The Kings of Summer

I want to be forever young.


Movie Reviews & Stories
As cops break up a high-school kegger, and a burly teenager frantically pumps a few extra shots of beer into his maw, two 14-year-old boys stumble into a forest. Intending only to evade police,    More
 
Wednesday, June 5, 2013 REBECCA JACOBSON

"The Closer You Look, The Less You See": Now You See Me Reviewed

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Movies & Television
Now You See Me screened after WW press deadlines, presumably to make us think it had a trick up its sleeve. But nope—there's nothing there.Critic's Grade: CIn an early scene in the magic-heist movie Now You See Me, Jesse Eisenberg’s character gives an audience a piece of advice. “The more you think you see,” he says, “the easier it will be to fool you.” That’s apparently a tip ...   More
 
Friday, May 31, 2013 REBECCA JACOBSON

Sightseers

Of homicide and pencil museums.


Movie Reviews & Stories
Ben Wheatley’s first two films—the gangster flick Down Terrace and the occult hit-man horror film Kill List—are marked by tendencies to genre hop in ways both stimulating and dumbfounding, m   More
 
Wednesday, May 29, 2013 AP KRYZA

Epic

Seeing the forest for the trees full of tiny soldiers.


Movie Reviews & Stories
The words “from the makers of Ice Age and Robots” and “starring the voices of Beyoncé, Pitbull and Steven Tyler” don’t exactly inspire confidence in a summer animated release. In fact,    More
 
Wednesday, May 22, 2013 AP KRYZA

Frances Ha

Girls, directed by Woody Allen and François Truffaut.


Movie Reviews & Stories
People have been trying to figure out twentysomethings at least since Dustin Hoffman unzipped Anne Bancroft’s dress. In 2010, The New York Times Magazine ran a late-to-the-game article about a “   More
 
Wednesday, May 22, 2013 REBECCA JACOBSON

Warp Speed: Star Trek Into Darkness Reviewed

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Movies & Television
Despite having been released in countries across the universe (well, world) to enthusiastic response, Paramount refused to screen Star Trek Into Darkness before WW press deadlines. (We revisited some Star Trek flops.) Critic AP Kryza deems it worth the wait.Critic's Grade: BWhen J.J. Abrams took over the Star Trek universe back in 2009, he managed the impossible by taking decades ...   More
 
Thursday, May 16, 2013 AP KRYZA

The Iceman

A true-crime nightmare that’s completely cold.


Movie Reviews & Stories
Michael Shannon—whose hot streak of late includes 2011’s best (and most overlooked) performance in Take Shelter—has steadily built a catalog that dips into a huge swath of roles, from heroes   More
 
Wednesday, May 15, 2013 AP KRYZA

The Reluctant Fundamentalist

Serving up a fiery tale but packing little heat.


Movie Reviews & Stories
Heading into The Reluctant Fundamentalist, you can’t help but admire director Mira Nair’s nerve. After suffering a setback like 2009’s Amelia—a dull biopic about Earhart—many filmmakers    More
 
Wednesday, May 8, 2013 CURTIS WOLOSCHUK

Pretty, Dumb

Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby remakes the ’20s for the tweens.


Movie Reviews & Stories
Baz Luhrmann’s adaptation of The Great Gatsby begins, appropriately enough, with decoration—a gold-filigreed frame that accordions outward in 3-D before suddenly cutting to a swimmy shot of    More
 
Wednesday, May 8, 2013 MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Man in the Can

Marvel kills it with the terrifically entertaining Iron Man 3.


Movie Reviews & Stories
The modern superhero trilogy has a very specific arc. There’s the origin story, in which an everyman stumbles into great power. In round two, the world turns on said hero as he faces greater t   More
 
Wednesday, May 1, 2013 AP KRYZA

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