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Shouldn't Drive Hard Be More Mad? Shouldn't Drive Hard Be More Mad?
, October 02, 2014
First there was The Driver, then there was Drive Angry, and then there was Drive. Now there's Drive Hard—because why not? Thomas Jane plays... More>>
Nas Is (Still) Like . . . Nas Is (Still) Like . . .
, October 02, 2014
One rhyme in particular crystallizes the genius of Nas' 1994 classic Illmatic. It comes in the song "One Love," which takes the form of a letter... More>>
Left Behind is Sinfully Boring Left Behind is Sinfully Boring
, October 02, 2014
Every child who's thrown a tantrum, packed a bag and plotted to run away has shivered with the same vengeful thought: I wish I could see how sad... More>>
Pride, Or: The Rainbow vs. Thatcher Pride, Or: The Rainbow vs. Thatcher
, October 02, 2014
It says something about current global affairs that a movie set during the U.K. miners' strike of the mid-1980s—an event that tore lives to... More>>
Demonic-Doll Movie Annabelle Is Surprisingly Unnerving Demonic-Doll Movie Annabelle Is Surprisingly Unnerving
, October 02, 2014
Annabelle, an effective prequel to horror pastiche The Conjuring, surpasses its predecessor simply by virtue of occasionally being scary. Both... More>>
Waiting for August's Resilient Teen Heroine Keeps Her Family Going Waiting for August's Resilient Teen Heroine Keeps Her Family Going
, October 02, 2014
What's perhaps most moving in Waiting for August, a quiet film of weight and joy, is its sense of desperate normalcy. Newcomer Teodora Ana... More>>
Jason Reitman's Men, Women & Children Despairs at Our Wi-Fi World Jason Reitman's Men, Women & Children Despairs at Our Wi-Fi World
, October 02, 2014
The tragedy of Jason Reitman's Men, Women & Children is that it was released the year it was made. A snapshot of today's cultural disconnection,... More>>
The Blue Room Leaves You Guessing The Blue Room Leaves You Guessing
, October 02, 2014
Mathieu Amalric's brisk, agreeably nasty thriller The Blue Room turns on a couple of murders—or does it?—but rather than corpses,... More>>
Road-Tripping With Community's Dan Harmon Road-Tripping With Community's Dan Harmon
, October 02, 2014
For a lot of reasons that probably have to do with shareholder value maximization, this is an era in which mainstream cinema has been eclipsed by... More>>
Fishing Without Nets Examines a Hijacking From the Somali Pirates' POV Fishing Without Nets Examines a Hijacking From the Somali Pirates' POV
, October 02, 2014
Perhaps the most frightening thing about blockbuster thrillers and action films is their purposeful lack of empathy, their reliance on faceless... More>>
Doc Last Hijack Animates the Life of a Somali Kidnapper Doc Last Hijack Animates the Life of a Somali Kidnapper
, October 02, 2014
Sadly, the singular element intended to differentiate this Somali pirate flick from the clutch of other Somali pirate flicks proves a bit of a... More>>
Remembering the Last Days In Vietnam With Film Director Rory Kennedy Remembering the Last Days In Vietnam With Film Director Rory Kennedy
, September 25, 2014
In the months following the Vietnam War, tensions between the U.S. and Vietnam had been at a standstill, until President Nixon's resignation... More>>
Grub-Eating Boxtrolls Thrive in Moral Grayness Grub-Eating Boxtrolls Thrive in Moral Grayness
, September 25, 2014
The Boxtrolls is a kiddie charmer that makes you laugh, cower and think of Hitler. That's an unusual trifecta, but then again, this is an unusual... More>>
3D Printing Doc Print the Legend Shows That Yes, You Will Be Able to Print a Gun 3D Printing Doc Print the Legend Shows That Yes, You Will Be Able to Print a Gun
, September 25, 2014
In 2010, The Social Network fictionalized the dramatic building-up and falling-out around Facebook's founding. Four years later, the documentary... More>>
Electric Ladyland: André Benjamin Is Hendrix, But the Women Make Jimi Electric Ladyland: André Benjamin Is Hendrix, But the Women Make Jimi
, September 25, 2014
Groupie has come to be an ugly word, a misogynist dig that's used all too casually by men and women alike. A groupie is a woman who doesn't "do"... More>>
Nice Guy Denzel Washington Kills in the Cartoonish Equalizer Nice Guy Denzel Washington Kills in the Cartoonish Equalizer
, September 25, 2014
Before its regular-joe hero gets bitten by a radioactive equation and becomes the Equalizer, who's sort of the Rain Man of puncturing Russian... More>>
And Now for Something Completely Similar: Terry Gilliam's Zero Theorem And Now for Something Completely Similar: Terry Gilliam's Zero Theorem
, September 18, 2014
Terry Gilliam is a gifted, ambitious filmmaker who, sadly, may now be more famous for being misunderstood and underfunded than he is for actually... More>>
If You're Not a Rich Dope, This Is Where I Leave You Offers Nothing If You're Not a Rich Dope, This Is Where I Leave You Offers Nothing
, September 18, 2014
"I've spent my whole life playing it safe," whines Judd Altman (Jason Bateman), the middle-class milquetoast at the center of This Is Where I... More>>
Hector's Simon Pegg Gets the Mitty Treatment Hector's Simon Pegg Gets the Mitty Treatment
, September 18, 2014
Simon Pegg has always been more like a cartoon than a real boy. He's one part Charlie Brown to two parts Tintin, a round-faced runt who can... More>>
Feed the Beast: Kevin Smith's Podcast-Inspired Horror Film Tusk Labors for Infamy Feed the Beast: Kevin Smith's Podcast-Inspired Horror Film Tusk Labors for Infamy
, September 18, 2014
Kevin Smith is a bright guy who over the years has become a little too taken with his own persona, his own jokes, his own cult... More>>
Accept the Invitation of Adam Wingard's Thriller The Guest Accept the Invitation of Adam Wingard's Thriller The Guest
, September 18, 2014
Adam Wingard's The Guest opens with a wet-eyed woman (Sheila Kelley) sitting so still in a chair in her desert ranch house that all we hear is... More>>
Copy Master: Art and Craft's Trickster Forger Is an American Original Copy Master: Art and Craft's Trickster Forger Is an American Original
, September 18, 2014
Knocking out the first-rate forgeries that fooled 60 American museums? That was a curiously mundane miracle, something for Mark Landis to do... More>>
Nick Cave Invites Us In in 20,000 Days On Earth Nick Cave Invites Us In in 20,000 Days On Earth
, September 18, 2014
Should we trust artists to tell the story of artists? On the plus side, who understands them better? If there's a secret language of imagination... More>>
A Walk Among the Tombstones: What If a Liam Neeson Movie Was as Potent as Liam Neeson? A Walk Among the Tombstones: What If a Liam Neeson Movie Was as Potent as Liam Neeson?
, September 18, 2014
They've done it at last: made a Liam Neeson-stomps-some-ass flick where, as the credits roll, there's more stuff to be glad you saw than Neeson... More>>
The Ebullient Clark Terry Perseveres In Keep On Keepin' On The Ebullient Clark Terry Perseveres In Keep On Keepin' On
, September 18, 2014
Seeing a living legend laid up in an oxygen tent shouldn't be fun. But in Alan Hicks' doc Keep On Keepin' On, it somehow is. Now in his nineties,... More>>
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