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Tina Fey's Weird and Winsome Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Channels Liz Lemon and Leslie Knope Tina Fey's Weird and Winsome Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Channels Liz Lemon and Leslie Knope
, March 05, 2015
The world is a terrible place. That's the uncompromising truth with which Tina Fey and Robert Carlock begin Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (Netflix),... More>>
A Star Comes Into Focus, but Focus Never Quite Does A Star Comes Into Focus, but Focus Never Quite Does
, February 26, 2015
If Grace Kelly had been raised by coyotes, she might have stalked the screen like Focus' Margot Robbie, a va-va-voom blonde with bite. Robbie is... More>>
Top Doc Red Army Showcases the Height of Soviet Hockey Top Doc Red Army Showcases the Height of Soviet Hockey
, February 26, 2015
Sport is a natural metaphor for war. Two sides in two colors face each other on a field, each with their pride and their physical safety at risk.... More>>
Archer Sags into Middle Age in Its Sixth, 'Unrebooted' Season Archer Sags into Middle Age in Its Sixth, 'Unrebooted' Season
, February 26, 2015
TV shows aren't too different from people in at least one respect: The longer they've been around, the less interest they tend to garner. But the... More>>
Ballet 422 Is a Stirring Portrait -- and Example -- of Deep Focus in Creative Work Ballet 422 Is a Stirring Portrait -- and Example -- of Deep Focus in Creative Work
, February 26, 2015
It seems as if, for every 10 issue-oriented documentaries that essentially function as long-form magazine articles with images attached, we get... More>>
Here's a Silver Medal for This Exotic Marigold Hotel Here's a Silver Medal for This Exotic Marigold Hotel
, February 26, 2015
Almost immediately after it was released, the 2011 stealth hit Best Exotic Marigold Hotel became more a punchline than a movie. Who knew "older"... More>>
Sadly, the Latest Hot Tub Time Machine Is on the Fritz Sadly, the Latest Hot Tub Time Machine Is on the Fritz
, February 19, 2015
Five years ago, four losers passed out in a jacuzzi, boiled back to 1986, healed their past wounds, rocked out to Poison, and returned to their... More>>
Five Reasons Why Fox's Empire Has Become a Breakout Hit Five Reasons Why Fox's Empire Has Become a Breakout Hit
, February 19, 2015
Empire most certainly wasn't built in a day, but its reputation as a breakout hit has been made in virtually no time at all. Since the series... More>>
Cronenberg's Latest Has Little Fire, but Julianne Moore Is Grand Cronenberg's Latest Has Little Fire, but Julianne Moore Is Grand
, February 19, 2015
Is it possible to essentially like a movie yet feel revulsion toward its script? David Cronenberg's Maps to the Stars is clearly intended as a... More>>
The Last Five Years Soars Even as It Loses Sight of Source The Last Five Years Soars Even as It Loses Sight of Source
, February 12, 2015
Here at last is peak Anna Kendrick: In intimate long takes and in comic montage, she belts, hurts, swoons, and rages, always remaining... More>>
Interview With (Totally Lame) Vampires Interview With (Totally Lame) Vampires
Meet the comics behind biting vamp-com What We Do in the Shadows
, February 12, 2015
Ten years ago, Wellington, New Zealand, was less welcoming of vampires. When Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi, two unknown comedians, walked the... More>>
Don't Watch That, Watch This: February 2015 Don't Watch That, Watch This: February 2015
A Rivette Great on Blu-ray, Plus Kinoshita's War-Era Films, and Civeyrac's Through the Forest Hits Hulu
, February 12, 2015
In the olden days, what month it was never mattered to movies. But today the late winter months are well-known as a weedy boneyard of... More>>
In McFarland, USA, Kevin Costner Eases White America Into the Now In McFarland, USA, Kevin Costner Eases White America Into the Now
, February 12, 2015
American Sniper notwithstanding, the first fresh multiplex trend to emerge in 2015 is Old White Dudes Learning How to Share Their World. First... More>>
The DUFF Fights America's Beauty Obsessions -- With Makeovers The DUFF Fights America's Beauty Obsessions -- With Makeovers
, February 12, 2015
Shove off, John Hughes. The DUFF, a high school comedy by Ari Sandel, opens by declaring that The Breakfast Club's social categories are, like,... More>>
In Fifty Shades, the Sex Is Good, but the Comedy Is Better In Fifty Shades, the Sex Is Good, but the Comedy Is Better
, February 12, 2015
Even fans of Fifty Shades of Grey admit the book is a literary atrocity. Novelist E.L. James' erotic reveries read like the rantings of a drunk... More>>
Jupiter Ascending Is a Fascinating Mess, Grand and Gaudy Jupiter Ascending Is a Fascinating Mess, Grand and Gaudy
, February 05, 2015
“You ready for another miserable video game?” I heard one critic crack to another as I settled in for Jupiter Ascending. “Maybe... More>>
Crazy-Pants Spy Parody Kingsman Smartly Exposes as the Bad Guys Crazy-Pants Spy Parody Kingsman Smartly Exposes as the Bad Guys
, February 05, 2015
Those more devoted to the genre can debate whether Matthew Vaughn's Kingsman is the best comic-book movie of the last few years. What's beyond... More>>
Fresh Off the Boat Is Quietly Revolutionizing the Network Sitcom Fresh Off the Boat Is Quietly Revolutionizing the Network Sitcom
, February 05, 2015
(Heavy spoilers for the pilot; very light spoilers for the second and third episodes.) There's more than one way to start a revolution.... More>>
Berlin Film Festival: Jafar Panahi Tweaks Iran and Shariah Law in Taxi Berlin Film Festival: Jafar Panahi Tweaks Iran and Shariah Law in Taxi
, February 05, 2015
BERLIN — Riding from the Berlin-Tegel airport to my hotel on a crisp, sunny day last week, my cab passed the magnificent golden angel... More>>
Berlin Film Festival: In Knight of Cups, Terrence Malick Doesn't Even Get the Shoes Right Berlin Film Festival: In Knight of Cups, Terrence Malick Doesn't Even Get the Shoes Right
, February 05, 2015
The steps leading to the altar of Terrence Malick are practically a safety hazard, cluttered as they are with assorted offerings of frankincense... More>>
I Just Watched Friends for the First Time on Netflix I Just Watched Friends for the First Time on Netflix
, February 05, 2015
In 2004, I worked at a bar in Kansas City’s River Market district. One night, a woman handed me her credit card to pay her tab; I looked at... More>>
Beautiful Timbuktu Finds Hope and Pain in a City Taken Over Beautiful Timbuktu Finds Hope and Pain in a City Taken Over
, February 05, 2015
To the idle viewer, the small acts of resistance on display in Timbuktu might seem ready-made for Upworthy, little liberal lessons just waiting... More>>
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>>
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