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 Friday 2:07pm

Excellence, Not Ego: Remembering The Great Philip Seymour Hoffman

What surprised me the most when I heard the news of Phillip Seymour Hoffman's death was that his passing ran so counter to the reputation he had earned over his 25 years as an actor. Dependable, intelligent, consistently remarkable: These are the qualities we had come to associate with Hoffman's work. His death at the… » 2/03/14 12:03pm 2/03/14 12:03pm

Desperate Characters And A Director In Utter Control: The Master,…

1. The Master is a movie that leaves you vibrating for about 20 minutes after it's over, though you might be at a bit of pains to explain why. I've only seen the film once, which is a shame; it's the sort of film you want to hit rewind and go through again, immediately, right as the credits get going. That sounds… » 9/11/12 4:20pm 9/11/12 4:20pm

Paul Thomas Anderson: Waiting For The Master

In late July, the Weinstein Company announced it would be releasing The Master, Paul Thomas Anderson's new movie, on September 14, which is early for an Oscar candidate. Most Best Picture nominees come out no sooner than October so that they're as fresh as possible in voters' minds. Nonetheless, the Weinstein decision… » 9/07/12 4:33pm 9/07/12 4:33pm

Superman, Drunk Girls, And Life of Pi: Let's Look At Some Movie…

In this installment of Trailer Hitch, our semi-regular rundown of the biggest recent movie trailers, I've got a superhero flick, a broad comedy, a couple Oscar contenders, and a dance movie. Who says Hollywood only caters to one type of audience? Also, I would love to meet the person who is really excited about all… » 7/25/12 3:45pm 7/25/12 3:45pm