Rubbernecking: Nightcrawler Reviewed

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Movies & Television
Critic's Grade: B+With eyes bulging from his gaunt skull like a Chihuahua trapped in an industrial vise, Jake Gyllenhaal is an unnervingly strange sight to behold when he walks onto the screen in Nightcrawler. And that’s before his character, Lou Bloom, even opens his mouth.Once Lou starts chattering—and boy, does Lou chatter—what emerges is one of the slimiest, most disarming sociopaths to hit ...   More
 
Thursday, October 30, 2014 AP KRYZA

Listen Up Philip

Schwartzman unbound.


Movie Reviews & Stories
Oh, the bittersweet deliciousness of being an asshole. Listen Up Philip revels in it. Director Alex Ross Perry has said in interviews that his film is an amalgamated homage to Philip Roth, and t   More
 
Wednesday, October 29, 2014 MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Whiplash

Jazz as blood sport.


Movie Reviews & Stories
Whiplash clefts music from dance, love and spirituality. What’s left is muscle, red and raw, beating faster and faster against a drum. That’s how Damien Chazelle’s beautiful but troubling    More
 
Wednesday, October 29, 2014 JAMES HELMSWORTH

Fuss and Feathers

Alejandro González Iñárritu’s Birdman can’t quite take flight.


Movie Reviews & Stories
In Birdman, our protagonist is Riggan Thomson (Michael Keaton), a washed-up actor who once wore wings as the titular superhero. But in this film, directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu, the    More
 
Wednesday, October 29, 2014 REBECCA JACOBSON

John Wick

Keanu Reeves brings the ruckus.


Movie Reviews & Stories
John Wick treads familiar ground: A retired hit man is roped back into the life. But this is the rare film that excels as much for what it puts on display as for what it holds back. It oozes s   More
 
Wednesday, October 22, 2014 AP KRYZA

The Blue Room

Sex and death.


Movie Reviews & Stories
Like the Black Lodge in Twin Peaks, the blue room is everywhere in The Blue Room. At least, it's everywhere that French director Mathieu Amalric (who starred in The Diving Bell and the Butterfly)    More
 
Wednesday, October 22, 2014 MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Men, Women & Children: Movie Review

OMG teh internetz.


Movie Reviews & Stories
Jason Reitman’s Men, Women & Children is Crash for the age of texting, tumbling and tweeting. It’s also Reitman’s second consecutive film—after last year’s treacly Labor Day—to be less   More
 
Wednesday, October 15, 2014 MICHAEL NORDINE

20,000 Days on Earth: Movie Review

True or false.


Movie Reviews & Stories
Nick Cave is one of rock ’n’ roll’s great liars. He admits as much in 20,000 Days on Earth. The way he sees it, the truth is a sea serpent that exists below the surface of a song, and his    More
 
Wednesday, October 15, 2014 MATTHEW SINGER

St. Vincent: Movie Review

Bill Murray: the patron saint of transforming mediocrity into artistry.


Movie Reviews & Stories
Freshman director Theodore Melfi is a very, very lucky man. Under most circumstances, his debut, St. Vincent, would be blasted for its contrived, overwrought plot. Does the world really need anoth   More
 
Wednesday, October 15, 2014 AP KRYZA

The Guest: Movie Review

From Downton to darkness


Movie Reviews & Stories
The thriller The Guest is what might happen if John Carpenter made a Halloween movie in which Michael Myers takes off his mask and turns out to be a pretty cool guy. Still mourning the loss of t   More
 
Wednesday, October 8, 2014 MICHAEL NORDINE

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