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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>>
What If's Daniel Radcliffe Knows He Makes You Feel Old What If's Daniel Radcliffe Knows He Makes You Feel Old
Harry Potter talks rom-coms and tabloids.
, August 07, 2014
Daniel Radcliffe's first trip to Comic-con kicked off like the world's cuddliest Nuremberg rally. This summer, just minutes after he walked into... More>>
Film Critics Need to Learn to Look -- and Enjoy Film Critics Need to Learn to Look -- and Enjoy
, August 07, 2014
Star presence, that distillation of charisma and sometimes glamour, lies at the heart of the movies' appeal. The star presence James Harvey... More>>
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Betrays Everything Grand and Grimy About the Original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Betrays Everything Grand and Grimy About the Original
, August 07, 2014
Before you buy that tiny box turtle in Chinatown, know that it can live for 100 years. Which means that among all the Mad Libs nonsense of the... More>>
Into the Storm Attempts to Find the Fun in Destroying American Towns Into the Storm Attempts to Find the Fun in Destroying American Towns
, August 07, 2014
Incompatible fronts collide in director Steven Quale's weather-horror patience-tester Into the Storm. The first is the summertime yen for... More>>
Robin Williams Could Always Find the Raw Seriousness in His Comedy Robin Williams Could Always Find the Raw Seriousness in His Comedy
, August 07, 2014
Even those of us who loved Robin Williams as a performer would have to say that sometimes he was too much -- too wired, too pleading, too on.... 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 07, 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 07, 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 07, 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>>
Guardians of the Galaxy Has a Sense of Humor, but No Real Wit Guardians of the Galaxy
Marvel's newest misses the mark on fun.
, July 31, 2014
Beware the movie that's Fun! with a capital F, the one populated with seemingly unpretentious characters that say adorable, clever things, the... More>>
Get on Up Is an Inspired James Brown Biopic Get on Up Is an Inspired James Brown Biopic
Life and legend collide on the big screen.
, July 31, 2014
He couldn't have known it at the time, but James Brown's debut recording and first chart hit — made in 1956 with the Famous Flames —... More>>
Magic in the Moonlight: There's Nothing Inspired in Woody's Annual Update Magic in the Moonlight
Has it been a year already?
, July 31, 2014
"The heart wants what it wants," Woody Allen has taught us, and apparently what his heart wants these days is not to have to bother with writing... More>>
Hercules Surprisingly Has Both Brains and Brawn Hercules
, July 31, 2014
One could be forgiven for being skeptical that a Hercules movie starring Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and directed by Brett "Rush Hour Trilogy"... More>>
James Brown Killed Dumb Biopics: Why the Messy Get On Up Gets It Right James Brown Killed Dumb Biopics: Why the Messy Get On Up Gets It Right
, July 31, 2014
James Brown stripped pop to its rhythmic essentials: the groove and the grunt, the bridge, and the scream. Tate Taylor’s Get On Up likewise... More>>
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