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True-ish Desert Dancer Pits Young Artists Against Iran True-ish Desert Dancer Pits Young Artists Against Iran
, April 09, 2015
There's not quite as much desert and dancing as you might expect in Desert Dancer, an earnest and occasionally hokey drama about kids wanting to... More>>
With Broken Horses, an Indian Master Aims for Amerindie Suspense With Broken Horses, an Indian Master Aims for Amerindie Suspense
, April 09, 2015
The most profitable film in the history of India is the romantic comedy 3 Idiots, which, according to the formal strictures of its industry, is a... More>>
Sisterhood of Night Betrays Its Characters for Its Mystery Sisterhood of Night Betrays Its Characters for Its Mystery
, April 09, 2015
Caryn Waechter's restless modern-day, teen witch-trial drama has more to recommend it than you might expect for a film whose central suspense is... More>>
Moving Violators Moving Violators
Vin Diesel and Co. are faster, furiouser—and they'll make you cry
, April 02, 2015
You may, like me, have seen all of the Fast and Furious movies, and you may, like me, have enjoyed most or many of them. You may also, like me,... More>>
Mad Men: What's Left After Achieving Everything? Mad Men: What's Left After Achieving Everything?
, April 02, 2015
Mad Men has always been about, among many other things, the exit of the old guard and the entrance of the new—and the acceleration of that... More>>
A Twit Gets Laid in 5 to 7 A Twit Gets Laid in 5 to 7
, April 02, 2015
Victor Levin's 5 to 7 is a romantic drama about a young writer in Manhattan that could be a superhero flick if its leading man wore tights. It's... More>>
Marvel's Daredevil Plods Promisingly Toward Comic-Book Glory Marvel's Daredevil Plods Promisingly Toward Comic-Book Glory
, April 02, 2015
The screen version of any long-running comic-book superhero inevitably feels thin compared to the richly detailed idea of that hero in the minds... More>>
Effie Gray Vaguely Damns Ruskin As a Prude Effie Gray Vaguely Damns Ruskin As a Prude
, April 02, 2015
In 1848, Euphemia Gray, a bright and pretty young girl from a family of modest means, left her home in Scotland to marry her era's equivalent of... More>>
Lambert & Stamp Is the Rare Honest Rock & Roll Film Lambert & Stamp Is the Rare Honest Rock & Roll Film
, April 02, 2015
Is it possible to be accidentally definitive? James D. Cooper's thorough and revealing doc Lambert & Stamp is billed as the story of the managers... More>>
That Guy Dick Miller's Not As Great As That Guy Dick Miller That Guy Dick Miller's Not As Great As That Guy Dick Miller
, April 02, 2015
A curiosity: The actor Dick Miller, a rumpled salt, has brightened up countless B-movies by showing up for a scene or two to reel off some... More>>
About Last Knights . . . About Last Knights . . .
, April 02, 2015
The glum revenge epic Last Knights is a timeworn tale that, when you squint, resembles the future. Established Hollywood stars Clive Owen and... More>>
Smuggler Thriller Manos Sucias Hurts Because It's Honest Smuggler Thriller Manos Sucias Hurts Because It's Honest
, April 02, 2015
For any thinking person, little in Josef Kubota Wladyka's fleet and sweaty Colombian-smuggler thriller Manos Sucias will surprise. Drug-running... More>>
The Barber Fails to Make the Cut The Barber Fails to Make the Cut
, March 26, 2015
I had high hopes for The Barber when it was announced as the first movie made by Chapman Filmed Entertainment, the private Orange university film... More>>
Middle-Age Comedy While We're Young Refuses to Give In to Self-Pity Middle-Age Comedy While We're Young Refuses to Give In to Self-Pity
, March 26, 2015
When you're young, to be old—even just the 44 kind of old—is unimaginable. Yet no one who has ever turned 44 or 54 or 74 can tell you... More>>
It's a Pacific Life for Humpback Whales It's a Pacific Life for Humpback Whales
, March 26, 2015
When the news hit that a gray whale was found tangled in rope and laboring to swim in 60 feet of water off the Dana Point Headlands shortly after... More>>
Two Generations, One Actress: Sutton Foster On Her Empowering Role in Younger Two Generations, One Actress: Sutton Foster On Her Empowering Role in Younger
, March 26, 2015
Doing everything right in one generation just makes you old-fashioned, even obsolete, in the next. That’s the harsh reality that confronts... More>>
Kevin Hart's Nerdiness Rescues Get Hard From Its Uncomfortable Homophobia Kevin Hart's Nerdiness Rescues Get Hard From Its Uncomfortable Homophobia
, March 26, 2015
Get Hard, Etan Cohen's comedy about a white stockbroker who hires a black man to prepare him for a 10-year stretch in San Quentin, is like a... More>>
Can Generation X Grow Up Already? Can Generation X Grow Up Already?
Noah Baumbach ages up to fortysomething angst in While We're Young
, March 26, 2015
Noah Baumbach has always had a dash of hypochondria, but in the past few years, his doctor's visits have changed. "If you're a worrier like I am,... More>>
The Riot Club Tries Too Hard to Make Us Hate the Rich The Riot Club Tries Too Hard to Make Us Hate the Rich
, March 26, 2015
Clueless rich guy Tom Perkins rightly became the laughingstock of the Internet last year after comparing America's "war on one-percenters" to the... More>>
A French Provocateur Sends Up His Persona In The Kidnapping of Michel Houellebecq A French Provocateur Sends Up His Persona In The Kidnapping of Michel Houellebecq
, March 26, 2015
Michel Houellebecq is France's most famous contemporary writer, owing in no small part to controversy that he either stirs up or can't escape... More>>
Wenders' Salt of the Earth Captures the Potent Brilliance of Sebastião Salgado's Photographs Wenders' Salt of the Earth Captures the Potent Brilliance of Sebastião Salgado's Photographs
, March 26, 2015
Even if you think you don't know the photographs of Sebastião Salgado, you've probably seen them. In one of his most famous pictures,... More>>
The Penn is Mightier Than The Gunman The Penn is Mightier Than The Gunman
, March 19, 2015
In the action thriller The Gunman, Sean Penn, at age 54, looks neither old nor young. He's been in training to look this age for a long time.... More>>
Insurgent Might Be a Synonym for ‘Brain-Dead’ Insurgent Might Be a Synonym for ‘Brain-Dead’
One of its characters speaks for us all when he says, ‘I knew you were dumb, but . . .’
, March 19, 2015
We’re two films in to the kiddie-dystopia Divergent franchise, and it’s still unclear if the sequel’s director, three... More>>
In Danny Collins, Al Pacino Stares Down His Stardom In Danny Collins, Al Pacino Stares Down His Stardom
, March 19, 2015
Some years ago, I went to see Tom Jones perform. He sang all the hits, but I was unnerved by his new, walnut-brown goatee. It looked freshly... More>>
A Star Turns Away In Jauja A Star Turns Away In Jauja
, March 19, 2015
The close-up, ostensibly one of a filmmaker's most valuable tools, is now so overused it's practically meaningless. Thanks to TV—and our... More>>
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