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The Dystopian Love Triangle Z For Zachariah Proves That Hell Is Other People

One of the best things about Z for Zachariah, the new drama starring Margot Robbie, Chiwetel Ejiofor, and Chris Pine, is that even after seeing the movie twice, I still have no idea how I feel about any of its three protagonists. That’s by design. Based on Robert C. O’Brien’s 1974 sci-fi novel, the movie plays like a… »8/26/15 10:40am8/26/15 10:40am

American Ultra Is A Sweet, Ultraviolent Stoner Love Story

1. There’s an undeniable kick in watching a reedy nerd unleash cinematic violence, particularly when he’s confused by it, separate from the act, almost observing it. I’ve always thought this was the initial, primal appeal of The Matrix, how Keanu Reeves was a weirdly dispassionate participant in his own fight scenes,… »8/21/15 12:58pm8/21/15 12:58pm

Straight Outta Compton Celebrates The Day The Bad Guys Won

Director F. Gary Gray’s group-endorsed new N.W.A biopic Straight Outta Compton brings us back to a time when hip-hop didn’t yet dominate popular culture. Now that rap has long been at the forefront of pop music, it’s easy to forget that in the 1980s, the form wasn’t just new but also novel, an outsider’s music not yet… »8/13/15 12:57pm8/13/15 12:57pm

You'll Forget About The Man From U.N.C.L.E. While You're Still Watching It

1. You need a pretty good reason to resuscitate The Man From U.N.C.L.E.—a ’60s television series that went off the air before Jay Z was born—and I’m afraid Guy Ritchie’s movie version doesn’t have one. Perfectly passable, generic, and inoffensive, it vanishes from your brain almost while you’re watching it. This is… »8/11/15 4:54pm8/11/15 4:54pm

Please Let This Be The Last Fantastic Four Movie

1. You know, until everybody turns into a superhero, the new Fantastic Four reboot isn’t half bad. You can see what they were trying to do. We watch four ambitious, incredibly smart young kids come together to work on a science project that has the potential to change the world; they’re played by some of our most… »8/06/15 2:50pm8/06/15 2:50pm

Meryl Streep Rocks Out: Ricki And The Flash Could've Been Worse

Ricki and the Flash could’ve easily been yet another broad, obvious dysfunctional-family comedy. It’s right there in the setup: A middle-aged woman who years ago abandoned her buttoned-down Midwestern husband and kids to be a rock ’n’ roll star must now make amends, setting up a feel-good redemption (with a side order… »8/05/15 12:48pm8/05/15 12:48pm

The David Foster Wallace Movie Gets Our Vision Of Him Right, At Least

The End of the Tour, a drama about a five-day interview/road trip that took place between novelist David Foster Wallace and Rolling Stone reporter David Lipsky in 1996, has already received significant pushback from those closest to the late author, who committed suicide in 2008. Wallace’s estate announced in April it… »7/31/15 4:14pm7/31/15 4:14pm

The New Mission: Impossible Is Almost Better Than The New Mad Max

1. I think if the Mission: Impossible franchise starred anyone other than Tom Cruise, we’d regard all these movies as classics. All five have been excellent in their own ways, but unlike any other franchise I can think of, each sequel is better than its predecessor. Each has a different director, and different… »7/30/15 2:11pm7/30/15 2:11pm

The Lifeless Vacation Reboot Is All Bowels And No Heart 

1. The original 1983 National Lampoon’s Vacation is a classic because deep down, it’s essentially a sweet movie. The screenplay was written by John Hughes—based off the short story “Vacation ’58,” which he wrote about a family trip to Disneyworld, and which ultimately got him on the staff of National Lampoon—and the… »7/28/15 4:36pm7/28/15 4:36pm

The Super-Macho Southpaw Is Trying Way Way Way Too Hard

If you know one thing about Southpaw, which tells the story of a champion boxer who loses everything and fights to get most of it back, it’s that its star, Jake Gyllenhaal, went through a crazy training regimen to prepare for the role. It comes up in every interview, and winds up being the focal point of most of them.… »7/23/15 3:22pm7/23/15 3:22pm

Pixels Is Adam Sandler's Laziest Movie Yet, Somehow

1. Pixels is a perfectly acceptable idea for a movie that has unfortunately been Sandlerized. Based off a famous short film from 2010 that you can watch below—and you probably should just watch now, for free, thereby saving yourself the trip to the theater—it revolves around aliens who receive a time capsule from 1984… »7/22/15 4:23pm7/22/15 4:23pm

Even Paul Rudd Can't Save Ant-Man

1. If you’re going to make a movie about a superhero whose superpower is being able to shrink to the size of an ant and then command ants to do his bidding, it’s fair to say that having a good handle of the ridiculous will come in handy. This is an Ant-Man! That’s the dumbest superhero power ever! He’s a regular man,… »7/17/15 11:35am7/17/15 11:35am

Trainwreck Isn't A Revolutionary Romcom, But It Is A Great One

For a movie written by and starring a comedian whose standup upends sexual taboos and whose hit Comedy Central show often skewers different genres and pop-culture detritus, the most remarkable thing about Amy Schumer’s Trainwreck is how traditional it is. That’s not a criticism: Rather than trying to blow up and mock… »7/15/15 12:53pm7/15/15 12:53pm

Grierson & Leitch's Best Movies Of 2015 (Well, So Far)

As of last week, we are halfway through 2015. As usual, most of the year’s “prestige” movies aren’t out yet, but that doesn’t mean that the past six months didn’t have some terrific films. To make sure they aren’t forgotten come year-end-list time, Grierson & Leitch today present our favorite movies of the first half… »7/07/15 11:03am7/07/15 11:03am

It's Time To Take Channing Tatum Seriously

In the last few years, I’ve noticed a funny trend. My friends and I will be talking affectionately about Channing Tatum’s movies—usually, the Jump Street films—and the other person will suddenly get quiet, like he’s about to make some dark, embarrassing confession to me. “You know, what?” he’ll invariably say, almost… »7/02/15 1:33pm7/02/15 1:33pm

Terminator Genisys Is Like A Loud, Lousy, Super-Confusing Cover Band

1. Terminator Genisys seems specifically designed to give you a headache. It’s a reboot, a sequel, a reimagining, and a rehash of the previous Terminator films all churned up and spackled together, a film that conjures up all your memories of those movies only to eradicate them with little explanation. The movie works… »7/01/15 3:50pm7/01/15 3:50pm

Fuck This Bear: Ted 2, Reviewed

1. How sincere is Sincere Seth MacFarlane? I know I’m a dope for even asking—associating a genuine emotion with such a sniggering clown is a sucker’s bet—but I really do want to know. Because Ted 2 has moments, lots of moments, that it seems to play completely straight, as if we are watching an actual movie with… »6/25/15 11:44am6/25/15 11:44am

Inside Out Is The Weepiest Pixar Movie Yet

1. Considering how many Pixar films seem designed solely to trigger your tear ducts, it’s fitting that the studio has finally made a film that is specifically about sadness. Inside Out is full of the bright colors and wacky characters and madcap hijinks you’ve come to expect, but it’s ultimately a movie about loss.… »6/19/15 1:53pm6/19/15 1:53pm

Dope Is A Buoyant '90s Throwback That Does Most Of The Right Things

1. Dope is a movie about ’90s hip-hop and black culture, but it feels like a throwback in other ways, too. That decade, somewhat amazingly, was the last time movies like this existed on a semi-regular basis: ambitious, original, almost-raw movies by black people about black life, aimed at a national audience. Malcolm… »6/18/15 12:18pm6/18/15 12:18pm