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A Walk Among the Tombstones Is an Uncommonly Well-Made Thriller A Walk Among the Tombstones Is an Uncommonly Well-Made Thriller
, September 17, 2014
They've done it at last: made a Liam Neeson-stomps-some-ass flick where, as the credits roll, there's more stuff to be glad you saw than Neeson... More>>
Art and Craft's Trickster Forger is an American Original Art and Craft's Trickster Forger is an American Original
, September 17, 2014
Knocking out the first-rate forgeries that fooled 60 American museums? That was a curiously mundane miracle, something for Mark Landis to do... More>>
Kevin Smith's Podcast-Inspired Horror Film Tusk Labors for Infamy Kevin Smith's Podcast-Inspired Horror Film Tusk Labors for Infamy
Feed the beast.
, September 17, 2014
Kevin Smith is a bright guy who over the years has become a little too taken with his own persona, his own jokes, his own cult following —... More>>
David Bowie Is Lovingly Brings the Starman to Earth David Bowie Is Lovingly Brings the Starman to Earth
, September 17, 2014
It’s the kind of forward-thinking experience David Bowie himself might have predicted. Just for one day, on silver screens across the... More>>
Nick Cave's New Movie Doesn't Quite Reveal the Man Behind the Myth -- and That's a Good Thing Nick Cave's New Movie Doesn't Quite Reveal the Man Behind the Myth -- and That's a Good Thing
, September 17, 2014
In one Nick Cave song, a pedophiliac outlaw caps a murder spree by killing the devil himself. In another, the narrator muses on Miley Cyrus while... More>>
Grim Kiddie Dystopia The Maze Runner Blames the Adults Grim Kiddie Dystopia The Maze Runner Blames the Adults
, September 17, 2014
It’s tough to be a teen in 2014. When your parents’ generation went to the movies, they cracked up at sex comedies and John Hughes.... More>>
Terry Gilliam's Latest Sci-Fi Adventure The Zero Theorem Serves Up Wild and Wonderful Images Terry Gilliam's Latest Sci-Fi Adventure The Zero Theorem Serves Up Wild and Wonderful Images
, September 17, 2014
Terry Gilliam is a gifted, ambitious filmmaker who, sadly, may now be more famous for being misunderstood and underfunded than he is for... More>>
True-Story Narrative Tracks Recounts a 1,700-Mile Trek Across Australia True-Story Narrative Tracks Recounts a 1,700-Mile Trek Across Australia
, September 17, 2014
'I think you have a problem with people," Rick Smolan (Adam Driver) informs Robyn Davidson (Mia Wasikowska) in the middle of the desert. The... More>>
The Future's Stranger Than He Thought: An Interview with Zero Theorem Director Terry Gilliam The Future's Stranger Than He Thought: An Interview with Zero Theorem Director Terry Gilliam
, September 17, 2014
"I'll always be anti-authoritarian, as long as I live," says Terry Gilliam, the comic provocateur who's been taking aim at the establishment for... More>>
If You're Not a Rich Dope, This Is Where I Leave You Offers Nothing If You're Not a Rich Dope, This Is Where I Leave You Offers Nothing
, September 17, 2014
“I’ve spent my whole life playing it safe,” whines Judd Altman (Jason Bateman), the middle-class milquetoast at the center of... More>>
Auto Industry Doc Pump Emphasizes Our Oil Consumption is Unsustainable Auto Industry Doc Pump Emphasizes Our Oil Consumption is Unsustainable
, September 17, 2014
A car's high beams trace slow-motion lightning across the highway. An auto worker in suspenders strides the factory floor. These seductive images... More>>
The Guest Is a Hilarious Thriller The Guest Is a Hilarious Thriller
, September 17, 2014
Adam Wingard's confident, swoony, and hilarious thriller The Guest delivers on everything — the sex, the humor, the menace, the cool... More>>
Simon Pegg Is Finally Allowed to Be Himself in Hector and the Search for Happiness Simon Pegg Is Finally Allowed to Be Himself in Hector and the Search for Happiness
