Russian Soul

Andrey Zvyagintsev’s epic Leviathan has a heavy heart and light hand.


Movie Reviews & Stories
In 2004, Marvin Heemeyer drove an armor-plated bulldozer through 13 buildings, including a newspaper office and the town hall, in his small Colorado town. Heemeyer, a welder, had snapped after   More
 
Wednesday, January 28, 2015 MITCH LILLIE

Mr. Turner: Movie Review

Brilliant scenery, with extra spittle.


Movie Reviews & Stories
Known as “the painter of light,” J.M.W. Turner created some of the world’s most awe-inspiring artwork. His landscapes are by turns frightful and beautiful, and the same goes for Mr. Turner   More
 
Wednesday, January 28, 2015 MICHAEL NORDINE

Chekhov's EpiPen: The Boy Next Door Reviewed

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Movies & Television
Critic's Grade: DThe Boy Next Door wastes no time. In its first few minutes, it half-assedly skims over the strained marriage of high-school teacher Claire Peterson (Jennifer Lopez). In the next few minutes, Claire is seduced by her 19-year-old neighbor, Noah Sandborn (Ryan Guzman), who’s evidently come straight from the J. Crew spring catalog. This hunk promptly transforms into a violent, superhuman ...   More
 
Thursday, January 22, 2015 JOHN LOCANTHI

Ctrl-Alt-Delete: Blackhat Reviewed

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Movies & Television
Critic's Grade: C-Never mind Thor’s ability to fly and channel lightning. Forget about George Kirk’s ability to fly a spacecraft, or James Hunt’s mastery of high-speed automotive races. In Blackhat, Chris Hemsworth puts his previous roles to shame by portraying a dude who can type, like, 250 words per minute. As Nicholas Hathaway, Hemsworth types the living shit out of so many computers, you ...   More
 
Thursday, January 15, 2015 AP KRYZA

Zero Motivation: Movie Review

Army brats.


Movie Reviews & Stories
Israeli comedy Zero Motivation has been breathlessly hailed in reviews and promotional materials as everything from M*A*S*H* meets Orange Is the New Black to an episode of Broad City as directed b   More
 
Wednesday, January 14, 2015 KAT MERCK

American Sniper: Movie Review

Shoot first, ask questions never.


Movie Reviews & Stories
Chris Kyle (Bradley Cooper) lies with his gun on a rooftop in Iraq. In his sights is a boy holding a grenade, approaching American troops. It’s up to him: kill a child or see his friends slaug   More
 
Wednesday, January 14, 2015 JAMES HELMSWORTH

Inherent Vice: Movie Review

Inherent Vice is decadent, depraved and wonderful.


Movie Reviews & Stories
In Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Hunter S. Thompson scribed a stirring eulogy for the Summer of Love. “We were riding the crest of a high and beautiful wave,” he wrote. “Five years lat   More
 
Wednesday, January 7, 2015 AP KRYZA

Movie Review: Point and Shoot

An American in Libya, with a gun in one hand and a camera in the other.


Movie Reviews & Stories
In this age of narcissism, you’d be hard-pressed to find a better subject than Matthew VanDyke.  With no filmmaking experience and limited knowledge of the region, the sheltered Baltim   More
 
Wednesday, December 31, 2014 RUTH BROWN

Top Five: Movie Review

Chris Rock makes a true Chris Rock joint.


Movie Reviews & Stories
Chris Rock took way too long to play himself in a movie. Or perhaps it’s more accurate to say he took far too long to make a movie that sounds like he does. That’s the immediate thing to    More
 
Wednesday, December 10, 2014 MATTHEW SINGER

The Homesman: Movie Review

Wigging out in the Wild West.


Movie Reviews & Stories
Mary Bee Cuddy is an eligible bachelorette, and not just for the 1850s. She owns land in the Nebraska Territory, has a fine singing voice and can fry up a delicious chicken dinner. But, as cru   More
 
Tuesday, December 2, 2014 MICHAEL NORDINE

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