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Melissa McCarthy Is Not Your Best Friend Anymore Melissa McCarthy Is Not Your Best Friend Anymore
, February 06, 2013
To watch Melissa McCarthy as lovable chef Sookie St. James on seven seasons of the Gilmore Girls was to see an actress perfect the art of... More>>
Identity Thief: Body Horror Identity Thief
Identity Thief's creators fear what audiences love about Melissa McCarthy
, February 06, 2013
Just a week or so after the Pentagon reversed its ban on allowing female soldiers into combat, here's another breakthrough, of a sort: The... More>>
A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III: What Makes Charlie Douche? A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III
Roman Coppola Gives Charlie Sheen the 8 1/2 treatment
, February 06, 2013
As he's questioned by a therapist in the opening scene of the film bearing his name, we see Charles Swan III's subconscious literally spurt out... More>>
The Canon of Subversion: Amos Vogel and the Films That Assailed the Art A Tribute to Amos Vogel and 'Film as a Subversive Art'
, February 06, 2013
What was Amos Vogel rebelling against? Like Brando in The Wild One, the answer might have been "Whaddya got?" "Maybe it's obnoxious to... More>>
Raúl Ruiz's Night Across the Street is an Arresting Puzzle Night Across the Street
An Epitaph of Dreams
, February 06, 2013
"You've been utterly incoherent recently," a colleague remarks to Don Celso (Sergio Hernández) in Night Across the Street. "I've run out... More>>
The Sorcerer and the White Snake
, February 06, 2013
Visually unspectacular and emotionally stillborn, The Sorcerer and the White Snake fails as both a fantasy and a romance. A Chinese Ghost Story... More>>
Steven Soderbergh and Scott Z. Burn on Side Effects, Their Latest Collaboration Steven Soderbergh and Scott Z. Burn on Side Effects, Their Latest Collaboration
, February 06, 2013
"I've been lucky in that I've always worked with writers whose voices are so specific that there really isn't any way to recalibrate things... More>>
Runaway Slaves Torment The Haunting in Connecticut Sequel, Ghosts of Georgia Runaway Slaves Torment The Haunting in Connecticut Sequel, Ghosts of Georgia
, February 06, 2013
Just in time for Black History Month comes a horror movie about . . . the horror of slavery? Well, not exactly, although some of the restless... More>>
David Hops Subplots While the Name Stays the Same David Hops Subplots While the Name Stays the Same
, February 06, 2013
David only initially looks like a more accomplished version of Cloud Atlas: an admirable formal puzzle with spiritual aims and a gimmicky... More>>
Once Every Day Catches the Director's Cues Once Every Day Catches the Director's Cues
, February 06, 2013
At long last, a film for people who enjoyed Godard's Film Socialisme but wished it wasn't so conventional! All kidding aside, the influence of... More>>
Peering into the Strange and Beguiling Life of Porfirio Peering into the Strange and Beguiling Life of Porfirio
, February 06, 2013
Improbable but true, in 2005 a paraplegic Colombian man named Porfirio Ramírez hijacked a plane bound for Bogota using two grenades... More>>
Old Republic Skullduggery Meets Modern Streets in Caesar Must Die Old Republic Skullduggery Meets Modern Streets in Caesar Must Die
, February 06, 2013
Spend some time among a gallery of noble busts depicting Roman senators, and familiar faces begin to emerge among the ancient marble: the... More>>
Night Across the Street Is Raúl Raiz's Winking, Mournful Goodbye Night Across the Street Is Raúl Raiz's Winking, Mournful Goodbye
, February 06, 2013
"You've been utterly incoherent recently," a colleague remarks to Don Celso (Sergio Hernandez) in Night Across the Street. "I've run out of... More>>
Danger On All Sides as ex-Nazis Flee Persecution in Lore Danger On All Sides as ex-Nazis Flee Persecution in Lore
, February 06, 2013
Nine years on from her intoxicating road-movie debut, Somersault, Australian director Cate Shortland has fashioned a different kind of... More>>
A Rubberband Is an Unlikely Instrument: A Torpid, Squeaky Trumpet A Rubberband Is an Unlikely Instrument: A Torpid, Squeaky Trumpet
, February 06, 2013
The push-pull between artistic inclinations and economic realities forms the backbone of A Rubberband Is an Unlikely Instrument, Matt Boyd's... More>>
A Mansion Full of Archetypes Gamble Lives In Would You Rather A Mansion Full of Archetypes Gamble Lives In Would You Rather
, February 06, 2013
A suspense thriller for the 99 percent, David Guy Levy's Would You Rather pits a shadowy blue blood against a group of hapless proles whose... More>>
Charlie Sheen Is In A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III Charlie Sheen Is In A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III
, February 06, 2013
As he's questioned by a therapist in the opening scene of the film bearing his name, we see Charles Swan III's subconscious literally spurt out... More>>
Dave Grohl and Other Rockers Toast L.A.'s Sound City Sound City
Kings of the Stone Age
, January 30, 2013
Here’s something you don’t get to say too often: It’s a shame when Paul McCartney turns up. Before McCartney arrives, rasping,... More>>
Shin Bet Vets Ponder the Israeli State They've Protected in The Gatekeeper The Gatekeepers
The agonists
, January 30, 2013
It's a cliché of the voting world that even the staunchest liberals—especially of the privileged, male variety—tend to drift... More>>
Feast of Appetizers: Gorge on This Year's Oscar-Nominated Short Films Oscar-Nominated Short Films 2013
Oscar-Nominated Short Films 2013
, January 30, 2013
There's scant dialogue but plenty of eloquent storytelling in the five animated short films up for a 2013 Oscar, all of which—along with... More>>
Warm Bodies
, January 30, 2013
Nerd stats for the two kinds of zombies featured in Jonathan Levine's Warm Bodies: "Bonies" are leathery, desiccated skeletons with +10... More>>
Bullet to the Head
, January 30, 2013
Jimmy Bobo (Sylvester Stallone) and his partner, Louis (Jon Seda), have just killed a guy in New Orleans—they're professional hit... More>>
Race 2
, January 30, 2013
What most interests the creators of Race 2? Action-figure posturing. Their Bollywood brawler pits two churlishly ill-defined characters against... More>>
Girls Against Boys
, January 30, 2013
Girls Against Boys is intensely laconic, with so little dialogue it could almost all fit the 140-character Twitter max. This reticence is due,... More>>
The Great Director Walter Hill Brings a Bullet (And Ideas) to Your Head The Great Director Walter Hill Brings a Bullet (And Ideas) to Your Head
Ass kicking, Plato-style
, January 30, 2013
"It's hard to get these things started," says Walter Hill, the dean of the American action movie, speaking to me from Los Angeles. "Action films... More>>
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