Once, Twice

Once, Twice

A filmmaker fails to re-create his past triumph in Begin Again
Once upon a time — in that long-ago year of 2007 — there was a magical musical called Once.

A Cold Future

Snowpiercer's speeding train makes for one of the best sci-fi flicks of the year
An object of blunt force and breath-catching beauty, Snowpiercer plays what-if with a familiar doomsday scenario: What if Noah's ark never found dry land again?

Sad Clown

Melissa McCarthy provides laughs, albeit shallow ones, in Tammy
I'm happy to live in a world where Melissa McCarthy can be a movie star.

Earth to Echo

So many complaints, so much comparison to other films...and that's just from people seeing preview trailers.

Revenge in the Outback

Guy Pearce goes all Mad Max in The Rover
A guy walks into a bar.

Tough Humor

Jenny Slate breaks out by making comedy out of controversy in Obvious Child
At the start of the film, a struggling Brooklyn stand-up comic named Donna (Jenny Slate) takes the stage to deliver a mighty riff on vaginal discharge.

Rock of Love

Lucky Them is a perfectly Seattle rock ’n’ roll movie
It’s been too long since the last good rock movie came along.

The Boys’ Band

Clint Eastwood takes the Four Seasons to the big screen without missing a beat
Musicals like My Fair Lady and West Side Story, in which people suddenly stop talking and start singing, have always jarred me. But Jersey Boys, the story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, is not a typical musical.

More Franco

The short stories of Hollywood's everywhere-man make for impressive performances
Impressively and exhaustingly everywhere in show business, James Franco is multitalented in a way that makes the rest of us feel inferior in the way we use our time.

Where's the Fire?

How to Train Your Dragon 2 lacks the spark of its predecessor
Forget Game of Thrones' Khaleesi.

Groundhog War

Tom Cruise lives the same day again and again in the stunning Edge of Tomorrow
Tom Cruise sure likes his science fiction.

Time Travel

Napoleon Dynamite hasn't aged; it's just stayed weird
There's this weird thing about Napoleon Dynamite.

Queen of the Damned

Angelina Jolie is fabulous, but Maleficent is a sloppy fantasy mess
Beware, children, when attempting to rehabilitate a cartoon villain.

Order Up

After a decade making blockbusters, Jon Favreau returns to his indie roots with Chef
Chef is filled to the brim with the kind of heart and vivacity that makes up for the film's familiar story line, in which a man returns to basics in order to rediscover his passion, reclaim his soul, and reconnect with his 10-year-old son.

Back to the Mutants

The X-Men franchise adds a little time travel to the mix
It's a nasty future we open on: dark, post-apocalyptic skies and ruined cities left in the wake of the ongoing genocide of mutants and humans by robot Sentinels.

Go For a Drive

Tom Hardy makes Locke a smash without ever getting out of the car
Tom Hardy has been working steadily in British film and television for nearly 15 years, but American audiences largely know his special brand of mesmerism via secondary roles: as the villainous Bane with the voice box of doom in The Dark Knight Rises; the sad-Lothario secret agent Ricki Tarr in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy; Inception's smooth criminal and Lawless' stoic bootlegger.


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