<

The Summer Movies Of 2015: What Worked and What Didn't

Summer movie season is based on the premise that filmmakers know what the public wants. Big production budgets feed into big marketing campaigns feed into blockbuster success—unless they don’t, through some failure of hit-movie theory or practice. The 2015 season produced some notable surprises (Mad Max) along with… » 8/25/15 7:39pm 8/25/15 7:39pm

Here's What's Missing From Straight Outta Compton: Me and the Other Women Dr. Dre Beat Up

On January 27, 1991, at a record-release party for the rap duo Bytches With Problems in Hollywood, producer/rapper/then-N.W.A. member Dr. Dre brutally attacked Dee Barnes, the host of a well-known Fox show about hip-hop called Pump It Up! Dre was reportedly angry about a Pump It Up! segment hosted by Barnes that aired… » 8/18/15 4:15pm 8/18/15 4:15pm

The Most Important Scenes from Fantastic Four (As I Remember Them)

The new Fantastic Four movie is unquestionably a box office bomb, which critics have savaged with scathing reviews such as “More like the Unfantastic Four!” For those of you who want to avoid sitting through it, I have taken the liberty of chronicling the movie’s major moments… as best as I can recall them happening. » 8/11/15 3:25pm 8/11/15 3:25pm

Breaking Down the Bat@#$% Badassery of the Deadpool Trailers

Deadpool footage is finally here, and it is looking awesome. But we’re not just here for the violence and the fourth-wall-breaking—we’re here to find out what secrets we can uncover from Fox’s new take on the merc with a mouth, as well as the decidedly NSFW differences between the two trailers. Join us, won’t you?… » 8/05/15 3:23pm 8/05/15 3:23pm

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 12:48pm 8/05/15 12:48pm

Kids At 20: A Relentlessly Unpleasant Day In The Life Of '90s NYC

Larry Clark and Harmony Korine’s Kids was released 20 years ago this week, but if you want to have a celebratory home screening of it, you’re going to have a harder time than you might have expected. Once as controversial a cultural property as the soon-to-be-a-Broadway-musical American Psycho was back in the day, Kids » 7/31/15 11:25am 7/31/15 11:25am

What Could Possibly Happen In Another Jurassic World Movie?

In June 2018, Universal is scraping what is left of the amber-preserved DNA to give life to another Jurassic Park movie. Both Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard will resume their roles in what is technically a sequel to this summer’s Jurassic World. None of this is bad news. It’s not even exactly surprising. It’s… » 7/23/15 3:46pm 7/23/15 3:46pm

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 3:22pm 7/23/15 3:22pm

Here's Where The Marvel Movie Characters Stand, Now That Phase 2 Is Over

Now that Ant-Man is out, Phase Two of the Marvel Cinematic Universe is over. This slate of six movies began with Iron Man 3, and included some bold experiments (Guardians of the Galaxy) as well as huge upheavals. Now that it’s over, where do all our favorite characters stand? Let’s get you up to speed for Phase Three. » 7/21/15 3:25pm 7/21/15 3:25pm

What We Learned From Obsessively Studying The New Suicide Squad Footage

Like we said the other day, the Suicide Squad footage that premiered at Comic-Con really was stupendous. And after poring over it for a whole 24 hours, we’ve noticed lots of fascinating details and easter eggs. Here’s our complete breakdown of everything you might have missed. » 7/14/15 10:45pm 7/14/15 10:45pm

You Absolutely Have to See The New Batman V Superman Comic-Con Footage

Wonder Woman! Lex Luthor! Kryptonite! A Robin uniform hanging in the Batcave? Strange soldiers with Superman’s “S” symbol?! A WWII-looking Batman!?! This new Batman V. Superman footage comes straight from Comic-Con, and you’re just going to have to see it for yourself. » 7/11/15 3:59pm 7/11/15 3:59pm

Movies About Male Strippers, Ranked

If there’s one thing that makes me sad for heterosexual men, it’s that so many of them haven’t seen Magic Mike. They assumed they’d be in for nonstop tight close-ups of Spandex-packaged junk, exposure to unrealistically chiseled and waxed male bodies, and barely plotted sexploitation aimed at the gaze of those who are… » 7/07/15 4:45pm 7/07/15 4:45pm

You Didn't Kill Amy Winehouse, But You Didn't Save Her, Either

The cool thing about posthumous tragic-rock-star documentaries is the fresh insight from old friends and still-smitten fans and sheepish surviving accomplices, the raw intimacy of the childhood home movies and illicit backstage footage, the cheesy vintage TV appearances, the nerd arcana, and most of all the… » 7/06/15 12:41pm 7/06/15 12:41pm

Magic Mike XXL Wants To Be A Feminist Fantasy, And Almost Succeeds

I was fully prepared for the bulges, for the leather thongs that wagged and bounced with every pelvic thrust from one of Magic Mike XXL’s stripper superheroes. I was ready for the more impromptu gyrations, too, like when Mike uses his rippling arms to drill nails into a workshop table, or when the character named BDR… » 7/01/15 3:12pm 7/01/15 3:12pm

Maybe Creed Can Help Everyone Forget About Rocky Balboa

Rocky Balboa, the sixth of the Rocky movies, may have been financially successful and critically acceptable, but man, it felt really dated with a 60-year-old Sylvester Stallone shuffling around with Antonio Tarver. Creed is clearly intent on extending the franchise with a new, young boxing protagonist, and seeing how… » 7/01/15 10:44am 7/01/15 10:44am