Even while it mostly stands pat, Emmy’s surprise acknowledgment of Netflix original programming heralds mainstream success for a new broadcasting model.
18 Jul 2013
ABC's new campaign to "Save Happy Endings" is a bold and contemptuous new parlay in the ongoing war between networks and audiences.
01 Apr 2013
Post-Hurricane Sandy, the questions the final season of Jersey Shore raise are disturbing: Can we ever go back to the shore? Can we ever rebuild what was broken?
20 Mar 2013
Killer Karaoke is not the show anyone ever asked for... but it's the show we deserve.
05 Feb 2013
Killer Joe is a nasty piece of work, a bleak, sadistic but oddly funny noir boasting a startlingly dark turn by Matthew McConaughey as the titular hitman, and a breakout performance by Juno Temple.
16 Jan 2013
The third film in this heretofore exceptional Spanish horror series strikes off in a bold and unexpected new direction... before falling flat on its face in a puddle of gory nonsense.
19 Nov 2012
The story deals with precisely the sort of messy, depressing ordeals in life we go to the movies to get away from, but the languid pace and occasional shots of off kilter wry humor allow it to never become such an overwhelming plunge into despair as to be unwatchable.
18 Apr 2012
Lars von Trier's stunning, occasionally beautiful, slow-motion apocalypse, Melancholia, reaches for a moment of cathartic ecstasy amongst the crippling stasis of despair.
09 Apr 2012
Disney's return to the Hundred Acre Wood is a gentle, loving and refreshingly old-fashioned delight.
08 Dec 2011
Monte Carlo is a bright, innocuous bit of cinematic fluff that indulges in all the well worn, wish fulfillment tropes of the "mistaken for a rich girl/princess" genre.
20 Nov 2011
Six Feet Under concludes its third season with a bold suite of emotionally devastating episodes that go straight for the jugular, nearly drowning the Fishers -- and the viewers -- under a tidal wave of fear, guilt and despair.
16 Nov 2011
Though visually striking and stylistically ambitious, this bombastic, juvenile genre mashup is a mostly discordant, occasionally incoherent, but always compulsively watchable, mess. Just check your brain at the door...
09 Aug 2011
Red Riding Hood doesn’t have the teeth to bite into the thrumming subterranean eroticism lurking just beneath its overripe surface; but neither does it have the self-awareness (or self-confidence) to cross over the line into full blown kitsch.
07 Jul 2011
Jonathan Demme’s unclassifiable oddball masterpiece finally gets the recognition it deserves from Criterion.
23 May 2011
The film is so big-hearted and amiable its simplifications and liberties become almost welcome, a sort of idealized world where injustices are resolved easily with optimistic pluck.
11 Apr 2011
Jarvis’ performance as Mia – at turns aggressively belligerent and coyly vulnerable, but always raw – is so achingly genuine that you wonder how much of it is actually acting, and how much is just her.
24 Mar 2011
Let Me In, the inevitable American remake of the 2008 Swedish vampire arthouse hit Let the Right One In, more than holds its own against the nearly perfect original.
20 Feb 2011
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