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Top Five Shows Why We Need Comedy Top Five Shows Why We Need Comedy
, December 11, 2014
Whatever it is Americans want out of life—and it's not even something we can precisely define ourselves—it was nowhere in evidence on... More>>
The Grim Sleeper and His Victims Meet the World at Last The Grim Sleeper and His Victims Meet the World at Last
, December 11, 2014
Sixty-six-year-old British documentarian Nick Broomfield didn't blend in when he went cruising around South Central Los Angeles to retrace a... More>>
Maidan Reveals a Ukrainian Uprising—And the Crackdown Maidan Reveals a Ukrainian Uprising—And the Crackdown
, December 11, 2014
Easily the most rigorous, vital and powerful movie of 2014, Sergei Loznitsa's Maidan may be a perfect Bazinian cinema-machine—reality is... More>>
Bale and Exodus Tremble Before a Murdering God Bale and Exodus Tremble Before a Murdering God
, December 11, 2014
Flip open your Bibles to Numbers 12:3 to find the first inaccuracy in Ridley Scott's Exodus: Gods and Kings. "Now the man Moses was very meek,... More>>
Reese Witherspoon Hoboes Through the Winning Wild Reese Witherspoon Hoboes Through the Winning Wild
, December 04, 2014
For reasons that are perhaps understandable, stories about women finding themselves—or their voices, or their inner courage, or any number... More>>
HBO's Getting On Is the Brainiest (and Fartiest) Comedy You're Not Watching HBO's Getting On Is the Brainiest (and Fartiest) Comedy You're Not Watching
, December 04, 2014
Hospitals are depressing. Until recently, medical shows glossed over this basic fact of life by focusing on the most glamorous clique within... More>>
Women's-Lib Doc She's Beautiful When She's Angry Captures The World as It Changed Women's-Lib Doc She's Beautiful When She's Angry Captures The World as It Changed
, December 04, 2014
On Oct. 8, 2012, Rush Limbaugh—the radio host and resentment profiteer—said this to a listener who had called to complain about how... More>>
Friends Are the Benefit in Life Partners Friends Are the Benefit in Life Partners
, December 04, 2014
Susanna Fogel's Life Partners starts with a vehicular meet-cute: Paige (Gillian Jacobs) cuts off Sasha (Leighton Meester), causing the aggrieved... More>>
The Israeli Soldiers of Zero Motivation Rage With Idle Hilarity The Israeli Soldiers of Zero Motivation Rage With Idle Hilarity
, December 04, 2014
The thing about hating your job and not giving a shit is it can happen to anyone, any time—it might even explain the longueurs late in most... More>>
Concerning Violence Is a Devastating Essay of Colonization Concerning Violence Is a Devastating Essay of Colonization
, December 04, 2014
Göran Hugo Olsson's profound essay doc aspires to upset in the truest sense. As its vintage footage of the cruelties of colonial life shocks... More>>
Hate the Player, Not The Imitation Game Hate the Player, Not The Imitation Game
, November 27, 2014
"Politics really isn't my specialty," says Alan Turing (Benedict Cumberbatch) with a shrug to a naval commander (Charles Dance) in an early... More>>
Horrible Bosses 2 Is the Comedy the First Should Have Been Horrible Bosses 2 Is the Comedy the First Should Have Been
, November 27, 2014
The third-greatest scourge of the earth, right after online comments sections and bedbugs, is the unfunny comedy sequel, which may be why you... More>>
Garfield Creator Jim Davis Explains Why Cats Rule the Internet Garfield Creator Jim Davis Explains Why Cats Rule the Internet
. . . And why Jon actually might be talking to himself
, November 27, 2014
Garfield creator Jim Davis is well aware of the internet's cat obsession. In fact, he's got an upcoming strip about it. "But if I told you the... More>>
Is Any Part of Bill Cosby's Legacy Worth Salvaging? Is Any Part of Bill Cosby's Legacy Worth Salvaging?
How you separate the art from the artist
, November 27, 2014
Bill Cosby's present is secure. Despite the 17 women (so far) who have publicly come forward with notably similar allegations of drug-enabled... More>>
The Scarifying Babadook Is a Rare Horror Triumph The Scarifying Babadook Is a Rare Horror Triumph
, November 27, 2014
If we're honest, most of us who relish a good horror film don't actually hope to feel something like horror. The appeal is, instead, that of... More>>
Gape at the Sublime Antarctica Gape at the Sublime Antarctica
, November 27, 2014
The heavens dance. From the bottom of the world, where your eyes might freeze in your face, we see stars pulse against seams of luminous dust,... More>>
J-Law Goes to War in Mockingjay J-Law Goes to War in Mockingjay
, November 20, 2014
Over the first two Hunger Games films, we've watched coal miner's daughter Katniss Everdeen become the pawn, then the pest of the Capitol, whose... More>>
The Mule Is a Tough Sit The Mule Is a Tough Sit
, November 20, 2014
Perhaps it's fitting that a crime drama about constipation should take so long to get going. Directors Tony Mahony and Angus Sampson's tense... More>>
Jarvis Cocker and Pulp Go Home Jarvis Cocker and Pulp Go Home
, November 20, 2014
When I was a kid in upstate New York, I'd hear Petula Clark's "Downtown" on the radio—a song about the promise of glittering lights, "movie... More>>
Bad Hair's Affecting Look at Youthful Yearning Bad Hair's Affecting Look at Youthful Yearning
, November 20, 2014
When we're little, the things we want so badly in our miniaturized here-and-now are often impossible for grown-ups to understand. That's... More>>
Jon Stewart Pulls It Off With Rosewater Jon Stewart Pulls It Off With Rosewater
, November 13, 2014
During a 2009 Daily Show interview with Maziar Bahari, the Canadian-Iranian journalist who, earlier that year, had been imprisoned in Iran for... More>>
Du Pont Wrestling Drama Foxcatcher Engages But Doesn't Pin Du Pont Wrestling Drama Foxcatcher Engages But Doesn't Pin
, November 13, 2014
The du Pont family made its fortune selling gunpowder during the War of 1812 and soldiered on to invent everything ever worn by a cop: Kevlar,... More>>
How Reality TV Went From Launchpad to Dumpster How Reality TV Went From Launchpad to Dumpster
, November 13, 2014
Minor spoilers for the second episode of The Comeback's sophomore season. It's no mystery why The Comeback, which returned for its second season... More>>
The Homesman Brings a Lost America to Life The Homesman Brings a Lost America to Life
, November 13, 2014
Tales of the Old West continue to make up a significant portion of our cultural narrative, mostly because we still like to comfort ourselves with... More>>
Ice Cold War: Red Army Showcases the Height of Soviet Hockey Ice Cold War: Red Army Showcases the Height of Soviet Hockey
, November 13, 2014
Sport is a natural metaphor for war. Two sides in two colors face each other on a field, each with pride and physical safety at risk. Their... More>>
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