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In Point and Shoot, the Arab Spring Is Second to a Nice American's Journey In Point and Shoot, the Arab Spring Is Second to a Nice American's Journey
, October 30, 2014
Can profundity be accidental? Marshall Curry's documentary Point and Shoot is a study in naifdom that seems to think it's about something else:... More>>
Edward Snowden Is Citizenfour in Laura Poitras' New Film Edward Snowden Is Citizenfour in Laura Poitras' New Film
, October 23, 2014
Director Laura Poitras' Citizenfour boasts an hour or so of tense, intimate, world-shaking footage you might not quite believe you're watching.... More>>
As Lit's Biggest Prick, Jason Schwartzman Wears Us Down As Lit's Biggest Prick, Jason Schwartzman Wears Us Down
, October 23, 2014
You can’t live in New York for more than 10 days without meeting some truly dreadful people: couples who fret about having to choose... More>>
Citizenfour's Laura Poitras Explains Why Edward Snowden Did It Citizenfour's Laura Poitras Explains Why Edward Snowden Did It
. . . and asks you to consider your relationship with Google
, October 23, 2014
With the first two documentaries in her post-9/11 trilogy—My Country, My Country, a portrait of Iraq under American occupation, and The... More>>
Östlund's First-Rate Force Majeure Exposes the Act of Manliness Östlund's First-Rate Force Majeure Exposes the Act of Manliness
, October 23, 2014
Ruben Östlund makes films the way sociologists devise thought experiments: by posing a hypothesis and thinking fully through its... More>>
Keanu Reeves Is Just Plain Awesome in John Wick Keanu Reeves Is Just Plain Awesome in John Wick
, October 23, 2014
Dog lovers and fans of the beyond-understated charisma of Keanu Reeves have a tough choice when it comes to John Wick. Those who count themselves... More>>
The Dark Comes From Us The Dark Comes From Us
Nightcrawler's Jake Gyllenhaal on why we're to blame for tabloid news
, October 23, 2014
Jake Gyllenhaal is used to exhaustion. During his research for the LAPD drama End of Watch, he spent five months patrolling the streets with... More>>
Stellar Indie The Heart Machine Is An Of-the-Now Mystery Stellar Indie The Heart Machine Is An Of-the-Now Mystery
, October 23, 2014
Films about ultramodern technology tend to have an air of alarmism about them. Jason Reitman's dismal Men, Women & Children seized the ubiquity... More>>
Michael Keaton's Great in the Flashy Birdman Michael Keaton's Great in the Flashy Birdman
, October 16, 2014
Before there was a Birdman, there was a Batman—several, in fact, though the best was played by Michael Keaton in the two Tim Burton films... More>>
WWII Drama Fury Rolls Through Hell WWII Drama Fury Rolls Through Hell
, October 16, 2014
A gloom hangs over writer/director David Ayer's brutal war drama Fury that only the audience can see. It's April 1945, and we know that in weeks... More>>
Campus Comedy Dear White People Braves Tough Questions of Race Campus Comedy Dear White People Braves Tough Questions of Race
, October 16, 2014
Among its many attributes, Justin Simien's exuberant debut feature, Dear White People, proves that we're not yet living in a "post-racial... More>>
Young Ones Redeems the Sci-Fi Western Young Ones Redeems the Sci-Fi Western
, October 16, 2014
Jake Paltrow's Young Ones is a dustbowl western with a sci-fi twist. It looks and sounds like the past: The plains are barren, the people wear... More>>
The Detainees Don't Sparkle In Camp X-Ray The Detainees Don't Sparkle In Camp X-Ray
, October 16, 2014
Let's get this out of the way now: Kristen Stewart is fine in Camp X-Ray, the tough-minded/soft-hearted drama that packs America's sweetheart off... More>>
Dracula Won't Shut Up in Summer of Blood Dracula Won't Shut Up in Summer of Blood
, October 16, 2014
The tasteful white-on-black title text suggests that this motor-mouthed vampire-in-Brooklyn comedy is meant to suggest the best of Woody Allen,... More>>
Watchers of the Sky Celebrates the Fight Against Humanity's Worst Watchers of the Sky Celebrates the Fight Against Humanity's Worst
, October 16, 2014
The greatest lie of the last 80 years: "Never again." At this moment, Omar al-Bashir, the world's wickedest despot, is free not just to rule the... More>>
Gary Webb Never Said No to the Truth Gary Webb Never Said No to the Truth
Kill the Messenger is sad, compelling and oh-so-typical
, October 09, 2014
"My friend, some stories are too true to tell," federal prosecutor Fred Weil (Michael Sheen) warns San Jose Mercury News reporter Gary Webb... More>>
Bill Murray Plays for Laughs Until St. Vincent Gets Maudlin Bill Murray Plays for Laughs Until St. Vincent Gets Maudlin
, October 09, 2014
The big news: In its first half, before it bottoms out with the rankest feel-goodery, Theodore Melfi's too-familiar ain't-he-irascible... More>>
Whiplash Offers a Painful and Joyous Jazz Education Whiplash Offers a Painful and Joyous Jazz Education
, October 09, 2014
Jazz isn't dead. Miraculously, there's always a small but steady stream of young people who continue to fall in love with this most dazzling and... More>>
No One Can Save Wheezing Courtroom Drama The Judge No One Can Save Wheezing Courtroom Drama The Judge
, October 09, 2014
God save us from old coots and the actors who play them. Is that a terrible thing to say? Actors, like the rest of us, grow old, and there aren't... More>>
The Evolution of a Criminal Is a Marvel of Feeling The Evolution of a Criminal Is a Marvel of Feeling
, October 09, 2014
Vital, thoughtful and deeply personal, first-timer Darius Clark Monroe's autobiographical doc stands as a testament to the power of movies to... More>>
See This Eleanor Rigby, Not the Other One See This Eleanor Rigby, Not the Other One
, October 09, 2014
The two joined halves of Ned Benson's The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby, called Her and Him, form a cumulative portrait of grief where no one is... More>>
I Am Ali Offers New Footage But Little Insight I Am Ali Offers New Footage But Little Insight
, October 09, 2014
Few people on the planet have ever been as good at anything as Muhammad Ali was at boxing; fewer still have the outsized charisma to match that... More>>
The Overnighters Is a Tragic Doc About Loving Your Neighbor The Overnighters Is a Tragic Doc About Loving Your Neighbor
, October 09, 2014
Quick, name the most expensive housing market in America. If you said New York, Los Angeles, or San Francisco, you couldn't be farther from the... More>>
The Pact 2, Horror 1 The Pact 2, Horror 1
, October 09, 2014
The best that can be said of The Pact 2 is that its existence might draw the attention of more viewers to The Pact, a superior indie creep-out... More>>
Vlad Has a Sad: A Dracula Who Hates Neck-Biting? Vlad Has a Sad: A Dracula Who Hates Neck-Biting?
, October 09, 2014
This Dracula Begins-style sword-and-fangs curio plays like someone said, "What if we took a vampire flick but did a find-and-replace swapping out... More>>
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