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Filth: More Irvine Welsh Ne'er-Do-Wells Not Doing Well Filth: More Irvine Welsh Ne'er-Do-Wells Not Doing Well
, May 28, 2014
You have to hand it to James McAvoy, who has made a career out of his amiable, boyish good looks; in Filth, he destroys that image. As Detective... More>>
Interview: James McAvoy Loved Wallowing for Filth Interview: James McAvoy Loved Wallowing for Filth
, May 28, 2014
James McAvoy knows not to trust the British tabloids. While flogging his grotty drama Filth, based on the Irvine Welsh novel about a... More>>
Gebo and the Shadow: Gebo Talks! (To His Family and Friends) Gebo and the Shadow: Gebo Talks! (To His Family and Friends)
At 105, Manoel de Oliveira still knows the heart
, May 28, 2014
Gebo and the Shadow is a film about concrete, hard, and material things, as well as one about illusions. Its dramatic elements are simple. The... More>>
Maleficent: Jolie the Great and Powerful Maleficent: Jolie the Great and Powerful
Why must a world-class star be hung up on some twerp?
, May 28, 2014
Boil Maleficent down to one newt's nose-size piece of advice and you'd get this: Don't dump Angelina Jolie. It's not a problem most mortals will... More>>
Night Moves' Eco-Terrorists are Doomed from the Start Night Moves' Eco-Terrorists are Doomed from the Start
, May 28, 2014
The most radical thing about this eco-terrorism drama is its quiet patience and formal vigor. While most studio pictures slap together their... More>>
Friedkin's Sorcerer: As Good As You've Heard Friedkin's Sorcerer: As Good As You've Heard
Sorcerer is prime suspense -- but it wouldn't have saved movies
, May 28, 2014
Not to fall into that macho Hemingway bit, but I have to ask: Could it be that the effort it takes to do something that's difficult often... More>>
The Life and Crimes of Doris Payne: The Octogenarian Jewel Thief The Life and Crimes of Doris Payne: The Octogenarian Jewel Thief
, May 28, 2014
Who knew that being lied to for 75 minutes could be so agreeable — and revealing? Matthew Pond and Kirk Marcolina's knotty, crowd-pleasing... More>>
Relish Agnès Varda's Travelogues for Free Relish Agnès Varda's Travelogues for Free
, May 28, 2014
The great Agnès Varda has been redefining and refining fact and fiction, past and present, for nearly 60 years, ever since her 1955... More>>
Punk-Girl Blast We Are the Best! Earns Its Title Punk-Girl Blast We Are the Best! Earns Its Title
, May 28, 2014
A truly punk act, a shout of freedom, frustration, and exaltation, hits about halfway through Lukas Moodysson's girl-punk reverie We Are the... More>>
Six Movies to Watch For from Cannes Six Movies to Watch For from Cannes
Movie stars, tragedies, and even some laughs
, May 28, 2014
Stephanie Zacharek has been reporting online from the Cannes Film Festival. For much more, including a couple daft cartoons she drew, visit... More>>
How YouTube and the Internet Killed Tom Cruise, America's Last Movie Star How YouTube and the Internet Killed Tom Cruise, America's Last Movie Star
, May 28, 2014
It was Jason Tugman's first day of work. Almost a decade later, he still remembers the screams. A former circus fire-eater, he'd taken a job... More>>
Eight Great Western Comedies You Should Watch Eight Great Western Comedies You Should Watch
, May 28, 2014
The Western genre isn't entirely comprised of spaghetti or John Wayne talking out the side of his mouth: From its earliest days, filmmakers were... More>>
Kiarostami's The Wind Will Carry Us Is a Mystery of Ineffable Beauty Kiarostami's The Wind Will Carry Us Is a Mystery of Ineffable Beauty
, May 28, 2014
The mastery of Abbas Kiarostami is most evident, perhaps, in his restraint, in the depth he suggests through omission. His films routinely aspire... More>>
Marquette and Willis Elevate the Material in The Odd Way Home Marquette and Willis Elevate the Material in The Odd Way Home
, May 28, 2014
A road movie in which Duncan (Chris Marquette), an autistic young man presented as lovable naïf, and Maya (Rumer Willis), an embattled but... More>>
Emoticon ;) Is a Grown-Ups Weird Idea of How Kids Behave Emoticon ;) Is a Grown-Ups Weird Idea of How Kids Behave
, May 28, 2014
One eternal, annoying trope of grown-ups writing about kids is that the new generation is unfathomably alien and probably, like, some whole... More>>
Elena Is a Pained and Gorgeous Doc Elena Is a Pained and Gorgeous Doc
, May 28, 2014
A pained and gorgeous summoning, Petra Costa's haunted doc Elena dances with death, memory, and family, seducing viewers and then breaking their... More>>
The Grand Seduction Is a Breezily Told Comedy The Grand Seduction Is a Breezily Told Comedy
, May 28, 2014
Slightly charming and mostly simplistic, Don McKellar's The Grand Seduction feels made for Netflix's Watch Instantly feature — pleasant... More>>
Feudal Revenge Drama Age of Uprising Favors Reflection Over Violence Feudal Revenge Drama Age of Uprising Favors Reflection Over Violence
, May 28, 2014
With a premise like Rob Roy and a title like a video game, one might expect Arnaud des Pallières's Age of Uprising: The Legend of Michael... More>>
The Nimble Lucky Them Seeks Out a Grunge Legend The Nimble Lucky Them Seeks Out a Grunge Legend
, May 28, 2014
Critics complaining about formulaic popular films actually have some ammunition these days, thanks to the popularity of the late Blake Snyder's... More>>
Korengal Again Gets Soldiers to Open Up About War in Afghanistan Korengal Again Gets Soldiers to Open Up About War in Afghanistan
, May 28, 2014
Related without narration or score, the 2010 Restrepo was a remarkable vérité documentary account of the war in Afghanistan that... More>>
Before You Know It Is a Moving Doc On Being Gay and Aging Before You Know It Is a Moving Doc On Being Gay and Aging
, May 28, 2014
In PJ Raval's moving documentary Before You Know It, three aging gay men navigate their lives' third acts, and find that the setting of the story... More>>
New X-Men Meet Old X-Men and Explain Lots of Stuff New X-Men Meet Old X-Men and Explain Lots of Stuff
Snikt-ing in the '70s
, May 21, 2014
America's sweetheart Jennifer Lawrence truly can do anything. In the course of three months, she's managed to graciously lose an Oscar (her... More>>
Sam Fleischner's Subway Drama Stand Clear of the Closing Doors Captures an Era Sam Fleischner's Subway Drama Stand Clear of the Closing Doors Captures an Era
What now was like
, May 21, 2014
There are worse words you could hear on the train than "It's showtime!" But there's few that are so dispiriting that get shouted so often.... More>>
Frequencies Makes Smart Sci-Fi From What Thrums in the Young Frequencies Makes Smart Sci-Fi From What Thrums in the Young
The kids are alight
, May 21, 2014
Like youth itself, the opening of Frequencies — an uncommonly ambitious science-fiction romance — is sparkling and unsettling at... More>>
The Dance of Reality is a Sweet, Inventive Coda to One of Film Culture's Most Unique Careers The Dance of Reality is a Sweet, Inventive Coda to One of Film Culture's Most Unique Careers
Jodorowsky's last wig-out may be his best
, May 21, 2014
The grand old dirty pope of midnight-movie voodoo and post-'60s turn-on, drop-out mythopoeia returns with a vengeance, in his autumnal phase and... More>>
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