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The Counselor

Long before the first heads have popped off in director Ridley Scott and writer Cormac McCarthy’s leering new thriller The Counselor, a club owner named Reiner (Javier Bardem) sits down with his unnamed lawyer (Michael Fassbender) to offer him some advice. Show More Summary


Claire Denis makes a neo-noir thriller. That idea alone was enough to get me excited about Bastards, the latest from this brilliant if sometimes maddeningly opaque French writer-director. Denis doesn’t often take on anything like a genre...Show More Summary

Bad Grandpa

It’s the rare movie whose credit-sequence outtakes are more satisfying than the movie itself. But that’s the case with Bad Grandpa, the fourth film from Jackass jokesters Jeff Tremaine, Johnny Knoxville, and Spike Jonze. As the credits...Show More Summary

All Is Lost. Or Is It?

Warning: Major spoilers ahead. If you’ve just seen J.C. Chandor’s stunning new movie All Is Lost, chances are you came away with one of two reactions: “Thank God he made it!” or “It was so sad when he died.” At a Q&A with Chandor and...Show More Summary

All Is Lost

After Margin Call, J.C. Chandor’s smart, talky, somewhat theatrical 2011 debut feature about the frantic last hours at a Lehman Brothers–like bank on the brink of financial meltdown, there couldn’t have been a more unexpected second project for this promising new director than All Is Lost, a stripped-down, nearly wordless tale of survival at sea. Show More Summary

12 Years a Slave

There are movies to which the critical response lags far behind the emotional one. Two days after seeing 12 Years a Slave, British director Steve McQueen’s adaptation of the 1853 memoir of a free black man kidnapped into slavery, I’m still awaiting delivery of the apparatus that would permit me to analyze it. Show More Summary

Burton and Taylor

Burton and Taylor, the second TV movie this year about the tempestuous relationship between Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, airs on BBC America Wednesday night. The previous dramatization, Lifetime’s Liz & Dick, starred LindsayShow More Summary

Secrets and Lies

At the end of The Fifth Estate, Julian Assange, as played by Benedict Cumberbatch, comments on the film itself. When asked about an in-the-works WikiLeaks movie, he replies disdainfully, “Which one?” In his open letter to Cumberbatch, though, Assange is invested to the point of hyperbole:

Romeo and Juliet

Carlo Carlei’s Romeo and Juliet—a lush, conventional bodice-ripper of an adaptation with a screenplay (by Downton Abbey’s Julian Fellowes) that borrows heavily from Shakespeare without quite being Shakespeare—feels like a quaint throwback...Show More Summary

Escape From Tomorrow

Escape From Tomorrow begins on the Disney World roller coaster “Big Thunder Mountain Railroad,” where a low overhang decapitates a rider with a satisfyingly juicy splat. The moment flashes by quickly, but it serves as a statement of purpose for the writer-director Randy Moore. Show More Summary

Captain Phillips

The defining scene of Paul Greengrass’ Captain Phillips occurs in the last few minutes, after the cargo-ship captain of the title, played by Tom Hanks, has survived his ordeal of being taken hostage on a lifeboat by four Somali pirates off the coast of Africa. Show More Summary


A.C.O.D.—the unfortunate title is an acronym for Adult Children of Divorce—is the debut feature of writer-director Stuart Zicherman, who seems to be working at least in part from autobiographical material as he tells the story of Carter...Show More Summary


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The rivalry between two fiercely competitive, temperamentally opposed race-car drivers is a subject that’s had at least two memorable cinematic treatments in recent years. In the 2006 comedy Talladega Nights, Will Ferrell and Sasha Baron...Show More Summary

The films of Dan Sallitt

The indie director Dan Sallitt is a filmmaker who’s slowly crept into my consciousness over the course of the past year. When his new film, The Unspeakable Act, opened last spring, I heard festival-going colleagues saying good things...Show More Summary

See It

You’ll need to set aside the whole credit sequence to cry after watching Enough Said, Nicole Holofcener’s new romantic comedy starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus and James Gandolfini. And not just because the closing dedication, “For Jim,”Show More Summary


There’s something about a kid on a bike—that combination of innocence, exploration, and autonomous forward motion—that’s always been a natural subject of cinema, from De Sica’s Bicycle Thieves to Spielberg’s E.T. to the Dardenne brothers’, well, Kid With a Bike. Show More Summary

Blue Caprice

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Look. Watch.

When you write about film for a living, there are so many new movies coming at you all the time that it’s near impossible to go back and fill in the gaps in your cinematic education (and all of us, with the possible exception of David Bordwell, have plenty of those). Show More Summary


Salinger, Shane Salerno’s heavily hyped, 10-years-in-the-making documentary about the life of the reclusive author, had definitively lost me (and, judging by the snickers, much of the rest of the audience) by the time it got to the log-toting scene. Show More Summary

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