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July 2014

James Garner’s 10 Greatest Film Performances

There was much more to James Garner than Bret Maverick and Jim Rockford. Here are ten movies roles which he should be remembered for, as well.


‘Mood Indigo’ Is Mesmerizing Michel Gondry Magic

Michel Gondry goes all out here, bringing both the fanciful wonders and dire circumstances of our couple's doomed affair to breathtaking, eye-popping life.


‘Planes: Fire and Rescue’ Is a Reminder of Disney’s Live Action Past

A long time ago, Disney wanted to bring a bit of excitement into a kid's entertainment world. Planes: Fire and Rescue revisits that idea, and succeeds.


Tourneur’s Lovely Fragility in ‘Experiment Perilous’ and ‘Berlin Express’

In Experiment Perilous and Berlin Express, Tourneur is interested in desires and ideals—the optimistic as well as the dark.


‘Dangerously They Live’ Is a Weak Script Drenched in Atmosphere

The plot holes in Marion Parsonnet's script suggest that this film, too, is living dangerously.


Ranking the ‘Planet of the Apes’ Films

They represent some of the best (and worst) movie metaphors in the history of cinematic speculative fiction. Here's how we rate the Apes' films, from worst to first.


The Men Who Play Games in ‘The Man Who Lies’ and ‘Eden and After’

In Alain Robbe-Grillet's cinema, one ought to be wary of men who play games.


The ‘Dawn’ of Something Amazing

As with much art, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes signposts situations we'd otherwise ignore or try to avoid, provides insights, and provokes questions. This film, like all great art, is alive, vital, and transcendent.


Revisiting ‘Garden State’ 10 Years Later

Despite the film’s hipster soundtrack and depiction of twenty-something malaise, it ultimately embraces the human spirit and all of the sentimentality that goes with it.


‘Boyhood’ Is the ‘400 Blows’ of Its Era

When coming of age movies are measured years from now, Boyhood will be the benchmark for artistic achievement and cinematic scope.


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