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Movies 2014: The Most Anticipated Non-Sequels of 2014 Movies 2014: The Most Anticipated Non-Sequels of 2014
Checking out the notable stand-alones hitting the theaters.
, January 02, 2014
While 2015 may eventually reap more buzz, thanks to the release of The Avengers: Age of Ultron and the first-ever George Lucas-less Star Wars... More>>
Movies 2014: Why You Should Be Excited for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes Movies 2014: Why You Should Be Excited for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
The new Planet of the Apes franchise returns in 2014, and once again, humans are not the stars of the show.
, January 02, 2014
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is a movie that shouldn't exist. The original Planet of the Apes film is a solid movie with an ending that's so... More>>
Steel-True Will Leave You Wanting More Barbara Stanwyck, Even After 1,000 pages Steel-True Will Leave You Wanting More Barbara Stanwyck, Even After 1,000 pages
A thrilling look at one star's rise.
, January 02, 2014
When Peter Guralnick released Last Train to Memphis, the first half of his superb two-volume biography of Elvis Presley, some people must have... More>>
Stuntwoman Zoë Bell on the hard, satisfying work of ass-kicking Stuntwoman Zoë Bell on the hard, satisfying work of ass-kicking
, January 02, 2014
New Zealand stuntwoman-turned-actress Zoë Bell is fully aware of her unique position as an action star that also does her own stunts. After... More>>
Who Is Kickstarter For, Anyway? Who Is Kickstarter For, Anyway?
ndie directors weigh in — and the site responds
, January 02, 2014
So many ideas in our country begin with the best of intentions and end up completely corrupted. From Lindsay Lohan’s acting career to the... More>>
Martin Scorsese Attacks Excess With Excess in The Wolf of Wall Street The Wolf of Wall Street
The film is neither tragic nor tragically funny.
, December 26, 2013
Martin Scorsese's The Wolf of Wall Street is the kind of movie directors make when they wield money, power and a not inconsiderable degree of... More>>
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty Is a Clown's Stab at a Masterpiece The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
Walter Mitty is an uplifting crowd-pleaser.
, December 26, 2013
In the 20 years since Reality Bites, his directorial debut, Ben Stiller has metastasized from sketch-comedy lunatic to Generation X darling to... More>>
De Niro and Stallone Team Up to Beat Down Your Memories of Better Movies Grudge Match
The Raging Bull takes on Rocky, but the end result is drab and plodding.
, December 26, 2013
The surprise in Grudge Match, the not-quite-a-comedy that pits Rocky Balboa against Raging Bull, isn't that it has the chutzpah to posit a... More>>
The Year in Movies 2013: Joaquin Phoenix Returns and the Films of the Year The Year in Movies 2013: Joaquin Phoenix Returns and the Films of the Year
We look at the year a man fell in love with a phone and a whole lot more.
, December 19, 2013
Want to see the list of the 10 best movies that screened in Houston this year? Check out The Year in Movies 2013: Top 10 Movies, Houston... More>>
Ron Burgundy Is Back, and Anchorman 2 Is Best When It Is Absurd Ron Burgundy Is Back, and Anchorman 2 Is Best When It Is Absurd
The Anchorman saga's secret? Will Ferrell's generosity.
, December 19, 2013
The audience that shows up for a comedy is the most tyrannical of all. Their very presence is the equivalent of a schoolyard bully's challenge:... More>>
The Year in Movies 2013: Top 10 Movies, Houston Style The Year in Movies 2013: Top 10 Movies, Houston Style
The best movies this year that you had a chance to see.
, December 19, 2013
The problem with these annual "best of" lists is one of volume: There are just so many of them that it renders much of their findings... More>>
Like a Sleek New Phone, Her Still Strains to Connect Like a Sleek New Phone, Her Still Strains to Connect
The film tries to be direct, but is just maddeningly coy.
