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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>>
Jon Stewart Pulls It Off -- His Rosewater Is Outraged, Cinematic, and Even Funny Jon Stewart Pulls It Off -- His Rosewater Is Outraged, Cinematic, and Even Funny
, November 06, 2014
During a 2009 Daily Show interview with Maziar Bahari, the Canadian-Iranian journalist who, earlier that year, had been imprisoned in Iran for... More>>
The Fall Season's 5 Best New Series and Its 5 Biggest Disappointments The Fall Season's 5 Best New Series and Its 5 Biggest Disappointments
, November 06, 2014
There's more television today than at any other point in the medium's history, but there's a good chance you're stuck in a TiVo rut. That's... More>>
Stephen Hawking's Marriage Makes for Wise but Glossy Drama Stephen Hawking's Marriage Makes for Wise but Glossy Drama
, November 06, 2014
If the universe is infinitely finite, an entity whose mystery is knowable only through an evolving progression of theories and equations, it's... More>>
Showbiz Drama Beyond the Lights Is Familiar Yet Cutting Showbiz Drama Beyond the Lights Is Familiar Yet Cutting
, November 06, 2014
Tales of fame and its trappings — and the way they're never enough to build a life — are as old as show business itself. Maybe for... More>>
Christopher Nolan's Interstellar May Be Grand, But It Doesn't Connect Christoper Nolan's Interstellar May Be Grand, But It Doesn't Connect
, October 30, 2014
There's so much space in Christopher Nolan's nearly three-hour intergalactic extravaganza Interstellar that there's almost no room for people.... More>>
Citizenfour's Laura Poitras Explains Why Edward Snowden Did It Citizenfour's Laura Poitras Explains Why Edward Snowden Did It
...and asks you to consider your relationship with Google.
, October 30, 2014
With the first two documentaries in her post–9-11 trilogy -- My Country, My Country, a portrait of Iraq under American occupation, and The... More>>
How John Wick Restored My Faith in Violent Movies How John Wick Restored My Faith in Violent Movies
, October 30, 2014
This essay contains a spoiler or two for John Wick. There's too much violence in movies today -- too much of the wrong kind, though if you asked... More>>
Frances McDormand Is an Unpredictable Curmudgeon in HBO's Magnificent Olive Kitteridge Frances McDormand Is an Unpredictable Curmudgeon in HBO's Magnificent Olive Kitteridge
, October 30, 2014
When we first meet the title character in Olive Kitteridge, she considers the revolver in her hands and looks up at the cloudless sky above the... More>>
For Better or Worse, Big Hero 6 Updates Disney's Cartoon Kids' Flicks For Better or Worse, Big Hero 6 Updates Disney's Cartoon Kids' Flicks
, October 30, 2014
Imagine if nerdy Clark Kent didn't have to remove his glasses and pocket protector to save the world. Then imagine him as fat and sweet as a... More>>
Laggies Gets Adult Loneliness — and Cross-Generational Friendship Laggies Gets Adult Loneliness — and Cross-Generational Friendship
, October 30, 2014
It's an unwritten rule that we're supposed to feel most in step with people our own age, as if sharing the same cultural and historical... More>>
Nightcrawler's Jake Gyllenhaal Aces Being an Everyday Media Monster Nightcrawler's Jake Gyllenhaal Aces Being an Everyday Media Monster
, October 23, 2014
Jake Gyllenhaal, not a particularly bulky guy to begin with, dropped 20 pounds or so to play a Los Angeles misfit who finds his calling as a... More>>
Nightcrawler's Jake Gyllenhaal on Why We're to Blame for Tabloid News Nightcrawler's Jake Gyllenhaal on Why We're to Blame for Tabloid News
, October 23, 2014
Jake Gyllenhaal is used to exhaustion. During his research for the LAPD drama End of Watch, he spent five months patrolling the streets with... More>>
Kristen Stewart's Not Bad Taking on Gitmo in Camp X-Ray Kristen Stewart's Not Bad Taking on Gitmo in Camp X-Ray
, October 23, 2014
Let's get this out of the way now: Kristen Stewart is fine in Camp X-Ray, the tough-minded/soft-hearted drama that packs America's sweetheart off... More>>
Östlund's First-Rate Force Majeure Exposes the Act of Manliness Östlund's First-Rate Force Majeure Exposes the Act of Manliness
, October 23, 2014
Ruben Östlund makes films the way sociologists devise thought experiments: by posing a hypothesis and thinking fully through its... More>>
The Ebullient Clark Terry Perseveres in Keep On Keepin' On The Ebullient Clark Terry Perseveres in Keep On Keepin' On
, October 23, 2014
Seeing a living legend laid up in an oxygen tent shouldn't be fun. But in Alan Hicks' doc Keep On Keepin' On, it somehow is. Now in his 90s,... More>>
Horns Lets Radcliffe Be Bad, but Not in a Good Way Horns Lets Radcliffe Be Bad, but Not in a Good Way
, October 23, 2014
Alexandre Aja's Horns is the rare YA-ish romance that doesn't make like a guidance counselor and force the characters to shake hands and forgive.... More>>
Citizenfour Captures Urgent, Nerve-Racking History in Progress Citizenfour Captures Urgent, Nerve-Racking History in Progress
, October 23, 2014
Director Laura Poitras's Citizenfour boasts an hour or so of tense, intimate, world-shaking footage you might not quite believe you're watching.... More>>
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>>
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