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Michael Keaton Is Great in the Flashy Birdman Michael Keaton Is 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>>
Nick Cave Invites Us In -- and Who Could Resist That? Nick Cave Invites Us In -- and Who Could Resist That?
, October 16, 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>>
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>>
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 16, 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>>
Whiplash Offers a Painful and Joyous Jazz Education Whiplash Offers a Painful and Joyous Jazz Education
, October 16, 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>>
The Tragedy of Gary Webb Stings Even When Kill the Messenger Flags The Tragedy of Gary Webb Stings Even When Kill the Messenger Flags
, October 09, 2014
It was a mystery that reporter Gary Webb would have jumped on: a man who'd made powerful enemies allegedly committing suicide with two gunshots... More>>
WWII Drama Fury Grinds Your Face in It WWII Drama Fury Grinds Your Face in It
, October 09, 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>>
Art and Craft's Trickster Forger Is an American Original Art and Craft's Trickster Forger Is an American Original
, October 09, 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>>
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>>
Wiig and Hader Brave Despair -- and Still Get Laughs Wiig and Hader Brave Despair -- and Still Get Laughs
, October 02, 2014
Surprisingly moving for a film assembled from such familiar scenes, Craig Johnson’s The Skeleton Twins mushes together queasy/quirky indie... 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>>
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>>
Duvall and Downey Jr. Can't Save Wheezing Courtroom Drama The Judge Duvall and Downey Jr. Can't Save Wheezing Courtroom Drama The Judge
, October 02, 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>>
Nick Cave's New Movie Doesn't Quite Reveal the Man Behind the Myth -- and That's a Good Thing Nick Cave's New Movie Doesn't Quite Reveal the Man Behind the Myth -- and That's a Good Thing
, October 02, 2014
In one Nick Cave song, a pedophiliac outlaw caps a murder spree by killing the devil himself. In another, the narrator muses on Miley Cyrus while... More>>
What's the Fun of a Dracula Who Doesn't Like Neck-Biting? What's the Fun of a Dracula Who Doesn't Like Neck-Biting?
, October 02, 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>>
I Am Ali Offers New Footage but No New Insight I Am Ali Offers New Footage but No New Insight
, October 02, 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>>
Ebulllient Pride Pairs Miners and Gay Activists in 1980s Wales Ebulllient Pride Pairs Miners and Gay Activists in 1980s Wales
, 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... More>>
The Cunning, Cutting Blue Room Leaves You Guessing The Cunning, Cutting 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>>
A New Doc Looks Back at Nas' Illmatic A New Doc Looks Back at Nas' Illmatic
, 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>>
Gone Girl Is Smartly Crafted, Well Acted — and a Bit Too Slick Gone Girl Is Smartly Crafted, Well Acted — and a Bit Too Slick
, September 25, 2014
Everything about Gone Girl, David Fincher's adaptation of Gillian Flynn's enormously popular 2012 thriller about a deteriorating marriage and a... More>>
Golden Years: David Bowie Is Lovingly Brings the Starman to Earth Golden Years: David Bowie Is Lovingly Brings the Starman to Earth
, September 25, 2014
It's the kind of forward-thinking experience David Bowie himself might have predicted. Just for one day, on silver screens across the country, a... More>>
Nice Guy Denzel Kills in the Cartoonish Equalizer Nice Guy Denzel Kills in the Cartoonish Equalizer
, September 18, 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>>
The Zero Theorem: Terry Gilliam's Latest Plays Like Terry Gilliam's Latest The Zero Theorem: Terry Gilliam's Latest Plays Like Terry Gilliam's Latest
, 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>>
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>>
Grub-Eating Boxtrolls Thrive in Moral Greatness Grub-Eating Boxtrolls Thrive in Moral Greatness
, September 18, 2014
The Boxtrolls is a kiddy charmer that makes you laugh, cower, and think of Hitler. That's an unusual trifecta, but then again, this is an unusual... More>>
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