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'The Purge: Anarchy' Strains Credibility But Churns Out Reliable Grindhouse Thrills
Published 07/23/2014 at 10:24 a.m.
The Purge: Anarchy mostly ditches the home-invasion horror vibe of last year’s sleeper hit, replacing it with grimy urban warfare reminiscent of movies like The Warriors and Escape From New York. In many ways it’s an improvement over the first ...
Simians Take Center Stage in the Smart and Thrilling Follow-Up to 2011’s 'Planet of the Apes' Reboot
Published 07/16/2014 at 11:21 a.m.
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 07/09/2014 at 10:56 a.m.
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 07/02/2014 at 10:18 a.m.
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 ...
'22 Jump Street' Shamelessly Exploits Its Own Creative Bankruptcy—Which Is Kinda Funny
Published 06/18/2014 at 9:58 a.m.
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 06/11/2014 at 11:04 a.m.
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 06/04/2014 at 11:03 a.m.
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 05/28/2014 at 11:25 a.m.
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 05/14/2014 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 05/07/2014 at 10:33 a.m.
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 doesn’t exactly represent a nosedive, but it does place the budding series on a downward trajectory.