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A Strong Star Can't Keep Sub Flick Black Sea from Sinking A Strong Star Can't Keep Sub Flick Black Sea from Sinking
, January 29, 2015
Jude Law, once so shiny-penny-clean and pretty — and with the kind of chin dimple that might have inspired Audrey Hepburn to ask, as she... More>>
Xavier Dolan's Mommy Nears Excellence -- but It Is a Little Much Xavier Dolan's Mommy Nears Excellence -- but It Is a Little Much
, January 29, 2015
No matter how you end up feeling about it, there sure is a lot of movie in Mommy, Xavier Dolan's exuberant melodrama about an emotional... More>>
Sundance: Eat Through L.A. With Pulitzer Winner Jonathan Gold Sundance: Eat Through L.A. With Pulitzer Winner Jonathan Gold
, January 29, 2015
Halfway through Laura Gabbert's documentary City of Gold, a salute to Jonathan Gold, the Pulitzer Prize-winning food critic's brother Mark... More>>
If Mortdecai Had a Time Machine, It Could Be 1965's Top Comedy If Mortdecai Had a Time Machine, It Could Be 1965's Top Comedy
, January 22, 2015
Mortdecai is creeping into theaters with the flushed shame of a debutante who expects to be pelted with tomatoes. It's a pity. In 1965, Mortdecai... More>>
Russia, a Whale, and a Way of Life Moulder in Leviathan Russia, a Whale, and a Way of Life Moulder in Leviathan
, January 22, 2015
Where we come from defines us more than we even realize: That's the idea implicit in Andrey Zvyagintsev's somber, sturdily elegant drama... More>>
Sundance: Meet Boyhood's Sad Sequel: Sam Klemke's Time Machine Sundance: Meet Boyhood's Sad Sequel: Sam Klemke's Time Machine
, January 22, 2015
Richard Linklater ended his feel-good Best Picture contender on a high. His star, 18-year-old would-be artist Mason, graduated high school and... More>>
Kevin Costner's Fine, but Race Drama Black or White Is Cartoonish Kevin Costner's Fine, but Race Drama Black or White Is Cartoonish
, January 22, 2015
There are few hard-and-fast rules in screenwriting, but here's one I think we can agree on: Something's gone wrong if your crowd-pleasing family... More>>
Kevin Hart Proves He’s Hollywood’s Best Comedy Star in the Crass Wedding Ringer Kevin Hart Proves He’s Hollywood’s Best Comedy Star in the Crass Wedding Ringer
, January 15, 2015
Here's the pipsqueak who has hauled himself up into a sharp-dressed leading man. Here's the comic who's boundlessly inventive in his swearing but... More>>
Jennifer Lopez's The Boy Next Door Is as Nuts as You Hope It Is Jennifer Lopez's The Boy Next Door Is as Nuts as You Hope It Is
, January 15, 2015
The most pleasurably ludicrous highlight of The Boy Next Door comes half an hour in, before the sex and murders and... More>>
The Nightly Show With Larry Wilmore Asks the Right Questions, But Doesn't Have Any Answers The Nightly Show With Larry Wilmore Asks the Right Questions, But Doesn't Have Any Answers
, January 15, 2015
The Nightly Show With Larry Wilmore's great misfortune isn't that it replaces The Colbert Report, but that it premieres after Last Week Tonight... More>>
Al Pacino, Barry Levinson, and Philip Roth Stare Down the End Al Pacino, Barry Levinson, and Philip Roth Stare Down the End
, January 15, 2015
There's something bracingly honest about The Humbling, Barry Levinson's movie about a 67-year-old Shakespearean actor, played by Al Pacino, who,... More>>
A Marriage Crumbles, Beautifully, in Winter Sleep A Marriage Crumbles, Beautifully, in Winter Sleep
, January 15, 2015
Twitter is doublestuffed with check-your-privilege messages for entitled men, but I've rarely seen one as potent as this singular line from Nuri... More>>
Julianne Moore Will Move You in Alzheimer's Drama Still Alice Julianne Moore Will Move You in Alzheimer's Drama Still Alice
