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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

Closed Circuit

There are two things you can usually count on from any half-decent political thriller: A passel of government officials who seek to keep their nefarious plans hidden from the public and heroes who will be subjected to almost constant surveillance. Show More Summary

Short Term 12

The second feature of a young director named Destin Daniel Cretton, Short Term 12 is a film that sneaks up on you and makes you care about it. It’s a slight movie, barely an hour and a half long, with naturalistic overlapping dialogue and a loose, meandering storyline that can trick you into thinking it’s going nowhere in particular. Show More Summary

The World’s End

The English writer-director Edgar Wright’s The World’s End is the third and perhaps best in his wonderful trilogy of genre spoofs, known variously as the “Blood and Ice Cream” trilogy, the “Cornetto” trilogy, or the “Three Flavours Cornetto” trilogy. Show More Summary

Think You Might Like Jobs?

In the opening minutes of Joshua Michael Stern’s Jobs, the titular entrepreneur, played by Ashton Kutcher, addresses an almost disturbingly receptive audience from a sleek white stage at Apple headquarters. It’s 2001, and he’s telling them about a revolutionary new product the company is ready to launch. Show More Summary

Lee Daniels’ The Butler

The director Lee Daniels (Precious, The Paperboy) has never been one to use a subtle technique when an obvious one would work just as well. Daniels’ blunt, go-for-broke approach provides for many clunky moments (and some unintended chuckles)...Show More Summary


Neill Blomkamp’s first film, District 9, did a lot with a little, turning a sci-fi story about segregated space aliens into a vivid (if overlong) pop parable about South African apartheid. His second one, Elysium—a sci-fi thriller on a much larger scale, complete with Hollywood stars and state-of-the-art CGI effects—does a little, sometimes shockingly little, with a lot.


For at least 20 years I’ve remembered John Frankenheimer’s Seconds (1966) with a feeling of clammy dread unique to that film, and recommended it to countless friends without ever quite working up the nerve to rewatch it myself. Sometimes...Show More Summary

The Spectacular Now

The high school coming-of-age movie has now been around for so long that it’s hard for each new example of the genre not to feel like a knowing gloss on every one that’s come before. So we have the high school movie gone noir (Brick), gone vampire (the Twilight series), gone comic-book gonzo (Kick-Ass). Show More Summary

The To Do List

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Blue Jasmine

Jasmine (born Jeannette) French, the exquisitely dressed chasm of need at the center of Woody Allen’s misanthropic comedy Blue Jasmine, may be among the most unpleasant of all Allen protagonists (and if you have any memory of Kenneth...Show More Summary


R.I.P.D., an action comedy about undead cop buddies starring Jeff Bridges and Ryan Reynolds, is getting some good advance buzz as a front-runner for the single worst movie of 2013. It’s currently at a pitiful 12 percent on Rotten Tomatoes,...Show More Summary

The Act of Killing

The Act of Killing is among the most profound, formally complex, and emotionally overpowering documentaries I’ve ever seen. It’s also, by turns and sometimes at once, luridly seductive and darkly comic and physically revolting—a movie...Show More Summary

Fruitvale Station

Fruitvale Station is the name of an Oakland stop on the Bay Area Rapid Transit system. There, early on the morning of New Year’s Day 2009, a 22-year-old black man named Oscar Grant, on his way home from celebrating New Year’s Eve with friends in San Francisco, was shot in the back by a white BART policeman for reasons that remain unclear. Show More Summary

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

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