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Never Say 'Not Her' Again Never Say 'Not Her' Again
In Spy, Melissa McCarthy triumphs for the Susans everywhere
, June 04, 2015
The Melissa McCarthy of Spy is different from the one who rose to prominence by shitting in a sink. Bridesmaids scored her an Oscar nomination,... More>>
Five Reasons iZombie Is Summer's Most Underrated Show Five Reasons iZombie Is Summer's Most Underrated Show
, June 04, 2015
iZombie is about as sunny and optimistic as the zombie genre gets, which of course isn't all that much. Even by supernatural standards, it's a... More>>
Bros' Progress Bros' Progress
After eight seasons, Entourage hits theaters, doing what it does
, June 04, 2015
The first line in Entourage is a good indication of what the next 104 minutes will bring. Peering through a pair of binoculars while a speedboat... More>>
Love & Mercy Lets Us Hear Brian Wilson Turn Pain Into Sound Love & Mercy Lets Us Hear Brian Wilson Turn Pain Into Sound
, June 04, 2015
What does the world sound like when you're Brian Wilson? When you've made a record that sounds like cirrus clouds look—as Wilson did with... More>>
An Open Secret Exposes Hollywood Pedophilia, But Not Quite a Conspiracy An Open Secret Exposes Hollywood Pedophilia, But Not Quite a Conspiracy
, June 04, 2015
In its last moments, Amy Berg's exposé of sexual predators among Hollywood's management classes, An Open Secret, offers a curious... More>>
A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence Is a Light in the Dark A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence Is a Light in the Dark
, June 04, 2015
World cinema may have no better builder of delightful scenes than Roy Andersson, the deadpan Swedish existentialist. Each shot in an Andersson... More>>
Dribbling Nonsense Dribbling Nonsense
FIFA plays to distract in the risible United Passions
, June 04, 2015
Frédéric Auburtin's absurdly hagiographic drama United Passions purports to tell the history of FIFA—the world's governing... More>>
The Fault and Our Stars The Fault and Our Stars
San Andreas cracks California, but asks us only to care for the Rock
, May 28, 2015
The San Andreas fault stretches 810 miles up the Pacific coast, roughly the length of a 413 Dwayne "The Rock" Johnsons lying end to end. When it... More>>
Eye of the Needle Eye of the Needle
In Heaven Knows What, Arielle Holmes burns through the screen—and her own life
, May 28, 2015
New York has often been the setting for films about heroin addicts, with titles ranging from Shirley Clarke's... More>>
Aloha's Terrible, But Its Biggest Problem Is Shared by Almost All Cameron Crowe Films Aloha's Terrible, But Its Biggest Problem Is Shared by Almost All Cameron Crowe Films
, May 28, 2015
Good or bad, Cameron Crowe movies build to improbable declarations of sincerity, to the great acts or speeches a man must loose from himself into... More>>
Gemma Bovery Is a Romance Whose Lead Aches for a Tragedy Gemma Bovery Is a Romance Whose Lead Aches for a Tragedy
, May 28, 2015
A romance about wanting to see a romance, a comic tragedy about an onlooker willing something tragic, Anne Fontaine's Flaubert-inspired... More>>
The Worst of the Left The Worst of the Left
Agitprop doc The True Cost fumbles its attack on the clothing industry
, May 28, 2015
Here's the ingredients of most of today's lefty issues docs: doom, doom, Koch brothers, Monsanto, doom, doom, CNN clips, doom, doom, upbeat... More>>
Trapped In the Backlot Trapped In the Backlot
See Fuller's Pickup On South Street, and relish the city closing in
, May 28, 2015
Pickup On South Street is the most claustrophobic American film before Psycho. Hitchcock's lament for the aridity of the modern age focused on... More>>
Tomorrowland Is the Blockbuster That Cared Tomorrowland Is the Blockbuster That Cared
, May 21, 2015
In a junk-food summer, Brad Bird's Tomorrowland is a defiant carrot stick, a blockbuster adventure flick in which the message is "Think smart."... More>>
How Amy Schumer Became This Generation's Latest Truth-Teller How Amy Schumer Became This Generation's Latest Truth-Teller
, May 21, 2015
During "Compliments," a first-season sketch on Inside Amy Schumer, a group of female friends respond to every bit of praise with a verbal... More>>
When Marnie Was There Is a Joyous, Glum Outsider Drama When Marnie Was There Is a Joyous, Glum Outsider Drama
, May 21, 2015
"I hate myself." That's an unusual statement coming from the hero of an animated film, let alone in the first two minutes. But 12-year-old... More>>
Poltergeist, 2015: This House Is Meh Poltergeist, 2015: This House Is Meh
, May 21, 2015
Poltergeist 2015 is to Poltergeist '82 what today's shipped-frozen-to-the-store Pizza Hut dough is to the kneaded-on-site pies the chain's stoned... More>>
Dark Star Plunges Into H.R. Giger's Hellscapes Dark Star Plunges Into H.R. Giger's Hellscapes
, May 21, 2015
"This is the oldest skull I have," the Swiss artist H.R. Giger says, showing off this prized possession the breezy way you might a set of... More>>
In Love at First Fight, Adèle Haenel Burns Again Through Our Screens In Love at First Fight, Adèle Haenel Burns Again Through Our Screens
, May 21, 2015
Antagonism, aggression and the apocalypse prove to be the most potent stimulants in Thomas Cailley's winning first feature, Love at First Fight.... More>>
A Cause Without Rebels A Cause Without Rebels
Sprightly Güeros follows the kids too bored to change the world
, May 21, 2015
There's no reverie Alonso Ruizpalacios' Güeros can't shatter, no presumed truth it can't complicate, no expectation of closure it won't... More>>
Mad Max: Fury Road Is Hell On Wheels Mad Max: Fury Road Is Hell On Wheels
George Miller gives us two hours of peerless, exhausting gearhead mayhem
, May 14, 2015
This doesn't feel like a film that exists. How is George Miller's bonkers, exhausting, no-future smash-'em-up Mad Max: Fury Road not one of those... More>>
Pitch Perfect 2 Strains to Hit the Same Notes Pitch Perfect 2 Strains to Hit the Same Notes
, May 14, 2015
Some people complain about sequels to beloved movies, while others welcome the possibility that a part deux might be even better than the first.... More>>
Bessie Explores the Loneliness of Being the Most Powerful Black Woman of an Era Bessie Explores the Loneliness of Being the Most Powerful Black Woman of an Era
, May 14, 2015
Blues legend Bessie Smith was arguably America's most powerful black woman during her heyday in the 1920s and '30s. Her reign wasn't just based... More>>
The Connection's Glorious Technique Can't Disguise Its Familiarity The Connection's Glorious Technique Can't Disguise Its Familiarity
, May 14, 2015
A movie about bringing down druglords that's actually mostly about movies, Cédric Jimenez's The Connection is stretched over driven-cop... More>>
Cannes 2015: Salma Hayek Eats Hearts, and Mad Max Isn't Mad Enough Cannes 2015: Salma Hayek Eats Hearts, and Mad Max Isn't Mad Enough
, May 14, 2015
CANNES, France —“Je m’appelle Max.” Now that’s an opening line, so much better in French, and it’s just one... More>>
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