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Robin Williams Could Always Find the Raw Seriousness in His Comedy Robin Williams Could Always Find the Raw Seriousness in His Comedy
, August 07, 2014
Even those of us who loved Robin Williams as a performer would have to say that sometimes he was too much—too wired, too pleading, too on.... More>>
Into the Storm Attempts to Find the Fun in Destroying American Towns Into the Storm Attempts to Find the Fun in Destroying American Towns
, August 07, 2014
Incompatible fronts collide in director Steven Quale's weather-horror patience-tester Into the Storm. The first is the summertime yen for... More>>
It's Business as Usual for The Trip Stars It's Business as Usual for The Trip Stars
, August 07, 2014
For women especially, it's wholly out of fashion to have sympathy for middle-aged, white men. In both real life and fiction, the thinking goes,... More>>
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Betrays Everything Grand and Grimy About the Original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Betrays Everything Grand and Grimy About the Original
, August 07, 2014
Before you buy that tiny box turtle in Chinatown, know that it can live for 100 years. Which means that among all the Mad Libs nonsense of the... More>>
Growing Up Punk In Mexico in We Are Mari Pepa Growing Up Punk In Mexico in We Are Mari Pepa
, August 07, 2014
It doesn't matter that Iggy Pop endorses Carnival Cruises, or that Ramones-style crunch chords now power Top 40 country hits. Today, punk is... More>>
The Hundred-Foot Journey Curries Favor The Hundred-Foot Journey Curries Favor
Lasse Hallström's culinary mash-up is tasty enough
, July 31, 2014
Lasse Hallström has become an expert at making mom-jeans movies, nonthreatening pictures in which headstrong women find love just when they... More>>
James Brown Killed Dumb Biopics: Why the Messy Get On Up Gets It Right James Brown Killed Dumb Biopics: Why the Messy Get On Up Gets It Right
, July 31, 2014
James Brown stripped pop to its rhythmic essentials: the groove and the grunt, the bridge, and the scream. Tate Taylor’s Get On Up likewise... More>>
About Alex Mines Old Anxiety With New Thirtysomethings About Alex Mines Old Anxiety With New Thirtysomethings
, July 31, 2014
Lawrence Kasdan's The Big Chill had much to say about the angst of losing touch with your younger self and the noble folly of trying to reclaim... More>>
Scarlett Johansson Effortlessly Carries the Fun, Unscientific Lucy Scarlett Johansson Effortlessly Carries the Fun, Unscientific Lucy
, July 24, 2014
With his stately drawl, Morgan Freeman has narrated nonfiction documentaries about penguins, slavery, the lemurs of Madagascar, ancient Egyptian... More>>
Calvary: How to Kill a Catholic Priest Calvary: How to Kill a Catholic Priest
, July 24, 2014
In Calvary, Brendan Gleeson plays a Catholic priest who plods through a rustic Irish village that's more brutal than beautiful. The beach is... More>>
Hercules Surprisingly Has Both Brains and Brawn Hercules Surprisingly Has Both Brains and Brawn
, July 24, 2014
One could be forgiven for being skeptical that a Hercules movie starring Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and directed by Brett "Rush Hour Trilogy"... More>>
Get On Up Does the Godfather Proud Get On Up Does the Godfather Proud
, July 24, 2014
He couldn't have known it at the time, but James Brown's debut recording and first chart hit—made in 1956 with the Famous Flames—is a... More>>
Rob Reiner's And So It Goes Provides More Groans Than Laughs Rob Reiner's And So It Goes Provides More Groans Than Laughs
, July 24, 2014
With Jack Nicholson still enjoying his retirement, it falls to Michael Douglas to swoon over the oh-so-cutesy Diane Keaton in And So It Goes, a... More>>
Guardians of the Galaxy Misses the Mark on Fun Guardians of the Galaxy Misses the Mark on Fun
, July 24, 2014
Beware the movie that's Fun! with a capital F, the one populated with seemingly unpretentious characters that say adorable, clever things, the... More>>
Necrophilia and Gross-Out Realism Abound In James Franco's Child of God Necrophilia and Gross-Out Realism Abound In James Franco's Child of God
, July 24, 2014
If director/co-writer James Franco had retitled his adaptation of Cormac McCarthy's 1973 novel Child of God to A Man's Love for a Corpse, he'd... More>>
Sex Tape Is the Funniest Movie About Marital Sex Since Eyes Wide Shut Sex Tape Is the Funniest Movie About Marital Sex Since Eyes Wide Shut
, July 17, 2014
A defiantly R-rated farce seemingly commissioned to plug the We’re the Millers-shaped hole in the summer lineup, Sex Tape is warmer and... More>>
Philip Seymour Hoffman Is a Most Wanted (And Missed) Man Philip Seymour Hoffman Is a Most Wanted (And Missed) Man
, July 17, 2014
Philip Seymour Hoffman is an island of rumpled calm in Anton Corbijn's urgent A Most Wanted Man, a glum-out-of-principle espionage story based on... More>>
In Happy Christmas, Anna Kendrick Is Life-Sized, Pitch-Perfect In Happy Christmas, Anna Kendrick Is Life-Sized, Pitch-Perfect
, July 17, 2014
Uncomfortable-silence auteur Joe Swanberg has made a career of testing how much falseness you can strip out and still have a movie. What if... More>>
The Purge: Anarchy Is a Fun-House-Mirror Look at American Class War The Purge: Anarchy Is a Fun-House-Mirror Look at American Class War
, July 17, 2014
If the Saw series taught us anything, it's that every quasi-inventive genre movie is fated to become a yearly franchise with increasingly... More>>
There's Nothing Inspired in Woody's Magic In the Moonlight There's Nothing Inspired in Woody's Magic In the Moonlight
, July 17, 2014
"The heart wants what it wants," Woody Allen has taught us, and apparently what his heart wants these days is not to have to bother with writing... More>>
Shawn, Gregory and Demme Make Beauty With Ibsen in A Master Builder Shawn, Gregory and Demme Make Beauty With Ibsen in A Master Builder
, July 17, 2014
You might say that actor and theater director André Gregory creates theater Boyhood-style: He and his compatriots, chief among them actor... More>>
Wish I Was Here Is—Just Barely—an Indie Success Wish I Was Here Is—Just Barely—an Indie Success
, July 10, 2014
The movie that actor and second-time director Zach Braff partially funded with money raised through Kickstarter, Wish I Was Here, isn't nearly... More>>
Richard Linklater Explains His Secret Movie Boyhood, Which He Shot Over 12 Years Richard Linklater Explains His Secret Movie Boyhood, Which He Shot Over 12 Years
, July 10, 2014
"It's the secret films you have to watch out for," jokes Richard Linklater of his new movie Boyhood, a furtive experiment that he kept quiet for... More>>
Anna Kendrick Had Her Heart Broken by a Hot Dog Anna Kendrick Had Her Heart Broken by a Hot Dog
, July 10, 2014
"I forget that people think that I'm the girl with a ponytail and a briefcase," says Anna Kendrick, perched on a couch in a T-shirt and jeans.... More>>
Michel Gondry's Mood Indigo Gets Richer As It Darkens Michel Gondry's Mood Indigo Gets Richer As It Darkens
, July 10, 2014
Mood Indigo is bitter candy, a heartbreaker that uses sugar as a trap. The director, Michel Gondry, has a brilliant, contradictory brain. He's a... More>>
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