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Archer Sags Into Middle Age in Its Sixth, 'Unrebooted' Season Archer Sags Into Middle Age in Its Sixth, 'Unrebooted' Season
, February 25, 2015
TV shows aren't too different from people in at least one respect: The longer they've been around, the less interest they tend to garner. But the... More>>
Lance Edmands Debut Bluebird Is Gorgeous but Too Grim Lance Edmands Debut Bluebird Is Gorgeous but Too Grim
, February 25, 2015
You know how three-quarters of the way through most conventionally plotted movies it looks as if things couldn't get more bleak for the... More>>
Screwball in Brooklyn: Wild Canaries Is No Hipster Thin Man Screwball in Brooklyn: Wild Canaries Is No Hipster Thin Man
, February 25, 2015
The new Brooklyn is generally derided as a wilderness of double-wide strollers, young men with the facial hair of Canadian loggers circa 1852,... More>>
Julianne Moore Is Grand in Maps to the Stars Julianne Moore Is Grand in Maps to the Stars
, February 25, 2015
Is it possible to essentially like a movie yet feel revulsion toward its script? David Cronenberg's Maps to the Stars is clearly intended as a... More>>
Go on the Lam With the Louts of Young Bodies Heal Quickly Go on the Lam With the Louts of Young Bodies Heal Quickly
, February 25, 2015
If there is a "crisis" among American boys, as you sometimes hear during slow news weeks, its cause is pretty straight-up clear: The bored and... More>>
A Star Comes Into Focus but the Movie Never Quite Does A Star Comes Into Focus but the Movie Never Quite Does
, February 25, 2015
If Grace Kelly had been raised by coyotes, she might have stalked the screen like Focus's Margot Robbie, a va-va-voom blonde with bite. Robbie is... More>>
Salma Hayek Takes On an Arsenal in Everly Salma Hayek Takes On an Arsenal in Everly
, February 25, 2015
Joe Lynch's Everly opens with the screams of a sex slave played by Salma Hayek. It seems impossible things for her could get much worse —... More>>
In Eastern Boys, an Immigrant's Turbulent Life in Paris In Eastern Boys, an Immigrant's Turbulent Life in Paris
, February 25, 2015
The eastern boys of French-Moroccan director Robin Campillo's beautifully acted new film are a gang of undocumented East Europeans headed by a... More>>
Campus Rape Doc The Hunting Ground Should Speak Up Campus Rape Doc The Hunting Ground Should Speak Up
, February 25, 2015
The Hunting Ground opens with actual footage of high school seniors opening acceptance letters from their dream schools. It's one of the few... More>>
Doc Fixates on but Doesn't Examine Director Nicolas Winding Refn Doc Fixates on but Doesn't Examine Director Nicolas Winding Refn
, February 25, 2015
Despite some consummately intimate footage, behind-the-scenes doc My Life Directed by Nicolas Winding Refn proves frustrating because... More>>
'71 Tensely Recalls the Troubles in Ireland '71 Tensely Recalls the Troubles in Ireland
, February 25, 2015
In '71, Yann Demange tints the midnight alleys of Belfast like an Irish flag dragged through the mud: black skies, sickly green lamps, and the... More>>
The Truly Erotic Futuro Beach Is Full of Sensual Images The Truly Erotic Futuro Beach Is Full of Sensual Images
, February 25, 2015
Recent European films like Lars von Trier's Nymphomaniac and Alain Guiraudie's Stranger by the Lake have drawn on the visual vocabulary of porn... More>>
Bizarre and Wonderful Doc Farewell to Hollywood Offers Strange Heartbreak Bizarre and Wonderful Doc Farewell to Hollywood Offers Strange Heartbreak
, February 25, 2015
If the only film about a teenage girl with cancer you've seen recently is The Fault in Our Stars, get ready for a new and stranger heartbreak.... More>>
Vanity Doc My Way Is So Infuriating You'll Hate-Watch It Vanity Doc My Way Is So Infuriating You'll Hate-Watch It
, February 25, 2015
The main question raised by rock musician Rebekah Starr's documentary vanity project My Way has nothing to do with craft or ambition or the... More>>
However Compelling, Western The Salvation Fails to Break New Ground However Compelling, Western The Salvation Fails to Break New Ground
, February 25, 2015
Two Bond villains and Eva Green walk into a western, and they emerge with a rugged — if far from revolutionary — old-school... More>>
Indie Horror Flick Ejecta Asks What Its Director Could Do With a Real Budget Indie Horror Flick Ejecta Asks What Its Director Could Do With a Real Budget
, February 25, 2015
Often, with indie horror flicks, you have to accept that you're watching a demonstration of ingenuity rather than a coherent film: "Here's what I... More>>
The Stylishly Filmed Out of the Dark Is Scary, Too The Stylishly Filmed Out of the Dark Is Scary, Too
, February 25, 2015
Tidy, conventional horror stories are all about cause and effect. The scariness derives from not understanding what's happening, and the... More>>
The Widowmaker Doc Examines the Medical Frailties of the Human Heart The Widowmaker Doc Examines the Medical Frailties of the Human Heart
, February 25, 2015
Decidedly not a thrilling Russian submarine film, The Widowmaker documents the story of another vessel dwelling beneath the surface: the human... More>>
Queer Anthology Remarkable Shades of Gay Asks, Why Should Heteros Hoard All the Insipidness? Queer Anthology Remarkable Shades of Gay Asks, Why Should Heteros Hoard All the Insipidness?
, February 25, 2015
There are nine queer shorts in the anthology Remarkable Shades of Gay, all of them directed (and almost all either written or co-written) by... More>>
The Lazarus Effect Has a Frankenstein-like Warning The Lazarus Effect Has a Frankenstein-like Warning
, February 25, 2015
The makers of The Lazarus Effect, an uninspired horror film about modern-day mad scientists, do nothing noteworthy with their heady what-if... More>>
Five Reasons Why Fox's Empire Has Become a Breakout Hit Five Reasons Why Fox's Empire Has Become a Breakout Hit
, February 18, 2015
Empire most certainly wasn't built in a day, but its reputation as a breakout hit has been made in virtually no time at all. Since the series... More>>
In McFarland, USA Kevin Costner Eases White America Into the Now In McFarland, USA Kevin Costner Eases White America Into the Now
, February 18, 2015
American Sniper notwithstanding, the first fresh multiplex trend to emerge in 2015 is Old White Dudes Learning How to Share Their World. First... More>>
The DUFF Fights Society's Beauty Obsessions — With Makeovers The DUFF Fights Society's Beauty Obsessions — With Makeovers
, February 18, 2015
Shove off, John Hughes. The DUFF, a high school comedy by Ari Sandel, opens by declaring that The Breakfast Club's social categories are, like,... More>>
The Film Comment Selects Fest Dances in What's Left of the Culture The Film Comment Selects Fest Dances in What's Left of the Culture
, February 18, 2015
Of course the center couldn't hold, but for anyone still kicking after its collapse — and that of all the old high/low distinctions —... More>>
Bravura Anthology Wild Tales Lays Bare Everyone's Awfulness Bravura Anthology Wild Tales Lays Bare Everyone's Awfulness
, February 18, 2015
There are two kinds of humanist movie. One kind shows human beings struggling against the most unspeakable horrors, sorrows, or injustices and... More>>
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