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

Everest Works Best When It Focuses On The Mountain, Not The Feeble Men On It

1. If nothing else, you should see Everest on as big a screen as possible. I was fortunate enough to see it in 3-D on a digital IMAX screen—not the same as the IMAX format, mind you, there’s a difference, but still, you know, big—and I’m glad I did. The most you can hope for from a movie about Mount Everest is that it… »9/18/15 2:25pm9/18/15 2:25pm

Black Mass Plays Like A Boston-Mob-Thriller Parody

1. Whatever your thoughts on The Departed or The Town—the modern Boston mob/crime thrillers that all modern Boston mob/crime thrillers are measured against—it is undeniable that everyone involved was deeply invested in both. Matt Damon had been waiting his whole life to play a character like his Departed rat; I… »9/17/15 12:59pm9/17/15 12:59pm

Sicario Is An Unrelenting Horror Story Disguised As A Drug-War Action Movie

Sicario is a movie that rumbles. I mean that literally: Through the first half of the film, there’s rarely a scene in which something isn’t growling or grumbling in the background. Sometimes the sound comes from something big, like a passing APC engine or a helicopter blade, and sometimes from something small, like a… »9/15/15 3:03pm9/15/15 3:03pm

12 Movies That Deserve To Have Way More of a Cult Following

There are some movies that are so great, they become must-watch classics. But the most indelible cult movies are like a shadow canon, which become just as essential. Except sometimes some incredibly deserving cult movies never quite get their due. Here are 12 movies that deserve to be cult classics. »9/14/15 7:42pm9/14/15 7:42pm

Toronto Film Festival 2015: 10 Movies We Can’t Wait To See

The 40th Toronto Film Festival, which kicks off Thursday, represents both what’s great and what’s maddening about the fall movie season. With the summer blockbusters behind us, we can focus more on serious, ambitious dramas—though some of those might turn out to be lame awards bait or pretentious misfires. Below are… »9/09/15 10:49am9/09/15 10:49am

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 7:39pm8/25/15 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 4:15pm8/18/15 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 3:25pm8/11/15 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 3:23pm8/05/15 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 12:48pm8/05/15 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 11:25am7/31/15 11:25am