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Men in Bland: R.I.P.D. is a Movie That Exists Men in Bland: R.I.P.D. is a Movie That Exists
, July 18, 2013
In actual life, bureaucratic systems are the only workable state-citizen interface we’ve developed that can handle the sheer bulk of... More>>
Pacific Rim Is the Summer Blockbuster You Always Wanted from Guillermo del Toro Pacific Rim
Del Toro's Pacific Rim offers monster/robot glory.
, July 11, 2013
If the great god of movies, whatever slippery Mount Olympus of money he resides on, decrees that summer is the time for larger-than-life 3D... More>>
Crystal Fairy Is All About Michael Cera's High Crystal Fairy
In Crystal Fairy, a great, dickish performance.
, July 11, 2013
With an offhand precision that suggests he might prove one of his generation's major actors, Michael Cera lays bare two specific human weaknesses... More>>
Grown Ups 2 Has No Real Plot to Speak of Grown Ups 2 Has No Real Plot to Speak of
, July 11, 2013
Adam Sandler pats his own back for being loyal in Grown Ups 2, an excuse for the star to hang out with his friends while he plays a Hollywood... More>>
Adam Sandler’s Laziness: Why Nothing Changes in Movie After Movie Adam Sandler’s Laziness: Why Nothing Changes in Movie After Movie
Adam Sandler is successful because he’s lazy.
, July 11, 2013
Not lazy in the sense that he has no ambition, or doesn’t want to work hard to maintain his status as America’s big-screen comedy... More>>
Nothing’s Shocking: What does it Mean for a Film to Be Transgressive Today? Nothing’s Shocking: What does it Mean for a Film to Be Transgressive Today?
, July 11, 2013
In 1997, the programmers of the Making Scenes queer film and video festival in Ottawa, Ontario, received an unmarked package in the mail. It... More>>
Pirates of the Old West: The Lone Ranger Is More Disney Overkill The Lone Ranger
The film has it all, but what it ends up with isn't much.
, July 04, 2013
The great movie westerns are about honor, dignity, the majesty of the landscape. But they're also about beautiful men, charismatic, sometimes... More>>
Despicable Me 2 Shows Why You Shouldn't Give Up on Kids' Animation. Despicable Me 2
The sequel is breezy and affible without going soft.
, July 04, 2013
Admit it: Redemption is boring. We think we want characters to "grow" and "change," but really, it's the people around us in real life —... More>>
White House Down Is the Best Parody Since Team America White House Down Is the Best Parody Since Team America
Intentional or not, this film is proof Hollywood can make a memorable comedy.
, June 27, 2013
Surprising proof that Hollywood still can craft a memorable studio comedy, Roland Emmerich's White House Down stands as a singular achievement in... More>>
The Heat Would Be More Likable If It Stopped Yelling Everything The Heat Would Be More Likable If It Stopped Yelling Everything
, June 27, 2013
If you’ve never seen Sandra Bullock blow a peanut shell out of her nose, and you’d like to, The Heat is your movie. That’s not... More>>
World War Z: When Zombies Go Global, All You Need Is Brad Pitt World War Z
Pitt is the dad you want at the end of the world.
, June 20, 2013
Destruction is scary, but not half as scary as the act of rebuilding, the moment of looking at the random, jagged pieces you've got left and... More>>
If You Can Get Past the Dire Buildup, Monsters University Bursts to Life Monsters University
At least Monsters University ain't Cars 2.
, June 20, 2013
Terrorizing children in their bedrooms remains the existential concern of the toothy blobs, hams and pop-pom-furred Wild Things that populate... More>>
Why You Should See Craft Cocktail Documentary Hey Bartender, Now in Wide Release Why You Should See Craft Cocktail Documentary Hey Bartender, Now in Wide Release
, June 20, 2013
By weaving together the stories behind New York City cocktail lair Employees Only and Westport, Connecticut, corner bar Dunvilles, director... More>>
To Actresses on the Brink of 40: Go Bad or Go Home To Actresses on the Brink of 40: Go Bad or Go Home
Playing evil is more fun than playing good anyway, right?
, June 13, 2013
Last week, EW columnist Mark Harris tweeted a statistic disturbing to anyone who cares about gender equality on the big screen: “It’s... More>>
After 44 Years, Hollywood Is Finally Smart Enough to Make a Judy Blume Movie After 44 Years, Hollywood Is Finally Smart Enough to Make a Judy Blume Movie
Tiger Eyes is a breath of fresh air—and an opportunity
, June 13, 2013
Judy Blume’s first novel, The One in the Middle Is the Green Kangaroo, was published in 1969, yet it’s only now, 44 years later, that... More>>
There's Greatness In Man Of Steel, Even When It Isn't Very Good Man of Steel
Despite its weight, you’ll believe a man can fly — and it’s worth watching.
, June 13, 2013
Zack Snyder's Man of Steel is a movie event with an actual movie inside, crying to get out. Despite its preposterous self-seriousness, its... More>>
This Is the End: Joke Book of Revelation This Is the End
It all ends not with a whimper, but a dick joke.
, June 13, 2013
From the peak of Anchorman to the nadir of Burt Wonderstone, the formula for studio comedies of the last 20 years has been simple: Dude acts like... More>>
Man of Steel: Making Sense of All That Christ and Death Stuff Man of Steel: Making Sense of All That Christ and Death Stuff
Warning: This discussion is thick with spoilers.
, June 13, 2013
Sometimes, there’s just too damn much to say about a movie than can fit into any one review. (Even Stephanie Zacharek’s exhaustive,... More>>
The Internship Is Worse Than Fetching Coffee The Internship
This Better Be for Credit
, June 06, 2013
Eager young people can't find jobs; qualified older people can't find jobs. There's nothing funny about that, which is exactly why someone ought... More>>
If George R.R. Martin Wrote Every TV Show Ever If George R.R. Martin Wrote Every TV Show Ever
, June 06, 2013
George R.R. Martin took a break from killing Starks today to send us this list of the notes he would send to the producers of TV shows if he were... More>>
The Purge Asks Questions, Gives Conflicting Answers The Purge
The action is awesome, but does that hurt the message?
, June 06, 2013
Here's a category idea for bar trivia: Collect one-sentence plot summaries of young-adult novel series and R-rated horror films, and see who can... More>>
A Protest, A Prayer: The Story of Pussy Riot Comes to HBO Pussy Riot
Punk lives as Pussy Riot rots.
, June 06, 2013
Anyone trying to run a civilized country should know that throwing musicians in jail for making music is always a bad idea. That didn't stop... More>>
The Mouth That Ate Itself: Morton Downey Jr. Roars Again Évocateur: The Morton Downey Jr. Movie
Documentary Évocateur is upsetting, moving and funny as hell.
, June 06, 2013
Used to be to get famous in the rightwing blowhard racket you had to have an act. Not today. Has anyone ever once thought, "Oh, I can't wait to... More>>
What Maisie Knew Might Be a Great Movie About Childhood What Maisie Knew
A look at an awkward age, free of Hollywoodisms.
, June 06, 2013
There are times during the affecting tumult of What Maisie Knew when you may think, "At last, a first-rate American movie about what being a kid... More>>
Life Is a Sitcom in The Kings of Summer The Kings of Summer
It's not a very special episode.
, June 06, 2013
It's to the great detriment of The Kings of Summer that it follows the identically premised Mud by just weeks. Both films tell bittersweet... More>>
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