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Pacific Rim

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The Look of Love

British writer-director Michael Winterbottom’s The Look of Love is a puzzlingly misconceived biopic: a tasteful, subdued movie about a man who was as tasteless and unsubdued as they come. Winterbottom’s frequent muse, the comedian Steve...Show More Summary

Let Me Explain

In December 2011, W. Kamau Bell declared Louis C.K. “the current heavyweight champion of stand-up comedy.” The verdict was pretty much unanimous by then: 2011 was the year of Louis. So, for that matter, was 2012. But what about 2013?...Show More Summary

I’m So Excited

I’m So Excited, Pedro Almodóvar’s frothy follow-up to his dark, masterful melodrama The Skin I Live In (2011), is decidedly minor Almodóvar, a sassy disaster-movie spoof that might as well be titled Gays on a Plane. With its sometimes-poky...Show More Summary

White House Down

Should Roland Emmerich be put on some sort of government watch list? Nearly two decades after he first publicly fantasized about the destruction of Washington, D.C., in Independence Day (1996), he’s back with another massive imagined...Show More Summary

Monsters University

Pixar Studios has painted itself into a corner (though because it’s Pixar, it’s an adorable corner, surrounded by top-quality enamel paint). They’ve established a reputation for themselves as the animation studio of record, the place for state-of-the-art children’s entertainment that also reliably hits the sweet spot for adults. Show More Summary

Man of Steel

A colleague of mine made the astute observation that superhero blockbusters have something in common with medieval religious art. Both rely on rigidly fixed iconographies drawn from a narrow range of canonical subject matter. The individual...Show More Summary

Much Ado About Nothing

Joss Whedon’s adaptation of Much Ado About Nothing was filmed over the course of 12 days at Whedon’s Los Angeles home during a contractually required break between the shooting and post-production of his last project, the gargantuan superhero clustercuss that was The Avengers. Show More Summary

After Earth

In the future—at least the one imagined in After Earth, the M. Night Shyamalan sci-fi adventure conceived by Will Smith, who also stars opposite his 14-year-old son, Jaden—our planet will be evacuated after environmental degradation has rendered it unfit to support human life. Show More Summary

Before Midnight

Richard Linklater’s Before trilogy—Before Sunrise (1995), Before Sunset (2004), and now Before Midnight—occupies a particular place in the heart of its fans, many of whom share a roughly defined demographic berth with the movie’s stars, Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke. Show More Summary

Iron Man 3

It’s tricky—and ultimately, perhaps, meaningless—to evaluate a movie like Iron Man 3 as an aesthetic object. Before it’s anything else, this is a Disney-Marvel product, the latest release from a massive global entertainment empire with...Show More Summary

“Go to All the Good Movies You Can”

I’m not sure how old I was when I wrote Roger Ebert a letter asking for his advice on how to become a film critic, but judging from the other documents in the manila envelope where I’ve kept his response ever since, I must have been somewhere between 11 and 13. Show More Summary


Pablo Larraín’s No, the story of a Chilean advertising executive who half-unwillingly joins forces with a campaign to oust dictator Augusto Pinochet, was one of the nominees for this year’s Best Foreign Film Oscar. In a year when there...Show More Summary

The Snark Machine

The Oscars are upon, which means two things: It’s time to celebrate the best movies Hollywood filmmakers have to offer, and it’s time to gawk at and ridicule the worst inanities of oblivious Oscar voters and egomaniacal celebrities. As Twitter gadfly @pourmecoffee says, Oscar season is the perfect time for judging and resenting those more successful than ourselves.


Everyone you love is going to die. So will everyone you hate, everyone you’re indifferent about, everyone you’ve never met, and eventually (spoiler alert) you. No matter how long and happy a life we humans are vouchsafed by the gods,...Show More Summary

The 10 Best Movies of 2012

For the second year in a row, there weren’t that many movies jostling behind the velvet rope to get onto my ten-best list. Maybe that’s because I felt ambivalent-to-negative about several films this year that seemed to resonate powerfully with other viewers. Show More Summary

This Is 40

In a scene midway through Judd Apatow’s This Is 40, Debbie (played by Leslie Mann) walks in on her husband, Pete (Paul Rudd), in a position that’s beyond compromising. Spread-eagled on the bed with a mirror between his legs, Pete is attempting to get a look at some sort of mysterious bump on his anus. Show More Summary


Sacha Gervasi’s Hitchcock, is a pleasant but unambitious, small-scale biopic, not dissimilar in spirit from last year’s My Week with Marilyn. It reconstructs and freely fictionalizes a brief period in its famous subject’s life, never...Show More Summary

Silver Linings Playbook

Silver Linings Playbook, an adaptation of a novel by Matthew Quick from the writer/director David O. Russell, has a lot in common with Russell’s last film, The Fighter. Both movies involve close-knit but dysfunctional families living in white, working-class enclaves. Show More Summary

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