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The Fifteen Sundance 2015 Films You Need to Know The Fifteen Sundance 2015 Films You Need to Know
, January 28, 2015
This year, Sundance started a week late to bypass Martin Luther King Day. Perhaps that's why buyers bid on films like sprinters racing after lost... More>>
Actually, Strange Magic Is the Best George Lucas Film in 25 Years Actually, Strange Magic Is the Best George Lucas Film in 25 Years
, January 28, 2015
It's hard to imagine that George Lucas has cared, much, about the fan-revolt he's faced since '97 or so, the year he thumbed CGI Colorforms all... More>>
Four Questions for That Angry Bro Who Says Fifty Shades is Just 'Porn for Soccer Moms' Four Questions for That Angry Bro Who Says Fifty Shades is Just 'Porn for Soccer Moms'
, January 28, 2015
Hi, angry-bro! I know it's upsetting when anything in this culture becomes wildly popular despite not being marketed to you. This weekend, during... More>>
In Black or White, the Race Drama Is Cartoonish In Black or White, the Race Drama Is Cartoonish
, January 28, 2015
There are few hard-and-fast rules in screenwriting, but here's one I think we can agree on: Something's gone wrong if your crowd-pleasing family... More>>
Can the Backstreet Boys Become Outspoken Men? Can the Backstreet Boys Become Outspoken Men?
, January 28, 2015
Let's leap back to 1994. Grunge and gangsta rap dominated MTV — music that claimed to be gritty and honest. Yet that year in Orlando, as... More>>
Martin Starr Is Grand in American-Iraqi Rom-Com Amira & Sam Martin Starr Is Grand in American-Iraqi Rom-Com Amira & Sam
, January 28, 2015
Look, if it's going to have any chance of stirring in us that warm, giddy, life-saving thrill of love actually working out, a romantic comedy... More>>
Potent Bites: This Year's Oscar-Nominated Shorts Are Best When True Potent Bites: This Year's Oscar-Nominated Shorts Are Best When True
, January 28, 2015
While many of Oscar’s big shots clock in at more than two hours (led by favorite Boyhood, at 165 minutes), some filmmakers remain committed... More>>
German's Hard to Be a God Caps a Career With Glorious Muck German's Hard to Be a God Caps a Career With Glorious Muck
, January 28, 2015
On the fringes of movieland, there have always been filmmakers who identify (in Günter Eich's phrase) as being sand, not oil, in the gears... More>>
The Beautiful Timbuktu Finds Hope and Pain in a City Taken Over The Beautiful Timbuktu Finds Hope and Pain in a City Taken Over
, January 28, 2015
To the idle viewer, the small acts of resistance on display in Timbuktu might seem ready-made for Upworthy, little liberal lessons just waiting... More>>
The Parisian Tale Girlhood Has a Radiant Shine The Parisian Tale Girlhood Has a Radiant Shine
, January 28, 2015
Céline Sciamma's pained, thrilling, observational tale of growing up broke and black in slablike Paris flats is no rebuke to Boyhood, but... More>>
Jason Statham Is Much More Badass Than Wild Card Jason Statham Is Much More Badass Than Wild Card
, January 28, 2015
Sadly, the first film scripted by William Goldman to hit theaters since the anus-monster mess Dreamcatcher is no return to form, and this time,... More>>
Danny Glover vs. a Neo-Nazi: Hostage Drama Supremacy Isn't Supreme at All Danny Glover vs. a Neo-Nazi: Hostage Drama Supremacy Isn't Supreme at All
, January 28, 2015
Multiple generations of an African American family slowly mollify the gun-crazed neo-Nazi (Joe Anderson) holding them hostage in the dour, dreary... More>>
Fashion Designer Agnes B's My Name Is Hmmm… Looks Great But Doesn't Hold Together Fashion Designer Agnes B's My Name Is Hmmm… Looks Great But Doesn't Hold Together
, January 28, 2015
