler graduate from high school: Chris Evans, seemingly destined to be a boy forever,... More>>
The Death of the Star Wars Universe The Death of the Star Wars Universe
Why Millions of Fans Have Felt a Great Disturbance in the Forc
, June 19, 2014
Recently, Star Wars fans, along with much of the planet's pop-culture collective, nearly ruptured the internet in their enthusiasm to share... More>>
Think Like a Man Too thinks like too many other movies Think Like a Man Too thinks like too many other movies
This sequal is as bland and anonymous in practice as it sounds on paper
, June 19, 2014
Comedies about the battle of the sexes tend to have one clear loser: the audience. Driven by an oppositional view of romance that proved outmoded... More>>
Obvious Child: The Finally Made an Abortion Comedy - and it's Good Obvious Child: The Finally Made an Abortion Comedy - and it's Good
A film perfect for those who want more honesty in fiction.
, June 19, 2014
For all the Fox News fear-mongering that Hollywood is out to indoctrinate us with liberal values, when it comes to pregnancy, the movies have for... More>>
The Rover is More About Mood and Machines than Meaning The Rover is More About Mood and Machines than Meaning
Pattinson and Pearce battle through The Rover.
, June 19, 2014
The Rover, Australian filmmaker David Michôd's follow-up to the brutish family drama Animal Kingdom, is a post-apocalyptic western from the... More>>
22 Jump Street Would Have Been Fine Without the Gay Jokes 22 Jump Street Would Have Been Fine Without the Gay Jokes
We wouldn’t care if the Jump Street guys were gay.
, June 12, 2014
One of the biggest selling points of 21 Jump Street, the 2012 TV-remake comedy, turned out to be its seemingly unscripted lunacy, the way it put... More>>
Bring It Undead
All Cheerleaders Die is almost as good as its title.
, June 12, 2014
You could call it Bring It On meets The Craft and stop right there with considerable accuracy. But why would you, when All Cheerleaders Die... More>>
How to Train Your Dragon 2: Toothless Soars Again in This Follow-Up How to Train Your Dragon 2: Toothless Soars Again in This Follow-Up
This sequel (mostly) works.
, June 12, 2014
If you ever have days when you prefer animals to human beings, How to Train Your Dragon 2 is your kind of movie. In some ways the second entry in... More>>
Limited Reception Limited Reception
The Signal is too busy blowing minds to tell a story
, June 12, 2014
There's still one kind of dread that today's genre filmmakers can reliably stir up: that fear that everything we've been watching onscreen is... More>>
Forgotten Flick Ravenous Is the Best-Ever Manifest Destiny Cannibal Comedy Forgotten Flick Ravenous Is the Best-Ever Manifest Destiny Cannibal Comedy
, June 12, 2014
Ravenous is a film-shaped UFO: It's so delightfully weird that its very existence defies logic. Imagine a film that makes A Modest... More>>
Limited Reception The Signal
The Signal is too busy blowing minds to tell a story.
, June 05, 2014
There's still one kind of dread that today's genre filmmakers can reliably stir up: that fear that everything we've been watching onscreen is... More>>
Dragon Ball How to Train Your Dragon 2
Toothless soars — and the sequel (mostly) works.
, June 05, 2014
If you ever have days when you prefer animals to human beings, How to Train Your Dragon 2 is your kind of movie. In some ways the second entry in... More>>
Edge of Tomorrow Is a Classic War Movie Crossbred With a Looney Tune Edge of Tomorrow
See Tom Cruise die again and again and again.
, June 05, 2014
In 1986, peaceniks were mad at Tom Cruise. That year, the Navy thanked Top Gun for boosting enlistment another 20,000 recruits. Since then, he's... More>>
Jodorowsky's Last Wig-Out — The Dance of Reality — May Be His Best The Dance of Reality
The dirty pope of midnight movies returns with a vengeance.
, June 05, 2014
The grand old dirty pope of midnight-movie voodoo and post-'60s turn-on, drop-out mythopoeia returns with a vengeance, in his autumnal phase and... More>>
Summer Movies Don’t Have to Suck Summer Movies Don’t Have to Suck
Flicks to look into on the edge of tomorrow — and the next months
, June 05, 2014
The phrase "summer movies" will never not mean broad, action-driven crowd-pleasers to me: I counted the days until Batman (June 23, 1989),... More>>
Again and Again, 22 Jump Street's Lord and Miller Turn Crap Ideas Into Movie Gold Again and Again, 22 Jump Street's Lord and Miller Turn Crap Ideas Into Movie Gold
The Alchemists
, June 05, 2014
When Phil Lord and Chris Miller pitched their idea for a 21 Jump Street movie, a film everyone thought was, at best, a moronic moneymaker, they... More>>
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