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Tomas Leach Is In No Great Hurry to Explain Pioneering Photographer Saul Leiter Tomas Leach Is In No Great Hurry to Explain Pioneering Photographer Saul Leiter
, June 26, 2014
Your Instagram posts will never be as brilliant as the 1950s-era color photography of pioneer Saul Leiter. Often obstructed by such natural... More>>
Transformers: Age of Extinction: At Least the Product Placement Is Interesting Transformers: Age of Extinction: At Least the Product Placement Is Interesting
, June 26, 2014
Believe it or not, during Transformers: Age of Extinction, Michael Bay’s fourth rattling of the toy box, I felt one moment of near... More>>
Tammy Attempts to Housebreak Melissa McCarthy Tammy Attempts to Housebreak Melissa McCarthy
, June 26, 2014
It’s a relief, after the wretched Identity Thief, to see movies whose makers love Melissa McCarthy as much as audiences do. Identity... More>>
Life Itself Celebrates Roger Ebert—And the Critic's Capacity for Joy Life Itself Celebrates Roger Ebert—And the Critic's Capacity for Joy
, June 26, 2014
To call Roger Ebert one of the great populist film critics is to damn him with faint praise. Though he took pride in working for the scrappier of... More>>
Growing Up Beatle: Fifty Years On, A Hard Day's Night Is Still Revelatory Growing Up Beatle: Fifty Years On, A Hard Day's Night Is Still Revelatory
, June 26, 2014
Let's get the obvious bit over with: The early days of the Beatles, as reflected in Richard Lester's ebullient shout of freedom A Hard Day's... More>>
And Deliver Us From the Anemic Spook Story Deliver Us From Evil And Deliver Us From the Anemic Spook Story Deliver Us From Evil
, June 26, 2014
Horror, as with porno, can be judged only by its effect on your pulse. If you jerked in your seat, it served its function. Biology requires us to... More>>
iPhone Home: E.T. Update Earth to Echo Makes Everything a Device iPhone Home: E.T. Update Earth to Echo Makes Everything a Device
, June 26, 2014
Earth to Echo is a slender kiddie flick about a quartet of preteens and their palm-sized alien pal that's at once bland, well-intentioned, and... More>>
Wet Hot American Love: They Came Together Hilariously Wrecks the Rom-Com Wet Hot American Love: They Came Together Hilariously Wrecks the Rom-Com
, June 19, 2014
Romances are Hollywood's most anxiety-inducing fantasy. Like superhero flicks or horror films, they exist in a phony world of big scenes and... More>>
The Death of the Star Wars Universe The Death of the Star Wars Universe
Why millions of fans have felt a great disturbance in the Force
, June 19, 2014
Recently, Star Wars fans, along with much of the planet's pop-culture collective, nearly ruptured the Internet in their enthusiasm to share... More>>
Winsome, Lose Some: Begin Again Won't Let Mark Ruffalo Play a Person Winsome, Lose Some: Begin Again Won't Let Mark Ruffalo Play a Person
, June 19, 2014
Mark Ruffalo's great gift, besides those scruffy good looks and that prickish, hungover charisma, is capturing the essence of the guy who's... More>>
Nothing Bad Can Happen Makes Suffering a Virtue Nothing Bad Can Happen Makes Suffering a Virtue
, June 19, 2014
Katrin Gebbe's Nothing Bad Can Happen is a gutting German drama that asks if martyrs can be accomplices to their own torture. Its modern saint is... More>>
Nowhere Express: Grim Snowpiercer Keeps Grinding Along Nowhere Express: Grim Snowpiercer Keeps Grinding Along
, June 19, 2014
It's kind of happy-sad, like watching a kid you knew as a toddler graduate from high school: Chris Evans, seemingly destined to be a boy forever,... More>>
The Internet's Own Boy Is an Urgent Heartbreaker The Internet's Own Boy Is an Urgent Heartbreaker
, June 19, 2014
In January 2013, an incandescently brilliant American political activist and computer programmer named Aaron Swartz was hounded to suicide by the... More>>
The Pleasures of Pissing You Off The Pleasures of Pissing You Off
, June 19, 2014
It's challenge enough to try to fit all the life we have to live into our 80 or so years, so imagine the difficulty of trying to cram one such... More>>
Think Like a Man Too Thinks Like Too Many Other Movies Think Like a Man Too Thinks Like Too Many Other Movies
, June 19, 2014
Comedies about the battle of the sexes tend to have one clear loser: the audience. Driven by an oppositional view of romance that proved outmoded... More>>
Sumptuous Yves Saint Laurent Captures a Waft of the Great Designer Sumptuous Yves Saint Laurent Captures a Waft of the Great Designer
, June 19, 2014
If the clothes of Yves Saint Laurent were groundbreaking, the designer's mystique was as subtle as the curve of an invisibly molded sleeve. Those... More>>
Paul Haggis' Third Person Is a Baffling Rough-Draft Epic Paul Haggis' Third Person Is a Baffling Rough-Draft Epic
, June 12, 2014
If a toddler tried to re-create the mystifying behavior of adults, it would look a lot like Paul Haggis' Third Person, a drama in which grown-ups... More>>
Jersey Boys: Too Good to Be True? Jersey Boys: Too Good to Be True?
, June 12, 2014
If you think summer movies are clamorous, try a current Broadway musical. Watching Jersey Boys onstage is like soldiering through some extreme... More>>
The Heart Animates MS Doc When I Walk The Heart Animates MS Doc When I Walk
, June 12, 2014
"Wherever you live in this world, basically . . . you are alone. Even if [we] have support systems, we're really alone." Those words, shorn of... More>>
Roman Polanski's Venus In Fur Is a Wicked Power Play Roman Polanski's Venus In Fur Is a Wicked Power Play
, June 12, 2014
Plays adapted into movies always feel naked by the time they make it to the screen, their theatrical bones showing through in a most awkward and... More>>
Forgotten Flick Ravenous Is the Best-Ever Manifest Destiny Cannibal Comedy Forgotten Flick Ravenous Is the Best-Ever Manifest Destiny Cannibal Comedy
, June 12, 2014
Ravenous is a film-shaped UFO: It's so delightfully weird that its very existence defies logic. Imagine a film that makes A Modest Proposal-style... More>>
Northern Light Is a Stellar Doc of Real American Beauty Northern Light Is a Stellar Doc of Real American Beauty
, June 12, 2014
What do you do when there's little left for folks such as you to do? Work has mostly dried up for the hardscrabble Yoopers of Northern Light,... More>>
Coherence Is Just Another Dinner-Party Apocalypse Coherence Is Just Another Dinner-Party Apocalypse
, June 12, 2014
In contemporary genre-splash Indiewood, the task is often simple but bedevilling: You have an HD camera and a modest house in the LA hills; now... More>>
The Fault In Our Adapters The Fault In Our Adapters
A grand YA novel doesn't soar onscreen
, June 05, 2014
Cancer, so costly in real life, can be thrown around pretty cheaply in fiction, which is why most cautious readers and moviegoers are wary of it... More>>
22 Jump Street's Funny Enough—Except for the Tired Gay Jokes 22 Jump Street's Funny Enough—Except for the Tired Gay Jokes
, June 05, 2014
One of the biggest selling points of 21 Jump Street, the 2012 TV-remake comedy, turned out to be its seemingly unscripted lunacy, the way it put... More>>
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