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Elvis Lives in The Identical - and So Does His Boring Twin Elvis Lives in The Identical - and So Does His Boring Twin
Elvis slash fiction is shocking only in its banality.
, August 28, 2014
The Identical is Elvis slash fiction that could have been written by a spinster church organist. Its premise is intriguing: What if Jesse... More>>
Innocence Could Have Been the Great Prep-School Blood-Thriller Innocence Could Have Been the Great Prep-School Blood-Thriller
The themes are fascinating even if the movie doesn't live up to them.
, August 28, 2014
Since it's the kind of slow-building movie whose very premise is something of a spoiler, a pretty delicious one, let's get the consumer-guide... More>>
Lithgow, Molina and Manhattan all Move in Love Is Strange Lithgow, Molina and Manhattan all Move in Love Is Strange
A movie that's about love, money, New York and real estate.
, August 28, 2014
You could be forgiven, after watching the opening minutes of Ira Sachs's fine-grained and flinty Love Is Strange, for thinking it's going to be a... More>>
That Man From Rio: Toast the Return of de Broca's Globe-Trotting Parody That Man From Rio
1964 crime caper-spoof is back.
, August 21, 2014
Jean-Paul Belmondo in a white dinner jacket. There. That should be enough to sell you on Philippe de Broca's 1964 crime caper-spoof That Man From... More>>
The Women of Sin City: A Dame to Kill For Live to Suffer - and Little Else The Women of Sin City: A Dame to Kill For Live to Suffer - and Little Else
In Sin City there are no heroes.
, August 21, 2014
Sin City, population unknown but dropping every minute, is a gorgeous place, but you wouldn't want to live there. Even the shadows and broken... More>>
Brendan Gleeson Shines as an Irish Priest in Crisis in Calvary Calvary
Gleeson gives the film more gravitas than the other characters deserve.
, August 21, 2014
In Calvary, Brendan Gleeson plays a Catholic priest who plods through a rustic Irish village that's more brutal than beautiful. The beach is... More>>
To Be Takei Follows the Star Trek Actor Into Undiscovered Country To Be Takei
Even with the darkness, the film is never less than joyful.
, August 21, 2014
Jennifer M. Kroot's To Be Takei is an affectionate portrait of the hardest-working member of the original cast of Star Trek, George Takei. That's... More>>
Michael Gondry's Mood Indigo Gets Richer as It Darkens Mood Indigo
The latest from Gondry's brilliant, contradictory brain.
, August 21, 2014
Mood Indigo is bitter candy, a heartbreaker that uses sugar as a trap. The director, Michel Gondry, has a brilliant, contradictory brain. He's a... More>>
YA Saves Summer If I Stay
If I Stay brings feeling back to the multiplex.
, August 21, 2014
Should grown-ups be spending their time reading young-adult novels, at the risk of missing the supposed riches of fiction written for actual... More>>
When the Game Stands Tall Insists Jesus Wants Kids to Hit Each Other Hard on the Gridiron When the Game Stands Tall Insists Jesus Wants Kids to Hit Each Other Hard on the Gridiron
, August 21, 2014
According to inspirational sports movies, winning demands you train hard, play with heart, be a team, and not care about winning. So it goes in... More>>
The Giver Teaches What Humanity Has Forgotten The Giver Teaches What Humanity Has Forgotten
, August 21, 2014
The Giver is more simple and raw than the rest of today's teen dystopias that try to cram in unnecessary backstory and love triangles. (Original... More>>
The Mask of Greatness The Mask of Greatness
Frank exposes the gulf between the brilliant and the rest of us.
, August 21, 2014
Genius is hell, both for the blessed and those stuck in the shadows, cursed to spend a lifetime smashing their heads against the glass. In its... More>>
The Expendables 3 Refuses to Be Expendable or Especially Interesting The Expendables 3 Refuses to Be Expendable or Especially Interesting
, August 21, 2014
Titles don't get more ironic than The Expendables 3. The franchise claims to be about death-seeking mercenaries yet stars '80s action heroes, who... More>>
Robin Wright as Robin Wright, Seizes a Mod Future in The Congress Robin Wright as Robin Wright, Seizes a Mod Future in The Congress
An ambitious knockout that doesn't quite live up to its potential.
