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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


One of the best ways to vanquish your inner demons, Hollywood has often taught us, is to run away from them. There are few problems so big that they can’t be overcome by taking a life-affirming road trip, during which you’re sure to find both adventure and self-discovery. Show More Summary

Transformers: Age of Extinction

Two veterans of the Michael Bay Transformers movies attended Transformers: Age of Extinction. Below is their attempt to sort out what they saw. It’s possible there are spoilers in what follows; it’s also possible they have no idea what they’re talking about.


Snowpiercer, the fifth feature by the visionary South Korean director Bong Joon-Ho (Mother, The Host), is a lot of movie to take in at once. Very loosely adapted by Bong and co-screenwriter Kelly Masterson (Before the Devil Knows You’re...Show More Summary

They Came Together

An Airplane!-style spoof of the Hollywood romantic comedy, created by the director/writer team that sent up the summer-camp genre in grand, sick, raunchy style with Wet Hot American Summer. That sounds like such a fun movie that it’s...Show More Summary

Jersey Boys

Jersey Boys, Clint Eastwood’s curiously moribund adaptation of the still-running, multiple-Tony-winning Broadway jukebox musical about the career of doo-wop legends Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, contains a fleeting appearance by the director’s younger self. Show More Summary

Venus in Fur

Before you even start watching Roman Polanski’s Venus in Fur, an adaptation of David Ives’ Tony-nominated 2010 play inspired by the 1870 novel by Austrian author and kink pioneer Leopold von Sacher-Masoch, there are a lot of layers to peel back. Show More Summary

Pixote’s Game

As the World Cup opens in Brazil, Spike Lee has released a short film celebrating that country’s passion for futebol. Titled Pixote’s Game, it’s a 5½-minute-long music video set to the song “The Game” by Kelly Rowland—one of 10 tracks on Beats of the Beautiful Game, a visual album sponsored by PepsiCo. Show More Summary

The Rover

“You should never stop thinking about a life you’ve taken,” the grizzled hero of The Rover tells his young hostage-turned-partner. “That’s the price you pay for taking it.” Plenty of lives are taken in The Rover, the second feature by the talented and daring Australian director David Michôd. Show More Summary

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