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Necrophilia and Gross-Out Realism Abound in James Franco's Child of God Necrophilia and Gross-Out Realism Abound in James Franco's Child of God
, July 30, 2014
If director/co-writer James Franco had retitled his adaptation of Cormac McCarthy's 1973 novel Child of God to A Man's Love for a Corpse, he'd... More>>
James Brown Biopic Get On Up Does The Godfather Proud James Brown Biopic Get On Up Does The Godfather Proud
, July 30, 2014
He couldn't have known it at the time, but James Brown's debut recording and first chart hit — made in 1956 with the Famous Flames —... More>>
James Brown Killed Dumb Biopics: Why the Messy Get On Up Gets It Right James Brown Killed Dumb Biopics: Why the Messy Get On Up Gets It Right
, July 30, 2014
James Brown stripped pop to its rhythmic essentials: the groove and the grunt, the bridge, and the scream. Tate Taylor’s Get On Up likewise... More>>
We Survived (and Even Enjoyed) the New Sharknado. Here's How to Prep for the Next One We Survived (and Even Enjoyed) the New Sharknado. Here's How to Prep for the Next One
, July 30, 2014
Near the beginning of Sharknado 2: The Second One, a portly man wearing tighty-whities with "naked cowboy" printed across the rear strums a... More>>
Guardians of the Galaxy: Beware the Movie That's Too Much Fun Guardians of the Galaxy: Beware the Movie That's Too Much Fun
, July 30, 2014
Beware the movie that's Fun! with a capital F, the one populated with seemingly unpretentious characters that say adorable, clever things, the... More>>
Brendan Gleeson Forces Us to Care About His Catholic Priest in Calvary Brendan Gleeson Forces Us to Care About His Catholic Priest in Calvary
, July 30, 2014
In Calvary, Brendan Gleeson plays a Catholic priest who plods through a rustic Irish village that's more brutal than beautiful. With his beard... More>>
Alex Gibney's Doc Finding Fela Celebrates the Musician Alex Gibney's Doc Finding Fela Celebrates the Musician
, July 30, 2014
Perhaps fitting for a celebration of a musician whose polyrhythmic extravaganzas tended to run 20-plus minutes, Alex Gibney's doc Finding Fela... More>>
Louder Than Words's Brand of Cheap Uplift Will Only Breed Cynicism Louder Than Words's Brand of Cheap Uplift Will Only Breed Cynicism
, July 30, 2014
Louder Than Words features pretty people, pretty architecture, and pretty shots of nature, all of which seems a bit tone-deaf in a film built... More>>
4 Minute Mile Is For Fans of Any Sports Underdog Movie 4 Minute Mile Is For Fans of Any Sports Underdog Movie
, July 30, 2014
"You've got something deep inside you, and you've got to face that fear," an ex-track coach (Richard Jenkins) tells his pupil (Kelly Blatz) in 4... More>>
1993's What About Me Promises Nostalgia for the Dirtier, Dodgier Old Days of the Lower East Side 1993's What About Me Promises Nostalgia for the Dirtier, Dodgier Old Days of the Lower East Side
, July 30, 2014
Committed to a preservation-minded, grassroots-activism agenda, the second annual MoRUS Film Festival (August 1 through 9, at various East... More>>
Rich Hill Offers a Compassionate Look at the Intricacies of American Poverty Rich Hill Offers a Compassionate Look at the Intricacies of American Poverty
, July 30, 2014
The directors of Rich Hill, cousins Tracy Droz Tragos and Andrew Droz Palermo, didn't pick the rural Missouri town at random. Their family... More>>
The Almost Man Shows That the Man-Child is Alive and Well The Almost Man Shows That the Man-Child is Alive and Well
, July 30, 2014
The man-child is alive and immature in Norway, according to The Almost Man, a deadpan portrait of 35-year-old Henrik's (Henrik Rafaelsen)... More>>
