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Noah Wants to Be a Mad Epic Noah
The Wrestler director goes biblical with CG blockbuster.
, April 03, 2014
To hear Darren Aronofsky tell it, in the interviews he's given recently to The New York Times Magazine and The New Yorker, there was no way in... More>>
HBO's Doll & Em Takes on Women's Spontaneous Friendship Combustion HBO's Doll & Em Takes on Women's Spontaneous Friendship Combustion
, April 03, 2014
Why can't women stay friends? That's a trick question, of course, but also one that British actresses Emily Mortimer and Dolly Wells --... More>>
Paris Proves It’s Perfect for a Rom-Com or Tragedy in Le Week-End Paris Proves It’s Perfect for a Rom-Com or Tragedy in Le Week-End
, April 03, 2014
The great insight in director Roger Michell's fourth collaboration with writer Hanif Kureishi is its vision of Paris as an arena... More>>
Demy Goddesses Demy Goddesses
Summer days and sister acts in the director’s rapturous musical.
, April 03, 2014
A euphoric swirl of sherbet colors, Jacques Demy's Hollywood-musical homage The Young Girls of Rochefort (1967) elevates even the most mundane... More>>
Spoiler: Torture’s Bad Spoiler: Torture’s Bad
The Railway Man is too punishing for its own good.
, April 03, 2014
Has it ever occurred to contemporary commercial filmmakers that maybe audiences could take a movie's word for it that a character has been... More>>
Bon Vivamps Bon Vivamps
Jarmusch’s undead know how to live.
, April 03, 2014
The vampires that walk among us — and they do — are not the Twilight kind, or the True Blood kind, or even the Buffy kind. In the... More>>
The Breakaway The Breakaway
The daring Miss Violence exemplifies — and upends — Greek cinema.
, April 03, 2014
Most art movements reach a point when the work slowly begins to break away. That breaking point is reached in Alexandros Avranas's Miss Violence,... More>>
Descent of Man Descent of Man
Nicolas Cage’s Joe lays bare a culture’s collapse.
, April 03, 2014
It's been 5 million years since humanity hauled itself from the swamp, and according to Joe director David Gordon Green, we're devolving back... More>>
Comedian Has a Sad Comedian Has a Sad
Kristen Wiig dials it way back in Hateship Loveship.
, April 03, 2014
Watching Kristen Wiig on Saturday Night Live, you maybe sometimes wondered if she was from outer space, perhaps some planet where women have big... More>>
Why Listen to a Liar? Why Listen to a Liar?
Jayson Blair doc could use less Jayson Blair.
, April 03, 2014
Before The New York Times named him its lead reporter on the 2001 D.C. sniper story, Jayson Blair had been accused of plagiarism in The... More>>
A Girl and Her Bike A Girl and Her Bike
Wadjda provides a rare — and heartbreaking — look at life in Riyadh.
, April 03, 2014
Like all child protagonists in movies, Wadjda's Wadjda wants one pure thing so much that the very concept of want shades... More>>
Point for Rumsfeld Point for Rumsfeld
Errol Morris tells us he's tired of interviewing people.
, April 03, 2014
'I've interviewed a lot of nasty characters over the years," says a cheerful Errol Morris over lunch on a bright Los Angeles day. "I'm a... More>>
César Chávez is a Live-Action Inspirational Poster César Chávez is a Live-Action Inspirational Poster
Film fails to capture the scope of its hero.
, March 27, 2014
The Chicano labor leader César Chávez can now join Mahatma Gandhi and Nelson Mandela in the pantheon of heroes whose world-altering... More>>
Mass(acre) Appeal Mass(acre) Appeal
The Raid 2 offers more, more, argh.
, March 27, 2014
A grave has been freshly dug in the opening shot of director Gareth Evans's ultra-violent Indonesian flick The Raid 2. It's a start, but Evans is... More>>
Bloody Floody: Noah Wants to Be a Mad Epic Bloody Floody: Noah Wants to Be a Mad Epic
, March 27, 2014
To hear Darren Aronofsky tell it, in the interviews he's given recently to the New York Times Magazine and the New Yorker, there was no way in... More>>
Rule of Law Rule of Law
n Dom Hemingway, Jude Law goes for greatness
, March 27, 2014
Going bald is the best thing that ever happened to Jude Law. Britain’s prettiest export did the best he could with his burden of good... More>>
Cringe Out Loud Cringe Out Loud
Coogan’s comic Brit ass beats our stateside variety
, March 27, 2014
Any Yanks concerned that the Brits outclass us may find relief in Alan Partridge, an import comedy that at first seems to stand as evidence of... More>>
The Fog of Rummy The Fog of Rummy
Errol Morris can’t penetrate the man behind Iraq
, March 27, 2014
As its subtitle suggests, one reason Errol Morris’s 2003 documentary The Fog of War: Eleven Lessons from the Life of Robert S. McNamara... More>>
What We Get Out of It What We Get Out of It
Nymphomaniac: Volume II rewards but doesn’t reveal
, March 27, 2014
Our story resumes: Having found a love-like feeling for Jerôme (Shia LaBeouf), “restful domestic comfort” has, at the outset of... More>>
The Monument Man The Monument Man
This time, it’s Captain Asskick goes to Washington.
, March 27, 2014
Tucked into a pocket of his workout sweats, Steve Rogers — a.k.a. Captain America, the serum-enhanced Yankee Doodle Dynamo who's spent the... More>>
Bloody Floody: Bloody Floody:
Noah Wants to Bea Mad Epic.
, March 27, 2014
To hear Darren Aronofsky tell it, in the interviews he's given recently to The New York Times Magazine and The New Yorker, there was no way in... More>>
Muppets Most Wanted Is a Great Caper Muppets Most Wanted
Get ready for heaps of ridiculousness.
, March 20, 2014
If you count forward from Jim Henson's mid-1960s TV appearances with a fringy pup named Rowlf and the lizard, made from an old winter coat, who... More>>
Cheap Thrills Exposes Human Awfulness and Not Enough Else Cheap Thrills
This spiky spitball soars, only to fall to earth before it ends.
, March 20, 2014
As Bob Zmuda tells it, screenwriter Norman Wexler used to tote a briefcase full of thousands of dollars to pay off the many people he pissed off... More>>
Missing Dads Tyler Perry's The Single Moms Club
Tyler Perry’s Single Moms Club Isn’t Bad if You Bring a Bullshit Detector.
, March 20, 2014
Tyler Perry probably wishes he'd been raised by a single mom. As he has said in interviews, his father, Emmitt, was abusive and once beat him so... More>>
Shailene Woodley Proves More Human Than Divergent Shailene Woodley Proves More Human Than Divergent
YA Yawn.
, March 20, 2014
Dystopian movies don't have to make sense. As the audience, we're obligated to sit down with our popcorn and soda and pretend that yes, of... More>>
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