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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

22 Jump Street

22 Jump Street, directors Chris Miller and Phil Lord’s follow-up to their hit 2011 buddy-cop comedy 21 Jump Street (itself inspired by an ’80s TV series), critic-proofs itself from the first scenes by foregrounding and mocking its own status as a crassly opportunistic sequel. Show More Summary

The Fault In Our Stars

It’s not an enjoyable feeling, sitting down to write a negative review of the movie about dying teenagers in love. The movie based on a beloved and critically praised YA best-seller by John Green, starring the enthralling young actress (and doe-like beauty) Shailene Woodley. Show More Summary

Edge of Tomorrow

As you may have heard, the new Tom Cruise movie is basically an alien-invasion Groundhog Day, in which our hero must live the same day over and over again, trying to do it a little better each time. But whereas the Harold Ramis–BillShow More Summary

Obvious Child

There are so many abortion-themed movies I’d like to see: the one about the woman from a small Texas town who has to take a Greyhound seven hours to a city with a working clinic and be sheltered by an underground railroad–style volunteer network during the mandatory waiting period. Show More Summary

Night Moves

When deciding whether or not to see Kelly Reichardt’s Night Moves, you must first forget about both the Gene Hackman movie and the Bob Seger song of the same title. (Not so easy to do—Arthur Penn’s 1975 neo-noir was haunting, and good...Show More Summary


“This curse will last until the end of time!” howls Angelina Jolie as Maleficent, placing a fatal hex on the baby who will one day become Sleeping Beauty—and we take her at her word. Such is Jolie’s power to command authority—with or...Show More Summary

The Book Every Movie Lover Should Own

This month sees the release of the sixth edition of David Thomson’s New Biographical Dictionary of Film, published for the first time in 1975. The book—now 1,154 pages long, with over 1,400 entries, more than 100 of them new to thisShow More Summary

Why Is Wolverine Doing All the Stuff I Did?

Dear Bryan Singer, Simon Kinberg, and all the other people who made decisions about X-Men: Days of Future Past:

Effin’ Magnetos—How Do They Work?

If the various Marvel movie superheroes all went to high school together—please, development executives, do not run with this idea—the Avengers would provide both the jocks (Thor, Captain America) and the nerds (Iron Man, the Hulk—well, I guess the Hulk/Bruce Banner is more of a jock/nerd hybrid). Show More Summary

The Best Spielberg Blockbuster in Years

Two weeks ago aspiring filmmaker Anthony Trombetta took the audio from the trailer for the new Godzilla and mashed it up with video from Steven Spielberg’s 1975 classic Jaws. The result, goofily titled “JawZilla,” works surprisingly well. Show More Summary

Want to See a Giant Radioactive Lizard Whale on Stuff?

The original Godzilla—a hugely influential Japanese monster movie made in 1954 as a direct response to a recent ripped-from-the-headlines tragedy—is a staggeringly powerful film, but in some ways it’s hard to account for the long cinematic life its title character has enjoyed. Show More Summary

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