The Raid 2

Another master class in Indonesian martial arts.


Movie Reviews & Stories
Poor Rama. The last time we saw the baby-faced Indonesian rookie cop in 2011’s excellent The Raid: Redemption, he had just fought his way up a 15-floor apartment building filled with violent c   More
 
Wednesday, April 9, 2014 RUTH BROWN

The Great Flood

A mesmerizing, wordless trip along the Mississippi.


Movie Reviews & Stories
There’s a moment in The Great Flood, a documentary about the Great Mississippi Flood of 1927, when a woman being evacuated wades through knee-deep water. Her hair mussed and her clothes soaked   More
 
Wednesday, April 2, 2014 REBECCA JACOBSON

Dystopia Undaunted: Divergent Reviewed

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Movies & Television
It wouldn't be March at the multiplex without another dystopian YA adaptation.Critic's Grade: BAt first glance, Divergent would seem to be riding on the coattails of The Hunger Games. Here’s another dystopian YA novel-turned-wannabe blockbuster, with another rising star—Shailene Woodley, in for Jennifer Lawrence—at the center. But this movie adaptation proves there’s more than one way to ride ...   More
 
Thursday, March 20, 2014 LAUREN TERRY

Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me

Broadway baby.


Movie Reviews & Stories
For someone who made her Broadway debut 68 years ago, Elaine Stritch is still quite the firecracker. Dressed in her trademark white collared shirt and black tights—as Tina Fey notes, the long-le   More
 
Wednesday, March 19, 2014 REBECCA JACOBSON

Better Living Through Chemistry

Bitter pill.


Movie Reviews & Stories
When Better Living Through Chemistry first started popping up on film news sites back in 2010, it was billed as a noirish thriller starring Jeremy Renner, Jennifer Garner and Judi Dench. It was    More
 
Wednesday, March 12, 2014 RUTH BROWN

The Hungary Games

The Grand Budapest Hotel sits atop Wes Anderson’s lost world.


Movie Reviews & Stories
The old, snide rejoinder to an over-decorated show is that “you leave humming the sets,” but Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel may be the first movie where you come out tasting them. Wit   More
 
Wednesday, March 12, 2014 AARON MESH

Gideon’s Army

Pledging allegiance.


Movie Reviews & Stories
Brandy Alexander’s newest client has been charged with raping his 12-year-old daughter. Alexander, a public defender in rural Georgia, expects him to tell her why the accusation is wrong, why    More
 
Wednesday, March 5, 2014 GRACE STAINBACK

God Forbid: Son of God Reviewed

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Movies & Television
We can't remember why this movie screened after WW press deadlines, or why it took so long for this review to make its way online. Like religion, it's probably best left unexplained.Critic's Grade: DWhile it shouldn't come as much of a surprise to learn that Son Of God was adapted from another medium, this retelling of the story of Jesus Christ borrows less from the Bible than from The Bible: The film ...   More
 
Monday, March 3, 2014 JAY HORTON

Takes on a Plane: Non-Stop Reviewed

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Movies & Television
Non-Stop screened after WW press deadlines, presumably because Liam Neeson was too busy having slugfests in airplane lavatories.Critic's Grade: BIt's been about six years since Liam Neeson stopped campaigning for golden statues of bald men and started slugging bald foreign men with gold teeth, and Non-Stop marks the eighth film in which the classical actor turned rugged elder statesman of action ...   More
 
Friday, February 28, 2014 AP KRYZA

The Wind Rises

I’ll fly away.


Movie Reviews & Stories
Early in Hayao Miyazaki’s latest—and probably final—film, an earthquake strikes Tokyo. The earth buckles and writhes, rippling like a belly dancer’s abdomen. It’s a remarkably moving s   More
 
Wednesday, February 26, 2014 REBECCA JACOBSON

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