, December 19, 2013
The terrible reality of modern life is that even beautiful young people on a first date can't go a whole evening without checking their phones.... More>>
Madea vs. Christmas, Logic and Larry the Cable Guy Madea vs. Christmas, Logic and Larry the Cable Guy
, December 19, 2013
Someday there will be a serious academic study on Tyler Perry, the battered and sexually abused child who legally changed his first name at 16 to... More>>
Hurt Like the Dickens Hurt Like the Dickens
How Ralph Fiennes brought his marvelous Invisible Woman to the screen.
, December 19, 2013
If you’re a person alive in this age, Ralph Fiennes has at some point probably made you hate him. As the Nazi Amon Goeth in 1993’s... More>>
Five of the Year's Best Films -- That You Can Stream on Netflix Right Now Five of the Year's Best Films -- That You Can Stream on Netflix Right Now
, December 19, 2013
For professional film critics, you'll notice, the year in film tends to conclude prematurely. Those "Best Of" lists you see popping up everywhere... More>>
The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug Is Everything the Last One Wasn't The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
This Hobbit dwarfs its sleepy-eyed predecessor.
, December 12, 2013
Elves snore, it turns out. Their maidens make teensy-peen jokes and pine for the hottest of dwarves. And Bilbo Baggins, so concerned about his... More>>
Ya Dig? Abel Ferrara on Ms. 45, Back in Theaters After More than 30 Years Ya Dig? Abel Ferrara on Ms. 45, Back in Theaters After More than 30 Years
, December 12, 2013
Bronx-born filmmaker Abel Ferrara considers all of his fiction films to be documentaries: What you see is what happened in the moment that was... More>>
Walt’s Revenge Saving Mr. Banks
Saving Mr. Banks mansplains, Disney-style.
, December 12, 2013
How stubborn was Walt Disney? He spent 26 years wheedling Mary Poppins author P.L. Travers to sell him the film rights to her book — call... More>>
Christian Bale and Casey Affleck Almost Save Out of the Furnace Out of the Furnace
Somber drama is earnest to a fault.
, December 05, 2013
The life of Russell Baze, a steelworker in a Pennsylvania town just outside of Pittsburgh, may be drab and dreary, but he's a good, hardworking... More>>
Gus Van Sant's Psycho Just Turned 15 -- and Is More Fascinating than you Remember Gus Van Sant's Psycho Just Turned 15 -- and Is More Fascinating than you Remember
, December 05, 2013
Fifteen years ago (December 4, 1998) an unusual movie was released, and roundly rejected: director Gus Van Sant's off-puttingly faithful remake... More>>
Stallone Tries to Make a Star out of Statham in Homefront Homefront
Statham is an action lover's last hope, like it or not.
, November 28, 2013
Once upon a time — the 1980s — you could walk into a movie theater any day of the year, plop down a few bucks and watch one man kick... More>>
Spike Lee's Oldboy Is Utterly Unnecessary Oldboy
The film is savage but lacks any weight or meaning.
, November 28, 2013
A favorite pastime of those who love Asian film is to carp about Hollywood's annoying tendency to lay claim to and defile their favorites. But... More>>
Jointmaker Jointmaker
Nearly 25 years after Do the Right Thing, Spike Lee releases his first "film."
, November 28, 2013
For all its nasty twists, the biggest shock in Spike Lee's remake of Park Chan-wook's Oldboy (opening November 27) hits in the movie's first... More>>
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Is as Much Setup as Treat The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
Blockbuster sequel is more assured, but suffers from middle-book syndrome.
, November 21, 2013
It says something that two of the biggest sensations in young-adult literature over the past ten years have featured heroines who keep more than... More>>
Vince Vaughn Births More of the Same in Delivery Man Delivery Man
We're not sure why Delivery Man exists.
, November 21, 2013
Imagine an alternate history for Vince Vaughn. What if, 18 years ago, instead of rehearsing Swingers during the day and sampling Los Angeles's... More>>
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