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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>>
Obvious Child Director Gillian Robespierre Explains Her Abortion-Themed Romantic Comedy Obvious Child Director Gillian Robespierre Explains Her Abortion-Themed Romantic Comedy
A Rom-Com of One's Own
, May 21, 2014
When first-time director Gillian Robespierre's festival favorite Obvious Child makes its theatrical debut in June, it could herald the sweetest,... More>>
Ten Reasons to Spend Your Summer in a Movie Theater Ten Reasons to Spend Your Summer in a Movie Theater
[Summer Guide 2014]
, May 21, 2014
Rooftop Films Ongoing through August 16 The oppressive winter will be instantly forgotten as you breathe in this always-terrific alfresco... More>>
Cannes Report: A Great Julianne Moore Illuminates Maps to the Stars Cannes Report: A Great Julianne Moore Illuminates Maps to the Stars
, May 21, 2014
It's been a few days since I saw David Cronenberg's Maps to the Stars, screening here in competition, and I'm still not completely sure what I... More>>
How to Watch and Think about Alejandro Jodorowsky How to Watch and Think about Alejandro Jodorowsky
Viva Mabuse!
, May 21, 2014
Is it time, or will there ever be a time, to reevaluate Alejandro Jodorowsky? The appearance of his new film, The Dance of Reality, along with... More>>
Cannes Report: Don't Say Marion Cotillard is "Too Pretty" for Two Days, One Night Cannes Report: Don't Say Marion Cotillard is "Too Pretty" for Two Days, One Night
, May 21, 2014
#492425863 / gettyimages.com Marion Cotillard, the star of the Dardenne Brothers’ competition film Two Days, One Night, showed up for the... More>>
Sandler and Barrymore Hurt Us in Blended Sandler and Barrymore Hurt Us in Blended
, May 21, 2014
A romance ripped from the pages of Deuteronomy, Frank Coraci's Blended posits that the best reason for a woman with sons and a man with... More>>
Cannes Report: Contemplating Animal Nudity with Godard's Delightful Goodbye to Language Cannes Report: Contemplating Animal Nudity with Godard's Delightful Goodbye to Language
, May 21, 2014
I haven't looked forward to a new Godard movie since…never. The first Godard movie I saw upon its release in a movie theater was First... More>>
Cannes Report: Leviathan, the Winners, and Adieu Cannes Report: Leviathan, the Winners, and Adieu
, May 21, 2014
The Festival de Cannes closing ceremony makes for a fun and festive night, particularly, I suspect, if you get to watch it live from the Lumiere,... More>>
Robin Williams as Your Unhinged and Probably Racist Uncle Robin Williams as Your Unhinged and Probably Racist Uncle
, May 21, 2014
It was a little over 20 years ago that Michael Douglas, memorably accoutred in thick-rimmed Clubmasters and a flat-top military crew cut, got a... More>>
For a Movie About Alzheimer's, Grand Depart has an Inappropriately Upbeat Tint For a Movie About Alzheimer's, Grand Depart has an Inappropriately Upbeat Tint
, May 21, 2014
Iris Murdoch suffered from Alzheimer's disease toward the end of her life, but it was her husband, the critic John Bayley, who observed that the... More>>
Amid Tired Plot Devices, A Melancholic Edge Props Up Words and Pictures Amid Tired Plot Devices, A Melancholic Edge Props Up Words and Pictures
, May 21, 2014
Amid its silly contrivances, the romance Words and Pictures manages to tap into middle-age regret, bitterness, and fears that the promise of... More>>
Wolf is a Stark Slowburner About a Life Engulfed in Violent Crime Wolf is a Stark Slowburner About a Life Engulfed in Violent Crime
, May 21, 2014
Though ostensibly about a kickboxer, little of Wolf's violence takes place inside the ring. Majid (Marwan Kenzari) isn't so much drawn to a life... More>>
Modest and Sunny, The Love Punch is a Relatively Painless Rom-Com Modest and Sunny, The Love Punch is a Relatively Painless Rom-Com
, May 21, 2014
The financial crisis is a reliable fount of inspiration these days for rom-coms that need a relatable conflict, but maybe the sense of dread is... More>>
Revisit the Tension and Longing of British Cult-Classic Accident (1967) Revisit the Tension and Longing of British Cult-Classic Accident (1967)
, May 21, 2014
Broadly speaking, the importance of 1967 to the history of cinema has less to do with the caliber of films released that year than the sense of... More>>
Gore Vidal: The United States of Amnesia is an Idealized Yet Galvanizing Portrait Gore Vidal: The United States of Amnesia is an Idealized Yet Galvanizing Portrait
, May 21, 2014
In his last years, Gore Vidal flawlessly played the role of elder statesman-as-curmudgeon; director Nicholas Wrathall's documentary captures him... More>>
Artfully Uber-Masculine, Cold in July is an Edge-Of-Your-Seat Thriller Artfully Uber-Masculine, Cold in July is an Edge-Of-Your-Seat Thriller
, May 21, 2014
The triptych of masculinities at the core of director Jim Mickle's Sundance hit Cold in July (he co-wrote the screenplay with Nick Damici) pull... More>>
A World Not Ours is a Messy Yet Intimate Documentary on Lebanese Refugees A World Not Ours is a Messy Yet Intimate Documentary on Lebanese Refugees
, May 21, 2014
"Stop filming and step on him!" director Mahdi Fleifel's grandfather shouts at the beginning of A Land Not Ours. "Are you afraid of a cockroach?"... More>>
Fueled by Star Power, Lila, Lila Stalls in Character Development Fueled by Star Power, Lila, Lila Stalls in Character Development
, May 21, 2014
Almost five years after premiering as the opening-night selection of the 2009 Zurich Film Festival, Alain Gsponer's Lila Lila is at last... More>>
The Godzilla Particle The Godzilla Particle
The big guy's too small a part of his own movie.
, May 14, 2014
Godzilla is the movie monster with the mostest. King Kong may be just one gorilla-chest-hair behind, but not even the greatest of apes can quite... More>>
The Immigrant Feels Classical But Also Breathes The Immigrant Feels Classical But Also Breathes
Visitor From Another Time
, May 14, 2014
In 2014, any filmmaker who has a feel, and a flair, for romantic melodrama is doomed, and just one recent example from the world of blockbusters... More>>
'From Mae West to Punk: The Bowery on Film' Is a Don't-Miss Series 'From Mae West to Punk: The Bowery on Film' Is a Don't-Miss Series
This anthology plumbs Bowery history.
, May 14, 2014
In 1897, three years after its founding, the Edison Studios immortalized a Lower East Side vaudeville routine called the "Bowery Waltz": A... More>>
Cannes Report: Grace of Monaco at Least Has Clothes Cannes Report: Grace of Monaco at Least Has Clothes
, May 14, 2014
Greetings from Cannes! It’s an unwritten rule – maybe it should even be a written one – that no one who is lucky enough to come... More>>
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