Get Off The Internet, Johnny Depp: Transcendence, Reviewed

1. Transcendence is what Her would be like if Her were made by idiots. All the things that film did right—establish a love story convincing enough to make us believe its crazy premise; scale down a global story for a specific focus; have a weirdo lead actor willing to dial it down and do something real—Transcendence » 4/17/14 10:43am 4/17/14 10:43am

Draft Day Proves That Kevin Costner Should Just Make Sports Movies

Draft Day isn't a great movie, but it's good enough, and that's entirely thanks to the fact that Kevin Costner is in it. Costner is like your dad: You loved the guy at first, and then maybe you rebelled against him—thought you had outgrown him—but now you've come around to the fact that he gets you in ways that other… » 4/11/14 9:27am 4/11/14 9:27am

No-Win Scenario: Errol Morris' Great, Infuriating The Unknown Known

On February 29, 2004, director Errol Morris won an Academy Award for The Fog of War. Subtitled Eleven Lessons From the Life of Robert S. McNamara, it consisted of a one-on-one interview with the former Secretary of Defense as he looked back at his management—and mismanagement— of the Vietnam War. But as Morris took the … » 4/03/14 10:11am 4/03/14 10:11am

The Lone Avenger: Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Reviewed

When Marvel pooled its superhero talent for 2012's The Avengers, the rationale was obvious: If Iron Man or Thor or the Incredible Hulk could top the box office solo, just think how massive a summer blockbuster with all of them would be. And although the result was indeed a mega-hit—it's the all-time third-biggest film… » 4/02/14 2:10am 4/02/14 2:10am

Kick 'Em All: How The Raid 2 Turns Violence Into Art

Violence is such a constant in movies that we rarely appreciate when it's done well. The smallest hint of sexual content or nudity lands a film an R or a dreaded NC-17, but summer action blockbusters can inundate us with shootouts, explosions, car crashes, and off-screen deaths, and as long as there's no blood, they'll … » 3/26/14 6:35pm 3/26/14 6:35pm

Fucking With Us. Nymphomaniac, Part Two, Reviewed.

1. You know, I probably should have seen this coming. The first half of Lars Von Trier's Nymphomaniac two-parter was confrontational and insane, as you'd expect, but it was also, surprisingly, funny and daring and light on its feet. It was as if Von Trier, finishing up his Depression Trilogy, couldn't help finally… » 3/25/14 6:33pm 3/25/14 6:33pm

Sensational, Inspirational, Celebrational: Muppets Most Wanted,…

When Roger Ebert gave The Naked Gun a rave review back in 1988, this is how he praised it: "You laugh, and then you laugh at yourself for laughing. Some of the jokes are incredibly stupid. Most of them are dumber than dumb." Muppets Most Wanted is that way, too. This sequel to the very enjoyable 2011 reboot has all kinds … » 3/19/14 5:51pm 3/19/14 5:51pm

Fuck This Shit. Bad Words, Reviewed.

Jerry Seinfeld has famously stayed away from swearing in his standup, insisting that cursing to get a laugh is easy. Even if many thousands of comedians have proved that, cheap or not, cussing for laughs can still be hilarious, he does have a point. There are few things less funny than sitting through a bad comedy that … » 3/12/14 6:25pm 3/12/14 6:25pm

Nymphomaniac Has Repulsive Hardcore Sex And Is Made By A Crazy Man.…

Every Lars von Trier movie, deep down, is about how depressed Lars von Trier is and how much Lars von Trier hates himself, which is another reason it's amazing how gleefully deranged and entertaining each of his movies keeps turning out to be. He is the world's strangest guilt artist. He keeps finding new ways to make… » 3/11/14 6:03pm 3/11/14 6:03pm

More Rush. Wes Anderson's The Grand Budapest Hotel, Reviewed.

The Midnight Coterie of Sinister Intruders, Saturday Night Live's horror trailer in the style of a Wes Anderson movie, is funny not just because it's so stylistically dead-on but also because it's so affectionate. In the nearly 20 years since releasing his debut, Bottle Rocket, Anderson has become an indie-film force… » 3/05/14 5:53pm 3/05/14 5:53pm

Who Was The Best Oscars Host Of The Past 25 Years?

11. James Franco and Anne Hathaway (2011). Always beware of courting the "young," particularly two young people who are basically 50-year-olds in grownup clothing. Franco, stripped of all self-referential schtick, turned into an empty suit with nowhere to hide, and Hathaway's desperate attempts to pep up the room made… » 3/03/14 12:54pm 3/03/14 12:54pm

Grierson & Leitch Predict The Oscar Categories You Actually Care About

Yesterday, to help you out with your pool, Grierson made predictions in all the technical Oscar categories. Today, we both make our predictions for the eight major categories, the ones you actually care about. Let's go to it. » 2/28/14 12:23am 2/28/14 12:23am

Your Handy Guide For What Will Win The Oscar Categories No One…

One of the more competitive Oscars campaigns in recent years culminates Sunday, when millions of people will gather around their televisions and think, "Ellen DeGeneres is a pretty dull host, but at least she's not Seth MacFarlane." Tomorrow, Will and I will do our predictions for the eight major prizes, but here I'm… » 2/26/14 7:29pm 2/26/14 7:29pm

I Wouldn't Buy This For A Dollar. RoboCop, Reviewed.

No matter what you think of director Paul Verhoeven's movies, the one thing you could never call them is dull. Whether it's Showgirls or Total Recall, Basic Instinct or Starship Troopers, they've got this giddy, slightly demented intensity that makes them feel campy, exuberant, alive. A Dutch filmmaker endlessly… » 2/11/14 6:31pm 2/11/14 6:31pm

Block Party: The Lego Movie, Reviewed

1. The Lego Movie is way more fun than it has any need to be. Though it never quite reaches the lunatic levels of Who Framed Roger Rabbit, it has that film's same hellzapoppin' zeal, that willingness to go anywhere for a joke and that absolute insistence that it must never, ever slow down. The Lego Movie throws in so… » 2/04/14 6:30pm 2/04/14 6:30pm

Excellence, Not Ego: Remembering The Great Philip Seymour Hoffman

What surprised me the most when I heard the news of Phillip Seymour Hoffman's death was that his passing ran so counter to the reputation he had earned over his 25 years as an actor. Dependable, intelligent, consistently remarkable: These are the qualities we had come to associate with Hoffman's work. His death at the… » 2/03/14 12:11pm 2/03/14 12:11pm

The 10 Movies I'm Most Excited To See At Sundance 2014

The Sundance Film Festival, which gets underway Thursday, is divided into lots of different sections. (For instance, there's the U.S. Dramatic Competition, the World Cinema Dramatic Competition, the U.S. and World Cinema documentary sections, and the Midnight films.) But for most outsiders, there are really two… » 1/15/14 6:25pm 1/15/14 6:25pm

Our 20 Most Anticipated Movies of 2014

Now that all the year-end best-of lists are finally over, it's time for some lists that look forward rather than backward. 2014 has a lot to live up to; 2013 was one of the best movie years in recent memory. » 1/09/14 5:49pm 1/09/14 5:49pm