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The Possession
, August 29, 2012
Demonic exorcism is given a perfunctory Jewish twist in The Possession, which delivers second-rate horror clichés unbefitting the... More>>
The Ambassador: The Horror, the Horror The Ambassador
Prankish doc exposes the ol' heart of darkness
, August 29, 2012
The blitzkrieg of award season is right around the corner, and with it, we can expect an onslaught of stunt performances, designed to wow Academy... More>>
Reach Out and Touch For a Good Time, Call . . .
Here's the great phone sex comedy the world needs now
, August 29, 2012
Remember way back when Bridesmaids was released, and Manohla Dargis referred to it as "unexpectedly funny"? It's amazing what still survives the... More>>
The Shape of Docs to Come: Ornette: Made in America Ornette: Made in America
Shirley Clarke's jazz classic broke ground still untraveled
, August 29, 2012
The invaluable—yet still insufficiently appreciated—American independent filmmaker Shirley Clarke (1919–97) once said: "There... More>>
The Oogieloves in the Big Balloon Adventure The Oogieloves in the Big Balloon Adventure
, August 29, 2012
In the 1960s and 1970s, there was something known as the kiddie matinee: Parents would drop their brood off at a movie theater showing a... More>>
The Tall Man The Tall Man
, August 29, 2012
Maybe the biggest implausibility of director Pascal Laugier's The Tall Man is the idea that dozens of missing Caucasian children in a community... More>>
Little Birds Little Birds
, August 29, 2012
The first feature from gang member/punk rocker/semi-notorious homeless-kid-turned-Sundance-protégé Elgin James, this polished but... More>>
The Day The Day
, August 29, 2012
You don't always need to know the specific circumstances that precede the events of a postapocalyptic film, but the unexplained, history-ending... More>>
Side by Side Side by Side
, August 29, 2012
It's a credit to Side by Side—an impressively thorough, expertly assembled survey of the debate surrounding the movie industry's transition... More>>
The Good Doctor The Good Doctor
, August 29, 2012
Loneliness, lack of respect, and a wholesale absence of ethical standards prove to be a volatile combination in The Good Doctor, Lance Daly's... More>>
The Bullet Vanishes The Bullet Vanishes
, August 29, 2012
How do you escape a noose? Can a gun shoot without bullets? Can you remove a chopstick from an empty wine bottle without touching the bottle?... More>>
Sleepwalk With Me: This American Spin-Off Sleepwalk With Me
Isn't as good as on the radio
, August 22, 2012
It's pretty Pollyannaish to complain when companies that are in the business of making money on movies make certain movies solely to make money.... More>>
Teddy Bear Lays Bare a Weight Lifter's Heart Teddy Bear
Too Big to Fail
, August 22, 2012
There has been some debate, usually centering on the availability of prison weight rooms, that overdeveloped physiques might constitute a serious... More>>
Hit & Run: Smokey & the Hybrids Hit & Run
A '70s car-chase flick for the Utne Reader set
, August 22, 2012
Hit & Run, a new action comedy engineered by faintly Muppety co-director/writer/star Dax Shepard, is as much about running mouths as running... More>>
Action Movies Don't Have to Suck Action Movies Don't Have to Suck
A lament for lost carnage—and coherence
, August 22, 2012
Remember how action movies used to be? The good old-fashioned American (but often European-accented) ones from the '80s and '90s, the type paid... More>>
Marjane Satrapi: There Is No 'Clash of Cultures' Marjane Satrapi: There Is No 'Clash of Cultures'
On east, west, and how all stories are autobiography
, August 22, 2012
“I have always been against this idea of the ‘clash of cultures,’” Marjane Satrapi says. “It’s the biggest... More>>
David Koepp at the End of Civilization David Koepp at the End of Civilization
The writer/director on filming in NYC, George Romero, and saying no to bad script notes
, August 22, 2012
David Koepp writes, and now directs, superior B-movies. This is an admirable and tough-to-master skill given how few major movie studios are... More>>
Dinesh D'Souza's 2016: Obama's America: The Five Most Hilarious Lowlights 2016: Obama's America
, August 22, 2012
The movie of choice this week for people who hold the beliefs that A) America is the strongest, best-est country that God ever virgin-birthed and... More>>
Little White Lies Little White Lies
, August 22, 2012
A bloated spin on The Big Chill, Little White Lies follows a septet of grating, mostly Gen X Parisians as they half-guiltily decide to proceed... More>>
The Apparition The Apparition
, August 22, 2012
The Apparition is not a great or even good haunted-house movie, but it does have the advantage of a memorable setting. Rather than rigging... More>>
Premium Rush Premium Rush
, August 22, 2012
Joseph Gordon-Levitt is a new kind of action hero: one that most of America’s movie-going population could knock out with one punch.... More>>
General Education
, August 22, 2012
If General Education seems familiar, it’s not just the one witty scene reprising everyone’s high school graduation memory of the... More>>
Somewhere Between Somewhere Between
, August 22, 2012
As the documentary equivalent of a group character study, Somewhere Between isn't as sharply focused as you might hope. Director Linda Goldstein... More>>
Samsara Samsara
, August 22, 2012
Whether it strikes you as a profound, perspective-shifting spiritual travelogue, or the cinematic equivalent of a forgettable New Age music loop,... More>>
Knight Knight Knight Knight
, August 22, 2012
When you're young and stupid, it's kind of fun to pump your shotgun and take dead aim at barrel-dwelling fish or the sides of barns, because... More>>
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