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

Cowboys Don’t Cry

Matthew McConaughey electrifies Dallas Buyers Club.


Movie Reviews & Stories
The first time Matthew McConaughey appears onscreen in Dallas Buyers Club—that is, after he’s shown thrusting away at two female rodeo groupies in the shadows of a backstage stall—the reflex   More
 
Wednesday, November 6, 2013 MATTHEW SINGER

Game On: Ender's Game Reviewed

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Movies & Television
Ender's Game was too busy with its zero-gravity exercises to screen by WW press deadlines.Critic's Grade: B-There’s no denying that Orson Scott Card's well-documented political and anti-gay views are cockeyed and bear the distinct odor of batshit. Still, this adaptation of his 1985 sci-fi novel deserves notice: It makes clear how salient and eerily prescient the author was, back when he ...   More
 
Friday, November 1, 2013 CURTIS WOLOSCHUK

The Undocumented

Over the border.


Movie Reviews & Stories
It’s one thing to hear the facts: In the past 15 years, more than 2,500 migrants attempting to cross the Mexico-Arizona border through the Sonora Desert have perished en route. It’s quite an   More
 
Wednesday, October 30, 2013 GRACE STAINBACK

Freedom Lost

Steve McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave is a brutal, beautiful and vital film.


Movie Reviews & Stories
Twelve Years a Slave was part of a literary tide. When the memoir was published in 1853, Uncle Tom’s Cabin and Frederick Douglass’ autobiography were bestsellers, helping to fuel the abolition   More
 
Wednesday, October 30, 2013 REBECCA JACOBSON

Truth Has No Temperature: The Counselor Reviewed

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Movies & Television
The Counselor screened after WW press deadlines. It's recommended only for those who wish to see Cameron Diaz wearing a hooded jacket that makes her look like vaguely an Ewok.Critic's Grade: D+So far as I can tell, The Counselor has one primary lesson to teach viewers: Drug trafficking is bad. Real bad. Unless, of course, you’re an exotic dancer-turned-heartless villain with cheetah print tattoos ...   More
 
Wednesday, October 23, 2013 REBECCA JACOBSON

Good Ol’ Freda

She’s leaving home.


Movie Reviews & Stories
At 17, Freda Kelly was plucked from a typing pool to serve as secretary for what would become the biggest band in the world. Director Ryan White’s documentary Good Ol’ Freda is a charming    More
 
Wednesday, October 23, 2013 AMANDA SCHURR

All Is Lost

Old man and the sea.


Movie Reviews & Stories
We all know Robert Redford too well. We know that, after nearly 50 years on the big screen, Redford the man is not an investigative journalist, a gadabout sidekick or a dark-horse power hitter   More
 
Wednesday, October 23, 2013 MITCH LILLIE

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