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July 2014

Fifty Shades of Fail

With the release of the new teaser trailer, Fifty Shades of Grey proves that what might work in the boudoir just doesn't translate to the big screen.


‘And So It Goes’... Right Down the Drain

Rob Reiner fuels this old hat hokum with below-grade over-earnestness.


You Barely Need One Percent of Your Brain to Appreciate ‘Lucy’

If you surgically grafted a snippet of Flowers for Algernon and a low-end documentary about the human brain onto a Cliff Notes summary of La Femme Nikita, the result might approach the lazy schizophrenia of Luc Besson's latest fembot warrior fantasy.


A Dizzying Reverie of Nudity in ‘Trans-Europ-Express’ and ‘Successive Slidings of Pleasure’

In these two films, Robbe-Grillet hones in on the plastic and empirical qualities of film, which expose entirely subjective and unreal states.


What Happened to the Amazing Spider-Man Franchise?

The Amazing Spider-Man franchise is supposedly in trouble. Why?


‘Death Among Friends’ Is Blissfully Unconnected from Reality

So the idea behind this cop show is a smart, unthreatening woman of a certain age. It's a wonder why it only lasted one episode.


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.


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