Mind Warped: Lucy Reviewed

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Movies & Television
Critic's Grade: B Enjoying the gonzo action yarn Lucy hinges on your ability to accept the film’s central premise: That human beings are only able to use 10 percent of the brain’s capacity, and that unlocking the remaining power of the mind could mean unleashing tremendous power.  That, of course, is bullshit, a scientific myth often falsely attributed to Einstein that has been debunked ...   More
 
Thursday, July 24, 2014 AP KRYZA

A Most Wanted Man

The spy who bored me.


Movie Reviews & Stories
Had it been released a year ago, nobody would have taken notice of A Most Wanted Man, a gratingly bland espionage thriller set in post-9/11 Hamburg. But director Anton Corbijn’s thriller happens   More
 
Wednesday, July 23, 2014 AP KRYZA

What Mason Knew

Richard Linklater’s Boyhood makes coming of age feel new again.


Movie Reviews & Stories
Boyhood took 12 years, in film as in life. For 12 years, director Richard Linklater shot the movie for a few weeks each summer as both the main character, a boy named Mason, and the actor, Ellar   More
 
Wednesday, July 23, 2014 MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Return Of The Mac: Sex Tape Reviewed

The black comedy of white people problems.

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Movies & Television
Critic's Grade: C+Are Cameron Diaz and Jason Segel the Tracy & Hepburn of our age? This is less a jab at modern-day rom-com pairings—though, y'know, ick—than an appreciation of the difficulties faced when patently unlikable egotists careen heedlessly through others' lives to clean up their own embarrassments. It's one thing to sparkle through contrived circumstances, but in Sex Tape—about ...   More
 
Friday, July 18, 2014 JAY HORTON

A Brony Tale

Pony up.


Movie Reviews & Stories
Toy stores, with their pretty pinks and commanding blues, make clear what we expect of our girls and boys. So when adult men become fans of the cartoon TV series My Little Pony, it’s enough to p   More
 
Wednesday, July 16, 2014 KATHERINE MARRONE

Wish I Was Here

Zach Braff returns from Garden State.


Movie Reviews & Stories
As Zach Braff’s directorial follow-up to the aggressively feel-good Garden State, Wish I Was Here has been bogged down by twee expectations since it was announced. And indeed, the film is every    More
 
Wednesday, July 16, 2014 MICHAEL NORDINE

Monkey Business: Dawn of the Planet of the Apes Reviewed

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Movies & Television
Critic's Grade: B+At one point in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, a chimp rides through a fiery war zone on horseback, a machine in each hand. Eventually, he jumps on a tank, throttles the driver and takes control.  As awesome as that sounds—and it’s pretty fucking awesome—it also makes it sound patently absurd to declare Dawn of the Planet of the Apes perhaps the most emotionally resonant ...   More
 
Thursday, July 10, 2014 AP KRYZA

Brasslands

Balkan blowout.


Movie Reviews & Stories
Like the beer-soaked jamboree it depicts, Brasslands is a loud and colorful experience. Produced by the communal filmmaking society Meerkat Media Collective, the documentary follows hundreds of    More
 
Wednesday, July 9, 2014 TREE PALMEDO

Coherence

Comet and get it.


Movie Reviews & Stories
Nothing that happens in Coherence should be allowed to happen. The film begins with a comet that may or may not be infused with reality-altering powers screaming across the sky during a dinner   More
 
Wednesday, July 9, 2014 MICHAEL NORDINE

Movie Review: Snowpiercer

Snowpiercer is a brutal, thought-provoking ride.


Movie Reviews & Stories
In the past 15 years, South Korea has experienced the most staggering cinematic renaissance since Easy Rider and Midnight Cowboy ushered in independent American filmmaking. The current wave riffs on   More
 
Wednesday, July 2, 2014 AP KRYZA

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