The Invisible Woman

A Victorian tale without any teeth.


Movie Reviews & Stories
It’s unfair but inevitable: You hope a film about a writer’s life will be as interesting and exciting and high-stakes as the scribe’s own work. But biopics rarely live up to the standards se   More
 
Wednesday, January 22, 2014 DEBORAH KENNEDY

A Clear and Present Reboot: Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit Reviewed

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Movies & Television
Chris Pine was too busy breaking into Russian fortresses and running away from a very scary Kenneth Branagh to screen his new movie, Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, in time for WW press deadlines. Critic AP Kryza caught up with all the neck-punching.Critic's Grade: C+Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit exists in a strange world of hybridized espionage cliches. At its core, it stays loyal to the roots of Tom ...   More
 
Friday, January 17, 2014 AP KRYZA

The Best Offer

Fake out.


Movie Reviews & Stories
In writer-director Giuseppe Tornatore’s The Best Offer, an uptight art collector and auctioneer named Virgil Oldman (Geoffrey Rush) follows a windy path of unintended self-destruction. He’s a    More
 
Wednesday, January 15, 2014 SAVANNAH WASSERMAN

God Loves Uganda

Preaching an anti-gay sermon in East Africa.


Movie Reviews & Stories
In 1907, Winston Churchill referred to Uganda as “the Pearl of Africa.” More than a century later, the International House of Prayer—a Missouri-based megachurch that calls itself, yes, IHOP�   More
 
Wednesday, January 15, 2014 REBECCA JACOBSON

Computer Love

In Spike Jonze’s Her, the love is real—even if she is not.


Movie Reviews & Stories
And so there’s this computer. It’s not exactly a laptop, or a tablet or smartphone, but an artificially hyperintelligent operating system that’s half personal secretary, half therapist. It speaks in a naturalistic feminine rasp. It seems to be thinking.   More
 
Wednesday, January 8, 2014 MATTHEW SINGER

August: Osage County

Claws out.


Movie Reviews & Stories
In August: Osage County, Meryl Streep is a pill-popping Tyrannosaurus rex in a black bouffant wig. Julia Roberts is a weather-parched velociraptor in mom jeans. And when these mother-daughter di   More
 
Wednesday, January 8, 2014 REBECCA JACOBSON

The Selfish Giant

It’s only teenage wasteland.


Movie Reviews & Stories
On the heels of Clio Barnard’s hailed debut, The Arbor, comes the equally devastating The Selfish Giant, in which the British writer-director again depicts a generation failed by an unsympatheti   More
 
Tuesday, December 31, 2013 AMANDA SCHURR

That’s A Wrap

2013 was a good year at the cinema.


Movie Reviews & Stories
We live in a time of tyranny. Our oppressor? Choice. You think all those Netflix options are improving your quality of life? Think again. That’s why our brains love lists. Not only are they easi   More
 
Tuesday, December 24, 2013 REBECCA JACOBSON

Saving Mr. Banks

Gag me with a spoonful of sugar.


Movie Reviews & Stories
Disney movies walk a fine line between warm-and-fuzzy feel-goodery and all-out cheese, but few straddle the line as frustratingly as Saving Mr. Banks. This is, after all, a film that casts Tom Han   More
 
Wednesday, December 18, 2013 AP KRYZA

Inside Llewyn Davis

The Coen brothers hum a bittersweet tune.


Movie Reviews & Stories
Lovable losers abound in the films of Joel and Ethan Coen. Even the most ardent admirer of Raising Arizona’s H.I. McDunnough or The Big Lebowski’s the Dude would be hard-pressed to call either m   More
 
Wednesday, December 18, 2013 MICHAEL NORDINE

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