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The Widowmaker Doc Examines the Medical Frailties of the Human Heart The Widowmaker Doc Examines the Medical Frailties of the Human Heart
, February 25, 2015
Decidedly not a thrilling Russian submarine film, The Widowmaker documents the story of another vessel dwelling beneath the surface: the human... More>>
Queer Anthology Remarkable Shades of Gay Asks, Why Should Heteros Hoard All the Insipidness? Queer Anthology Remarkable Shades of Gay Asks, Why Should Heteros Hoard All the Insipidness?
, February 25, 2015
There are nine queer shorts in the anthology Remarkable Shades of Gay, all of them directed (and almost all either written or co-written) by... More>>
The Lazarus Effect Has a Frankenstein-like Warning The Lazarus Effect Has a Frankenstein-like Warning
, February 25, 2015
The makers of The Lazarus Effect, an uninspired horror film about modern-day mad scientists, do nothing noteworthy with their heady what-if... More>>
Five Reasons Why Fox's Empire Has Become a Breakout Hit Five Reasons Why Fox's Empire Has Become a Breakout Hit
, February 18, 2015
Empire most certainly wasn't built in a day, but its reputation as a breakout hit has been made in virtually no time at all. Since the series... More>>
In McFarland, USA Kevin Costner Eases White America Into the Now In McFarland, USA Kevin Costner Eases White America Into the Now
, February 18, 2015
American Sniper notwithstanding, the first fresh multiplex trend to emerge in 2015 is Old White Dudes Learning How to Share Their World. First... More>>
The DUFF Fights Society's Beauty Obsessions — With Makeovers The DUFF Fights Society's Beauty Obsessions — With Makeovers
, February 18, 2015
Shove off, John Hughes. The DUFF, a high school comedy by Ari Sandel, opens by declaring that The Breakfast Club's social categories are, like,... More>>
The Film Comment Selects Fest Dances in What's Left of the Culture The Film Comment Selects Fest Dances in What's Left of the Culture
, February 18, 2015
Of course the center couldn't hold, but for anyone still kicking after its collapse — and that of all the old high/low distinctions —... More>>
Bravura Anthology Wild Tales Lays Bare Everyone's Awfulness Bravura Anthology Wild Tales Lays Bare Everyone's Awfulness
, February 18, 2015
There are two kinds of humanist movie. One kind shows human beings struggling against the most unspeakable horrors, sorrows, or injustices and... More>>
Hot Tub Time Machine 2 Is a Tepid Sequel Hot Tub Time Machine 2 Is a Tepid Sequel
, February 18, 2015
Five years ago, four losers passed out in a jacuzzi, boiled back to 1986, healed their past wounds, rocked out to Poison, and returned to their... More>>
Mockumentary A Convenient Truth Is a Tad Late to the Party Mockumentary A Convenient Truth Is a Tad Late to the Party
, February 18, 2015
A Convenient Truth, a mockumentary that sends up corporate and political can-do-ism, lame energy policy, and maybe the documentary genre itself,... More>>
Boorman's WWII Memoir Queen and Country Oozes Fond Memories Boorman's WWII Memoir Queen and Country Oozes Fond Memories
, February 18, 2015
Another gray-panther valediction: At 82, John Boorman caps off his unpredictably schizo career with this sequel to 1987's all-this-and-WWII... More>>
The Smart, Bracing Approaching the Elephant Shows Two Years at a 'Free School' The Smart, Bracing Approaching the Elephant Shows Two Years at a 'Free School'
, February 18, 2015
In 1921, in Dresden, a teacher named A.S. Neill founded Summerhill, the world's first "free school" — a radical private academy, fully... More>>
Big Pharma Doc The Business of Disease Suffers from Histrionic Undertones and Cheap Graphics Big Pharma Doc The Business of Disease Suffers from Histrionic Undertones and Cheap Graphics
, February 18, 2015
Much of the information director Sonia Barrett puts forth in her documentary The Business of Disease is common sense, though — as one... More>>
