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Premature, a Teen Sex Comedy with the Plot of Groundhog Day Premature, a Teen Sex Comedy with the Plot of Groundhog Day
, July 02, 2014
Porky's, the first of Bob Clark's two enduring coming-of-age films (along with A Christmas Story), was once considered notorious and is now... More>>
Tweens and Their Alien Friend Star in Earth to Echo Tweens and Their Alien Friend Star in Earth to Echo
, July 02, 2014
Earth to Echo is a slender kiddie flick about a quartet of preteens and their palm-sized alien pal that's at once bland, well-intentioned, and... More>>
More Than a Day Away: The Worlds Fair's Promised Future Lives On in Queens More Than a Day Away: The Worlds Fair's Promised Future Lives On in Queens
, July 02, 2014
Touted on everything from publicity posters to a U.S. postage stamp as the "World of Tomorrow," the 1939 World's Fair was a showcase of... More>>
Two Men and the Mountain in Beyond the Edge, a Story Set on Everest Two Men and the Mountain in Beyond the Edge, a Story Set on Everest
, July 02, 2014
We're used to sweeping vistas of Everest, crevasses blue at the bottom with chill and shadow. If it would have been a surprise at the beginning... More>>
Transformers: Age of Extinction: At Least the Product Placement Is Interesting Transformers: Age of Extinction: At Least the Product Placement Is Interesting
, June 25, 2014
Believe it or not, during Transformers: Age of Extinction, Michael Bay’s fourth rattling of the toy box, I felt one moment of near... More>>
Do the Right Thing Turns 25, and BAM Hosts the Block Party Do the Right Thing Turns 25, and BAM Hosts the Block Party
, June 25, 2014
In New York City meteorology there is hot, desperately hot, and Do the Right Thing hot, the temperature at which long-simmering tensions... More>>
Nat Hentoff Fights On in a Lively, Illuminating Doc Nat Hentoff Fights On in a Lively, Illuminating Doc
, June 25, 2014
It's challenge enough to try to fit all the life we have to live into our 80 or so years, so imagine the difficulty of trying to cram one such... More>>
Wet Hot American Love: They Came Together Hilariously Wrecks the Rom-Com Wet Hot American Love: They Came Together Hilariously Wrecks the Rom-Com
, June 25, 2014
Romances are Hollywood's most anxiety-inducing fantasy. Like superhero flicks or horror films, they exist in a phony world of big scenes and... More>>
The New York Asian Film Festival Grows up -- but Just a Little The New York Asian Film Festival Grows up -- but Just a Little
, June 25, 2014
Though barely a teenager now, could the customarily provocative 13th New York Asian Film Festival be showing signs of mellowing with age? A... More>>
Tammy Attempts to Housebreak Melissa McCarthy Tammy Attempts to Housebreak Melissa McCarthy
, June 25, 2014
It’s a relief, after the wretched Identity Thief, to see movies whose makers love Melissa McCarthy as much as audiences do. Identity... More>>
Begin Again Won't Let Mark Ruffalo Play a Person Begin Again Won't Let Mark Ruffalo Play a Person
, June 25, 2014
Mark Ruffalo's great gift, besides those scruffy good looks and that prickish, hungover charisma, is capturing the essence of the guy who's... More>>
And Deliver Us From the Anemic Spook Story Deliver Us From Evil And Deliver Us From the Anemic Spook Story Deliver Us From Evil
, June 25, 2014
Horror, like porno, can be judged only by its effect on your pulse. If you jerked in your seat, it served its function. Biology requires us to... More>>
See Genius at Work in the Hip-Hop Doc Our Vinyl Weighs a Ton See Genius at Work in the Hip-Hop Doc Our Vinyl Weighs a Ton
, June 25, 2014
The distinction between fawning infomercial and documentary, particularly when the subject is either an artist or important subcultural figure,... More>>