Makeup Effects are the Real Star in the Gory Cabin Fever: Patient Zero Makeup Effects are the Real Star in the Gory Cabin Fever: Patient Zero
, July 30, 2014
For peek-between-the-fingers moments, it's hard to top a sex scene lubricated by the revolting promise of a flesh — eating virus. Cabin... More>>
Klaus Kinski Remains the Best Reason to See A Bullet for the General Klaus Kinski Remains the Best Reason to See A Bullet for the General
, July 30, 2014
While Klaus Kinski is not the star of Zapata-themed spaghetti western A Bullet for the General, screening as part of Anthology Film Archives'... More>>
The Strange Little Cat Captures the Half-Secrets of Family Life The Strange Little Cat Captures the Half-Secrets of Family Life
, July 30, 2014
The words "student film" can strike terror in the bravest of hearts, but fear not The Strange Little Cat. Made by filmmaker Ramon Zürcher... More>>
Rabindranath Tagore Struggles to Do Justice to His Many Accomplishments Rabindranath Tagore Struggles to Do Justice to His Many Accomplishments
, July 30, 2014
Picture a high school civics teacher with a great love for Ken Burns and access to people like Prince Charles and the Dalai Lama — but no... More>>
In War Story, a Photo Journalist Lives in the Aftermath In War Story, a Photo Journalist Lives in the Aftermath
, July 30, 2014
American photojournalist Lee (Catherine Keener) barely speaks during the first third of War Story, and when she does, it's to demand that she be... More>>
Slugterra: Return of the Elementals Is a Just a Longer Episode Slugterra: Return of the Elementals Is a Just a Longer Episode
, July 30, 2014
Johnny Darrell's animated Slugterra: Return of the Elementals is a 63-minute episode of the Disney XD series Slugterra, and little besides. It... More>>
Double Indemnity Returns to the Big Screen at Film Forum Double Indemnity Returns to the Big Screen at Film Forum
, July 30, 2014
The spiffy, suave James M. Cainbased mega-noir that spawned a billion scheming-bitch thrillers, this expert night of the Hollywood soul is such a... More>>
In Master Builder, Wallace Shawn is Mercurial to the Max In Master Builder, Wallace Shawn is Mercurial to the Max
Shawn, Gregory, and Demme make beauty with Ibsen
, July 23, 2014
You might say that actor and theater director André Gregory creates theater Boyhood-style: He and his compatriots, chief among them actor... More>>
Under the Electric Sky Is a Somewhat Amusing Look at EDM Fans Under the Electric Sky Is a Somewhat Amusing Look at EDM Fans
, July 23, 2014
Those who hate electronic dance music — the numbing sameness of its auto-tuned vocals, bass-heavy synth-drum breakdowns, and vacantly... More>>
Slickly Sci-Fi, Lucy Only Feigns at Depth Slickly Sci-Fi, Lucy Only Feigns at Depth
, July 23, 2014
Scarlett Johansson has always seemed more human than human, her round lips and hips signaling something primordial to us cavemen huddled in the... More>>
A Letter to Momo Shows Off the Power of Good Anime A Letter to Momo Shows Off the Power of Good Anime
, July 23, 2014
Hiroyuki Okiura's beautiful hand-drawn anime A Letter to Momo puts a slightly more mature spin on the themes of Hayao Miyazaki's beloved My... More>>
Oklahoma City's deadCENTER Film Festival Hits Its Stride Oklahoma City's deadCENTER Film Festival Hits Its Stride
, July 23, 2014
Oklahoma City’s deadCENTER Film Festival turned 14 this June. That particular age is significant in various ways depending upon where... More>>
Rob Reiner's And So It Goes Provides More Groans Than Laughs Rob Reiner's And So It Goes Provides More Groans Than Laughs
, July 23, 2014
With Jack Nicholson still enjoying his retirement, it falls to Michael Douglas to swoon over the oh-so-cutesy Diane Keaton in And So It Goes, a... More>>
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