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Ruiz's Epic Lines of Wellington is a Don't-Miss on Hulu Ruiz's Epic Lines of Wellington is a Don't-Miss on Hulu
Also: Ozu and Killer Shrews
, December 24, 2014
In this occasional column, Michael Atkinson tells about the best movies you can stream right now over the web. Act fast, because these movies... More>>
American Sniper Is a War-on-Terror Fantasy American Sniper Is a War-on-Terror Fantasy
Jingo Unchained
, December 24, 2014
In Clint Eastwood's American Sniper, Navy SEAL Chris Kyle (Bradley Cooper) — an astoundingly talented marksman credited with over 160... More>>
Russia, a Whale, and a Way of Life Moulder in Leviathan Russia, a Whale, and a Way of Life Moulder in Leviathan
, December 24, 2014
Where we come from defines us more than we even realize: That’s the idea implicit in Andrey Zvyagintsev’s somber, sturdily elegant... More>>
Unbroken Is More About Punishment Than Heroism Unbroken Is More About Punishment Than Heroism
, December 24, 2014
There's something curiously airless about director Angelina Jolie's Unbroken, the story of real-life Olympian and WWII P.O.W. Louis Zamperini.... More>>
The Gambler is a Dressed-Up Genre Picture -- and a Good One The Gambler is a Dressed-Up Genre Picture -- and a Good One
, December 24, 2014
In Rupert Wyatt’s highball-cool reworking of Karel Reisz’s 1974 The Gambler, Mark Wahlberg does not play a cop, does not shoot bad... More>>
Tim Burton's Big Eyes Is About an Artist as Middlebrow as He Is Tim Burton's Big Eyes Is About an Artist as Middlebrow as He Is
, December 24, 2014
The waifs Walter Keane made famous were known for their huge peepers. But look down at their mouths: Every one kept its lips pressed tight, as... More>>
Into the Woods Sometimes Soars Into the Woods Sometimes Soars
, December 24, 2014
Before worrying ourselves over its qualities as an adaptation, or its findings as an experiment in just how much tumpety-tump parump-pa-bump the... More>>
Another Great Marion Cotillard Performance Anchors Two Days, One Night Another Great Marion Cotillard Performance Anchors Two Days, One Night
, December 24, 2014
In the opening moments of Two Days, One Night, a working-class Belgian woman named Sandra (Marion Cotillard) wakes from a midday nap, takes a... More>>
Ava DuVernay's Urgent Selma Speaks to the Now Ava DuVernay's Urgent Selma Speaks to the Now
, December 24, 2014
Describing Ava DuVernay's quietly remarkable Selma to a friend, I caught myself referring to the Civil Rights Era as a historical event, a thing... More>>
Barbecue Is a Dreary Midlife Crisis Dramedy Barbecue Is a Dreary Midlife Crisis Dramedy
, December 24, 2014
Barbecue only very briefly features a cookout, yet it makes up for that absence by serving up a feast of fatuous gibberish about enjoying the... More>>
The Thin Man and After the Thin Man Are Two Exemplary Noir Dramas The Thin Man and After the Thin Man Are Two Exemplary Noir Dramas
, December 24, 2014
“There was a man in New York one time,” reminisces Kingsley Amis in his book Everyday Drinking, “who bet he could drink fifteen... More>>
Scary Funny: Seth Rogen Learns What Frightens a Dictator Scary Funny: Seth Rogen Learns What Frightens a Dictator
, December 17, 2014
Update: After an announcement from Sony that it would be pulled from theaters, The Interview will now be shown a couple hundred theaters across... More>>
Ten Films to Look For in 2015 Ten Films to Look For in 2015
Here's what might be next year's best
, December 17, 2014
As the year in moviegoing draws to a close — and as critics busy themselves drawing up lists and handing out awards — it seems time... More>>
Marion Cotillard Wins -- Twice -- in Our 2014 Film Critics' Poll Marion Cotillard Wins -- Twice -- in Our 2014 Film Critics' Poll
The Voice's annual film poll toasts Cotillard, ScarJo, and Boyhood
, December 17, 2014
What kind of circle is time again? A year after blowing the doors off our annual critics’ poll, golden boy Matthew McConaughey won just a... More>>
The Ten Best TV Shows of 2014 The Ten Best TV Shows of 2014
, December 17, 2014
TV continued to unmoor from its origins and transform into something else this year. No longer tethered to a specific appliance, a particular... More>>
Seth Rogen's The Interview Caused an Awful Lot of Trouble for Very Little Payoff Seth Rogen's The Interview Caused an Awful Lot of Trouble for Very Little Payoff
, December 17, 2014
Update: After an announcement from Sony that it would be pulled from theaters, The Interview will now be shown a couple hundred theaters across... More>>
The Colbert Report's Greatness Arrived With Its Very First Episode The Colbert Report's Greatness Arrived With Its Very First Episode
, December 17, 2014
The funniest and most incisive show on television is ending this week -- so let's look back at how it began. On October 17, 2005, a power-suited... More>>
Get Busy Buying Physical Copies of Movies This Season Get Busy Buying Physical Copies of Movies This Season
Don't Watch That, Watch This: A Film-Lovers Gift Guide
, December 17, 2014
Call it Stone Age materialism, but I still think movies are worth owning in physical forms you can hold, shelve, and collect, and therefore worth... More>>
Timothy Spall Unearths the Man Beneath Mr. Turner's Gruffness Timothy Spall Unearths the Man Beneath Mr. Turner's Gruffness
, December 17, 2014
If you've ever loved a terrible person, Mike Leigh's quietly sensational Mr. Turner — a biopic, of sorts, covering the last 25 years of the... More>>
A Marriage Crumbles, Beautifully, in Ceylan's Winter Sleep A Marriage Crumbles, Beautifully, in Ceylan's Winter Sleep
, December 17, 2014
Twitter is doublestuffed with check-your-privilege messages for entitled men, but I've rarely seen one as potent as this singular line from Nuri... More>>
The Night at the Museum Movies Are Better Than Critics Say The Night at the Museum Movies Are Better Than Critics Say
, December 17, 2014
Critics aren’t supposed to like the Night at the Museum movies. We’re supposed to see them out of duty and then write stuff like,... More>>
Da Vinci Hams for the Camera in Inside the Mind of Leonardo 3D
, December 17, 2014
An actor (Peter Capaldi) plays Leonardo da Vinci, standing before exposed brick, intently hamming at a 3-D movie camera, spouting words set down... More>>
Family Drama Goodbye to All That Strikes One Note Family Drama Goodbye to All That Strikes One Note
, December 17, 2014
From the first moments of Goodbye to All That, when Otto Wall (Paul Schneider) is jogging past vibrant autumn foliage to the strains of a Haydn... More>>
A Small Section of the World Is Cinematic Espresso A Small Section of the World Is Cinematic Espresso
, December 17, 2014
Even without the careful framing and exquisite camerawork, Costa Rica is gorgeous. Green mountains and a wet climate produce sweeping panoramas... More>>
If You Don't, I Will Intelligently Portrays a Marriage in Crisis If You Don't, I Will Intelligently Portrays a Marriage in Crisis
, December 17, 2014
Perceptive and subtle almost to a fault, Sophie Fillières's If You Don't, I Will gingerly metes out insights against their dramatic... More>>
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