Asghar Farhadi Stumbles in the Follow-Up to His 2012 Arthouse Hit 'A Separation'
Published 3/4/2014 at 9:20 a.m. 0 comments
If you loved Asghar Farhadi’s A Separation, you’ll merely like his new film, The Past.
B-Movie Maestro Paul W.S. Anderson Manages Some Rousing Campy Destruction in 'Pompeii'
Published 2/26/2014 at 2:01 p.m. 0 comments
Pompeii is an entertaining chunk of kitschy sword-and-sandal camp, and the volcanic smackdown that takes up the final third of the film is pretty spectacular.
José Padilha Engineers a Surprisingly Competent Upgrade of 'RoboCop'
Published 2/19/2014 at 10:51 a.m. 0 comments
It’s far less violent and satirical—and, okay, less fun—than Paul Verhoeven’s 1987 original, but as off-season remakes go, it’s far better than might have been expected.
The Instruction Manual Goes Out the Window in the Surprisingly Subversive 'Lego Movie'
Published 2/12/2014 at 10:00 a.m. 0 comments
The film’s narrative construction mimics the way kids play with Legos; it’s a completely deranged jumble of mismatched parts, cannibalized from a dizzying array of franchises, that somehow work beautifully together.
'Labor Day''s Low Stakes Make for Drama-Free Drama
Published 2/5/2014 at 10:15 a.m. 0 comments
If nothing else encouraging can be said for Jason Reitman’s Labor Day—and little will be—the first 40 minutes, at least, are the beginnings of a convincing kidnapping flick.
'Devil’s Due' Does Little to Justify Its Own Existence
Published 1/23/2014 at 9:24 a.m. 0 comments
It’s hard to imagine the sort of Bizarro World where Devil’s Due would be even passably entertaining.
Spike Jonze Finds the Beating Heart Inside a Computer Program in 'Her'
Published 1/15/2014 at 9:49 a.m. 0 comments
There’s something dangerously obvious about the idea of a guy literally falling in love with his cellphone.
'The Marked Ones' Takes the 'Paranormal Activity' Franchise in a New But Uninspired Direction
Published 1/8/2014 at 9:55 a.m. 0 comments
The Marked Ones is both a pleasant surprise and a disappointment. It’s better than cynical fans had any reason to expect, but it never capitalizes on its advantages.
Martin Scorcese and Leonardo DiCaprio Revel in ’90s Excess in 'The Wolf of Wall Street'
Published 1/2/2014 at 11:19 a.m. 0 comments
Anyone looking for the moralistic heart pumping away at the core of The Wolf of Wall Street will be sorely disappointed. At 71, director Martin Scorsese doesn’t seem interested in taking anyone to task for the sordid behavior rendered so ...
The Best Movies of 2013
Published 12/26/2013 at 10:00 a.m. 0 comments
The best movies of the year, as picked by our team of intrepid reviewers.
The Coen Brothers Stake Out New Emotional Terrain in 'Inside Llewyn Davis'
Published 12/19/2013 at 10:00 a.m. 0 comments
Beneath its acidic look at the surrounding business, Inside Llewyn Davis is a film about music and how it affects us.
Great Performances Can’t Save the Clichéd and Relentlessly Downbeat 'Out of the Furnace'
Published 12/11/2013 at 11:06 a.m. 0 comments
When we first meet Harlan DeGroat, the squirrelly New Jersey hillbilly played with unnerving ferocity by Woody Harrelson in Out of the Furnace, he forces a woman to swallow a hot dog whole, then nearly beats a stranger to death ...
'Frozen' Co-Director Jennifer Lee Helps Disney Subvert Some of Its Own Gender Conventions
Published 12/4/2013 at 9:53 a.m. 0 comments
Here’s a pair of cold facts for you: Frozen is the 53rd animated feature to roll out of the storied Walt Disney Animation Studios since 1937, when Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs became the highest-grossing sound film of its ...
'Catching Fire': A So-So Movie That Would Make Excellent TV
Published 11/26/2013 at 3:26 p.m. 0 comments
Director Francis Lawrence brings a bleaker tone that suits the darkening mood, but loses the keen spectacle that made Ross’ film such an accessible (and satirically pointed) introduction to the post-apocalyptic country of Panem.
'Blue Is the Warmest Color' Rises Above Its Controversial Sex Scenes
Published 11/20/2013 at 10:26 a.m. 0 comments
Blue Is the Warmest Color turns on a love affair, but it’s really a character study of one young woman.
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