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I Wanna Get Lost in Your Rock ’n’ Roll

The words summer movie suggest an outsize spectacle involving CGI megalizards, sexy ninja warriors, and wanton destruction visited on the skylines of the world’s great cities. But there are other types of movie releases associated with the season, one of my perennial favorites being the Meryl Streep Summer Movie. Show More Summary

The End of the Tour

It would be impossible to disentangle all the threads of truth and fiction that weave together into James Ponsoldt’s The End of the Tour. Indeed, the movie is all about the blurry and ultimately unlocatable boundaries between reporting and storytelling, writing and living, being and pretending to be. Show More Summary

More Risky Business

Is Tom Cruise the first person in human history to find a loophole in this whole “mortality” scheme? Between his long association with Scientology (documented chillingly in Alex Gibney’s Going Clear) and his by now bizarre ability to keep playing physically demanding action parts into his 50s, it’s beginning to look that way. Show More Summary

The Look of Silence

Joshua Oppenheimer’s The Act of Killing—one of the darkest, toughest-to-watch, and most brilliant films I’ve seen in the past decade—wasn’t exactly a documentary, though it was nominated for a 2014 Oscar in that category. (The winner...Show More Summary


The wiki site TV Tropes, in its infinite nomenclatural wisdom, has created a term for films or TV shows in which the protagonist’s first name is also the name of the lead actor: the Danza (after Tony Danza, who played a guy named Tony in two long-running sitcoms, Taxi and Who’s the Boss?). Show More Summary


It’s the morning of Christmas Eve at the sketchy intersection of Santa Monica and Highland in Los Angeles, where a pair of transgender prostitutes, Alexandra and Sin-Dee Rella, are sharing a red-and-green sprinkled donut. Sin-Dee has...Show More Summary

I Said Go, Go, Go

Listening to Amy Winehouse’s 2006 hit single “Rehab” while she was alive and publicly struggling with addiction was difficult enough. The surface delights of that song—its retro-style girl-group melody, its tight horn arrangement, Winehouse’s...Show More Summary

Boy Hood

Rick Famuyiwa’s sly coming-of-age comedy Dope opens with an onscreen dictionary definition of its multivalent title. Depending on the context, dope can be an illegal substance sold as a street drug; a person who acts in a foolhardy manner; or a term of praise in black American slang, signifying the coolness of the person or thing so designated. Show More Summary

All the Feels 

So many of the most emotionally powerful moments in the Pixar movie canon have to do with the passage of time through a life, and the passage of a life through time. Sometimes that life is represented by a doll, as in the heartbreaking...Show More Summary

Jurassic World

Midway through Jurassic World, two young brothers come across a storage building that’s essentially a crypt full of artifacts from Steven Spielberg’s 1993 smash hit Jurassic Park. Moldering away in there is the boxy 1992 Jeep Wrangler in which Laura Dern so memorably fled the Tyrannosaurus rex. Show More Summary


Paul Feig and Melissa McCarthy have already proven they know how to make beautiful music together. In Feig’s Bridesmaids, McCarthy made an impression amid a cast of offbeat comediennes in the small but pivotal role of the groom’s etiquette-challenged sister. Show More Summary

Promising Results

In a 2006 review of Mutual Appreciation, the second film from writer/director Andrew Bujalski, Wesley Morris (then the critic for the Boston Globe, now at Grantland) expressed his fear that Bujalski—a maker of finely observed minimalist...Show More Summary

Brad Bird Is Not Superhuman

Brad Bird is an odd bird. An animating prodigy who directed his first short film at 13 and began working with a mentor at Disney a year later, he’s best known as a director of smart, visually innovative animated films, with a list of now-classic titles to his name—The Iron Giant, The Incredibles, Ratatouille. Show More Summary

The Big River

To live without seeing the films of the Indian director Satyajit Ray, said Akira Kurosawa in 1975, “means existing in the world without seeing the sun or the moon.” Though Ray was 11 years his junior, Kurosawa spoke of him that day in Moscow as a master. Show More Summary

Pitch Perfect 2

Two weeks ago, for about a day, I allowed myself to get excited about the upcoming premiere of Pitch Perfect 2, the follow-up to 2012’s improbable hit comedy about the competitive collegiate a cappella circuit—or, as one of the characters...Show More Summary

The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Gunner

The omnipresence of drones in the world’s skies—haunting Afghanistan, hovering over Yemen, delivering your tacos—has lately found its equivalent in world culture and art. Thinkers and creators in many genres have been wrestling with the unsettling implications of this new aerial technology, with its pilotless cockpits and all-seeing eyes. Show More Summary

Mad Max: Fury Road

It was clear from the start that the Australian writer/director George Miller would be influential. His wildly successful 1979 debut, Mad Max—to be followed by Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior (1981) and Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome (1985)—created...Show More Summary

Avengers: Age of Ultron

This is the dawning of the Age of Ultron—the age in which I plan to breathe deep and just let superhero movies be what they are, rather than stressing out about what their burger chain–like sameness might have to say about the state of American cinema. Show More Summary

Live From New York! and Very Semi-Serious

There are tony places and achievements that few can say they’ve experienced first-hand, though about which many are innately curious: attending an Oscars ceremony, getting an invite to Diddy’s birthday party, winning three Pulitzer Prizes in one year. Show More Summary

About Last Knights

On the first page of the notes I took for the occasionally flawed but really somewhat splendid historical adventure Last Knights, there’s a little aside in my plot summarizing. “Twelve-minute setup,” it says; I was a little puzzled and pretty intrigued by how long the movie was taking to establish itself. Show More Summary

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