, January 15, 2015
Most of us can't imagine having a disease that tugs and tears at the very threads of who we are. When we wake up in the middle of the night with... More>>
Jennifer Aniston Makes an Awards Play, but Cake’s Script Lets Her Down Jennifer Aniston Makes an Awards Play, but Cake’s Script Lets Her Down
, January 15, 2015
Each year, screenwriters kill off enough offscreen children to fill a Chuck E. Cheese's. A dead son or daughter gives a movie the illusion of... More>>
Paul Thomas Anderson Reclaims His Loose, Wiggy Side in Inherent Vice Paul Thomas Anderson Reclaims His Loose, Wiggy Side in Inherent Vice
, January 08, 2015
Paul Thomas Anderson was making serious movies long before he started making "serious" movies, ponderous works of certified art like There Will... More>>
Best Thing in Taken 3: The Way Liam Neeson Says "Bagels" Best Thing in Taken 3: The Way Liam Neeson Says "Bagels"
Third installment is dumb, head-smacking fun -- except during the fights
, January 08, 2015
All you need to know about Taken 3 is that Liam Neeson survives an explosive car crash — twice. Director Olivier Megaton even rewinds the... More>>
American Sniper Is a Rah-Rah War-on-Terror Fantasy American Sniper Is a Rah-Rah War-on-Terror Fantasy
, January 08, 2015
In Clint Eastwood's American Sniper, Navy SEAL Chris Kyle (Bradley Cooper) — an astoundingly talented marksman credited with over 160... More>>
Girls, Season 4: Lena Dunham Doesn't Let Hannah & Co. Grow Up Girls, Season 4: Lena Dunham Doesn't Let Hannah & Co. Grow Up
, January 08, 2015
Among many other things, Girls has always been great satire, lampooning with scolding empathy the callowness, narcissism, and insufferableness of... More>>
Timothy Spall Unearths the Man Beneath Mr. Turner's Gruffness Timothy Spall Unearths the Man Beneath Mr. Turner's Gruffness
, January 08, 2015
If you've ever loved a terrible person, Mike Leigh's quietly sensational Mr. Turner — a biopic, of sorts, covering the last 25 years of the... More>>
A Most Violent Year Never Quite Summons Rough Old New York A Most Violent Year Never Quite Summons Rough Old New York
, January 08, 2015
The world needs fewer tasteful movies about distasteful things. It definitely doesn't need J.C. Chandor's A Most Violent Year, in which Oscar... More>>
Time-Travel Puzzle Predestination Should Try Again From the Start Time-Travel Puzzle Predestination Should Try Again From the Start
, January 08, 2015
Without dropping spoilers right and left, how do I explain that I'm completely baffled by the Spierig Brothers' retro-futuristic thriller... More>>
Paddington Gives CGI Kid Movies a Good Name Paddington Gives CGI Kid Movies a Good Name
, January 08, 2015
Emerson argued that each flourish and tendril of a work of art has its exact corollary in the mind of the artist, that creative expression is... More>>
Ava DuVernay's Urgent Selma Speaks to the Now Ava DuVernay's Urgent Selma Speaks to the Now
, January 08, 2015
Describing Ava DuVernay's quietly remarkable Selma to a friend, I caught myself referring to the Civil Rights Era as a historical event, a thing... More>>
Blackhat Is Another Exercise in Style but Not Much Else Blackhat Is Another Exercise in Style but Not Much Else
, January 08, 2015
Anyone who loves Michael Mann movies, or even just the idea of Michael Mann movies, accepts that film style is a language and something more, a... More>>
Rhapsody on Ice: Gape at the Wonders of the Sublime Antarctica Rhapsody on Ice: Gape at the Wonders of the Sublime Antarctica
, December 25, 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>>
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