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Get On Up Is an Inspired James Brown Biopic Get On Up Is an Inspired James Brown Biopic
, July 31, 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 —... 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>>
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 31, 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>>
Michel Gondry's Mood Indigo Gets Richer as It Darkens Michel Gondry's Mood Indigo Gets Richer as It Darkens
, July 31, 2014
Mood Indigo is bitter candy, a heartbreaker that uses sugar as a trap. The director, Michel Gondry, has a brilliant, contradictory brain. He's a... More>>
There's Nothing Inspired in Woody Allen's Magic in the Moonlight There's Nothing Inspired in Woody Allen's Magic in the Moonlight
, July 31, 2014
"The heart wants what it wants," Woody Allen has taught us, and apparently what his heart wants these days is not to have to bother with writing... More>>
In Happy Christmas, Anna Kendrick Is the Best at Being the Worst In Happy Christmas, Anna Kendrick Is the Best at Being the Worst
, July 31, 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>>
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>>
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>>
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>>
Anna Kendrick Had Her Heart Broken by a Hot Dog Anna Kendrick Had Her Heart Broken by a Hot Dog
, July 24, 2014
"I forget that people think that I'm the girl with a ponytail and a briefcase," says Anna Kendrick, perched on a couch in a T-shirt and jeans.... More>>
A Most Wanted Man: Philip Seymour Hoffman Lends Le Carré Gravity A Most Wanted Man: Philip Seymour Hoffman Lends Le CarrĂ© Gravity
, 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>>
Land Ho!'s Horny Seniors Never Quite Charm Land Ho!'s Horny Seniors Never Quite Charm
, July 17, 2014
Land Ho! is a How Grandpa Got His Groove Back for the geezer set, a buddy road trip through Iceland, starring two divorced men with a combined... More>>
Planes' Tailspin Is More Fun to Ponder Than to Watch Planes' Tailspin Is More Fun to Ponder Than to Watch
, July 17, 2014
It turns out that the cars and planes of Cars and Planes can kiss. Deep into Planes: Fire & Rescue, a time-killing kid-flick whose title is an... More>>
Zach Braff's Crowdfunded Indie Is Just Good Enough Zach Braff's Crowdfunded Indie Is Just Good Enough
, July 17, 2014
Wish I Was Here, the movie that actor and second-time director Zach Braff partially funded with money raised through Kickstarter, isn't nearly... More>>
The Purge: Anarchy Is a Fun House-Mirror Look at American Class War The Purge: Anarchy Is a Fun House-Mirror Look at American Class War
, July 17, 2014
If the Saw series taught us anything, it's that every quasi-inventive genre movie is fated to become a yearly franchise with increasingly... 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>>
The Three Craziest Moments of Nic Cage's New Rage, Ranked The Three Craziest Moments of Nic Cage's New Rage, Ranked
, July 10, 2014
How has there not already been a Nicolas Cage movie called Rage? That title could fit many of the Drive Angry star's late-career time-wasters.... More>>
Linklater's Glorious Boyhood Captures Life in Bloom Linklater's Glorious Boyhood Captures Life in Bloom
, July 10, 2014
The business of childhood is the business of waiting: waiting for Christmas, waiting for school to let out, waiting to be old enough to stay up... More>>
Frank Grillo Turns Leading Man in The Purge: Anarchy Frank Grillo Turns Leading Man in The Purge: Anarchy
, July 10, 2014
Sirens blare and an eerie voice announces that it's best to remain indoors if you don't plan to participate. While others make safety... More>>
Richard Linklater Explains His Secret Movie Boyhood, Which He Shot Over 12 Years Richard Linklater Explains His Secret Movie Boyhood, Which He Shot Over 12 Years
, July 10, 2014
"It's the secret films you have to watch out for," jokes Richard Linklater of his new movie Boyhood, a furtive experiment that he kept quiet for... More>>
Narco Thriller Heli Makes War-Zone Art Narco Thriller Heli Makes War-Zone Art
, July 03, 2014
So far onscreen, Mexican narcoculture has generated mostly grim documentaries, but given the carnage and the proximity, you easily can imagine... More>>
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes Is a Stellar Sequel Dawn of the Planet of the Apes Is a Stellar Sequel
, July 03, 2014
Who knows why, but the sight of apes sitting tall and proud on horseback is stirring in a primal way. That's one of the best images in Matt... More>>
Tammy Attempts to Housebreak Melissa McCarthy Tammy Attempts to Housebreak Melissa McCarthy
, July 03, 2014
It’s a relief, after the wretched Identity Thief, to see movies whose makers love Melissa McCarthy as much as audiences do. Identity... More>>
Roman Polanski's Venus in Fur Is a Wicked Power Play Roman Polanski's Venus in Fur Is a Wicked Power Play
, July 03, 2014
Plays adapted into movies always feel naked by the time they make it to the screen, their theatrical bones showing through in a most awkward and... More>>
And Deliver Us From the Anemic Spook Story Deliver Us From Evil And Deliver Us From the Anemic Spook Story Deliver Us From Evil
, July 03, 2014
Horror, like porno, can be judged only by its effect on your pulse. If you jerked in your seat, it served its function. Biology requires us to... More>>
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