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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>>
I Am Eleven Explores a Number Rather Than Lives I Am Eleven Explores a Number Rather Than Lives
The Kids Are All the Same
, September 10, 2014
Here's how an 11-year-old French girl describes the future. "There are flying cars, dogs who eat screws and batteries, and aliens have captured... More>>
Pascale Ferran's Bird People Dare to Leave Themselves Pascale Ferran's Bird People Dare to Leave Themselves
, September 10, 2014
Flight risks abound in Pascale Ferran's charming, audacious Bird People, a film that tracks the dizzying rush to freedom of two restive souls... More>>
In The Skeleton Twins, Wiig and Hader Brave Despair In The Skeleton Twins, Wiig and Hader Brave Despair
They Live!
, September 10, 2014
Surprisingly moving for a film assembled from such familiar scenes, Craig Johnson's The Skeleton Twins mushes together queasy/quirky indie... More>>
Bill Hader Can Make You Cry: The SNL Star on Digging Deep in The Skeleton Twins Bill Hader Can Make You Cry: The SNL Star on Digging Deep in The Skeleton Twins
, September 10, 2014
Four years ago, comedian Bill Hader told his agent he wanted to do a drama. It took awhile. "I used to think typecasting wasn't a thing, and it... More>>
Don't Watch That, Watch This: Geek Cinema Selfie Party Don't Watch That, Watch This: Geek Cinema Selfie Party
, September 10, 2014
What's fascinating, new and neglected across all major video platforms. Among other things, cinema has always been a ready-made self-eulogizer... More>>
The Green Prince Recalls the Amazing Saga of Mosab Hassan Yousef The Green Prince Recalls the Amazing Saga of Mosab Hassan Yousef
, September 10, 2014
Its documentary form more functional than innovative, The Green Prince recounts a harrowing and consistently surprising real-life tale of... More>>
The Frontier Is the Setting for a Tense Family Reunion The Frontier Is the Setting for a Tense Family Reunion
, September 10, 2014
To properly convey how much time Professor Sean Sullivan (Max Gail) spends verbalizing his stream of consciousness and/or reading Walt Whitman... More>>
The Past -- and the Great Hou Hsiao-hsien -- Flourish at MOMI The Past -- and the Great Hou Hsiao-hsien -- Flourish at MOMI
, September 10, 2014
The filmmaker Hou Hsiao-hsien's entrancing Flowers of Shanghai (1998) unfolds in a revolving world. Its action occurs inside a brothel in the... More>>
How Kevin Smith Got Young Again How Kevin Smith Got Young Again
The indie veteran and podcast pro on Tusk -- and what will finally shut him up
, September 10, 2014
This summer, a prankster stole Kevin Smith's Twitter account and tweeted, "Before this comes out I want to state that I am a gay proud man."... More>>
Atlas Shrugged: Who is John Galt? Has the Year's Funniest Sex Scene Atlas Shrugged: Who is John Galt? Has the Year's Funniest Sex Scene
, September 10, 2014
The sex scene almost makes it worth sitting through Atlas Shrugged III, the last and least of the cheapjack adaptations of Ayn Rand's brick-thick... More>>
No Good Deed: Oh, to Be Rich and Hunted by Idris Elba! No Good Deed: Oh, to Be Rich and Hunted by Idris Elba!
, September 10, 2014
Married Women Over 30, here’s a pitch for a movie: My Dinner With Idris. You never thought it would happen to you, but one rainy night when... More>>
In the Unnerving Archaeology of a Woman, Septuagenarians Go Wonderfully Mad In the Unnerving Archaeology of a Woman, Septuagenarians Go Wonderfully Mad
, September 10, 2014
A dementia-stricken murder suspect isn't the freshest character to hang a thriller on, but Sharon Greytak's Archaeology of a Woman is a ... More>>
Honeymoon Makes Memorable Horror from Marrying the Unknown Honeymoon Makes Memorable Horror from Marrying the Unknown
, September 10, 2014
An elegant device powers many successful horror films: What if one's symbolic fears are realized in a highly literal fashion? Such a maneuver... More>>
Francophone Comedy My Old Lady Never Quite Makes Sense Francophone Comedy My Old Lady Never Quite Makes Sense
, September 10, 2014
My Old Lady sounds like a title from the days of screwball comedy, a genre in which director Israel Horovitz's adaptation of his own play might... More>>
The Man on Her Mind Has a Terminal Case of the Cutes The Man on Her Mind Has a Terminal Case of the Cutes
, September 10, 2014
Bruce Guthrie and Alan Hruska's The Man on Her Mind, adapted by Hruska from his 2012 British play, isn't stagy as much as stilted. The quartet of... More>>
In Born to Fly, Elizabeth Streb Conquers the World In Born to Fly, Elizabeth Streb Conquers the World
, September 10, 2014
The title's inexact, but it's catchier than the truth would be: Born to Strive and Leap and Scrape Up Against Flight. For some 40 years,... More>>
Sports Drama The Quitter Keeps Going and Getting Less Interesting Sports Drama The Quitter Keeps Going and Getting Less Interesting
, September 10, 2014
The Quitter's low-key approach to its well-trodden redemption arc — an ex-ballplayer (Matthew Bonifacio) turns his life around by reuniting... More>>
Smiling Through the Apocalypse: Esquire in the 60s Tracks the Career of Harold Hayes, an Editor on the Vanguard Smiling Through the Apocalypse: Esquire in the 60s Tracks the Career of Harold Hayes, an Editor on the Vanguard
, September 10, 2014
In 1962, Harold Hayes, managing editor at Esquire magazine, marched over to the cubical of junior editor John Berendt, announcing himself with... More>>
Take Me to the River Pairs Old-School Memphis Soul with a New Generation Take Me to the River Pairs Old-School Memphis Soul with a New Generation
, September 10, 2014
There's an earnest didacticism to Martin Shore's directorial debut, Take Me to the River, a film that initially comes off as a primer on the... More>>
The Despairing Stray Dogs Digs Into Each Moment of Life The Despairing Stray Dogs Digs Into Each Moment of Life
, September 10, 2014
As it played festivals in 2013, Taiwanese director Tsai Ming-liang billed his despairing Stray Dogs as his final feature-length movie. This may... More>>
Altina Tracks the Creator of Cat's Eye Glasses Across the Twentieth Century Altina Tracks the Creator of Cat's Eye Glasses Across the Twentieth Century
, September 10, 2014
Altina Schinasi, Jewish New York heiress of a tobacco fortune, lived almost the entire span of the 20th century. The documentary Altina —... More>>
Cuban Artist Doc Alumbrones Argues That Great Art Comes from Suffering Cuban Artist Doc Alumbrones Argues That Great Art Comes from Suffering
, September 10, 2014
Must artists be tortured to be inspired? Alumbrones, a documentary about Cuban artists, myopically presents Special Period-era Havana as a haven... More>>
Swearnet: The Movie Brags About Its Profanity But Still Sucks Swearnet: The Movie Brags About Its Profanity But Still Sucks
, September 10, 2014
To say that Canadian comedy hits rock bottom in this abhorrent meta-infomercial for a Funny or Die-like network boasting uncensored online... More>>
Robin Wright, as Robin Wright, Seizes a Mad Future in The Congress Robin Wright, as Robin Wright, Seizes a Mad Future in The Congress
A Princess Bride forever
, September 03, 2014
After The Princess Bride made Robin Wright a star, she shocked Hollywood by saying no. No to The Firm and Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves. No to... More>>
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