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Endless Love Earns Its Title the Bad Way Endless Love Earns Its Title the Bad Way
, February 13, 2014
The endless love in question unfolds in that universe where shy, bookish teenage girls are always catalog-model beautiful, not a pimple in sight... More>>
About Last Night: Hilarious Sex-Talk Romance Trumps One of Its Predecessors About Last Night: Hilarious Sex-Talk Romance Trumps One of Its Predecessors
, February 13, 2014
Just as animated characters who look too human creep us out, could there be a phenomenon we might call the RomCom Uncanny Valley, a case when... More>>
The 1987 RoboCop's ED-209: The Movies' Greatest Badass Robot? The 1987 RoboCop's ED-209: The Movies' Greatest Badass Robot?
, February 13, 2014
Director José Padilha's long-delayed RoboCop reboot has arrived, and it’s neither an unalloyed (see what I did there?) triumph nor... More>>
In Berlin, In Order of Disappearance Feels Like a Tarantino Picture In Berlin, In Order of Disappearance Feels Like a Tarantino Picture
, February 13, 2014
Though it’s difficult to pinpoint the typical Berlin Film Festival film, I’ve attended the festival enough times to attest that most... More>>
Stations of the Cross Leading at the 2014 Berlin Film Festival Stations of the Cross Leading at the 2014 Berlin Film Festival
, February 13, 2014
Variety and The Hollywood Reporter, both of which publish special daily issues at the major international festivals, may be the most famous movie... More>>
It's Not Monumental, But the Monuments Men Satisfies in Bits and Pieces The Monuments Men
Clooney's actors shine, and that's almost enough.
, February 06, 2014
Art may not be more important than human lives. But on the list of things that mean something to human lives, across centuries, it ranks pretty... More>>
The Lego Movie Really Snaps Together The Lego Movie
Phil Lord and Christopher Miller build a fun and absurd film.
, February 06, 2014
Consider the Lego, the toy of contradiction. With one — well, with hundreds of them — you can build anything: houses, airplanes,... More>>
The Triumph of Frozen, the First Disney Princess Movie About Girls Rather Than for Them The Triumph of Frozen, the First Disney Princess Movie About Girls Rather Than for Them
The first Disney princess film to completely root itself in anything like the true feminine experience.
, February 06, 2014
How retrograde are many of the core tenets of the Disney princess? Consider this: My daughter owns a book called Snow White’s Secret, in... More>>
Wes Anderson's The Grand Budapest Hotel: A Marzipan Monstrosity Wes Anderson's The Grand Budapest Hotel: A Marzipan Monstrosity
Wes Anderson's latest premieres at the Berlin Film Festival.
, February 06, 2014
Greetings from the 64th annual Berlin Film Festival, where it’s a surprisingly balmy 10 degrees Celsius (50 degrees Fahrenheit). The... More>>
At Least There’s a Horse At Least There’s a Horse
Winter’s Tale is pretty but not much else.
, February 06, 2014
It's a little sad that Colin Farrell has outgrown roles that require him to wear raggedy sweaters and say things like "For fook's sake!" It had... More>>
Shia LaBeouf in Nymphomaniac: Indolently Sexy, Like a Lazy Panther Shia LaBeouf in Nymphomaniac: Indolently Sexy, Like a Lazy Panther
, February 06, 2014
The big news out of the Berlin Film Festival earlier today was that Shia LaBeouf, here to promote Lars Von Trier’s Nymphomaniac: Volume 1,... More>>
Jason Reitman's Labor Day Takes Too Much Work to Believe Jason Reitman's Labor Day Takes Too Much Work to Believe
The film is so phony it must be the work of a pod person.
, January 30, 2014
Quick, somebody check Jason Reitman's house to see if the real man has been turned into dust by a body snatcher. Though his name's on the poster,... More>>
The Ten Films to Watch for from Sundance The Ten Films to Watch for from Sundance
Recapping the best of the fest.
