What critics who attack the director's borrowings miss
Today in El Diario, that newspaper at your bodega you always wondered about... Two recent crimes involving Scarface have left many wondering whether the gangster world is nostalgic about the movie, the Spanish-language daily reports.
Sidney Lumet, the acclaimed director of such classics as Serpico, Dog Day Afternoon and Network, died this morning in New York at the age of 86. His stepdaughter, Leslie Gimbel, told the New York Times that the cause was lymphoma. His filmmaking career was bookended by 1957's 12 Angry Men and ... More >>
Also-beloved friend-of-SOTC Ben Westhoff's new book, Dirty South: OutKast, Lil Wayne, Soulja Boy, and the Southern Rappers Who Reinvented Hip-Hop, will be available on May 1st from Chicago Review Press. This excerpt focuses on Southern pioneers Geto Boys and particularly beloved rapper Scarfa ... More >>
Film Forum shows off its criminal record
This is the best baseline-competent action movie to come out all summer
Who ever thought that little Leonardo DiCaprio from Growing Pains would emerge as one of the most sought-after actors of his generation? After showing enough quirk appeal to get an Oscar nomination with What's Eating Gilbert Grape?, he developed into heartthrob material, almost making us bel ... More >>
Toy Story 3 is a smash hit that's reaped critical hosannahs suggesting it rightfully earns its place next to the first two Toy Story treats. But has a sequel ever actually been better than the movie it follows up?
A new French spy spoof named OSS: Lost in Rio climaxes with a scene on top of the Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro, an obvious homage to Hitchcock, as I was so proud to have brilliantly noticed, applause applause. But when I asked the film's director/co-writer Michel Hazanavicius ... More >>
Stuck in the asylum with the good kind of insane
In this subway series, the original Pelham wins
Film Forum restores Kurosawa's classic
Francis Ford Coppola restores two of his classics
Plus, Mexicans who hate illegals
Henry Hill used sternos and paper to start this fire at the Bamboo Lounge in Goodfellas. Fire officials are trying to determine what started the fire in Wiseguys, Hill's newly opened restaurant in Connecticut. In what may be a case of life imitating art imitating life, Henry Hills' new mob-themed ... More >>
Sibling rivalry. Daddy issues. Infidelity. Sidney Lumet crafts one hell of a melodrama
Watch your back, Grisham: Michael Clayton's no ordinary legal thriller
Ocean's Thirteen is a tired, washed-up threequel. Wanna bet Hollywood makes a bundle?
Cassavetes Jr. and Justin "in a box" Timberlake team up for real-life tale of killer potheads
Western tale of reburial knee deep in grimy detail, marred by Jones's simplistic persona
Hometown hero Cronenberg elicits applause and shocked silence with his menacing History
Bill Murray's Star Vehicle, Gus Van Sant's Double Comeback, and the Year of the Documentary
Hopscotching chronology elevates New Age mysticism in a heart transplant melodrama
After a six-year absence, Tarantino plunges once again into a cinematic hall of mirrors
Back from the dead with the new Kill Bill, Quentin Tarantino exposes the dick drive, movie ultraviolence, and his foot fetish
Will Quentin's Long-Awaited Kung Fu Gore-Super-Soak, Kill Bill, Inspire Moviegoing Fervor?
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A Year (HeckA Decade, Even) of Pop Music at the Movies