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The Backstreet Boys Want It Their Way The Backstreet Boys Want It Their Way
, January 29, 2015
Let's leap back to 1994. Grunge and gangsta rap dominated MTV—music that claimed to be gritty and honest. Yet that year in Orlando, as far... More>>
This Year's Oscar-Nominated Shorts Are Best When True This Year's Oscar-Nominated Shorts Are Best When True
, January 29, 2015
While many of Oscar's big shots clock in at more than two hours (led by favorite Boyhood, at 165 minutes), some filmmakers remain committed to... More>>
Sundance: Eat Through LA With Pulitzer Winner Jonathan Gold Sundance: Eat Through LA With Pulitzer Winner Jonathan Gold
, January 29, 2015
Halfway through Laura Gabbert's documentary City of Gold, a salute to Jonathan Gold, the Pulitzer Prize-winning food critic's brother Mark... More>>
Geek Makes Good in Amira & Sam Geek Makes Good in Amira & Sam
, January 29, 2015
Look, if it's going to have any chance of stirring in us that warm, giddy, life-saving thrill of love actually working out, a romantic comedy... More>>
Hard Living Can't Diminish the Radiant Shine of Girlhood Hard Living Can't Diminish the Radiant Shine of Girlhood
, January 29, 2015
Celine Sciamma's pained, thrilling, observational tale of growing up broke and black in slablike Paris flats is no rebuke to Boyhood, but its... More>>
Timbuktu: After the Jihad Timbuktu: After the Jihad
, January 29, 2015
To the idle viewer, the small acts of resistance on display in Timbuktu might seem ready-made for Upworthy, little liberal lessons just waiting... More>>
German's Hard to Be a God Caps a Career With Glorious Muck German's Hard to Be a God Caps a Career With Glorious Muck
, January 29, 2015
On the fringes of movieland, there have always been filmmakers who identify (in Günter Eich's phrase) as being sand, not oil, in the gears... More>>
Boy Meets Girl Meets Pistol in Son of a Gun Boy Meets Girl Meets Pistol in Son of a Gun
, January 22, 2015
It's been 50 years since Jean-Luc Godard said that all a film needs is a girl and a gun. Bet he wishes he could take that back. In the past... More>>
Jennifer Aniston Makes a Make-Up Free Awards Play In Cake Jennifer Aniston Makes a Make-Up Free Awards Play In Cake
, January 22, 2015
Each year, screenwriters kill off enough offscreen children to fill a Chuck E. Cheese's. A dead son or daughter gives a movie the illusion of... More>>
If Mortdecai Had a Time Machine, It Could Be 1965's Top Comedy If Mortdecai Had a Time Machine, It Could Be 1965's Top Comedy
, January 22, 2015
Mortdecai is creeping into theaters with the flushed shame of a debutante who expects to be pelted with tomatoes. It's a pity. In 1965, Mortdecai... More>>
The Boy Next Door Is As Nuts As You Hope It Is The Boy Next Door Is As Nuts As You Hope It Is
, January 22, 2015
The most pleasurably ludicrous highlight of The Boy Next Door comes half an hour in, before the sex and murders and... More>>
Sundance: Meet Boyhood's Sad Sequel: Samuel Klemke's Time Machine Sundance: Meet Boyhood's Sad Sequel: Samuel Klemke's Time Machine
, January 22, 2015
Richard Linklater ended his feel-good Best Picture contender on a high. His star, 18-year-old would-be artist Mason, graduated high school and... More>>
Waxing Roth Waxing Roth
, January 22, 2015
There's something bracingly honest about The Humbling, Barry Levinson's movie about a 67-year-old Shakespearean actor, played by Al Pacino, who,... More>>
Mommy Nears Excellence—But Is a Little Much Mommy Nears Excellence—But Is a Little Much
, January 22, 2015
No matter how you end up feeling about it, there sure is a lot of movie in Mommy, Xavier Dolan's exuberant melodrama about an emotional... More>>
A Strong Star Can't Keep Sub Flick Black Sea From Sinking A Strong Star Can't Keep Sub Flick Black Sea From Sinking
, January 22, 2015
Jude Law, once so shiny-penny-clean and pretty—and with the kind of chin dimple that might have inspired Audrey Hepburn to ask, as she did... More>>
The Duke of Burgundy Is a Delicious Evocation of '70s Erotica The Duke of Burgundy Is a Delicious Evocation of '70s Erotica
, January 22, 2015
Even if you've never seen or heard of a movie called She Killed In Ecstasy, isn't it lovely to know such a thing exists in the world? That 1971... More>>
The Irvine International Film Festival Offers an Edgy Crop of Docs The Irvine International Film Festival Offers an Edgy Crop of Docs
, January 15, 2015
The Irvine International Film Festival (IIFF) rolls in a truly unique film lineup every January; last year's programming included more... More>>
The Nightly Show With Larry Wilmore Asks the Right Questions, But Doesn't Have Any Answers The Nightly Show With Larry Wilmore Asks the Right Questions, But Doesn't Have Any Answers
, January 15, 2015
The Nightly Show With Larry Wilmore's great misfortune isn't that it replaces The Colbert Report, but that it premieres after Last Week Tonight... More>>
The Fabulous Bakersfield Boy The Fabulous Bakersfield Boy
, January 15, 2015
Small festivals often become traps for cinematic love letters from filmmakers to family members with stories of "achievement" they wrongly... More>>
Finding the Spark That's Left In Still Alice Finding the Spark That's Left In Still Alice
, January 15, 2015
Most of us can't imagine having a disease that tugs and tears at the very threads of who we are. When we wake up in the middle of the night with... More>>
Kevin Hart Proves He’s Hollywood’s Best Comedy Star in the Crass Wedding Ringer Kevin Hart Proves He’s Hollywood’s Best Comedy Star in the Crass Wedding Ringer
, January 15, 2015
Here's the pipsqueak who has hauled himself up into a sharp-dressed leading man. Here's the comic who's boundlessly inventive in his swearing but... More>>
Blackhat Is an Exercise In Style, But Not Much Else Blackhat Is an Exercise In Style, But Not Much Else
, January 15, 2015
Anyone who loves Michael Mann movies, or even just the idea of Michael Mann movies, accepts that film style is a language and something more, a... More>>
Smarter Than the Average Paddington Smarter Than the Average Paddington
, January 15, 2015
Emerson argued that each flourish and tendril of a work of art has its exact corollary in the mind of the artist, that creative expression is... More>>
The Illuminating Joy of Man's Desiring The Illuminating Joy of Man's Desiring
, January 15, 2015
Cinema's fascination with labor can be traced to the art form's very beginning: The Lumière brothers' first film, Workers Leaving the... More>>
Appropriate Behavior Is Dirty, Hilarious, Moving Appropriate Behavior Is Dirty, Hilarious, Moving
, January 15, 2015
Forget its generic title, its breakup setup, and its indie-standard Brooklyn walk-and-talks: Writer/director Desiree Akhavan's Appropriate... More>>
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