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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

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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