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Kink Makes the Case for Getting Off on Getting Rough Kink Makes the Case for Getting Off on Getting Rough
, August 14, 2014
There's a wonderfully bonkers Philip José Farmer novel in which Tarzan and Doc Savage, under different names, fight through the jungle... More>>
Toast the Return of Philippe de Broca's Globe-Trotting Parody of That Man Toast the Return of Philippe de Broca's Globe-Trotting Parody of That Man
, August 14, 2014
Jean-Paul Belmondo in a white dinner jacket. There. That should be enough to sell you on Philippe de Broca's 1964 crime caper–spoof That... More>>
Friends With Possibilities: What If Someone Made a Good Romantic Comedy? Friends With Possibilities: What If Someone Made a Good Romantic Comedy?
, August 07, 2014
In the highly imperfect world of contemporary romantic comedies, What If is as close to perfect as anything we've got, not least for the way it... More>>
Zombie Comedy Life After Beth Is a Bit Too Stiff Zombie Comedy Life After Beth Is a Bit Too Stiff
, August 07, 2014
Every other year or so, someone comes down the indie-movie pike with an idea for an unconventional zombie movie—as opposed to the workaday... More>>
A Frankly Hilarious Movie A Frankly Hilarious Movie
, August 07, 2014
Genius is hell, both for the blessed and for those stuck in the shadows, cursed to spend a lifetime smashing their heads against the glass. In... More>>
What If's Daniel Radcliffe Explains Why He'll Never Do a Rom-Com With Emma Watson What If's Daniel Radcliffe Explains Why He'll Never Do a Rom-Com With Emma Watson
, August 07, 2014
Daniel Radcliffe's first trip to Comic­-Con kicked off like the world's cuddliest Nuremberg rally. This summer, just minutes after he walked... More>>
Film Critics Need to Learn to Look and Enjoy Film Critics Need to Learn to Look and Enjoy
, August 07, 2014
Star presence, that distillation of charisma and sometimes glamour, lies at the heart of the movies' appeal. The star presence James Harvey... More>>
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>>
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