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The New Amazon TV Pilots Ranked, from the Winsomely Promising to the Woefully Stupid The New Amazon TV Pilots Ranked, from the Winsomely Promising to the Woefully Stupid
Pity the bleary-eyed TV executive.
, September 03, 2014
If there’s a lesson to be gleaned from Amazon’s new TV gambit, which puts us regular Joe and Jane Schmoes in the sockless Gucci... More>>
There's Not Much Mystery in YA Adaptation Another Me There's Not Much Mystery in YA Adaptation Another Me
, September 03, 2014
There’s very little mystery in Isabel Coixet’s adaptation of Cathy MacPhail’s young-adult novel Another Me, a ghost story often... More>>
Remembering Joan Rivers' Only Film Directing Credit, 1978's Rabbit Test Remembering Joan Rivers' Only Film Directing Credit, 1978's Rabbit Test
, September 03, 2014
Joan Rivers, who died Thursday at 81, causing genuine grief to fans and maybe some relief to the celebs she mocked so mercilessly, didn’t... More>>
Corruption Doc Pay 2 Play Has Good Intentions but Lacks Focus Corruption Doc Pay 2 Play Has Good Intentions but Lacks Focus
, September 03, 2014
Director John Wellington Ennis, like a growing number of Americans, is alarmed at the warping of American politics by corporate wealth.... More>>
Last Days in Vietnam Reveals the US in Retreat Last Days in Vietnam Reveals the US in Retreat
, September 03, 2014
Vital, illuminating, and terrifying, Rory Kennedy's Last Days in Vietnam probes with clarity and thoroughness one moment of recent American... More>>
Billy Wilder's Fedora is a Late, Frustrating Curio Billy Wilder's Fedora is a Late, Frustrating Curio
, September 03, 2014
When Louis B. Mayer saw Sunset Boulevard, he cursed Billy Wilder as a "man who bites the hand that feeds him." He was misguided, of course, about... More>>
Thunder and the House of Magic is That Touching Cat Chase Cartoon You've Been Looking For Thunder and the House of Magic is That Touching Cat Chase Cartoon You've Been Looking For
, September 03, 2014
Jeremy Degruson and Ben Stassen's animated Thunder and the House of Magic kicks off with an unconscionable act of cruelty: A family abandons a... More>>
Rocks in My Pockets is a Hallucinatory Exploration of Emotional Distress Rocks in My Pockets is a Hallucinatory Exploration of Emotional Distress
, September 03, 2014
Distinctive animation enhances a portrait of generational misery and mental illness in Rocks in My Pockets, Latvian writer/director/animator... More>>
Once Upon a Time Veronica Makes Art From Sex and Therapy Once Upon a Time Veronica Makes Art From Sex and Therapy
, September 03, 2014
From its opening frames depicting group sex on the beach, Brazilian writer-director Marcelo Gomes's Once Upon a Time Veronica announces itself as... More>>
Juliette Lewis Muddles Through Adulthood in Kelly & Cal Juliette Lewis Muddles Through Adulthood in Kelly & Cal
, September 03, 2014
Juliette Lewis typically plays the firecracker, delivering sardonic line readings in a husky hiss or exploding normalcy with eccentric behavior.... More>>
Serena and the Ratts Go Back in Time to Kill Hitler Serena and the Ratts Go Back in Time to Kill Hitler
, September 03, 2014
"We may have to do it 22 times to make it look like you've done it a thousand times," David Fincher told Todd McCarthy in 2010, describing his... More>>
In The Longest Week, Rich Authors Have a Sad In The Longest Week, Rich Authors Have a Sad
, September 03, 2014
The Longest Week, from writer-director Peter Glanz, is a romantic dramedy that echoes its main characters: beautiful on the outside, bereft of... More>>
No No Shows How Dock Ellis Pitched a No-Hitter Tripping Balls No No Shows How Dock Ellis Pitched a No-Hitter Tripping Balls
, September 03, 2014
"That ball turned into a silver bullet, his arm into a gun." That's how singer Todd Snider romanticized Dock Ellis's 1970 feat of pitching an... More>>
Falcon Rising is Kind Of Like Commando If You Squint Falcon Rising is Kind Of Like Commando If You Squint
, September 03, 2014
Its supporting characters, like beat cop Katarina Da Silva (Millie Ruperto), may insist that "the world isn't always white-and-black . . .... More>>
Doc Gringo Trails Argues Why Backpackers Aren't Too Different From Regular Tourists Doc Gringo Trails Argues Why Backpackers Aren't Too Different From Regular Tourists
, September 03, 2014
In the late 1970s, Costas Christ, now an editor at National Geographic Traveler, took a boat down the river in southern Thailand, disembarked,... More>>
Forrest Gump, the Movie Loved By Everyone's Grandma Forrest Gump, the Movie Loved By Everyone's Grandma
, September 03, 2014
Forrest Gump was a fable without a moral, the key to its maddening success. At the end of the movie, the idiot-who-always-failed-up tried to make... More>>
The Benedictine Monks in The Rule Show How Far Compassion Can Go The Benedictine Monks in The Rule Show How Far Compassion Can Go
, September 03, 2014
Hard to believe that The Rule, a set of monastic precepts established by St. Benedict in the sixth century, could apply to educating inner-city... More>>
Snow Zou's But Always is Steeped in Nostalgia for '70s Beijing Snow Zou's But Always is Steeped in Nostalgia for '70s Beijing
, September 03, 2014
You might feel wary of But Always as soon as a title card announces that the love story’s first scene takes place in 2001 New York. Snow... More>>
Savor the Graphic Sexual Experimentation of Wetlands Savor the Graphic Sexual Experimentation of Wetlands
, September 03, 2014
Girls behave very, very grossly in Wetlands, a German coming-of-age saga doused in blood, spit, and more sexually explicit excretions. David... More>>
Biopic Cantinflas Lacks All the Irreverence of the Man Biopic Cantinflas Lacks All the Irreverence of the Man
, September 03, 2014
While Cantinflas the man was famous for irreverent, improvisatory comedy, Cantinflas the film is an uncritical, stiff biopic. The only thing... More>>
Lincoln Center's James Brown Fest Showcases Peak Human Achievement Lincoln Center's James Brown Fest Showcases Peak Human Achievement
, August 27, 2014
Is it overselling it to claim that James Brown's 18-minute performance on 1964's The T.A.M.I. Show rivals the moon landing as the choicest... More>>
The Last of Robin Hood Wrestles with a Star's Underage Love The Last of Robin Hood Wrestles with a Star's Underage Love
, August 27, 2014
If older man/younger women matchups make many people uncomfortable, the older man/much younger women combo tends to make them apoplectic. It... More>>
In The November Man, Pierce Brosnan Gun-Parties Like It's 1989 In The November Man, Pierce Brosnan Gun-Parties Like It's 1989
, August 27, 2014
Here's what an R rating gets you these days: a few splattery headshots, some glimpses of cable TV-style background nudity, a couple kids and... More>>
The Material in African-American Doc Through a Lens Darkly is Rich and Stunning The Material in African-American Doc Through a Lens Darkly is Rich and Stunning
, August 27, 2014
The material that Guggenheim-winning, race-history doc-maker Harris works with in Through a Lens Darkly is rich and stunning: the semi-secret... More>>
The Conformist, Bertolucci's Boldest Film, Showing at Film Forum The Conformist, Bertolucci's Boldest Film, Showing at Film Forum
, August 27, 2014
In Bernardo Bertolucci's 1900, fascism proves a galvanizing force — but only for psychopaths. Italy's budding sadists, Attila Mellanchini... More>>
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