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Let's Be Cops Puts on a Costume and Pretends to Be a Buddy-Cop Flick Let's Be Cops Puts on a Costume and Pretends to Be a Buddy-Cop Flick
, August 14, 2014
When you put a pair of losers in uniforms, at the end of the day they're still losers. Best friends and roommates Justin (Damon Wayans Jr.) and... More>>
The Expendables 3 Refuses to Be Expendable or Especially Interesting The Expendables 3 Refuses to Be Expendable or Especially Interesting
, August 14, 2014
Titles don't get more ironic than The Expendables 3. The franchise claims to be about death-seeking mercenaries yet stars '80s action heroes, who... More>>
The Giver Teaches What Humanity Has Forgotten The Giver Teaches What Humanity Has Forgotten
, August 14, 2014
The Giver is more simple and raw than the rest of today's teen dystopias that try to cram in unnecessary backstory and love triangles. (Original... More>>
HBO's Captivated: The Trials of Pamela Smart Proves You Don't Always Know What You Think You Know HBO's Captivated: The Trials of Pamela Smart Proves You Don't Always Know What You Think You Know
, August 14, 2014
Maybe you think you know what Woody Allen did or didn't do in that summerhouse all those years ago. Maybe you look at his history —... More>>
Brendan Gleeson Nails Irish Priest Role in Calvary Brendan Gleeson Nails Irish Priest Role in Calvary
, August 07, 2014
In Calvary, Brendan Gleeson plays a Catholic priest who plods through a rustic Irish village that's more brutal than beautiful. The beach is... More>>
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Betrays Everything Grand and Grimy About the Original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Betrays Everything Grand and Grimy About the Original
, August 07, 2014
Before you buy that tiny box turtle in Chinatown, know that it can live for 100 years. Which means that among all the Mad Libs nonsense of the... More>>
Friends With Possibilities: What If Someone Made a Good Romantic Comedy? Friends With Possibilities: What If Someone Made a Good Romantic Comedy?
, August 07, 2014
In the highly imperfect world of contemporary romantic comedies, What If is as close to perfect as anything we've got, not least for the way it... More>>
Film Critics Need to Learn to Look -- and Enjoy Film Critics Need to Learn to Look -- and Enjoy
, August 07, 2014
Star presence, that distillation of charisma and sometimes glamour, lies at the heart of the movies' appeal. The star presence James Harvey... More>>
What If’s Daniel Radcliffe Explains Why He’ll Never Do a Rom-Com with Emma Watson What If’s Daniel Radcliffe Explains Why He’ll Never Do a Rom-Com with Emma Watson
, August 07, 2014
Daniel Radcliffe's first trip to Comic-Con kicked off like the world's cuddliest Nuremberg rally. This summer, just minutes after he walked into... More>>
Robin Williams Could Always Find the Raw Seriousness in His Comedy Robin Williams Could Always Find the Raw Seriousness in His Comedy
, August 07, 2014
Even those of us who loved Robin Williams as a performer would have to say that sometimes he was too much -- too wired, too pleading, too on.... More>>
James Franco's Child of God Is More Disturbing Than Impressive James Franco's Child of God Is More Disturbing Than Impressive
, August 07, 2014
Necrophilia and gross-out realism abound in James Franco's Child of God. If director/co-writer James Franco had retitled his adaptation of... More>>
The Hundred-Foot Journey Cooks Up Just Enough Laughs The Hundred-Foot Journey Cooks Up Just Enough Laughs
, August 07, 2014
Culinary mash-up The Hundred-Foot Journey is tasty enough. Lasse Hallström has become an expert at making mom-jeans movies, nonthreatening... More>>
About Alex Struggles to Capture the Essence of Previous Films Made for 30-Somethings About Alex Struggles to Capture the Essence of Previous Films Made for 30-Somethings
, August 07, 2014
About Alex mines old anxiety with new 30-somethings. Lawrence Kasdan's The Big Chill had much to say about the angst of losing touch with your... More>>
Underwater Dreams Is Full of Local Ties But Lacks Plot Underwater Dreams Is Full of Local Ties But Lacks Plot
, August 07, 2014
Filmmaker Mary Mazzio's Underwater Dreams is timely, because it deals (perhaps too tangentially) with immigration reform. And the movie, which... More>>
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>>
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