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Maleficent: Jolie the Great and Powerful Maleficent: Jolie the Great and Powerful
Why must a world-class star be hung up on some twerp?
, May 28, 2014
Boil Maleficent down to one newt's nose-size piece of advice and you'd get this: Don't dump Angelina Jolie. It's not a problem most mortals will... More>>
Night Moves' Eco-Terrorists are Doomed from the Start Night Moves' Eco-Terrorists are Doomed from the Start
, May 28, 2014
The most radical thing about this eco-terrorism drama is its quiet patience and formal vigor. While most studio pictures slap together their... More>>
Friedkin's Sorcerer: As Good As You've Heard Friedkin's Sorcerer: As Good As You've Heard
Sorcerer is prime suspense -- but it wouldn't have saved movies
, May 28, 2014
Not to fall into that macho Hemingway bit, but I have to ask: Could it be that the effort it takes to do something that's difficult often... More>>
The Life and Crimes of Doris Payne: The Octogenarian Jewel Thief The Life and Crimes of Doris Payne: The Octogenarian Jewel Thief
, May 28, 2014
Who knew that being lied to for 75 minutes could be so agreeable — and revealing? Matthew Pond and Kirk Marcolina's knotty, crowd-pleasing... More>>
Relish Agnès Varda's Travelogues for Free Relish Agnès Varda's Travelogues for Free
, May 28, 2014
The great Agnès Varda has been redefining and refining fact and fiction, past and present, for nearly 60 years, ever since her 1955... More>>
Punk-Girl Blast We Are the Best! Earns Its Title Punk-Girl Blast We Are the Best! Earns Its Title
, May 28, 2014
A truly punk act, a shout of freedom, frustration, and exaltation, hits about halfway through Lukas Moodysson's girl-punk reverie We Are the... More>>
Six Movies to Watch For from Cannes Six Movies to Watch For from Cannes
Movie stars, tragedies, and even some laughs
, May 28, 2014
Stephanie Zacharek has been reporting online from the Cannes Film Festival. For much more, including a couple daft cartoons she drew, visit... More>>
How YouTube and the Internet Killed Tom Cruise, America's Last Movie Star How YouTube and the Internet Killed Tom Cruise, America's Last Movie Star
, May 28, 2014
It was Jason Tugman's first day of work. Almost a decade later, he still remembers the screams. A former circus fire-eater, he'd taken a job... More>>
Eight Great Western Comedies You Should Watch Eight Great Western Comedies You Should Watch
, May 28, 2014
The Western genre isn't entirely comprised of spaghetti or John Wayne talking out the side of his mouth: From its earliest days, filmmakers were... More>>
Kiarostami's The Wind Will Carry Us Is a Mystery of Ineffable Beauty Kiarostami's The Wind Will Carry Us Is a Mystery of Ineffable Beauty
, May 28, 2014
The mastery of Abbas Kiarostami is most evident, perhaps, in his restraint, in the depth he suggests through omission. His films routinely aspire... More>>
Marquette and Willis Elevate the Material in The Odd Way Home Marquette and Willis Elevate the Material in The Odd Way Home
, May 28, 2014
A road movie in which Duncan (Chris Marquette), an autistic young man presented as lovable naïf, and Maya (Rumer Willis), an embattled but... More>>
Emoticon ;) Is a Grown-Ups Weird Idea of How Kids Behave Emoticon ;) Is a Grown-Ups Weird Idea of How Kids Behave
, May 28, 2014
One eternal, annoying trope of grown-ups writing about kids is that the new generation is unfathomably alien and probably, like, some whole... More>>
Elena Is a Pained and Gorgeous Doc Elena Is a Pained and Gorgeous Doc
, May 28, 2014
A pained and gorgeous summoning, Petra Costa's haunted doc Elena dances with death, memory, and family, seducing viewers and then breaking their... More>>
The Grand Seduction Is a Breezily Told Comedy The Grand Seduction Is a Breezily Told Comedy
, May 28, 2014
Slightly charming and mostly simplistic, Don McKellar's The Grand Seduction feels made for Netflix's Watch Instantly feature — pleasant... More>>
Feudal Revenge Drama Age of Uprising Favors Reflection Over Violence Feudal Revenge Drama Age of Uprising Favors Reflection Over Violence
, May 28, 2014
With a premise like Rob Roy and a title like a video game, one might expect Arnaud des Pallières's Age of Uprising: The Legend of Michael... More>>
The Nimble Lucky Them Seeks Out a Grunge Legend The Nimble Lucky Them Seeks Out a Grunge Legend
, May 28, 2014
Critics complaining about formulaic popular films actually have some ammunition these days, thanks to the popularity of the late Blake Snyder's... More>>
Korengal Again Gets Soldiers to Open Up About War in Afghanistan Korengal Again Gets Soldiers to Open Up About War in Afghanistan
, May 28, 2014
Related without narration or score, the 2010 Restrepo was a remarkable vérité documentary account of the war in Afghanistan that... More>>
Before You Know It Is a Moving Doc On Being Gay and Aging Before You Know It Is a Moving Doc On Being Gay and Aging
, May 28, 2014
In PJ Raval's moving documentary Before You Know It, three aging gay men navigate their lives' third acts, and find that the setting of the story... More>>
New X-Men Meet Old X-Men and Explain Lots of Stuff New X-Men Meet Old X-Men and Explain Lots of Stuff
Snikt-ing in the '70s
, May 21, 2014
America's sweetheart Jennifer Lawrence truly can do anything. In the course of three months, she's managed to graciously lose an Oscar (her... More>>
Sam Fleischner's Subway Drama Stand Clear of the Closing Doors Captures an Era Sam Fleischner's Subway Drama Stand Clear of the Closing Doors Captures an Era
What now was like
, May 21, 2014
There are worse words you could hear on the train than "It's showtime!" But there's few that are so dispiriting that get shouted so often.... More>>
Frequencies Makes Smart Sci-Fi From What Thrums in the Young Frequencies Makes Smart Sci-Fi From What Thrums in the Young
The kids are alight
, May 21, 2014
Like youth itself, the opening of Frequencies — an uncommonly ambitious science-fiction romance — is sparkling and unsettling at... More>>
The Dance of Reality is a Sweet, Inventive Coda to One of Film Culture's Most Unique Careers The Dance of Reality is a Sweet, Inventive Coda to One of Film Culture's Most Unique Careers
Jodorowsky's last wig-out may be his best
, May 21, 2014
The grand old dirty pope of midnight-movie voodoo and post-'60s turn-on, drop-out mythopoeia returns with a vengeance, in his autumnal phase and... More>>
Summer Movies Don't Have to Suck: 10 You Should See Summer Movies Don't Have to Suck: 10 You Should See
[Summer Guide 2014]
, May 21, 2014
The phrase "summer movies" will never not mean broad, action-driven crowd-pleasers to me: I counted the days until Batman (June 23, 1989),... More>>
Anne Thompson Asks if Hollywood Has Forgotten How to Make Money Anne Thompson Asks if Hollywood Has Forgotten How to Make Money
, May 21, 2014
Let's rewind 20 years, to the summer of 1994. O.J. Simpson has been arrested for murder, the World Cup is in America and being ignored, and the... More>>
There's Soul in Late Jerry Lewis Films -- and Some Laughs There's Soul in Late Jerry Lewis Films -- and Some Laughs
The nutty hangover
, May 21, 2014
If the mid-career of Jerry Lewis — the post–Dean Martin era, the years of films like The Nutty Professor, The Disorderly Orderly,... More>>
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