, August 21, 2014
After The Princess Bride made Robin Wright a star, she shocked Hollywood by saying no. No to The Firm and Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves. No to... More>>
Brutal Prison Drama Starred Up Stirs Rare Empathy Brutal Prison Drama Starred Up Stirs Rare Empathy
There is no easy redemption in this one.
, August 21, 2014
The beginning of David Mackenzie's U.K. prison drama, Starred Up, might make you wonder if you'll survive to the end: We see a kid with a... More>>
The Trip to Italy: Business as Usual for Coogan and Brydon, and That's Fine The Trip to Italy: Business as Usual for Coogan and Brydon, and That's Fine
The Trip Stars return for more of the same.
, August 14, 2014
For women especially, it's wholly out of fashion to have sympathy for middle-aged white men. In both real life and fiction, the thinking goes,... More>>
Zombie Comedy Life After Beth Is a Bit Too Stiff Zombie Comedy Life After Beth Is a Bit Too Stiff
Film is never as crazy as it needs to be.
, August 14, 2014
Every other year or so, someone comes down the indie-movie pike with an idea for an unconventional zombie movie — as opposed to the... More>>
In the Imperfect World of Modern Rom-Coms, What If Is Close to Perfect In the Imperfect World of Modern Rom-Coms, What If Is Close to Perfect
Enjoyable if a bit too cute for its own good.
, August 14, 2014
In the highly imperfect world of contemporary romantic comedies, What If is as close to perfect as anything we've got, not least for the way it... More>>
HBO's Captivated: The Trials of Pamela Smart Proves You Don't Always Know What You Think You Know HBO's Captivated: The Trials of Pamela Smart Proves You Don't Always Know What You Think You Know
, August 14, 2014
Maybe you think you know what Woody Allen did or didn't do in that summerhouse all those years ago. Maybe you look at his history -- shacking up... More>>
That Man From Rio: Toast the Return of de Broca's Globe-Trotting Parody That Man From Rio: Toast the Return of de Broca's Globe-Trotting Parody
1964 crime caper-spoof is back.
, August 14, 2014
Jean-Paul Belmondo in a white dinner jacket. There. That should be enough to sell you on Philippe de Broca's 1964 crime caper-spoof That Man From... More>>
Brendan Gleeson Shines as an Irish Priest in Crisis in Calvary Brendan Gleeson Shines as an Irish Priest in Crisis in Calvary
, August 14, 2014
In Calvary, Brendan Gleeson plays a Catholic priest who plods through a rustic Irish village that's more brutal than beautiful. The beach is... More>>
To Be Takei Follows the Star Trek Actor Into Undiscovered Country To Be Takei Follows the Star Trek Actor Into Undiscovered Country
Even with the darkness, the film is never less than joyful
, August 14, 2014
Jennifer M. Kroot's To Be Takei is an affectionate portrait of the hardest-working member of the original cast of Star Trek, George Takei. That's... More>>
Michael Gondry's Mood Indigo Gets Richer as It Darkens Michael Gondry's Mood Indigo Gets Richer as It Darkens
The latest from Gondry's brilliant, contradictory brain.
, August 14, 2014
Mood Indigo is bitter candy, a heartbreaker that uses sugar as a trap. The director, Michel Gondry, has a brilliant, contradictory brain. He's a... More>>
YA Saves Summer YA Saves Summer
If I Stay brings feeling back to the multiplex.
, August 14, 2014
Should grown-ups be spending their time reading young-adult novels, at the risk of missing the supposed riches of fiction written for actual... More>>
Culinary Mash-Up The Hundred-Foot Journey Is Tasty Enough The Hundred-Foot Journey
Helen Mirren is still regal, even in the kitchen.
, August 07, 2014
Lasse Hallström has become an expert at making mom-jeans movies, nonthreatening pictures in which headstrong women find love just when they... More>>
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