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Gape at the Sublime Antarctica Gape at the Sublime Antarctica
, November 27, 2014
The heavens dance. From the bottom of the world, where your eyes might freeze in your face, we see stars pulse against seams of luminous dust,... More>>
J-Law Goes to War in Mockingjay J-Law Goes to War in Mockingjay
, November 20, 2014
Over the first two Hunger Games films, we've watched coal miner's daughter Katniss Everdeen become the pawn, then the pest of the Capitol, whose... More>>
The Mule Is a Tough Sit The Mule Is a Tough Sit
, November 20, 2014
Perhaps it's fitting that a crime drama about constipation should take so long to get going. Directors Tony Mahony and Angus Sampson's tense... More>>
Jarvis Cocker and Pulp Go Home Jarvis Cocker and Pulp Go Home
, November 20, 2014
When I was a kid in upstate New York, I'd hear Petula Clark's "Downtown" on the radio—a song about the promise of glittering lights, "movie... More>>
Bad Hair's Affecting Look at Youthful Yearning Bad Hair's Affecting Look at Youthful Yearning
, November 20, 2014
When we're little, the things we want so badly in our miniaturized here-and-now are often impossible for grown-ups to understand. That's... More>>
Jon Stewart Pulls It Off With Rosewater Jon Stewart Pulls It Off With Rosewater
, November 13, 2014
During a 2009 Daily Show interview with Maziar Bahari, the Canadian-Iranian journalist who, earlier that year, had been imprisoned in Iran for... More>>
Du Pont Wrestling Drama Foxcatcher Engages But Doesn't Pin Du Pont Wrestling Drama Foxcatcher Engages But Doesn't Pin
, November 13, 2014
The du Pont family made its fortune selling gunpowder during the War of 1812 and soldiered on to invent everything ever worn by a cop: Kevlar,... More>>
How Reality TV Went From Launchpad to Dumpster How Reality TV Went From Launchpad to Dumpster
, November 13, 2014
Minor spoilers for the second episode of The Comeback's sophomore season. It's no mystery why The Comeback, which returned for its second season... More>>
The Homesman Brings a Lost America to Life The Homesman Brings a Lost America to Life
, November 13, 2014
Tales of the Old West continue to make up a significant portion of our cultural narrative, mostly because we still like to comfort ourselves with... More>>
Ice Cold War: Red Army Showcases the Height of Soviet Hockey Ice Cold War: Red Army Showcases the Height of Soviet Hockey
, November 13, 2014
Sport is a natural metaphor for war. Two sides in two colors face each other on a field, each with pride and physical safety at risk. Their... More>>
Dumb and Dumber To Is Missing the Original's Magic Idiocy Dumb and Dumber To Is Missing the Original's Magic Idiocy
, November 13, 2014
In the mid 1990s, self-appointed cultural gatekeepers used to wield Peter and Bobby Farrelly’s Dumb and Dumber as proof of the... More>>
The Rapturous Flamenco Flamenco Offers Just What It Promises The Rapturous Flamenco Flamenco Offers Just What It Promises
, November 13, 2014
The magnificent dance film Flamenco Flamenco begins, as it must, with a lady in red. Scarlet red, the dress clings to the impossibly lithe body... More>>
Showbiz Drama Beyond the Lights Is Familiar But Cutting Showbiz Drama Beyond the Lights Is Familiar But Cutting
, November 13, 2014
Tales of fame and its trappings—and the way they're never enough to build a life—are as old as show business itself. Maybe for that... More>>
McConaughey Goes Overdrive In Interstellar McConaughey Goes Overdrive In Interstellar
, November 06, 2014
There's so much space in Christopher Nolan's nearly three-hour intergalactic extravaganza Interstellar that there's almost no room for people.... More>>
The Fall Season's Five Best New Series The Fall Season's Five Best New Series
. . . And its five biggest disappointments
, November 06, 2014
There's more television today than at any other point in the medium's history, but there's a good chance you're stuck in a TiVo rut. That's... More>>
It's Conservationists vs. Oil and Militias in the Stunner Virunga It's Conservationists vs. Oil and Militias in the Stunner Virunga
, November 06, 2014
Here's a question the rest of us are lucky never to have had to think about: How many people does it take to bear away the corpse of a grown... More>>
Stephen Hawking's Marriage Makes for Wise But Glossy The Theory of Everything Stephen Hawking's Marriage Makes for Wise But Glossy The Theory of Everything
, November 06, 2014
If the universe is infinitely finite, an entity whose mystery is knowable only through an evolving progression of theories and equations, it's... More>>
Big Hero 6 updates Disney's cartoon kids' flicks Big Hero 6 updates Disney's cartoon kids' flicks
, November 06, 2014
Imagine if nerdy Clark Kent didn't have to remove his glasses and pocket protector to save the world. Then imagine him as fat and sweet as a... More>>
Nightcrawler's Jake Gyllenhaal Aces Portraying an Everyday Media Monster Nightcrawler's Jake Gyllenhaal Aces Portraying an Everyday Media Monster
, October 30, 2014
Jake Gyllenhaal, not a particularly bulky guy to begin with, dropped 20 pounds or so to play a Los Angeles misfit who finds his calling as a... More>>
How John Wick Restored My Faith in Violent Movies How John Wick Restored My Faith in Violent Movies
, October 30, 2014
There's too much violence in movies today—too much of the wrong kind, though if you asked me what the "right" kind is, I would only be able... More>>
Frances McDormand is an Unpredictable Curmudgeon in HBO's Magnificent Olive  Kitteridge Frances McDormand is an Unpredictable Curmudgeon in HBO's Magnificent Olive Kitteridge
, October 30, 2014
When we first meet the title character in Olive Kitteridge, she considers the revolver in her hands and looks up at the cloudless sky above the... More>>
The Mekons Are Still Here, Still Great—And in a New Doc The Mekons Are Still Here, Still Great—And in a New Doc
, October 30, 2014
In Richard Lester's 1965 Help!, two proper English matrons, dressed in balmacaans, gloves and old-lady hats, wave to their neighbors, John, Paul,... More>>
No Country Left to Build in Braddock America No Country Left to Build in Braddock America
, October 30, 2014
There's nothing new, exactly, in Gabriella Kessler and Jean-Loïc Portron's despairing but beautiful Braddock America, but the sad truths it... More>>
Saying the Unsayable—in 3-D! Saying the Unsayable—in 3-D!
, October 30, 2014
The experience of being eluded by Jean-Luc Godard has its consolations, foremost among them the 83-year-old director's prerogative to elude. If a... More>>
The Devil Goes Emo in Horns The Devil Goes Emo in Horns
, October 30, 2014
Alexandre Aja's Horns is the rare YA-ish romance that doesn't make like a guidance counselor and force the characters to shake hands and forgive.... More>>
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