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Friday, January 23 2015

Johnny Depp Is Lost Once Again in the Clueless Caper ‘Mortdecai’

As the eccentric art thief Charlie Mortdecai, Johnny Depp says things cleverly instead of saying clever things.


Broken Families Boxed In: ‘Mommy’

Mommy reminds you that mothers are not supposed to be sexual, and that children and everyone else need boundaries on mothers' behaviors.


Thursday, January 22 2015

‘Boy Meets Girl’ Is a Treasure of Cinematic References

Leo Carax sculpts together cinema references and turns them into something new, only later allowing the influences behind specific pieces to make sense in your mind.


Tuesday, January 20 2015

We Suffer for Love, Love Is Suffering: ‘The Night Porter’

Liliana Cavani's jarring and morally gray exploration of fascist power dynamics reminds us that just as we go through hell to get to love, love can itself be hell.


Leanne Pooley’s Everest Documentary Will Have You ‘Beyond the Edge’ of Your Seat

This documentary may be straightforward and unfussy, but the story of Sir Edmund HIllary and Tenzing Norgay remains throat-grabbing over half a century later.


Monday, January 19 2015

The Chemistry Between Kevin Hart and Josh Gad Barely Keeps ‘The Wedding Ringer’ Afloat

The two lead actors of The Wedding Ringer make the film tolerable, saving it from the so-so work of the man behind the camera.


Friday, January 16 2015

Roger Ebert and Steve James Define and Transcend the Documentary Form in ‘Life Itself’

The insights of the late, great Roger Ebert shed light on how documentaries fit in the film world, as well as the myopic processes of Oscar voting.


‘Paddington’ Is a Practically Perfect Family Film

With one paw in the cinematic strategies of the past and the other in pure post-modern magic, Paddington is no run-of-the-mill kid's flick.


In ‘Blackhat’, Michael Mann Has Made an Impressionistic Action Movie

In this global thriller about digital terrorism, the visuals do not shape the story but rather are the story.


‘Gangs of Wasseypur’ Is a Bloody Good Gangster Epic

Gangs of Wasseypur is tumultuous, five hour gangster saga, stuffed with humor as bleak as the story is bloody.


The Extended Director’s Cut of ‘Nymph()maniac’ Is the Must See Version

The fully realized five hour version of Lars Von Trier's Nymph()maniac feels as worthy of revisits as your copy of Crime and Punishment or Ulysses.


Thursday, January 15 2015

‘Pride’ Celebrates Unity Through Diversity

Pride is the rare crowdpleaser that gives audience members more to think about once they’ve wiped away their tears and stopped smiling after it's over.


Wednesday, January 14 2015

A Great Cast Has Nothing to Do in ‘This Is Where I Leave You’

Even though the actors are given parts that suit their usual skills, they all bring extra self awareness to their work.


Tuesday, January 13 2015

The Jokes and Michael Caine Impressions Are Still Fresh in ‘The Trip to Italy’

Even though it lacks the novelty of its predecessor, The Trip to Italy is nonetheless just as hilarious.


Monday, January 12 2015

‘Frank’ Creatively Explores Social Media Solipsism

Frank uses Twitter and Tumblr without ever striking a false note in its depiction of an erratic indie rock band struggling through the artistic process.


Friday, January 9 2015

The Story Is Inside and Outside Joaquin Phoenix’s Mind in ‘Inherent Vice’

P.T. Anderson's adaptation of Thomas Pynchon's 2009 novel is an atypical noir, where narrative freely flows in and out of the mind of Doc (Joaquin Phoenix).


‘Safe’ Is Often Lost in a World of Ideas

Julianne Moore's evocative performance aside, Safe often feels designed specifically for film-studies interpretation, without its own soul.


‘It Happened One Night’ Is Graceful and Quick as a Magic Trick

Frank Capra's Oscar-dominating film is still funny, still romantic, and still quite beautiful to look at 80 years later.


Wednesday, January 7 2015

‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ Is Not Worth a Cowabunga

The new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie will have longtime Turtle fans shouting “No, ninja, no, ninja, no!”, for this reboot is a mindless mess.


Monday, January 5 2015

B-Film as Theory: ‘The Shooting/Ride in the Whirlwind’

Two blasts of existentialist disquiet and hallucination from the stable of Roger Corman, these two Westerns launched the career of a major alternative filmmaker in Monte Hellman.


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