The Paint-Bombed Stations of the Elevated Is a Masterpiece of Train- and Tag-Spotting The Paint-Bombed Stations of the Elevated Is a Masterpiece of Train- and Tag-Spotting
, June 25, 2014
Lumbering, skronking, and wondrously paint-bombed, Manfred Kirchheimer's Stations of the Elevated (1981) is a 45-minute proto-hip-hop bliss-out,... More>>
For All Its Scenes of Helpessness, Siddharth Feels Ferociously Personal For All Its Scenes of Helpessness, Siddharth Feels Ferociously Personal
, June 25, 2014
Every taking-the-law-into-your-own-hands story has that moment when the officials admit to helplessness. In Siddharth, an indie Indian drama... More>>
Bertolucci's Me and You Is Less a Portrait of a Modern-Day Teen Than an Old Man's Idea of One Bertolucci's Me and You Is Less a Portrait of a Modern-Day Teen Than an Old Man's Idea of One
, June 25, 2014
Act one of 1900, Bernardo Bertolucci's 317-minute historical epic, comes to its resolutely ludicrous end when Attila, a budding Hun-like fascist... More>>
Radio Free Albemuth Will Only Be Fun for Philip K. Dick Diehards Radio Free Albemuth Will Only Be Fun for Philip K. Dick Diehards
The Kickstartered movie that nearly died on the vine.
, June 25, 2014
Crowdfunding sites have proven a boon to independent filmmakers whose work might otherwise never reach a wide audience. Radio Free Albemuth, an... More>>
Jackpot's Most Distinctive Feature Is Its Dark Humor Jackpot's Most Distinctive Feature Is Its Dark Humor
, June 25, 2014
Jo Nesbø, an extraordinarily successful Norwegian novelist, writes books about hardboiled detectives and bungled murders, feats of... More>>
The Astute Whitey Doc Explores How the Boston Gangster Was Caught The Astute Whitey Doc Explores How the Boston Gangster Was Caught
, June 25, 2014
To almost anyone who lived in Boston in the '80s and '90s, and even to many who didn't, James J. "Whitey" Bulger was a peculiarly powerful folk... More>>
Sumptuous Yves Saint Laurent Captures a Waft of the Great Designer Sumptuous Yves Saint Laurent Captures a Waft of the Great Designer
, June 25, 2014
If the clothes of Yves Saint Laurent were groundbreaking, the designer's mystique was as subtle as the curve of an invisibly molded sleeve.... More>>
After the Crash, Grim Snowpiercer and Its Trains Keep Grinding Along After the Crash, Grim Snowpiercer and Its Trains Keep Grinding Along
, June 25, 2014
It's kind of happy-sad, like watching a kid you knew as a toddler graduate from high school: Chris Evans, seemingly destined to be a boy... More>>
Doc The Internet's Own Boy Is an Urgent Heartbreaker Doc The Internet's Own Boy Is an Urgent Heartbreaker
, June 25, 2014
In January 2013, an incandescently brilliant American political activist and computer programmer named Aaron Swartz was hounded to suicide by... More>>
The UK Children's Series Postman Pat: The Movie Gets an American Release The UK Children's Series Postman Pat: The Movie Gets an American Release
, June 25, 2014
Mike Disa's entertaining Postman Pat: The Movie is based on a long-running stop-motion BBC children's series which is hugely popular in the U.K.... More>>
Bound by Flesh Is a Cradle-to-Grave Portrait of Conjoined Twins Bound by Flesh Is a Cradle-to-Grave Portrait of Conjoined Twins
, June 25, 2014
Just as video killed the radio star, celluloid ruined sideshow freaks. Whether cinema's displacement of vaudeville and carnival attractions at... More>>
BAM's Blowout: Relish the Film Fest That Screens Only the Best BAM's Blowout: Relish the Film Fest That Screens Only the Best
, June 18, 2014
It seems even more apparent, in retrospect, that BAMcinemafest's fifth anniversary in 2013 represented something of a grand slam for American... More>>
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