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A Most Curious Movie

J.C. Chandor’s A Most Violent Year is a most curious movie, one with nearly all the elements of a classic crime-family saga and yet somehow lacking the moral complexity and emotional heft of the films to which it pays fastidious aesthetic...Show More Summary

The Interview

Christmas has come early for free speech proponents: At 1 p.m. this afternoon, Sony released the controversy-riddled, previously-withheld Kim Jong-un assassination comedy The Interview via YouTube, Google Play, Xbox video, and Sony’s website. Show More Summary

Into the Woods

Rob Marshall’s lushly mounted but inert Into the Woods opens, like Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s 1987 stage musical, in grand and promising fashion, with the words “Once upon a time.” The complex title number weaves charactersShow More Summary


There’s a reason Ava DuVernay’s sober and moving account of the months between the 1963 bombing of a Birmingham church by white supremacists and Congress’ 1965 passage of the Voting Rights Act is titled Selma and not, say, Dr. King.Show More Summary

Mr. Turner

Biopics about great artists are seldom great works of art themselves. How do you show Bach tinkering idly at the keyboard, or Van Gogh chewing the end of his paintbrush at an easel, without trivializing the mysterious process by which...Show More Summary


There are few things in cinema that grate like an overindulgent Peter Jackson set piece, so consider Smaug the dragon lucky: He’s out after a mere 18 minutes of The Battle of the Five Armies, the final chapter in Jackson’s distended adaptation of J.R.R. Show More Summary

The Top 10 Movies of 2014

Can I be honest? This has been kind of a rough year, at the movies and elsewhere. From the cold, ugly jolt of Philip Seymour Hoffman’s accidental overdose in early February to the equally startling suicide of Robin Williams in late summer,...Show More Summary

Top Five

The comic centerpiece of Chris Rock’s extremely enjoyable Top Five is a sequence in which Andre Allen, the famous comedian played by Rock, takes journalist Chelsea Brown (Rosario Dawson) to the housing project where he grew up. (She’s...Show More Summary

The Harshed Mellow

Inherent Vice is a film that arrives with many expectations attached: It’s the first time the work of Thomas Pynchon (author of such 20 th -century masterworks as Gravity’s Rainbow and The Crying of Lot 49) has ever been adapted for the screen. Show More Summary

Zero Motivation

Just a few minutes into the Israeli film Zero Motivation, we’re introduced to a staple gun—a prized possession kept hidden in an Israel Defense Forces filing cabinet. What at first seems like a joke—Daffi (Nelly Tagar) describes it as “the most precious thing in the office”—is actually the most powerful instrument she has. Show More Summary

The Tears Come on Their Own

For several days after watching Still Alice, a tender and deeply sad adaptation of Lisa Genova’s best-selling novel about a woman living with early-onset Alzheimer’s, I caught myself scouring my everyday behavior for evidence of my own impending decline. Show More Summary

Walk 1,100 Miles in My Shoes

The very first thing we see Reese Witherspoon do in Wild, Jean-Marc Vallée’s adaptation of Cheryl Strayed’s best-selling memoir about hiking the Pacific Crest Trail, is sit down at the edge of a steep cliff and pull off her toenail.Show More Summary

The Babadook

The Babadook, the first feature film written and directed by the Australian actress Jennifer Kent, is an example of my favorite kind of monster movie: one in which at every moment the monster is both internally and externally real. An...Show More Summary

Code Unbroken

The true life story of Alan Turing is much stranger, sadder and more troubling than the version of it on view in The Imitation Game, Morton Tyldum’s handsome but overlaundered biopic. Turing was the British mathematician and cryptanalyst...Show More Summary

Love Among the Ruins

The contradiction at the heart of the Hunger Games stories is on full display in Mockingjay Part I, the third chapter of the movie tetralogy based on Suzanne Collins’ best-selling novels. The series chronicles a horribly destructiveShow More Summary

The Ballad of Kaz and Noni

Beyond the Lights, writer-director Gina Prince-Bythewood’s show-business romance about the slowly blossoming affair between an ascendant pop star and a down-to-earth L.A. cop, is as shamelessly soapy as movies come—but I challenge you not to slip on the soap bubbles and fall right in to this movie’s invigorating bath. Show More Summary

Ornithologist, Philatelist, Philanthropist, Creep

Ever since Charles Foster Kane dropped his snow globe, movies about rich men isolated, warped, and sometimes driven mad by their own wealth and power have served as a way for American filmmakers to tell larger stories about the ideology that creates such monsters. Show More Summary

The Jon Stewart Movie

In some pristine utopia of critical evenhandedness, I suppose it would be possible to write about Rosewater without first writing about Jon Stewart. But we live in the grubby, unjust real world, where the first-time writer/director of...Show More Summary

Marvel’s Coming for Your Kids

It’s been a good year at the movies for large, benevolent, goofy nonhuman sidekicks. There was Guardians of the Galaxy’s lovable plant-man Groot, Interstellar’s selfless space robot TARS, and now Baymax, the marshmallowlike inflatable...Show More Summary

Cosmic Relief

The Theory of Everything is the perfect title for James Marsh’s winning biopic of the theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking—and not only because it’s also the title of one of Hawking’s many best-selling books, a collection of Cambridge...Show More Summary

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