There's a tension between directness and obfuscation in My Name is Hmmm..., with first-time director Agnès Troublé (better known as... More>>
Military Sci-Fi Horror Flick Alien Outpost Has Too Little Sci-Fi and Too Little Horror Military Sci-Fi Horror Flick Alien Outpost Has Too Little Sci-Fi and Too Little Horror
, January 28, 2015
The promise of the multi-screen future-history info-dump that kicks off Alien Outpost isn't enough to mask this military sci-fi indie's... More>>
Sadly, The Devil's Violinist Is About Paganini, Not Charlie Daniels Sadly, The Devil's Violinist Is About Paganini, Not Charlie Daniels
, January 28, 2015
Nineteenth-century Italian violin virtuoso Niccolò Paganini was rumored to have made a Faustian pact in order to play like the devil,... More>>
Above and Beyond Recounts Awe-Inspiring True Stories of the Early Israeli Air Force Above and Beyond Recounts Awe-Inspiring True Stories of the Early Israeli Air Force
, January 28, 2015
The first airstrikes for the Israeli Air Force, led by a round of boisterous Jewish American WWII veterans in the spring of 1948, were actually... More>>
Project Almanac Again Asks, What If Time Travel is Bad? Project Almanac Again Asks, What If Time Travel is Bad?
, January 28, 2015
The makers of Project Almanac, a ponderous found-footage time-travel drama, tellingly waste 40 minutes cataloging banal uses for time travel... More>>
In The Loft, Yuppies Find a Body In The Loft, Yuppies Find a Body
, January 28, 2015
It's hard to know exactly when The Loft, a disposable locked-room mystery about five yuppies who discover a corpse in their shared extramarital... More>>
Sundance: Sam Klemke's Time Machine Is the Sad Sequel to Boyhood Sundance: Sam Klemke's Time Machine Is the Sad Sequel to Boyhood
, January 21, 2015
Richard Linklater ended his feel-good Best Picture contender on a high. His star, eighteen-year-old would-be artist Mason, graduated high school... More>>
Jennifer Aniston Grieves, But Cake's Script Lets Her Down Jennifer Aniston Grieves, But Cake's Script Lets Her Down
, January 21, 2015
Each year, screenwriters kill off enough offscreen children to fill a Chuck E. Cheese's. A dead son or daughter gives a movie the illusion of... More>>
In The Humbling Pacino, Levinson, and the Great Novelist Stare Down the End In The Humbling Pacino, Levinson, and the Great Novelist Stare Down the End
, January 21, 2015
There’s something bracingly honest about The Humbling, Barry Levinson’s movie about a 67-year-old Shakespearean actor, played by Al... More>>
Boy Meets Girl Meets Pistol in Overfamiliar Son of a Gun Boy Meets Girl Meets Pistol in Overfamiliar Son of a Gun
, January 21, 2015
It's been 50 years since Jean-Luc Godard said that all a film needs is a girl and a gun. Bet he wishes he could take that back. In the last... More>>
A Strong Star Can't Keep Sub Flick Black Sea from Sinking A Strong Star Can't Keep Sub Flick Black Sea from Sinking
, January 21, 2015
Jude Law, once so shiny-penny-clean and pretty — and with the kind of chin dimple that might have inspired Audrey Hepburn to ask, as she... More>>
Jennifer Lopez's The Boy Next Door is as Nuts as You'd Hope Jennifer Lopez's The Boy Next Door is as Nuts as You'd Hope
, January 21, 2015
The most pleasurably ludicrous highlight of The Boy Next Door comes half an hour in, before the sex and murders and... More>>
Xavier Dolan's Mommy Nears Excellence but Is a Little Much Xavier Dolan's Mommy Nears Excellence but Is a Little Much
, January 21, 2015
No matter how you end up feeling about it, there sure is a lot of movie in Mommy, Xavier Dolan's exuberant melodrama about an emotional... More>>
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