Inside Llewyn Davis

The Coen brothers hum a bittersweet tune.


Movie Reviews & Stories
Lovable losers abound in the films of Joel and Ethan Coen. Even the most ardent admirer of Raising Arizona’s H.I. McDunnough or The Big Lebowski’s the Dude would be hard-pressed to call either m   More
 
Wednesday, December 18, 2013 MICHAEL NORDINE

The Armstrong Lie

Lie strong.


Movie Reviews & Stories
Even now, knowing all that we do about his deception, Lance Armstrong can be remarkably convincing. As he denies doping allegations in the documentary The Armstrong Lie, you’re still halfway i   More
 
Wednesday, December 11, 2013 CURTIS WOLOSCHUK

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

Now with less dishwashing.


Movie Reviews & Stories
When last we saw Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) and his band of dwarves, they were headed to confront a dragon. But along the way, they also took an awful lot of time to do the dishes and sing s   More
 
Wednesday, December 11, 2013 AP KRYZA

The Broken Circle Breakdown

Belgian bluegrass.


Movie Reviews & Stories
The Broken Circle Breakdown is a very American romance. It is also a very European tragedy. For Flemish couple Didier and Elise, the dream of America is that you can pick up, move on and become    More
 
Wednesday, December 4, 2013 MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Out of the Furnace

From Crazy Heart to a crazy Woody Harrelson.


Movie Reviews & Stories
From the outset, shades of Michael Cimino’s Vietnam drama The Deer Hunter permeate Scott Cooper’s Out of the Furnace: images of Pennsylvania steel mills, a PTSD-addled young soldier forced int   More
 
Wednesday, December 4, 2013 AP KRYZA

Oldboy

Spike Lee’s botched, uninspired remake.


Movie Reviews & Stories
There’s something immediately dispiriting about the very thought of Spike Lee—once one of American cinema’s most original voices   More
 
Wednesday, November 27, 2013 CURTIS WOLOSCHUK

Catching Fire

Odds ever in their favor.


Movie Reviews & Stories
While other young-adult novel adaptations preoccupy themselves with knockoff magic and chaste vampires, The Hunger Games series instead caters to the “adult” part of the equation. Taking what init   More
 
Wednesday, November 20, 2013 AP KRYZA

Out of the Blue

The sprawling Blue Is the Warmest Color will knock you sideways.


Movie Reviews & Stories
As soon as Blue Is the Warmest Color premiered in Cannes last May, frenzied discussion engulfed the film. Whether people found it exhilarating or exploitative, it seemed no one could shut up abo   More
 
Wednesday, November 20, 2013 REBECCA JACOBSON

Kill Your Darlings

Less a howl than a moan.


Movie Reviews & Stories
Sometimes in film, actors so fully inhabit the roles of historical figures that they don’t just capture the essence of the human being, they become even more vivid and convincing than footage of   More
 
Wednesday, November 13, 2013 MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Il Futuro

Flush of youth.


Movie Reviews & Stories
“The future is in small, exclusive places,” Bianca tells her brother. “The future,” he replies, “is only in artificial intelligence, computers, neural networks.” To the characters in I   More
 
Wednesday, November 13, 2013 MATTHEW KORFHAGE

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