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'Labor Day''s Low Stakes Make for Drama-Free Drama
Published 02/05/2014 at 10:15 a.m.
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.
Spike Jonze Finds the Beating Heart Inside a Computer Program in 'Her'
Published 01/15/2014 at 9:49 a.m.
There’s something dangerously obvious about the idea of a guy literally falling in love with his cellphone.
The Coen Brothers Stake Out New Emotional Terrain in 'Inside Llewyn Davis'
Published 12/19/2013 at 10 a.m.
Beneath its acidic look at the surrounding business, Inside Llewyn Davis is a film about music and how it affects us.
'Catching Fire': A So-So Movie That Would Make Excellent TV
Published 11/26/2013 at 3:26 p.m.
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.
'Elysium' Delivers Awesome Sci-Fi Spectacle Plus a Timely Political Message
Published 08/14/2013 at 10:14 a.m.
Elysium is, at its core, a mind-expanding, sledgehammer-subtle meditation on the haves and have-nots, and makes no effort to conceal its cruel new world’s roots in the signature anxieties of the contemporary left.
Royal Bangs Unveil New Video and Announce New Album, 'Brass'
Published 07/03/2013 at 9:47 a.m.
Royal Bangs have spent the last few months re-introducing their latest lineup and most recent material to audiences in Knoxville and elsewhere but there’s been little to report from the band since last year. Expectations were high for the Bangs ...
Roland Emmerich Turns Political Crisis Into Dumb Summer Fun in 'White House Down'
Published 07/03/2013 at 9:39 a.m.
It’s hard to tell what to make of this summer movie season’s most conspicuous trend, which assumes we so badly want to see the leader of the free world in mortal danger that we might pay twice to go see ...
'Fast and Furious 6': The Best Bad Movie of the Summer
Published 05/29/2013 at 10:48 a.m.
Having struck an uneasy truce with Dwayne Johnson’s caricatured super-spook at the end of Five, the F&F gang are back on alert when Johnson finds himself up against an international gang of auto-savvy thieves hell-bent on constructing some sort of ...
Michael Bay Reveals Unexpected Self-Referential Wit in Action Satire 'Pain & Gain'
Published 05/01/2013 at 10:34 a.m.
Some people have never been particularly friendly to the Transformers director; according to Rotten Tomatoes, his 1996 prison-break adventure The Rock is the only Bay film to inspire so much as toleration from critics, while serious film fans deride his ...
Fede Alvarez’s Update of 'The Evil Dead' Lacks the Original’s Lively Humor
Published 04/03/2013 at 9:28 a.m.
The Evil Dead cries out for revisiting—on the surface, anyway. Originally shot for less than $100,000 at a cabin just outside of Morristown, Sam Raimi’s debut is a textbook on (mostly) transcended limitations.