Michael Johnson's Thoughtful Debut All the Wilderness Is a Vibrant Coming-of-Age  Story Michael Johnson's Thoughtful Debut All the Wilderness Is a Vibrant Coming-of-Age Story
, February 18, 2015
A death in the family is always unsettling, which may explain why adolescent James Charm (Kodi Smit-McPhee), whose father has just died, runs... More>>
Personal Struggles in a New Mexico Town Sensitively Depicted in Drunktown's Finest Personal Struggles in a New Mexico Town Sensitively Depicted in Drunktown's Finest
, February 18, 2015
In northwestern New Mexico, the city of Gallup has been nicknamed the “Heart of Indian Country” for its large, culturally significant... More>>
Cringe-Along Doc Kung Fu Elliot Surprises with Its Depth Cringe-Along Doc Kung Fu Elliot Surprises with Its Depth
, February 18, 2015
Documentary character study Kung Fu Elliot starts off as a cringe-humor portrait of a delusional would-be action star, but gradually transforms... More>>
I Just Watched Friends for the First Time on Netflix I Just Watched Friends for the First Time on Netflix
, February 11, 2015
In 2004, I worked at a bar in Kansas City’s River Market district. One night, a woman handed me her credit card to pay her tab; I looked at... More>>
Berlin Film Festival: In Knight of Cups, Terrence Malick Doesn't Even Get the Shoes Right Berlin Film Festival: In Knight of Cups, Terrence Malick Doesn't Even Get the Shoes Right
, February 11, 2015
The steps leading to the altar of Terrence Malick are practically a safety hazard, cluttered as they are with assorted offerings of frankincense... More>>
Interview With (Totally Lame) Vampires Interview With (Totally Lame) Vampires
Meet the comics behind biting vamp-com What We Do in the Shadows
, February 11, 2015
Ten years ago, Wellington, New Zealand, was less welcoming of vampires. When Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi, two unknown comedians, walked the... More>>
Don't Watch That, Watch This: February 2015 Don't Watch That, Watch This: February 2015
A Rivette Great on Blu-ray, Plus Kinoshita's War-Era Films, and Civeyrac's Through the Forest Hits Hulu
, February 11, 2015
In the olden days, what month it was never mattered to movies. But today the late winter months are well-known as a weedy boneyard of... More>>
Berlin Film Festival: Alex Ross Perry and Elisabeth Moss's Queen of Earth Reveals a Mind Unspooling Berlin Film Festival: Alex Ross Perry and Elisabeth Moss's Queen of Earth Reveals a Mind Unspooling
, February 11, 2015
The films that many Berlinale attendees were most looking forward to at the start of the festival, last week, are the ones that turned out to be... More>>
The Last Five Years Soars Even as It Loses Sight of Its Source The Last Five Years Soars Even as It Loses Sight of Its Source
, February 11, 2015
Here at last is peak Kendrick: In intimate long takes and in comic montage, she belts, hurts, swoons, and rages, always remaining appealingly... More>>
Spy Parody Kingsman Smartly Exposes Us as the Bad Guys Spy Parody Kingsman Smartly Exposes Us as the Bad Guys
, February 11, 2015
Those more devoted to the genre can debate whether Matthew Vaughn's Kingsman is the best comic-book movie of the last few years. What's beyond... More>>
Lost Gods, Still Kicking: John Boorman's Best Storm Film Forum Lost Gods, Still Kicking: John Boorman's Best Storm Film Forum
, February 11, 2015
The most famous movies made by John Boorman are Point Blank, Deliverance, and Hope and Glory, three disparate, elegantly constructed pictures... More>>
In Fifty Shades of Grey, the Sex is Good, but the Comedy is Better In Fifty Shades of Grey, the Sex is Good, but the Comedy is Better
, February 11, 2015
Even fans of Fifty Shades of Grey admit the book is a literary atrocity. Novelist E.L. James's erotic reveries read like the rantings of a drunk... More>>
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