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Underdog Movie Boychoir Struggles to Be as Interesting as Dustin Hoffman's Performance Underdog Movie Boychoir Struggles to Be as Interesting as Dustin Hoffman's Performance
, April 01, 2015
The Mid-Atlantic Accent, that most self-conscious of acting choices, can still provide a good self-aware laugh. A particularly snooty variant... More>>
Does Christian Entertainment Have to Be as Terrible as Death of a Tree? Does Christian Entertainment Have to Be as Terrible as Death of a Tree?
, April 01, 2015
Some Christians feel that critics mock their faith-based entertainment fare (films, TV shows, books) out of reflexive hostility to the faith... More>>
The Forecaster Is a Compelling Doc of Financial Espionage The Forecaster Is a Compelling Doc of Financial Espionage
, April 01, 2015
The story of espionage and duplicity that financial adviser Martin Armstrong relates in Marcus Vetter's documentary The Forecaster is as... More>>
Electric Slide Tries, Fails to Be an Eighties Bonnie and Clyde Electric Slide Tries, Fails to Be an Eighties Bonnie and Clyde
, April 01, 2015
The soundtrack for Electric Slide oozes throwback Eighties cool: Suicide, X, Gang of Four, Psychedelic Furs, Depeche Mode. The music has a... More>>
Two Generations, One Actress: Sutton Foster on Her Empowering Role in Younger Two Generations, One Actress: Sutton Foster on Her Empowering Role in Younger
, March 25, 2015
Doing everything right in one generation just makes you old-fashioned, even obsolete, in the next. That’s the harsh reality that confronts... More>>
Unbreakable Bones Unbreakable Bones
One of TV's longest-running, least-talked-about TV shows kept ruining my life, so I decided to finally watch it
, March 25, 2015
Broccoli is green. The presence of ice on one’s windshield indicates that it is extremely cold outside. White rice is white, unless... More>>
The Riot Club Tries Too Hard to Make Us Hate the Rich The Riot Club Tries Too Hard to Make Us Hate the Rich
, March 25, 2015
Clueless rich guy Tom Perkins rightly became the laughingstock of the internet last year after comparing America’s “war on... More>>
Noah Baumbach on Putting His Life on Screen Noah Baumbach on Putting His Life on Screen
, March 25, 2015
Noah Baumbach has always had a dash of hypochondria, but in the last few years, his doctor's visits have changed. "If you're a worrier like I am,... More>>
Kevin Hart's Nerdiness Rescues Get Hard from Its Uncomfortable Homophobia Kevin Hart's Nerdiness Rescues Get Hard from Its Uncomfortable Homophobia
, March 25, 2015
Get Hard, Etan Cohen's comedy about a white stockbroker who hires a black man to prepare him for a ten-year stretch in San Quentin, is like a... More>>
Wenders's Salt of the Earth Captures the Brilliance of Photographer Sebastiao Salgado Wenders's Salt of the Earth Captures the Brilliance of Photographer Sebastiao Salgado
, March 25, 2015
Even if you think you don't know the photographs of Sebastião Salgado, you've probably seen them. In one of his most famous pictures,... More>>
New Black Voices Jolts the Big Screen with Black Life New Black Voices Jolts the Big Screen with Black Life
, March 25, 2015
"In the city, black people are producing modern forms of life," says influential scholar and historian Saidiya Hartman in Arthur Jafa's... More>>
While We're Young Is a Fearless, Annoyed Comedy About Getting Older While We're Young Is a Fearless, Annoyed Comedy About Getting Older
, March 25, 2015
When you're young, to be old — even just the 44 kind of old — is unimaginable. Yet no one who has ever turned 44, or 54 or 74, can... More>>
Superstar Michel Houellebecq Doesn't Mind Being Boxed In Superstar Michel Houellebecq Doesn't Mind Being Boxed In
, March 25, 2015
Michel Houellebecq is France's most famous contemporary writer, owing in no small part to controversy that he either stirs up or can't escape... More>>
Bay Area Noir Man From Reno Has Plenty of Twists Bay Area Noir Man From Reno Has Plenty of Twists
, March 25, 2015
When writer-director Dave Boyle was nineteen, he spent two years as a Mormon missionary in Australia. He mainly hung out with Japanese surf bums,... More>>
A Girl Like Her Tells an Up-to-the-Second Story of Bullying A Girl Like Her Tells an Up-to-the-Second Story of Bullying
, March 25, 2015
Amy S. Weber's heart-wrenching A Girl Like Her begins by solving one mystery while posing another. As teenager Jessica (Lexi Ainsworth) tries on... More>>
The Barber Is a Tawdry, Stylish Serial-Killer Flick The Barber Is a Tawdry, Stylish Serial-Killer Flick
, March 25, 2015
Veteran character actor Scott Glenn relishes the opportunity to sink his teeth into a rare lead role in this tawdry, if stylishly shot,... More>>
52 Tuesdays Is an Impressive Debut from Sophie Hyde 52 Tuesdays Is an Impressive Debut from Sophie Hyde
, March 25, 2015
The most distinctive detail about 52 Tuesdays — that it was filmed in bursts once a week over a year — is just one of this impressive... More>>
Tracers Is the Best Parkour-Based Action-Romance with Taylor Lautner You'll See All Year Tracers Is the Best Parkour-Based Action-Romance with Taylor Lautner You'll See All Year
, March 25, 2015
Bike-messenger boy meets girl, joins her NYC gang of parkour-ing thieves, and winds up in formulaic trouble in Daniel Benmayor's Tracers, a... More>>
The Dogs Out-Act the Humans in White God The Dogs Out-Act the Humans in White God
, March 25, 2015
The infamous stray dogs of Bucharest, Romania, numbered 60,000 in September 2013, the same month a pack stormed a playground and tore apart a... More>>
Larry Clark Reaches for Bigger Themes Than Teen Sex in Marfa Girl Larry Clark Reaches for Bigger Themes Than Teen Sex in Marfa Girl
, March 25, 2015
Made just on the cusp of his turning 70, photographer-filmmaker Larry Clark's latest reckless-youth provocation (see also: Kids, Bully, Ken Park)... More>>
Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper Star in the Misbegotten Adaptation Serena Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper Star in the Misbegotten Adaptation Serena
, March 25, 2015
Beware the Serena who is too serene. The title character in novelist Ron Rash's backwoods gothic is a decisive, collected queen bee who rules... More>>
Musical Comedy Cupcakes Is Infused with Can-Do Optimism Musical Comedy Cupcakes Is Infused with Can-Do Optimism
, March 25, 2015
Eytan Fox loves Eurovision. The filmmaker known for tragic romances like Yossi & Jagger and The Bubble has made a sweet confection about an... More>>
The Star-Crossed Lovers of From Mayerling to Sarajevo Return to the Big Screen The Star-Crossed Lovers of From Mayerling to Sarajevo Return to the Big Screen
, March 25, 2015
Max Ophüls remains revered for his densely layered postwar sandcastles of love and irony, and as a result his international... More>>
The Penn Is Mightier, But The Gunman Is Strained The Penn Is Mightier, But The Gunman Is Strained
, March 18, 2015
In the action thriller The Gunman, Sean Penn, at age 54, looks neither old nor young. He’s been in training to look this age for a long... More>>
Metalhead is a Stellar Tale of Growing Up Grim Metalhead is a Stellar Tale of Growing Up Grim
, March 18, 2015
As both a musical genre and a subculture, heavy metal has always lent itself to exaggerated depictions. It’s easy to dismiss any art form... More>>
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