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Language of Distance Language of Distance
It's lovers vs. tech/geography in notable indie 10,000 km
, July 09, 2015
As fiction goes, Carlos Marques-Marcet's 10,000 km, a somberly paced relationship drama with a grim message about the brutality of distance, is a... More>>
Fierce, Not Bad Fierce, Not Bad
Essential doc Mala Mala examines transgender life in Puerto Rico
, July 09, 2015
It's so difficult for political art to be good art; hard ideologies don't always translate well to a medium whose purpose it is to trouble... More>>
Where the Boys Are Where the Boys Are
The men of Magic Mike look great but could grow up some
, July 02, 2015
Steven Soderbergh's 2012 Magic Mike was a cocktease. The ads tempted audiences with sweaty chests and thrusting crotches, but after Soderbergh... More>>
Gonna Miss Jon Stewart? Don't Worry, Larry Wilmore's Hitting His Stride Gonna Miss Jon Stewart? Don't Worry, Larry Wilmore's Hitting His Stride
, July 02, 2015
After 12 years on the air, The Daily Show With Jon Stewart became required viewing during the Dubya years, when much of the nation was desperate... More>>
Terminator Is a Flat Circle Terminator Is a Flat Circle
Arnold's back, but Genisys is a past-future muddle
, July 02, 2015
Five films into the franchise, Terminator: Genisys feels like a VHS cassette that has been rewound and recorded over for 21 years. Director Alan... More>>
Stray Dog Rolls Into Biker America's Blended Future Stray Dog Rolls Into Biker America's Blended Future
, July 02, 2015
St. Louis has long called itself the "Gateway to the West," but that town and its surrounding Ozarks might more accurately be the Mustache of the... More>>
Diverting Canine Weepie Max Offers No Surprises Diverting Canine Weepie Max Offers No Surprises
, July 02, 2015
Even within the strictest formulas of today's superhero-driven Hollywood, the experienced craftsman with a genuine enthusiasm for the form can... More>>
We Could Only Hold Her for So Long We Could Only Hold Her for So Long
Stellar doc Amy summons up all that Amy Winehouse was
, July 02, 2015
The death of Amy Winehouse, in July 2011, at age 27, was one of the first great tragedies of 21st-century pop music, an event—as with the... More>>
Jimmy Jazz Jimmy Jazz
Ken Loach's latest, possibly last, brings America to Ireland
, July 02, 2015
"Ireland is the old sow that eats her farrow," declared Stephen Dedalus in A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man. In the case of Jimmy... More>>
A Poem Is a Great Portrait of '70s Weirdness A Poem Is a Great Portrait of '70s Weirdness
, July 02, 2015
Whiskery and restless, grooving and grotesque, the documentarian Les Blank's long-suppressed film A Poem Is a Naked Person plays like your... More>>
Let's Hear It for the Indefensible Let's Hear It for the Indefensible
Laugh and laugh with Seth MacFarlane's Ted 2
, June 25, 2015
Some movies are indefensible, and Ted 2 is one of them. Not only is this a movie about a libidinous, foul-mouthed stuffed bear, but it's also the... More>>
Advantageous Asks How Much Society Can Demand of Women Advantageous Asks How Much Society Can Demand of Women
, June 25, 2015
Forget the sleek skyscrapers, flying cars, or holo-phone tech. What you really need to know about the near future of Jennifer Phang's daring and... More>>
Where He Got Those Wonderful Toys Where He Got Those Wonderful Toys
Batkid Begins reveals the epic origin behind a Make-A-Wish triumph
, June 25, 2015
Dana Nachman's Batkid Begins marches in with the mini-movie you've already seen. (Unless, as Bruce Wayne suffered in The Dark Knight Rises,... More>>
Netflix's Nina Simone Documentary Is the Film We Need Now Netflix's Nina Simone Documentary Is the Film We Need Now
, June 25, 2015
One of the nastiest tricks the bastards ever played was to convince so many artists that it's best never to be strident. In the name of... More>>
Yes, Another Teen Movie Yes, Another Teen Movie
Inglewood drug-selling comedy Dope is more American than Ferris Bueller
, June 18, 2015
Part of what makes writer/director Rick Famuyiwa's Dope so fresh and joyous is that, in many key ways, it's not new at all. Here's a dramatic... More>>
All In Your Head All In Your Head
Pixar's Inside Out is brainy—but will make you bawl
, June 18, 2015
The first time we cry, as a newborn, might be the purest emotion we ever feel. We sob—a raw mess of tears and terror—and a big human... More>>
Garage Hero Garage Hero
Groove with Eden and a life lived for Paradise's beats
, June 18, 2015
Mia Hansen-Løve's lucid and shimmering movie memoir Eden traces the sloping rise and even more meandering fall of a French techno DJ... More>>
Dig a Grave for Joe Dante's Burying the Ex Dig a Grave for Joe Dante's Burying the Ex
, June 18, 2015
Of course a 2015 Joe Dante horror/comedy would be some kind of throwback. The Gremlins director has spent a career idealizing the... More>>
Jurassic World Capably Stomps, Roars and Awes Jurassic World Capably Stomps, Roars and Awes
, June 11, 2015
In Jurassic World, Colin Trevorrow's Jurassic Park reboot—set 22 years after dinosaurs started walking the Earth,... More>>
Summer Film Guide 2015 Summer Film Guide 2015
We have you covered in a summer that never ends
, June 11, 2015
In the decadent 21st century, the summer movie season now sprawls from March through December. (Though every prior Star Wars picture has come out... More>>
The Wolfpack Shows What It's Like to Be Raised By 1990s DVDs The Wolfpack Shows What It's Like to Be Raised By 1990s DVDs
, June 11, 2015
Crystal Moselle's documentary The Wolfpack is a Manhattan fable about fear. Two decades ago, a Hare Krishna, conspiracy theorist and... More>>
Cusack Breaks Free Cusack Breaks Free
'Artists get put in a box,' says Love & Mercy star John Cusack
, June 11, 2015
When John Cusack was launching his career in the '80s, Brian Wilson had gone from rock star to living lore—a brilliant Bigfoot. "People... More>>
Ten Characters to Watch In Orange Is the New Black Season 3 Ten Characters to Watch In Orange Is the New Black Season 3
, June 11, 2015
Prison life is reliably repetitive, but conditions can be frighteningly unstable, too. Netflix's Orange Is the New Black, which returns June 12... More>>
Saturday Night Forever Saturday Night Forever
Live From New York! isn't great, but it reveals all that's good or bad about SNL
, June 11, 2015
One of the funniest things in Live From New York!, the latest repackaging of Saturday Night Live history, is said by Amy Poehler, in a recent... More>>
Judd Apatow's Second Act Judd Apatow's Second Act
How does the king of comedy reinvent himself when he's out of life stories?
, June 11, 2015
Two and a half years ago, Judd Apatow released This Is 40, the most personal film of his career. He was anxious. He usually is. His default... More>>
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