, September 17, 2014
Simon Pegg has always been more like a cartoon than a real boy. He's one part Charlie Brown to two parts Tintin, a round-faced runt who can... More>>
Space Station 76 Is a Retro-Futuristic Curio Space Station 76 Is a Retro-Futuristic Curio
, September 17, 2014
Don't expect many laughs from this retro-futuristic curio, which doesn't really go for them, despite its parodic title and its '70s insistence... More>>
Life's a Breeze Is a Bittersweet Working-Class Irish Comedy Life's a Breeze Is a Bittersweet Working-Class Irish Comedy
, September 17, 2014
Irish director Lance Daly's Life's a Breeze faces a curious dilemma. How to depict the degrading effects of poverty when your central character,... More>>
Fort Bliss Allows Michelle Monaghan to Display Her Range Fort Bliss Allows Michelle Monaghan to Display Her Range
, September 17, 2014
It figures that Michelle Monaghan, one of too many underutilized actresses usually relegated to playing the hero's wife, would have to go... More>>
Martial Arts Remake Iceman Makes a Strong Case to Revisit the Original Martial Arts Remake Iceman Makes a Strong Case to Revisit the Original
, September 17, 2014
The Iceman Cometh, Clarence Fok's 1989 Hong Kong martial arts film, achieved classic status on the strength of Fok's facility with multiple... More>>
Sexploitation Auteur Joe Sarno's Post-Porn Life Chronicled in A Life in Dirty Movies Sexploitation Auteur Joe Sarno's Post-Porn Life Chronicled in A Life in Dirty Movies
, September 17, 2014
Joe Sarno may be, in the words of performance artist Annie Sprinkle, "the Ingmar Bergman of porn," but A Life in Dirty Movies doesn't dwell on... More>>
Brush With Danger Is an Inexplicably Racist Indonesian Action Film Brush With Danger Is an Inexplicably Racist Indonesian Action Film
, September 17, 2014
Almost nothing makes sense in Brush With Danger, a bewilderingly incompetent and inexplicably racist Indonesian action film. Written, directed,... More>>
Swim Little Fish Swim Plays Like a New York-Set Reality Bites Swim Little Fish Swim Plays Like a New York-Set Reality Bites
, September 17, 2014
From its crackpot opening — a tied-up, prostrate girl in lingerie poses for a creepy, buck-naked painter — you wouldn't expect Swim... More>>
The Handheld Stop the Pounding Heart Is Filled with Piercing Isolation and Sadness The Handheld Stop the Pounding Heart Is Filled with Piercing Isolation and Sadness
One-third of the "Texas trilogy" that screens September 19-25 at Lincoln Center.
, September 17, 2014
You keep waiting for catastrophe to strike in Roberto Minervini's taciturn Stop the Pounding Heart. The handheld camera drifts without judgment... More>>
Nick Cave Doc 20,000 Days on Earth Surprises Nick Cave Doc 20,000 Days on Earth Surprises
Nick Cave invites us in -- and who could resist that?
, September 17, 2014
Should we trust artists to tell the story of artists? On the plus side, who understands them better? If there's a secret language of imagination... More>>
The Drop (and Gandolfini) Find New Life in Lowlifes The Drop (and Gandolfini) Find New Life in Lowlifes
, September 10, 2014
The Drop, the richly textured, beautifully acted film collaboration between Belgian director Michaël R. Roskam (Bullhead) and... More>>
A Chopped-Up Eleanor Rigby Suffers a Fate Worse Than Loneliness A Chopped-Up Eleanor Rigby Suffers a Fate Worse Than Loneliness
No One Was Saved
, September 10, 2014
In two minutes, the Beatles captured the empty life of sad singleton Eleanor Rigby. Director Ned Benson is devoting three films to her namesake... More>>
Dolphin Tale 2 Is a Warm, Wise Animal Tale Dolphin Tale 2 Is a Warm, Wise Animal Tale
No Fluke
, September 10, 2014
Even the most inspiration-averse will have eyes as moist as blowholes by the end credits of Dolphin Tale 2, a good-hearted kids' drama whose... More>>
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