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22 Jump Street's Funny Enough—Except for the Tired Gay Jokes 22 Jump Street's Funny Enough—Except for the Tired Gay Jokes
, June 05, 2014
One of the biggest selling points of 21 Jump Street, the 2012 TV-remake comedy, turned out to be its seemingly unscripted lunacy, the way it put... More>>
Toothless Soars—And the How to Train Your Dragon Sequel (Mostly) Works Toothless Soars—And the How to Train Your Dragon Sequel (Mostly) Works
, June 05, 2014
If you ever have days when you prefer animals to human beings, How to Train Your Dragon 2 is your kind of movie. In some ways, the second entry... More>>
Again and Again, 22 Jump Street's Lord and Miller Turn Crap Ideas Into Movie Gold Again and Again, 22 Jump Street's Lord and Miller Turn Crap Ideas Into Movie Gold
, June 05, 2014
When Phil Lord and Chris Miller pitched their idea for a 21 Jump Street movie, a film everyone thought was, at best, a moronic moneymaker, they... More>>
The Comic See You Next Tuesday Nails the Broke-Ass Life The Comic See You Next Tuesday Nails the Broke-Ass Life
, June 05, 2014
One of the more cutting barbs in Noah Baumbach's Frances Ha arrives when its beleaguered ingenue, strapped for cash and eager to bemoan it,... More>>
Narco Thriller Heli Makes War-Zone Art Narco Thriller Heli Makes War-Zone Art
, June 05, 2014
So far onscreen, Mexican narcoculture has generated mostly grim documentaries, but given the carnage and the proximity, you can easily imagine... More>>
Trust Me's Clark Gregg: 'There Is This Barbarism Inherent in the American Dream' Trust Me's Clark Gregg: 'There Is This Barbarism Inherent in the American Dream'
, June 05, 2014
Multi-hyphenate actor Clark Gregg understands that hard work and perseverance don't necessarily pay off in Hollywood. Since moving to Los Angeles... More>>
Killer Dust-Up: Pattinson and Pearce Battle Through The Rover Killer Dust-Up: Pattinson and Pearce Battle Through The Rover
, June 05, 2014
The Rover, Australian filmmaker David Michôd's follow-up to the brutish family drama Animal Kingdom, is a post-apocalyptic western from the... More>>
All Cheerleaders Die, Or: Bring It Undead All Cheerleaders Die, Or: Bring It Undead
, June 05, 2014
You could call it Bring It On meets The Craft and stop right there with considerable accuracy. But why would you, when All Cheerleaders Die... More>>
Bristling Violette Exposes a Creator's Nerve Bristling Violette Exposes a Creator's Nerve
, June 05, 2014
Violette is a film consumed by hunger, as was its heroine, French writer Violette Leduc: hunger for love, for companionship, for artistic... More>>
Epic Drama Burning Bush Reveals Prague Freezing Over Epic Drama Burning Bush Reveals Prague Freezing Over
, June 05, 2014
As a movie, Agnieszka Holland's four-hour Cold War drama Burning Bush makes for first-rate TV. That's no swipe. Rather, it's an acknowledgment... More>>
Limited Reception: The Signal Is Too Busy Blowing Minds to Tell a Story Limited Reception: The Signal Is Too Busy Blowing Minds to Tell a Story
, June 05, 2014
There's still one kind of dread that today's genre filmmakers can reliably stir up: the fear that everything we've been watching onscreen is... More>>
The Witches of Batshit The Witches of Batshit
, June 05, 2014
A major achievement in sunny wretchedness, Álex de la Iglesia's splatter-comedy Witching & Bitching projectile pukes its outrages at you... More>>
A Million Ways to Die (Laughing) In the West A Million Ways to Die (Laughing) In the West
, May 29, 2014
We're still adjusting to Seth MacFarlane as a big-screen star. Not just because his breakneck absurdist humor often demands viewers pause and... More>>
Tom Cruise Is Back (And Back, And Back Again!) in Edge of Tomorrow Tom Cruise Is Back (And Back, And Back Again!) in Edge of Tomorrow
, May 29, 2014
In 1986, peaceniks were mad at Tom Cruise. That year, the Navy thanked Top Gun for boosting enlistment another 20,000 recruits. Since then, he's... More>>
The Choice That Dare Not Speak Its Name The Choice That Dare Not Speak Its Name
, May 29, 2014
For all the FOX News fearmongering that Hollywood is out to indoctrinate those of us with liberal values, when it comes to pregnancy, the movies... More>>
The Case Against 8 Is the Best Kind of Popular History The Case Against 8 Is the Best Kind of Popular History
, May 29, 2014
There's much to be astonished by in the story of how the Supreme Court was goaded in slapping down Proposition 8, California's gay marriage ban.... More>>
Summer Movies Don't Have to Suck Summer Movies Don't Have to Suck
Flicks to look into on the edge of tomorrow—and the next months
, May 29, 2014
The phrase "summer movies" will never not mean broad, action-driven crowd-pleasers to me: I counted the days until Batman (June 23, 1989),... More>>
Another Great Beauty: Marco Bellocchio Lays Bare Italian Life, Again Another Great Beauty: Marco Bellocchio Lays Bare Italian Life, Again
, May 29, 2014
Marco Bellocchio is one of the great filmmakers of Italian cinema, and, still working at 74, he may be the greatest of those living. But his... More>>
Blockbuster Hollywood Has Forgotten How to Make Good Movies Blockbuster Hollywood Has Forgotten How to Make Good Movies
Also: how to make money
, May 29, 2014
Let's rewind 20 years, to the summer of 1994. O.J. Simpson has been arrested for murder, the World Cup is in America and being ignored, and the... More>>
A Rom-Com of One's Own A Rom-Com of One's Own
Obvious Child director Gillian Robespierre explains the inspiration behind her abortion-themed romantic comedy
, May 29, 2014
When first-time director Gillian Robespierre's festival favorite Obvious Child makes its theatrical debut in June, it could herald the sweetest,... More>>
Sébastien Betbeder and Vincent Macaigne's Stellar Love Story, 2 Autumns, 3 Winters Sébastien Betbeder and Vincent Macaigne's Stellar Love Story, 2 Autumns, 3 Winters
, May 29, 2014
Slightly stoop-shouldered, his thinning hair a greasy, unkempt swirl that hangs to his shoulders, actor Vincent Macaigne, who plays the main... More>>
Borgman Invades a Home—And Maybe Your Dreams Borgman Invades a Home—And Maybe Your Dreams
, May 29, 2014
"Destroy your safe and happy lives before it is too late," the Mekons once sang. The smug suburban Dutch family in writer/director Alex van... More>>
In X-Men: Days of Future Past, New X-Men Meet Old X-Men and Explain Lots of Stuff In X-Men: Days of Future Past, New X-Men Meet Old X-Men and Explain Lots of Stuff
, May 22, 2014
America's sweetheart Jennifer Lawrence truly can do anything. In the course of three months, she's managed to graciously lose an Oscar (her third... More>>
Sandler and Barrymore Hurt Us in Blended Sandler and Barrymore Hurt Us in Blended
, May 22, 2014
A romance ripped from the pages of Deuteronomy, Frank Coraci's Blended posits that the best reason for a woman with sons and a man with daughters... More>>
Jolie the Great and Powerful in Maleficent Jolie the Great and Powerful in Maleficent
, May 22, 2014
Boil Maleficent down to one newt's nose-size piece of advice and you'd get this: Don't dump Angelina Jolie. It's not a problem most mortals will... More>>
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