The Rocky Movies, Ranked

Sylvester Stallone’s recent sit-down with Robert Rodriguez for
The Director’s Chair made a pretty compelling case that the Rocky movies ought to be taken seriously as Sly’s greatest artistic achievement. Sure, most of them are exactly the same movie. (Rocky has to fight somebody no one thinks he can defeat, he trains… »Monday 2:19pm11/23/15 2:19pm

The Final Girls Is The Nadir Of Meta-Horror, Which Is The Nadir Of Real Horror

If you’re a horror fan, you’ve noticed that every few months, there’s a new entry in the genre that’s explicitly marketed to non-fans, with blogs and critics hyping “your new favorite horror film” and granting best-since-whatever status to a certain kind of movie. Think titles like Tucker & Dale vs. Evil or the glut… »11/05/15 4:37pm11/05/15 4:37pm

The Dumbest Thing The Star Wars Expanded Universe Did To Princess Leia

Star Wars’ old Expanded Universe is no more. Under the Disney regime, it has been relegated to the “Legends” banner, and the new official canon includes just the movies and TV shows, along with a whole new set of books, comics, etc. But somehow, one of the absolute worst EU books still has an enduring influence on … »11/03/15 8:19pm11/03/15 8:19pm

The Wild Bunch Is Still Nasty, Unrelenting, And Pretty Goddamn Great 

Imagine being alive in 1969 and going to see The Wild Bunch when it was new. It was released in an era when American movies were changing, and when audiences were getting more and more used to seeing gruesome violence onscreen, like in Bonnie & Clyde. Granted, it was still a time when movies would tell us that a… »10/30/15 10:10am10/30/15 10:10am

The Political Satire Our Brand Is Crisis Isn't Nearly As Sharp As It Pretends To Be

Our Brand Is Crisis means to cast a harsh light on presidential campaigns, but it mostly just panders. The new film from director David Gordon Green (who’s done everything from George Washington to Pineapple Express) spends way too much time congratulating you for agreeing with its cynical perspective—only to later… »10/28/15 12:43pm10/28/15 12:43pm

Here's Your Ridiculously Early 2016 Oscar Preview

The next Academy Awards will be hosted by Chris Rock and will be held on February 28, 2016. That is 130 days from now. By then, the Iowa caucus, and the New Hampshire and South Carolina primaries, will be over. The Super Bowl will be a fading memory. Selection Sunday will be two weeks away. It is a long time from now. »10/22/15 10:49am10/22/15 10:49am

What If The New Star Wars Sucks, Too?

Last night, the third trailer for the upcoming Star Wars: The Force Awakens premiered on YouTube and ESPN. Did you shit your dick? I definitely shat my dick. I think the dick-shittingest moment, for me, was when the new Darth Vader guy was doing the Force to the other guy’s brain, but the low-altitude aerial combat… »10/20/15 3:56pm10/20/15 3:56pm

Danny Boyle Movies, Ranked

Danny Boyle is one of the most quietly adventurous filmmakers working today. He’ll do a science-fiction movie, then a period piece, then a Tarantino-type thriller, then a romantic comedy, then a conventional biopic, and he won’t so much as blink once. He is an auteur of the old-fashioned sort: His movies are… »10/09/15 10:36am10/09/15 10:36am

The Bank Job Is A Great Jason Statham Flick, Even Though He Hardly Kicks Anybody

The Bank Job is a movie that stars Jason Statham, but it’s not a Jason Statham movie. The chief attributes of his persona, as established in a long line of mostly-pretty-great action B-movies (like, say, this one or this one), are just not there. We don’t get the cold-eyed and square-jawed stare, or the explosive and… »10/02/15 12:03pm10/02/15 12:03pm

The Walk Is A Cloying, Uneven Caper With An Absolutely Amazing Final Act

The feat that made Philippe Petit legendary—his tightrope walk between the two towers of the World Trade Center on August 7, 1974—was both brave and insane. What made 2008’s Man on Wire, the Oscar-winning documentary about his achievement, so striking was that despite full access to Petit and his cohorts, the film… »9/29/15 4:45pm9/29/15 4:45pm

The Gambling Drama Mississippi Grind Will Break Your Heart

When their eyes first meet, there’s an immediate spark, or perhaps a shared recognition. Gerry (Ben Mendelsohn) sells houses, but he’s not particularly good at it, mostly because he doesn’t care at all about his job, and only gets excited about the next time he can gamble. Curtis (Ryan Reynolds) is a little harder to… »9/25/15 3:44pm9/25/15 3:44pm

Goodnight Mommy Is Effortlessly Disturbing

Goodnight Mommy is uneven, and in this case that’s a good thing. The movie is a long stretch of quiet, bucolic landscapes and indoor-voice family squabbles, punctuated by a hard left turn into ultraviolence. The transition from psychological to physical horror is so abrupt, the shock of its mere existence is stronger… »9/24/15 4:40pm9/24/15 4:40pm

Robert De Niro Redeems The Dopey Fantasy That Is The Intern

At a time when some romantic comedies are flexing an edgier, more smart-ass tone—They Came Together, Sleeping With Other People, even Trainwreck—perhaps it’s a refreshing palate-cleanser that Nancy Meyers movies continue to operate in their own storybook world. You know what to expect from the writer-director behind … »9/22/15 4:09pm9/22/15 4:09pm

We Have a Crazy Theory About How Darth Vader Might Fit Into Star Wars: The Force Awakens

The first trailer for The Force Awakens announced to the world there was a brand new Star Wars villain. We then learned his name: Kylo Ren, owner of the ominous, hilted red lightsaber. A second trailer followed, and immediately we were greeted by the face of Darth Vader. The obvious question was, “Why?” »9/18/15 8:10pm9/18/15 8:10pm