Simians Take Center Stage in the Smart and Thrilling Follow-Up to 2011’s 'Planet of the Apes' Reboot
Published 7/16/2014 at 11:21 a.m. 0 comments
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is a precisely measured balancing act of drama and spectacle.
'Tammy' Grossly Miscalculates Pretty Much Everything That Makes Stuff Funny
Published 7/9/2014 at 10:56 a.m. 0 comments
How downbeat and unfunny can a movie be before it stops being a comedy altogether? Don’t ask Melissa McCarthy and Ben Falcone, the very talented pair behind the very bad movie Tammy.
'Obvious Child' Takes a Gentle—and Long-Overdue—Look at a Thorny Topic
Published 7/2/2014 at 10:18 a.m. 0 comments
It’s nearly impossible to discuss Obvious Child without talking about its pivotal plot point right up front, so here it is: Obvious Child is a funny, lewd, and very gentle rom-com about a young woman who decides to have an ...
David Michôd’s 'The Rover' Reimagines the Western as a Post-Apocalyptic Survival Tale
Published 6/25/2014 at 10:24 a.m. 0 comments
When Guy Pearce’s character jumps into a dusty truck and tears off down a scrubby Outback highway in pursuit of three armed thugs who just stole his car, it’s hard not to flash on Mad Max. There’s the title card ...
'22 Jump Street' Shamelessly Exploits Its Own Creative Bankruptcy—Which Is Kinda Funny
Published 6/18/2014 at 9:58 a.m. 0 comments
Rather than skirt the inherent ridiculousness of making a sequel to an adaptation of a goofy ’80s cop show, directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller take ownership of that very criticism.
'Edge of Tomorrow' Hits the Reset Button on the Summer Action Movie—Over and Over Again
Published 6/11/2014 at 11:04 a.m. 0 comments
Like it or not, video games are changing how we watch movies—or at least how we make them.
'Maleficent' Obsession: Disney Takes a Revisionist Swipe at One of Its Own Canonical Tales
Published 6/4/2014 at 11:03 a.m. 0 comments
Maleficent is Disney’s most dramatic reimagining so far: an often dark and unapologetically feminist live-action retelling of what might be the studio’s most depressingly patriarchal yarn ever.
'X-Men: Days of Future Past' Fixes the Franchise—and Sets It Up for Apocalypse
Published 5/28/2014 at 11:25 a.m. 0 comments
Superhero movies tend to come in one of two flavors nowadays: dark and broody, or light and upbeat. X-Men: Days of Future Past has it both ways, and it does both exceedingly well.
Seth Rogen and Zac Efron Draw Down in the Lewd and Winningly Ridiculous 'Neighbors'
Published 5/14/2014 at 10:58 a.m. 1 comment
But amidst the barrage of F-bombs and ramped-up hedonism, Neighbors is actually very charming and even kind of sweet.
Director Marc Webb Can't Untangle the Mess of 'Amazing Spider-Man 2'
Published 5/7/2014 at 10:33 a.m. 0 comments
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 doesn’t exactly represent a nosedive, but it does place the budding series on a downward trajectory.
'Jodorowsky’s Dune': The Great '70s Sci-Fi Epic That Never Was
Published 4/30/2014 at 10:22 a.m. 0 comments
Imagine a world in which children play Fremen warriors rather than Jedi knights, and where few recognize the name George Lucas but everyone knows Alejandro Jodorowsky. That’s the world that Frank Pavich’s new documentary, Jodorowsky’s Dune, hints at while entertainingly ...
The Hypnotic, Gorgeously Filmed Thriller 'Under the Skin' Only Grazes the Surface
Published 4/23/2014 at 11:06 a.m. 0 comments
After awhile, the trance devolves into torpor, and unintentional self-parody sneaks in from those beautifully lensed shadows.
'The Raid 2' Raises the Stakes on Indonesian Action
Published 4/16/2014 at 10:34 a.m. 0 comments
If The Raid: Redemption was a bone-snapping ballet, The Raid 2: Berandal is a sprawling symphony of carnage that plays out in a series of brutal, gory smackdowns.
Captain America Trades World War II Action for Cold War Paranoia in 'The Winter Soldier'
Published 4/9/2014 at 9:50 a.m. 0 comments
Winter Soldier is all about giving Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) a chance to figure out his role in a world that moved on without him.
Darren Aronofsky Gets All Freaky With the Biblical Tale of 'Noah'
Published 4/2/2014 at 11:05 a.m. 0 comments
In case it hasn’t been made abundantly clear, this is not your Sunday school teacher’s Noah—unless your Sunday school teacher was completely bonkers and spiced up the story with six-armed rock monsters, crazy armadillo-dog creatures, bloody fight scenes, and enough ...
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