Sony Totally Caved On The Interview, And Now We're All Screwed

Monday night, Seth Rogen was a guest during the final week of The Colbert Report. Ordinarily, he isn't much of a "get," in talk-show parlance—he's funny, sure, but he always makes the rounds when he has a new movie, no big deal. But this was the first (and probably only) time that his appearance had legitimate news… » 12/18/14 1:44pm Thursday 1:44pm

The Ecstasy And Agony Of MLK: Selma, Reviewed

Recently, a listener called into a talk-radio show I was on, asking if Paramount had sped up the release of its Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. drama Selma to capitalize on the recent deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner. The timing just seemed too perfect. I had to tell him that it was all just coincidence: Director… » 12/16/14 1:26pm Tuesday 1:26pm

Stoned Immaculate: Inherent Vice, Reviewed

With each passing movie, Paul Thomas Anderson wanders further and further away from the terrain mapped out by his filmmaking peers. He hasn't gotten lost yet: Inherent Vice may not be as undeniably astounding as his last three efforts, but that doesn't make it any less startling or wonderfully distinctive. If you're… » 12/12/14 2:07pm 12/12/14 2:07pm

White Flight: The Knuckleheaded Exodus: Gods and Kings, Reviewed

1. I'm not sure who ever could have thought that Exodus: Gods and Kings was a good idea. Putting aside—only for a moment—the much-discussed "whitewashing" of the cast, the movie seems almost specifically designed to appeal to absolutely no one. It's a Bible story, but it paints Old Testament God as an angry, petulant… » 12/11/14 11:07am 12/11/14 11:07am

Chris Rock's Rock-Star Moment: Top Five, Reviewed

Chris Rock has such a warm, magnetic presence that it's baffling that he has never seemed that comfortable as an actor. Cutting and ferocious as he may be onstage, onscreen he often comes across as timid, like he doesn't belong. (It's telling that when I think of his film career, the first thing that comes to mind is… » 12/09/14 4:24pm 12/09/14 4:24pm

Sequel Fatigue: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1, Reviewed

I've now seen three Hunger Games films, and I feel confident saying that eventually, something is finally going to happen in one of them. There's been no shortage of incidents—action scenes, plot twists, emotional moments—but what's strange about this series is that everything always seems to be a precursor to… » 11/19/14 2:24pm 11/19/14 2:24pm

So Stupid It Just Might Work: Dumb And Dumber To, Reviewed

1. Before you get too wrapped up in the negative early reaction to Dumb and Dumber To, the 20-years-later sequel to the 1994 mega-hit, remember that critics hated the first one. Critics are notoriously bad at predicting what comedies are going to stand the test of time; the target is always moving on them. (Here's a … » 11/14/14 12:37pm 11/14/14 12:37pm

Despicable Us: Foxcatcher, Reviewed

Foxcatcher is a movie about America, but what makes it so compelling is that you don't realize it at first. Directed by Bennett Miller (Capote, Moneyball), the film is too subtle—and, frankly, too strange—to explicitly make some simple, overarching, grandiose statement. And yet, when you replay it in your head later,… » 11/13/14 10:44am 11/13/14 10:44am

The Superhero Starter Kit: Big Hero 6, Reviewed

If you were trying to turn a kid onto action films for life, you could do a lot worse than starting him or her off with Big Hero 6. So fundamentally familiar that its alternate title might as well be My First Marvel Superhero Movie, it does just about everything you'd expect from an animated adventure designed for… » 11/07/14 10:39am 11/07/14 10:39am

Christopher Nolan's Interstellar Is Half-Unwieldy And Half-Amazing

Two years ago, just as I was about to see The Dark Knight Rises, I wrote a glowing overview of its director's career. A huge fan of Christopher Nolan since his second feature, 2000's Memento, I explained how he had almost single-handedly restored my faith in blockbusters thanks to his Batman films and 2010's Inception » 11/04/14 5:23pm 11/04/14 5:23pm

2015 Oscar Watch: Yes, It's Time To Start Arguing About This Already

As of this second, we are 122 days away from the 2015 Academy Awards, hosted by Neil Patrick Harris as Billy Crystal growls angrily in the corner and everyone tries real hard not to make a Renee Zellweger joke. That's a ludicrously long time from now, but there won't be a single moment between now and then in the… » 10/24/14 10:39am 10/24/14 10:39am

Michael Keaton Forever: Birdman, Reviewed

Birdman doesn't have any right being as fantastic as it is. Structured around a gimmick—the whole movie is meant to look like one continuous shot—and featuring a potentially eye-rolling plot device (a has-been actor's personal and professional life comes crashing down on him in the days before his theoretical big… » 10/15/14 4:16pm 10/15/14 4:16pm

Bill Murray's Memes Now Outshine His Movies, And St. Vincent Won't Help

What was the last great Bill Murray performance? Maybe Broken Flowers from 2005? Lost in Translation from 2003? Nowadays, some of his best work—or at least the work that gets the most attention—is nowhere near the big screen. He shows up at bachelor parties. He crashes regular folks' engagement photos. He whips out » 10/14/14 10:38am 10/14/14 10:38am

Love, Actually: David Fincher's Dark, Thrilling Gone Girl, Reviewed

In early 2011, when David Fincher was getting ready to shoot The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo while in the midst of Oscars promotion for The Social Network, the director made a revealing comment about how he separates his work into two categories: "movies" and "films." To his mind, Fight Club and Zodiac were… » 9/29/14 3:17pm 9/29/14 3:17pm

André 3000 Channels Hendrix, Finds Himself In Jimi: All Is By My Side

In the early 2000s, OutKast seemed poised for world-conquering superstardom. But flush with the success of 1998's Aquemini and 2000's Stankonia (and hit singles like "Rosa Parks" and "Ms. Jackson"), the Atlanta hip-hop duo of André 3000 and Big Boi fractured instead. When the double-solo-album package … » 9/25/14 10:59am 9/25/14 10:59am

Denzel Washington Will Kick Your Ass Now: The Equalizer, Reviewed

1. I know we just talked about Liam Neeson around here, but I feel obliged to bring him back up, because suffice it to say, if Liam Neeson doesn't have the aforementioned late-career action-movie rebirth, there is no way The Equalizer exists. Ostensibly a big-screen reboot of the CBS crime procedural with Edward… » 9/23/14 2:03pm 9/23/14 2:03pm

The Badass-Action-Hero Rebirth Of Liam Neeson

Does anybody else remember when Liam Neeson was kind of a wimp? It might seem strange, now that he spends every movie beating up everyone in sight (and inspiring a particularly wonderful Key & Peele sketch: "He straight jacked up them wolves!"), but when Neeson was younger—and presumably stronger and better at… » 9/19/14 4:10pm 9/19/14 4:10pm