The Monuments Men

Preserve and protect.


Movie Reviews & Stories
The story of The Monuments Men is inspiring. During World War II, a squadron of older art scholars was dispatched to Europe in an effort to protect art and other precious cultural artifacts from   More
 
Wednesday, February 5, 2014 AP KRYZA

12 O’Clock Boys

Rev it up.


Movie Reviews & Stories
Documentary filmmaker Lotfy Nathan apparently began creating 12 O’Clock Boys with one question in mind: Who are these gangs of kids barreling around Baltimore on dirt bikes? His film answers tha   More
 
Wednesday, January 29, 2014 RUTH BROWN

The Past

A melodrama that knocks the wind out of you.


Movie Reviews & Stories
At one point late in The Past, a man walks into the hospital room of his comatose wife and asks her to squeeze his hand if she can hear him. It’s a wrenching scene, one that lasts all of two m   More
 
Wednesday, January 29, 2014 MICHAEL NORDINE

Sake-Bomb

Kanpai, bro.


Movie Reviews & Stories
Sebastian (Eugene Kim) is the proprietor of FOBMotherfucker.com, a video blog featuring his thoughtful if angry videos on racial stereotypes and American culture. He’s also the biggest hater h   More
 
Wednesday, January 22, 2014 MITCH LILLIE

The Invisible Woman

A Victorian tale without any teeth.


Movie Reviews & Stories
It’s unfair but inevitable: You hope a film about a writer’s life will be as interesting and exciting and high-stakes as the scribe’s own work. But biopics rarely live up to the standards se   More
 
Wednesday, January 22, 2014 DEBORAH KENNEDY

A Clear and Present Reboot: Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit Reviewed

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Movies & Television
Chris Pine was too busy breaking into Russian fortresses and running away from a very scary Kenneth Branagh to screen his new movie, Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, in time for WW press deadlines. Critic AP Kryza caught up with all the neck-punching.Critic's Grade: C+Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit exists in a strange world of hybridized espionage cliches. At its core, it stays loyal to the roots of Tom ...   More
 
Friday, January 17, 2014 AP KRYZA

The Best Offer

Fake out.


Movie Reviews & Stories
In writer-director Giuseppe Tornatore’s The Best Offer, an uptight art collector and auctioneer named Virgil Oldman (Geoffrey Rush) follows a windy path of unintended self-destruction. He’s a    More
 
Wednesday, January 15, 2014 SAVANNAH WASSERMAN

God Loves Uganda

Preaching an anti-gay sermon in East Africa.


Movie Reviews & Stories
In 1907, Winston Churchill referred to Uganda as “the Pearl of Africa.” More than a century later, the International House of Prayer—a Missouri-based megachurch that calls itself, yes, IHOP�   More
 
Wednesday, January 15, 2014 REBECCA JACOBSON

Computer Love

In Spike Jonze’s Her, the love is real—even if she is not.


Movie Reviews & Stories
And so there’s this computer. It’s not exactly a laptop, or a tablet or smartphone, but an artificially hyperintelligent operating system that’s half personal secretary, half therapist. It speaks in a naturalistic feminine rasp. It seems to be thinking.   More
 
Wednesday, January 8, 2014 MATTHEW SINGER

August: Osage County

Claws out.


Movie Reviews & Stories
In August: Osage County, Meryl Streep is a pill-popping Tyrannosaurus rex in a black bouffant wig. Julia Roberts is a weather-parched velociraptor in mom jeans. And when these mother-daughter di   More
 
Wednesday, January 8, 2014 REBECCA JACOBSON

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