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He Brought Down the Wrong Empire: Seth Rogen's The Interview Won't Show in Theaters He Brought Down the Wrong Empire: Seth Rogen's The Interview Won't Show in Theaters
, December 18, 2014
Editor's Note: Sony has officially canceled the theatrical release of The Interview following terrorist threats against theaters, and the... More>>
Into the Woods sometimes soars — but also dithers Into the Woods sometimes soars — but also dithers
, December 18, 2014
Before worrying ourselves over its qualities as an adaptation, or its findings as an experiment in just how much tumpety-tump parump-pa-bump the... More>>
The Ten Best TV Shows of 2014 The Ten Best TV Shows of 2014
, December 18, 2014
TV continued to unmoor from its origins and transform into something else this year. No longer tethered to a specific appliance, a particular... More>>
The Colbert Report's Greatness Arrived With Its Very First Episode The Colbert Report's Greatness Arrived With Its Very First Episode
, December 18, 2014
The funniest and most incisive show on television is ending this week -- so let's look back at how it began. On October 17, 2005, a power-suited... More>>
Unbroken Is More About Punishment Than Heroism Unbroken Is More About Punishment Than Heroism
, December 18, 2014
There's something curiously airless about director Angelina Jolie's Unbroken, the story of real-life Olympian and WWII P.O.W. Louis Zamperini.... More>>
Another Great Marion Cotillard Performance Anchors Two Days, One Night Another Great Marion Cotillard Performance Anchors Two Days, One Night
, December 18, 2014
In the opening moments of Two Days, One Night, a working-class Belgian woman named Sandra (Marion Cotillard) wakes from a midday nap, takes a... More>>
Peter Jackson's Hobbit-Embiggening Project Hits Its Spectacular End Peter Jackson's Hobbit-Embiggening Project Hits Its Spectacular End
, December 11, 2014
The biggest laugh I heard from the audience at my screening of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies came from seven words in the end... More>>
Netflix's Marco Polo Is Everything That's Wrong With Game of Thrones Netflix's Marco Polo Is Everything That's Wrong With Game of Thrones
, December 11, 2014
Despite its sumptuous displays of feudal opulence — cavalries, silk gowns, all the naked female extras money can buy — Netflix's... More>>
The Israeli Soldiers of Zero Motivation Rage With Idle Hilarity The Israeli Soldiers of Zero Motivation Rage With Idle Hilarity
, December 11, 2014
The thing about hating your job and not giving a shit is that it can happen to anyone, anytime — it might even explain the longueurs late... More>>
Annie's Quvenzhané Wallis Might Make You Care About 'Tomorrow' Today Annie's Quvenzhané Wallis Might Make You Care About 'Tomorrow' Today
, December 11, 2014
The original Broadway Annie was a kiddie musical that wasn't for kids. It was a period piece about the Great Depression — both a hooray for... More>>
Benedict Cumberbatch's Codebreaker Gets Lost in the Plot of The Imitation Game Benedict Cumberbatch's Codebreaker Gets Lost in the Plot of The Imitation Game
, December 04, 2014
"Politics really isn't my specialty," shrugs Alan Turing (Benedict Cumberbatch) to a naval commander (Charles Dance) in an early job interview... 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
, December 04, 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>>
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>>
Christian Bale and Exodus Tremble Before a Murderous God Christian Bale and Exodus Tremble Before a Murderous God
, December 04, 2014
Whatever it is Americans want out of life — and it's not even something we can precisely define ourselves — it was nowhere in... More>>
Chris Rock and Top Five Make Glorious Sense in a Nation Gone Wild Chris Rock and Top Five Make Glorious Sense in a Nation Gone Wild
, December 04, 2014
Whatever it is Americans want out of life — and it's not even something we can precisely define ourselves — it was nowhere in... 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>>
Rhapsody on Ice: Gape at the Wonders of the Sublime Antarctica Rhapsody on Ice: Gape at the Wonders of 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>>
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>>
Reese Witherspoon Hoboes Through the Winning Wild Reese Witherspoon Hoboes Through the Winning Wild
, November 27, 2014
For reasons that are perhaps understandable, stories about women finding themselves — or their voices, or their inner courage, or any... More>>
Du Pont Wrestling Drama Foxcatcher Engages but Doesn't Pin Du Pont Wrestling Drama Foxcatcher Engages but Doesn't Pin
, November 27, 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>>
Jarvis Cocker and Pulp Go Home in an Engaging Doc Jarvis Cocker and Pulp Go Home in an Engaging Doc
, 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,... More>>
The Overnighters Is a Tragic Documentary About Loving Your Neighbors The Overnighters Is a Tragic Documentary About Loving Your Neighbors
, November 20, 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>>
Horrible Bosses 2 Is the Comedy the First Should Have Been Horrible Bosses 2 Is the Comedy the First Should Have Been
, November 20, 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>>
Dumb and Dumber To Is Missing the Original's Magic Idiocy Dumb and Dumber To Is Missing the Original's Magic Idiocy
, November 13, 2014
In the mid 1990s, self-appointed cultural gatekeepers used to wield Peter and Bobby Farrelly’s Dumb and Dumber as proof of the... More>>
Tommy Lee Jones' The Homesman Brings a Lost America to Life Tommy Lee Jones' 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>>
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