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Gone Girl

David Fincher’s Gone Girl presents a succession of shimmering surfaces, each more seductive and opaque than the last. That’s not the only way in which this film (adapted by Gillian Flynn from her own best-selling novel) could be said to resemble its title character, the mysteriously missing Amy Elliott Dunne (Rosamund Pike). Show More Summary

The Boxtrolls

I wanted with every fiber of my being to love The Boxtrolls. The animation studio that made it, Portland’s Laika, stands for everything I value in contemporary animation: smart, subversive stories that neither condescend to children nor winkingly pander to adults. Show More Summary

The Guest and Fort Bliss

The figure of the returning veteran has been a constant in human storytelling since Odysseus took the long way home from Troy. When someone comes back from fighting in a war, what does he (or, as is more likely to be true now than at...Show More Summary

The Disappearance of The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby

I’m not entirely sure why Ned Benson’s The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Them even exists. The Weinstein Company, in Harvey’s infinite wisdom, had Benson piece together this two-hour film out of scenes from two separate features, The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Him and Her, which both premiered to raves at last year’s Toronto Film Festival. Show More Summary

The Skeleton Twins

The ghoulish setup could easily form the basis for an eerie psychological horror film: Separated by thousands of miles, a pair of long-estranged twins both attempt suicide only hours apart on the same day. Just as dental assistant Maggie...Show More Summary

This Never Happened

There was nearly a one-year hiatus between the fifth and sixth seasons of Mad Men, and while audiences pined for Don Draper, creator Matthew Weiner directed a film he had been trying to get made for years, based on a screenplay he had written back when he worked in the writers’ room of The Sopranos. Show More Summary

The Newlyweds

The writer-director Ira Sachs makes movies that take place in the interstices of his characters’ lives. In films like Forty Shades of Blue and Keep the Lights On, he prefers to chronicle not our grand moments of heartbreak and struggle, but the countless ordinary days in between. Show More Summary


Lois Lowry’s 1993 children’s novel The Giver is a masterpiece of dystopian fiction. In less than 200 pages, without much plot to speak of, Lowry slowly and gently pulls the curtain back on a society so totalitarian it outlaws pets, music, colors, wet dreams, and grandparents. Show More Summary

If You Have to Mask

It’s easy to see why Michael Fassbender, a blindingly handsome movie star whose career is ascending so fast he seems at risk for the bends, would take the title role in Lenny Abrahamson’s Frank. Why sign on to this modestly budgetedShow More Summary

The Designing Woman

She was the pure molten essence of a mid-twentieth-century movie star—if something that’s molten can somehow also be cool. Her beauty was classical, sculptural, a little remote, and all her life she carried herself not only with a dancer’s grace, but with a sly awareness of the power conferred on her by that sheer physical exquisiteness. Show More Summary

The Art House in Your Living Room

The way our culture produces, consumes, and shares information and entertainment is changing with vertiginous speed. That indisputable fact not only provides the subject of the freaky new sci-fi fantasy The Congress­, but also accounts for the film’s no-longer-that-unusual release strategy. Show More Summary

Brendan Gleeson Gets Biblical

Brendan Gleeson—the hulking, ginger-haired Irish character actor who’s been quietly improving every movie he appears in for the last 25 years—gets a rare and welcome chance to show us what he’s made of in Calvary, a black-humored drama about faith and sin from the Irish writer/director John Michael McDonagh. Show More Summary

Guardians of the Galaxy

James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy represents a new wing of subspecialization for Marvel Studios. Rather than deliver another update of a familiar superhero (Spider-Man, Captain America, the Hulk) or jam a bunch of familiar superheroes...Show More Summary

The Most Wanted Man

I didn’t really mind that Anton Corbijn’s A Most Wanted Man had the problem, common to adaptations of John le Carré’s spy novels, of focusing so intently on the subtle power machinations among its large cast of characters that the international espionage plot in which they’re ostensibly embroiled remains blurry and hard to follow. Show More Summary


The first living thing we see in Luc Besson’s Lucy (not counting a close-up of primordial dividing cells) is the original Lucy, the female Australopithecus afarensis whose skeleton constitutes one of the oldest and most complete specimens of humanity’s first ancestors. Show More Summary

We Are the Best!

The unnamed punk band formed by the intrepid 13-year-old protagonists of Lukas Moodysson’s We Are the Best!—a wonderful Swedish comedy I foolishly missed when it opened in theaters earlier this summer, but that’s now available streaming on Amazon and through iTunes—is more of an idea, really, than a band. Show More Summary

Sex Tape

The three-hour-long homemade porn video that Jay and Annie (Jason Segel and Cameron Diaz) inadvertently upload to the cloud in Jake Kasdan’s Sex Tape looks like a much better movie than Sex Tape (which runs, thankfully, only 94 minutes). Show More Summary

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

Click on the player below to listen to Slate's Dana Stevens and David Weigel discuss Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. Note: This podcast is meant to be heard after you've seen the film.


Among the arts, cinema has a unique relationship with time. Like photography, film captures a moment in permanent, reproducible form; but like music and dance, it also moves through time itself, requiring the listener or viewer to invest some portion of her allotted hours on Earth in accompanying its unspooling. Show More Summary

Life Itself

Life Itself, the affectionate, candid, sometimes tough-to-watch tribute to Roger Ebert from the great documentarian Steve James (Hoop Dreams, The Interrupters) fans out a deck of contradictory snapshots of this vibrant and complicated...Show More Summary

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