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The End of the Tour finds just enough of David Foster Wallace
, July 30, 2015
"This conversation is the best one I ever had," David Lipsky (Jesse Eisenberg) tells us as The End of the Tour wraps up, and the movie, a... More>>
Wasn't He Awesome? Wasn't He Awesome?
Fawning doc I Am Chris Farley is the kind of thing its subject made hilarious
, July 30, 2015
Anecdote No. 1: Chris Farley made a habit of pouncing on Mike Myers—at the same exact time each week—during the early- to mid-1990s... More>>
The City and the Cities The City and the Cities
Jem Cohen's Counting reveals urban life as an endless rebirth
, July 30, 2015
A luminous jumble, Jem Cohen's latest experiment in non-narrative urban portraiture captures, in its beauty and bad moods and consistent... More>>
Call This Bout! Call This Bout!
Boxing drama Southpaw pummels the audience
, July 23, 2015
The opening of Antoine Fuqua's Southpaw, shot in gritty, grayed-out tones, is a grim harbinger: A fighter getting ready for the ring holds up his... More>>
Not Worth Your Quarters Not Worth Your Quarters
Pixels pretends Adam Sandler's refusal to grow is heroic
, July 23, 2015
Here's a shocker: In his latest outing, Adam Sandler plays a stunted man-child who turns out to be very, very special. That's his ecological... More>>
Face From the Ashes Face From the Ashes
Nina Hoss illuminates Phoenix
, July 23, 2015
Some of the best love songs are those whose lyrics perch precariously between "I adore you; let's be happy forever" and "I'm miserable without... More>>
The Challenge of Beauty The Challenge of Beauty
Pedro Costa's Horse Money demands we see the forgotten
, July 23, 2015
Again, Pedro Costa returns to Fontainhas, the shantytown immigrant quarter of Lisbon he has mourned, taxonomized and brilliantly aestheticized in... More>>
The Taming of Amy Schumer The Taming of Amy Schumer
Trainwreck has laughs, but at what cost?
, July 16, 2015
The problem with clamoring for more woman-led comedies is that actual comedy may be the thing that ends up being left by the wayside. Tina Fey,... More>>
The 10 Absolute Worst Journalists in the Movies The 10 Absolute Worst Journalists in the Movies
, July 16, 2015
Long gone are the days when depictions of reporters in movies were reduced to a fedora with a white “Press” card tucked into the bow.... More>>
A Study In Sherlock A Study In Sherlock
Ian McKellen is Mr. Holmes, and that's enough
, July 16, 2015
Above all else, a movie built around a star promises presence, and in Bill Condon's Mr. Holmes, that promise is dual: Here's 100 or so minutes... More>>
Another Period Is Comedy Central's Hilarious Distillation of 99-Percenter Rage Another Period Is Comedy Central's Hilarious Distillation of 99-Percenter Rage
, July 16, 2015
Few networks are as willing to bet on new voices as Comedy Central. The network’s hustling approach to original programming has yielded... More>>
Ant-Man's Strong Finish Pleases the Faithful Ant-Man's Strong Finish Pleases the Faithful
But what about the rest of us?
, July 16, 2015
We may not need another hero, but true believers don't need to shrink-ray their expectations. Ant-Man is the first Marvel film—and the... More>>
Irrational Man Finds Woody Allen Skeeved By Emma Stone's Older Lover Irrational Man Finds Woody Allen Skeeved By Emma Stone's Older Lover
, July 16, 2015
At the start of Woody Allen's campus comedy Irrational Man, caddish professor Abe Lucas (Joaquin Phoenix) drives up to a new school that has... More>>
Lila & Eve Is No Disaster Lila & Eve Is No Disaster
, July 16, 2015
If you were to hear that there's a new street-crime revenge thriller that pairs up a grown-up recent Oscar nominee/beloved TV star with Jennifer... More>>
The Look of Silence Takes a Second Look at a Genocide The Look of Silence Takes a Second Look at a Genocide
, July 16, 2015
In 2012, documentary filmmaker Joshua Oppenheimer made a splash with The Act of Killing, in which he sought out members of Indonesian killing... More>>
Court Rules Court Rules
This legal drama from India is one of the year's best, most insightful films
, July 16, 2015
A super naturalistic study in class, bureaucracy and censorial stupidity, Chaitanya Tamhane's debut feature, Court, plants viewers in the plastic... More>>
The B Team The B Team
Minions are darling, but they're best on the margins
, July 09, 2015
Hollywood lives by the simple, sad axiom "Where there's money, there's more money," which is how we get remakes of movies that sometimes... More>>
Road to Nowhere Road to Nowhere
Robin Williams' last drama isn't great, but it's a heartbreaker
, July 09, 2015
It's heartbreaking that, in his last dramatic film, Robin Williams plays depressed and repressed, burdened by secrets, a man incapable of... More>>
The Ab-bening The Ab-bening
Kingsley becomes Reynolds in body-swap thriller Self/less
, July 09, 2015
Imagine Donald Trump wanted to reboot his disastrous presidential-campaign-announcement month to start over as a younger man with real hair. In... More>>
Being, Not Passing Being, Not Passing
Tangerine's transgender stars are ready to take Hollywood—on their terms
, July 09, 2015
The pizza joint Shakey's in Hollywood is packed when transgender actresses Mya Taylor and Kiki Rodriguez slide into a booth with their director... More>>
Sweet and Tart Sweet and Tart
iPhone feature Tangerine is an exuberant, piercing comedy
, July 09, 2015
There's probably only one humanist film that opens with the words, "Merry Christmas Eve, bitch!" accompanied by the proffering of a single,... More>>
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>>
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