, January 30, 2014
For Robert Redford, Sundance's opening day was a bummer. He woke up to learn the Academy had snubbed him for a (deserved) Best Actor nod for the... More>>
That Awkward Moment, a Surprisingly Good Dude-Bro Version of Sex and the City That Awkward Moment, a Surprisingly Good Dude-Bro Version of Sex and the City
, January 30, 2014
While our ingenues scurry toward teen best sellers and David O. Russell flicks, here's the next generation of talented leading men swaggering... More>>
Vanessa Hudgens Proves Truer Than the Story in Gimme Shelter Gimme Shelter
Hudgens may be the best actor from the Disney teen machine.
, January 23, 2014
You can say this for the Disney teen machine: They sure know how to pick 'em. Vanessa Hudgens was 17 when High School Musical made her famous,... More>>
The Four Good Things in I, Frankenstein The Four Good Things in I, Frankenstein
Fire bad, movie not so great, either.
, January 23, 2014
There are four good things we can say about I, Frankenstein, another muscles-and-rubble comic book adaptation just un-terrible enough not to... More>>
Kenneth Branagh Makes the Dumb Spy Thriller Soar in Jack Ryan Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit
Director brings gramdeur and a new kind of Ryan to the screen.
, January 16, 2014
Russians still make the best movie villains. Since 9-11, Hollywood has been queasy about giving us fictional baddies from Arab countries —... More>>
Ride Along Is Just Another Cop Comedy, But the Joke Is on the Audience Ride Along
Ice cube plays a nobly abusive police officer — for laughs.
, January 16, 2014
'You are the man?" a crook asks Ice Cube as the cop comedy Ride Along opens. "I am the man!" Cube insists. You can't blame him for being... More>>
Wes Craven: I Always Encouraged Robert Englund to Make Freddy Krueger His Own Wes Craven: I Always Encouraged Robert Englund to Make Freddy Krueger His Own
, January 16, 2014
Despite some reluctance, Wes Craven is a name-brand filmmaker. The phrase "Wes Craven Presents" comes with certain expectations thanks to the... More>>
A Found-Footage Attempt at Rosemary's Baby in Devil's Due A Found-Footage Attempt at Rosemary's Baby in Devil's Due
, January 16, 2014
In Devil's Due, co-directors Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett (V/H/S) and first-time screenwriter Lindsay Devlin offer an uninspired... More>>
Lone Survivor Shows Our Boys Suffering but Doesn't Ask Why Lone Survivor
Peter Berg's latest ia a jingoistic snuff film.
, January 09, 2014
Here's a movie that'll flop in Kabul. Lone Survivor, the latest by Battleship director Peter Berg, is a jingoistic snuff film about a Navy SEAL... More>>
Interview: Oscar Isaac of Inside Llewyn Davis Interview: Oscar Isaac of Inside Llewyn Davis
, January 09, 2014
Three types of artists hinge on authenticity: punk bands, folk singers, and rappers. Actors, like Oscar Isaac, are by definition phonies. But the... More>>
Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones Is Business as Paranormal, but Meaner and Outside the Suburbs Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones
, January 09, 2014
Rosemary's Baby notwithstanding, it's usually only white suburban people who fall prey to movie ghosts and demons -- they're always the ones... More>>
Skip the Script and Double-Down on the Beefcakery in The Legend of Hercules The Legend of Hercules
, January 09, 2014
January! Just the time to snuggle up with a 3D sword-and-pectoral extravaganza. And although some of its more imaginative plot details would make... More>>
Movies 2014: The Spectacular Next – Ten Movies to See in 2014 Movies 2014: The Spectacular Next – Ten Movies to See in 2014
The films you won't want to miss.
, January 02, 2014
As awards season draws nearer and best-of-the-year lists keep rolling in, there's only one thing left to do: get excited about what comes next.... More>>
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