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When the Game Stands Tall Insists Jesus Wants Kids to Hit Each Other Hard on the Gridiron When the Game Stands Tall Insists Jesus Wants Kids to Hit Each Other Hard on the Gridiron
, August 20, 2014
According to inspirational sports movies, winning demands you train hard, play with heart, be a team, and not care about winning. So it goes in... More>>
Spare a Dame? The Women of Sin City Live to Suffer -- and Little Else Spare a Dame? The Women of Sin City Live to Suffer -- and Little Else
, August 20, 2014
Sin City, population unknown but dropping every minute, is a gorgeous place, but you wouldn't want to live there. Even the shadows and broken... More>>
Lithgow, Molina, and Manhattan All Move in Love Is Strange Lithgow, Molina, and Manhattan All Move in Love Is Strange
, August 20, 2014
You could be forgiven, after watching the opening minutes of Ira Sachs's fine-grained and flinty Love Is Strange, for thinking it's going to be a... More>>
To Be Takei Follows the Star Trek Actor Into Undiscovered Country To Be Takei Follows the Star Trek Actor Into Undiscovered Country
, August 20, 2014
Jennifer M. Kroot’s To Be Takei is an affectionate portrait of the hardest-working member of the original cast of Star Trek, George Takei.... More>>
Rapturous Doc Expedition to the End of the World Seeks What's Left Once the Ice is Gone Rapturous Doc Expedition to the End of the World Seeks What's Left Once the Ice is Gone
, August 20, 2014
Here’s how generous Daniel Dencik’s doc Expedition to the End of the World gets with its harsh beauty. Deep in the film, its party of... More>>
The "Strange Land: International Sci-Fi" Series Boasts Handmade Wonders The "Strange Land: International Sci-Fi" Series Boasts Handmade Wonders
, August 20, 2014
Picture-book wonders parade throughout this don't-miss 1958 live action — meets-animation Czech lulu: Relish the airships, shipwrecks,... More>>
Martial Arts Period Drama 14 Blades Is Great When They're Fighting Martial Arts Period Drama 14 Blades Is Great When They're Fighting
, August 20, 2014
Martial arts period drama 14 Blades' cartoonish action scenes are so energetic that it's hard to believe they weren't directed by master... More>>
In Horror Comedy Jersey Shore Massacre, Stereotypes Die Blandly In Horror Comedy Jersey Shore Massacre, Stereotypes Die Blandly
, August 20, 2014
The exceedingly gruesome Jersey Shore Massacre is likely to amuse but then repulse those who once relished the whiny twang of the young Italian... More>>
YA Saves Summer: If I Stay Brings Feeling Back to the Multiplex YA Saves Summer: If I Stay Brings Feeling Back to the Multiplex
, August 20, 2014
Should grown-ups be spending their time reading young-adult novels, at the risk of missing the supposed riches of fiction written for actual... More>>
Kink Makes the Case for Getting Off on Rough Kink Makes the Case for Getting Off on Rough
, August 20, 2014
There’s a wonderfully bonkers Philip José Farmer novel in which Tarzan and Doc Savage, under different names, fight through the... More>>
NewFilmmakers Still Makes Weekly Discoveries, 16 Years On NewFilmmakers Still Makes Weekly Discoveries, 16 Years On
, August 20, 2014
The weekly NewFilmmakers series is a prolific beast, screening more than 1,000 films — documentaries, shorts, features — a year. The... More>>
Raider of the Lost Art Raider of the Lost Art
Toast the return of de Broca's globe-trotting parody
, August 20, 2014
Jean-Paul Belmondo in a white dinner jacket. There. That should be enough to sell you on Philippe de Broca's 1964 crime caper–spoof That... More>>
The One I Love's Twilight Zone Twist Doesn't Quite Work The One I Love's Twilight Zone Twist Doesn't Quite Work
, August 20, 2014
This high-concept romantic comedy boasts a great hook, a killer cast, and a gutsiness that's rare in movies where nice but troubled married... More>>
Porn-Com The Final Flesh Is Weird Enough to Make You Wish It Was Better Porn-Com The Final Flesh Is Weird Enough to Make You Wish It Was Better
, August 20, 2014
If you want to test your patience and see something truly bizarre, head to Williamsburg's Spectacle Theater for the pornographic, postapocalyptic... More>>
I Dunno, You Figure It Out: Winter in the Blood Has Great Scenes but Tries the Patience I Dunno, You Figure It Out: Winter in the Blood Has Great Scenes but Tries the Patience
, August 20, 2014
Winter in the Blood turns out to be the wrong kind of heartbreaker. Here’s a film so rich with strong scenes, natural beauty, fascinating... More>>
Find-Yourself Travel Flick May in the Summer Is Secretly Radical Find-Yourself Travel Flick May in the Summer Is Secretly Radical
, August 20, 2014
Director Cherien Dabis grew up spending summers in Jordan with her mother's side of the family. Her second feature fictionalizes her experience... More>>
Spiritual Doc Kabbalah Me Isn't Quite Transcendent Spiritual Doc Kabbalah Me Isn't Quite Transcendent
, August 20, 2014
Steven Bram is a filmmaker on the cusp of 50, who has tried and failed to find fulfillment "from jumping out of an airplane to going to Grateful... More>>
K2: Siren of the Himalayas Is a Pleasurable Climb K2: Siren of the Himalayas Is a Pleasurable Climb
, August 20, 2014
Most documentaries about the intersection of the natural world (the jungle; the sea) and man's attempts to prove himself against that world... More>>
With Are You Here, Matthew Weiner Botches His First Feature With Are You Here, Matthew Weiner Botches His First Feature
, August 20, 2014
Writer-director Matthew Weiner, creator of the magnificent Mad Men, has made a feature film — theoretically a comedy — that's just... More>>
The Possession of Michael King Is Smarter Than Most Exorcism Movies The Possession of Michael King Is Smarter Than Most Exorcism Movies
, August 20, 2014
Eddie Murphy famously asked, "Why don't white people leave the house when there's a ghost?" It's a testament to director David Jung's smart... More>>
Feel Sad with the Hitmen of Salvo Feel Sad with the Hitmen of Salvo
, August 20, 2014
At first glance, Fabio Grassadonia and Antonio Piazza's Salvo looks like just another entry into the Sensitive Hit-man genre: During a sticky... More>>
Masters of Sex Lights the Way for Progressive "Prestige TV" Masters of Sex Lights the Way for Progressive "Prestige TV"
, August 13, 2014
Spoilers up to the fifth episode of the second season. If Mad Men convinced us all that the sixties were the heyday of cultural Neanderthals,... More>>
Frank Never Takes Off the Mask But We Go With It Frank Never Takes Off the Mask But We Go With It
, August 13, 2014
Genius is hell, both for the blessed and those stuck in the shadows, cursed to spend a lifetime smashing their heads against the glass. In its... More>>
Growing Up Punk in Mexico in We Are Mari Pepa Growing Up Punk in Mexico in We Are Mari Pepa
, August 13, 2014
It doesn't matter that Iggy Pop endorses Carnival Cruises, or that Ramones-style crunch chords now power Top 40 country hits. Today punk is... More>>
The Cine-Essays of the Great Chris Marker Come to BAM The Cine-Essays of the Great Chris Marker Come to BAM
, August 13, 2014
Years ago, my husband would amuse me now and then with a re-enactment of the moment in Monty Python's The Meaning of Life, where a society... More>>
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