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The Wizard of Lies

HBO’s “The Wizard of Lies” reunites a filmmaker and star once at the top of their games. In the ‘80s and most of the ‘90s, a film starring Robert De Niro and a film directed by Barry Levinson meant something major. But the ‘00s and ‘10s haven’t been as kind to the two regular collaborators with a few exceptions here and there. Show More Summary

The Woman Who Left

In his appraisal of Spike Lee's “She Hate Me,” critic Nathan Rabin describes a "Morning Paper Auteur" thusly: "A filmmaker who picks up the morning paper, grows more enraged about each article he reads, and decides to make movies that forthrightly address every social ill in the known universe." Dostoevsky-obsessed Lav Diaz is one such busy fellow. Show More Summary

Afterimage

“Afterimage,” the final film by Poland’s Andrzej Wajda, is a fitting coda to the career of one of world cinema’s giants. Unlike fellow Poles such as Roman Polanski and Jerzy Skolimowski, who decamped for the West’s freedoms not longShow More Summary

The Commune

"That's the point of a commune. You support each other." Said by one character at a moment of crisis in Thomas Vinterberg's "The Commune," it expresses the ideal of living in community. If a group of people decide to forswear the typical...Show More Summary

Paint It Black

The camera surveys a motel room late in "Paint It Black." It spins on an axis, taking in the entirety of the space. We know that the room is the site of a suicide. We know the general details—a self-inflicted gunshot to the head—but little more. Show More Summary

Becoming Bond

The annals of show business history are filled with stories of people who had stardom in their grasp and then lost it all due to any number of reasons ranging from the tragic to the ironic to the downright bewildering. However, few of...Show More Summary

Ebertfest 2017: "De-Lovely," "Pleasantville," "Varieté," "July and Half of August"

The following review of "De-Lovely" written by Roger Ebert was published in the catalogue of Ebertfest 2017. It screened at the festival on April 23rd with director Irwin Winkler and producer Charles Winkler in attendance. Here is the...Show More Summary

Morning Briefing: Trump Is a Child, Biden Disses Hillary

5 days agoFilm / Film Reviews : Pajiba

We have gone maybe a full day now without a major bombshell, so our collective rage and adrenaline levels may have returned somewhat to normal, or at least this heightened level of normal we've become accustomed to. News in the...

Netflix Revives Jim Henson's 'Dark Crystal' With New Series

5 days agoFilm / Film Reviews : Pajiba

Netflix is like some strange nostalgia fairy, listening to our ardent wishes from returns of beloved series, or sequels to cult comedies, and miraculously awarding us the resurrections of Full House, The Gilmore Girls, Arrested Development and Wet Hot American...

Joss Whedon And 'Mom' Support Planned Parenthood

5 days agoFilm / Film Reviews : Pajiba

With all the news of the Trump White House slowly imploding, liberals have had plenty of reason for optimism lately. But let's not forget, the GOP still has the House and the Senate and they are inexplicably dedicated to destroying....

We See You, Mike Pence, and We Know Exactly What's Up

5 days agoFilm / Film Reviews : Pajiba

Here's the lead from the latest development in the Trump administration, from NBC: Vice President Mike Pence has been kept in the dark about former National Security Adviser Mike Flynn's alleged wrongdoing, according to a source close to the administration,...

So, About Those Early Reactions to 'Wonder Woman' ...

6 days agoFilm / Film Reviews : Pajiba

We're one day closer to the weekend, but man, Thursday started out with quite the shittay news for many of us. Goodbye, Chris. Thank you for your beautiful voice (and hair). Critics have seen Wonder Woman, and early reactions are...

Red-Band Trailer for 'The House' and A Final Trailer for 'The Mummy'

6 days agoFilm / Film Reviews : Pajiba

My husband and I laughed uproariously at one of the following trailers. I'll give you one guess as to which one. First we have the red-band trailer for the Will Ferrell, Amy Poehler, and Jason Mantzoukas flick The House. Ferrell...

South Park: The Fractured But Whole has a new release date. Finally.

6 days agoFilm / Film Reviews : Pajiba

At long last we know when we'll be able to play through the adventures of the Coon and Friends. Ubisoft's South Park: The Fractured But Whole (snicker) will finally land in our hot little hands on October 17, 2017. That's...

Cannes 2017: “Wonderstruck,” “Jupiter’s Moon,” “Barbara”

During the film festival, everything in Cannes is carefully curated to be its best and most entrancing self, from the film-themed shop windows and the lush public gardens to the booths in the film market, where the regional or worldwide rights for almost every recent production on the planet are for sale. Show More Summary

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul

You’ll never know how good the first three “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” movies were until you’re forced to see the fourth one. And it’s not just because “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul” has a whole new cast, although that is one in a series of contributing factors in its inferiority. Show More Summary

The Show Known For Horrific Deaths Can't Die

6 days agoFilm / Film Reviews : Pajiba

Grey's Anatomy on ABC at 8:00pm ET. Thirteenth season finale. This has been renewed for another season and I still don't know why. I stopped watching when Christina Yang left. That was the correct time to end the show. If...

Review: You're Going To Want To See 'Everything Everything' Opening Weekend

6 days agoFilm / Film Reviews : Pajiba

It's easy to get jaded about teen drama and first love. Our adult hearts harden, forcing out the vibrancy of those years, numbing the raw emotions. Then along comes a movie unafraid to remind you of the naiveté and passion...

Nicole Kidman Leads A Punk Rock Revolt In 'How to Talk to Girls at Parties'

6 days agoFilm / Film Reviews : Pajiba

16 years ago, John Cameron Mitchell roared onto the film scene as the writer/director/and uncompromising star of Hedwig and the Angry Inch. In 2010, he teamed up with Nicole Kidman, directing her in the beautiful and devastating drama, Rabbit Hole,...

The Sickest, Most Twisted Meta Joke of the Six-Season Run of 'Community'

6 days agoFilm / Film Reviews : Pajiba

The other day, I got lost in a weird rabbit hole that led from Phil Hartman to Jon Lovitz to Andy Dick to a second season Community episode called "Early 21st Century Romanticism" and a brilliant but horribly distasteful, inappropriate...

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