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Mass(acre) Appeal: The Raid 2 Offers More, More, Argh Mass(acre) Appeal: The Raid 2 Offers More, More, Argh
, March 27, 2014
A grave has been freshly dug in the opening shot of director Gareth Evans's ultra-violent Indonesian flick The Raid 2. It's a start, but Evans is... More>>
Together Again With Muppets Most Wanted Together Again With Muppets Most Wanted
, March 20, 2014
If you count forward from Jim Henson's mid-1960s TV appearances with a fringy pup named Rowlf and the lizard, made from an old winter coat, who... More>>
Shailene Woodley Proves More Human Than Divergent Shailene Woodley Proves More Human Than Divergent
, March 20, 2014
Dystopian movies don't have to make sense. As the audience, we're obligated to sit down with our popcorn and soda and pretend that yes, of... More>>
The Missing Picture: Surviving the Khmer Rouge, With Puppets The Missing Picture: Surviving the Khmer Rouge, With Puppets
, March 20, 2014
A friend of mine, who's in his fifties, is getting an MFA in nonfiction writing. Many of the other students in his program are in their twenties,... More>>
He's Gotta Have It: In Nymphomaniac, Von Trier Plunges Deep He's Gotta Have It: In Nymphomaniac, Von Trier Plunges Deep
, March 20, 2014
Let's start with the ending, the closing-credits disclaimer that insists that none of the lead actors in Lars von Trier's two-part erotic epic... More>>
Speaking Truth to the Choir: This Anita Hill Doc Doesn't Bother Making a Case Speaking Truth to the Choir: This Anita Hill Doc Doesn't Bother Making a Case
, March 20, 2014
Have you ever felt you needed to see Anita Hill's family doing the Electric Slide? It's clear from the subtitle that Freida Mock's documentary... More>>
Cheap Thrills Exposes Our Awfulness and Not Enough Else Cheap Thrills Exposes Our Awfulness and Not Enough Else
, March 20, 2014
As Bob Zmuda tells it, screenwriter Norman Wexler used to tote a briefcase full of thousands of dollars to pay off the many people that he pissed... More>>
Fans' Fiction: Veronica Mars Gets Kickstarted Into Adulthood Fans' Fiction: Veronica Mars Gets Kickstarted Into Adulthood
, March 13, 2014
According to lore, Liberace used to greet the tourists who'd come by bus to gawk at his bejeweled home with the line, "I hope you like it. After... More>>
Grand Piano's Elijah Wood Gives His All to Indie Thrillers Grand Piano's Elijah Wood Gives His All to Indie Thrillers
, March 13, 2014
Like James Bond, Elijah Wood spends his latest film in a tuxedo trying to save a beautiful blonde from an assassin. Only he has to do it sitting... More>>
Need for Speed Goes Nowhere Fast Need for Speed Goes Nowhere Fast
, March 13, 2014
Think adapting War and Peace is hard? Try adapting the race-car video game Need for Speed. Tolstoy's 1,225-page behemoth has nothing on the... More>>
The Welcome Return of Kurt Russell The Welcome Return of Kurt Russell
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, March 13, 2014
A wise man—or, more precisely, a wiseass trucker named Jack Burton—once opined that "it’s all in the reflexes." Few actors have... More>>
The Engrossing Teenage Shows Why They Are Who They Are The Engrossing Teenage Shows Why They Are Who They Are
, March 13, 2014
Today it's hard for us to fathom why preachers used to rail so vehemently against jitterbugging. Even with cultural context—black music... More>>
There's More to Streaming Than Netflix There's More to Streaming Than Netflix
, March 13, 2014
As of this writing, the Netflix Instant catalog boasts more than 10,000 titles available for online streaming—a number that, as per the... More>>
Big Men Reveals How the World of Oil Actually Turns Big Men Reveals How the World of Oil Actually Turns
, March 13, 2014
Here's the rare current-affairs documentary that doesn't just show us something gone wrong in some part of our world. Rachel Boynton's first-rate... More>>
Getting Diorama Hard With Wes Anderson's The Grand Budapest Hotel Getting Diorama Hard With Wes Anderson's The Grand Budapest Hotel
, March 06, 2014
Leave it to Wes Anderson to make a film about World War II without mentioning Germany. In The Grand Budapest Hotel, a wundercabinet set in the... More>>
I'm Trying to Love Wes Anderson, That Miniaturist Puppet-Master I'm Trying to Love Wes Anderson, That Miniaturist Puppet-Master
, March 06, 2014
If you were to survey people who pay attention to movies—to go door-to-door with a clipboard, a sharpened No. 2 pencil and a sheaf of forms... More>>
Virtuosity Is Enough: Grand Piano Is All Suspenseful Invention Virtuosity Is Enough: Grand Piano Is All Suspenseful Invention
, March 06, 2014
Blockbuster spectacles are a dime a dozen. The thing we almost never see is the ambitious trifle, the smaller movie that strives to tell a story... More>>
The Meh Wayback: Mr. Peabody & Sherman The Meh Wayback: Mr. Peabody & Sherman
, March 06, 2014
First, the pleasant surprises. In puffing up the slight, absurd Mr. Peabody and Sherman shorts from Jay Ward’s The Rocky and Bullwinkle... More>>
Three Reasons Why HBO's Looking Is the Perfect Show for Women Three Reasons Why HBO's Looking Is the Perfect Show for Women
, March 06, 2014
(SPOILER ALERT: The following piece discusses up to the Feb. 16 episode of Looking.) HBO's Looking has had a tough time winning over its intended... More>>
Alain Resnais Imagined the Whole Memory of the World Alain Resnais Imagined the Whole Memory of the World
, March 06, 2014
Alain Resnais's last completed film, Life of Riley (2014), presents a group of aging friends who plan, hope, wish, dream, and scheme after they... More>>
The Bronzed Age: 300 Sequel Offers More Bloody Hunks, Plus Eva Green The Bronzed Age: 300 Sequel Offers More Bloody Hunks, Plus Eva Green
, March 06, 2014
Man, woman, gay, straight, bi: There's something for everyone in 300: Rise of an Empire, the XXL sequel to the also-larger-than-life... More>>
The Lush, 3D Nightmare of Stalingrad The Lush, 3D Nightmare of Stalingrad
, February 27, 2014
In the admittedly dubious interest of using national stereotypes as a way of understanding human nature, let's posit that while Americans have... More>>
Neeson Stomps, Neeson-style, In Non-Stop Neeson Stomps, Neeson-style, In Non-Stop
, February 27, 2014
Action heroes with nothing to lose are the best kind, perhaps the only kind worth watching. In the opening seconds of Jaume Collet-Serra's... More>>
Meet Skinaflix, the Netflix for Aficionados of Old-School Porn Meet Skinaflix, the Netflix for Aficionados of Old-School Porn
, February 27, 2014
“Sex films sell, and other stuff doesn't . . . or at least not nearly as well,” says film preservationist Joe Rubin. Rubin, 24 years... More>>
Son of God Is a Chintzy Melodrama About the Horrors of Capital Punishment Son of God Is a Chintzy Melodrama About the Horrors of Capital Punishment
, February 27, 2014
When we first meet the hero of Son of God, a kind of chintzy melodrama about the horrors of capital punishment, he’s approaching a... More>>
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