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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>>
Swedish Director Ruben Östlund's Force du Jour Swedish Director Ruben Östlund's Force du Jour
, January 15, 2015
A canny portrait of marital catastrophe that's equal measures Raymond Carver bitter quietude and late Ingmar Bergman striptease, Ruben... More>>
Time-Travel Puzzle Predestination Should Try Again From the Start Time-Travel Puzzle Predestination Should Try Again From the Start
, January 08, 2015
Without dropping spoilers right and left, how do I explain that I'm completely baffled by the Spierig Brothers' retro-futuristic thriller... More>>
In Girls' Season 4, Lena Dunham Doesn't Let Hannah & Co. Grow Up In Girls' Season 4, Lena Dunham Doesn't Let Hannah & Co. Grow Up
, January 08, 2015
Among many other things, Girls has always been great satire, lampooning with scolding empathy the callowness, narcissism and insufferableness of... More>>
Black November, Jeta Amata's Nigerian Morality Tale, Would Be Better Smaller Black November, Jeta Amata's Nigerian Morality Tale, Would Be Better Smaller
, January 08, 2015
Nigerian director Jeta Amata's Black November is at once passionate and cynical, a smash-up of tones that fits its story about a politicized,... More>>
Best Thing In Taken 3: The Way Liam Neeson Says 'Bagels' Best Thing In Taken 3: The Way Liam Neeson Says 'Bagels'
, January 08, 2015
All you need to know about Taken 3 is that Liam Neeson survives an explosive car crash—twice. Director Olivier Megaton even rewinds the... More>>
A Most Violent Year Never Quite Summons Rough Old New York A Most Violent Year Never Quite Summons Rough Old New York
, January 01, 2015
The world needs fewer tasteful movies about distasteful things. It definitely doesn't need J.C. Chandor's A Most Violent Year, in which Oscar... More>>
Ten Films to Look for in 2015 Ten Films to Look for in 2015
, December 25, 2014
As critics busy themselves drawing up lists and handing out awards, it seems time at last to look ahead. Here are the 10 films to get excited... More>>
Ava DuVernay's Urgent Selma Speaks to the Now Ava DuVernay's Urgent Selma Speaks to the Now
, December 25, 2014
Describing Ava DuVernay's quietly remarkable Selma to a friend, I caught myself referring to the Civil Rights Era as a historical event, a thing... More>>
The Gambler Is the Right Kind of Seedy The Gambler Is the Right Kind of Seedy
, December 25, 2014
In Rupert Wyatt's highball-cool reworking of Karel Reisz's 1974 The Gambler, Mark Wahlberg does not play a cop, does not shoot bad guys with a... More>>
Tim Burton's Big Eyes Is About an Artist as Middlebrow as He Is Tim Burton's Big Eyes Is About an Artist as Middlebrow as He Is
, December 25, 2014
The waifs Walter Keane made famous were known for their huge peepers. But look down at their mouths: Every one kept its lips pressed tight, as... More>>
Marion Cotillard Anchors Two Days, One Night Marion Cotillard Anchors Two Days, One Night
, December 25, 2014
In the opening moments of Two Days, One Night, a working-class Belgian woman named Sandra (Marion Cotillard) wakes from a midday nap, takes a... More>>
Unbroken Might Break You Unbroken Might Break You
, December 25, 2014
There's something curiously airless about director Angelina Jolie's Unbroken, the story of real-life Olympian and World War II POW Louis... More>>
The Rotting Carcass of Leviathan The Rotting Carcass of Leviathan
, December 25, 2014
Where we come from defines us more than we even realize: That's the idea implicit in Andrey Zvyagintsev's somber, sturdily elegant drama... More>>
American Sniper Is a Rah-Rah War-On-Terror Fantasy American Sniper Is a Rah-Rah War-On-Terror Fantasy
, December 25, 2014
In Clint Eastwood's American Sniper, Navy SEAL Chris Kyle (Bradley Cooper)—an astoundingly talented marksman credited with more than 160... More>>
Annie Bests Annie Annie Bests Annie
, December 18, 2014
The original Broadway Annie was a kiddie musical that wasn't for kids. It was a period piece about the Great Depression—both a hooray for... More>>
He Brought Down the Wrong Empire: Seth Rogen's The Interview Won't Show in Theaters He Brought Down the Wrong Empire: Seth Rogen's The Interview Won't Show in Theaters
, December 18, 2014
Editor's Note: Sony has officially canceled the theatrical release of The Interview following terrorist threats against theaters, as well as the... More>>
Unearthing the Man Beneath Mr. Turner's Gruffness Unearthing the Man Beneath Mr. Turner's Gruffness
, December 18, 2014
If you've ever loved a terrible person, Mike Leigh's quietly sensational Mr. Turner—a biopic, of sorts, covering the last 25 years of the... More>>
The 10 Best TV Shows of 2014 The 10 Best TV Shows of 2014
, December 18, 2014
TV continued to unmoor from its origins and transform into something else this year. No longer tethered to a specific appliance, a particular... More>>
Into the Woods Sometimes Soars—But Also Dithers Into the Woods Sometimes Soars—But Also Dithers
, December 18, 2014
Before worrying ourselves over its qualities as an adaptation, or its findings as an experiment in just how much tumpety-tump parump-pa-bump the... More>>
A Marriage Crumbles, Beautifully, in Winter Sleep A Marriage Crumbles, Beautifully, in Winter Sleep
, December 18, 2014
Twitter is doublestuffed with check-your-privilege messages for entitled men, but I've rarely seen one as potent as this singular line from Nuri... More>>
Paul Thomas Anderson Gets Wiggy With Inherent Vice Paul Thomas Anderson Gets Wiggy With Inherent Vice
, December 11, 2014
Paul Thomas Anderson was making serious movies long before he started making "serious" movies, ponderous works of certified art such as There... More>>
Marion Cotillard Wins—Twice—in Our 2014 Film Critics' Poll Marion Cotillard Wins—Twice—in Our 2014 Film Critics' Poll
, December 11, 2014
What kind of circle is time again? A year after blowing the doors off our annual critics' poll, golden boy Matthew McConaughey won just a single... More>>
Peter Jackson's Hobbit-Embiggening Project Hits Its Spectacular End Peter Jackson's Hobbit-Embiggening Project Hits Its Spectacular End
, December 11, 2014
The biggest laugh I heard from the audience at my screening of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies came from seven words in the end... More>>
Netflix's Marco Polo Is Everything That's Wrong With Game of Thrones Netflix's Marco Polo Is Everything That's Wrong With Game of Thrones
, December 11, 2014
Despite its sumptuous displays of feudal opulence—cavalries, silk gowns, all the naked female extras money can buy—Netflix's Marco... More>>
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