V.23 No.28 | 7/10/2014
Paul Haggis explores the audacity of despair in morose, muddled anthology
The man behind Crash tries his hand at another all-star anthology with the confused, contrived melodrama Third Person.
V.23 No.27 | 7/3/2014
Earth to Echo
Found-footage sci-fi film is a weak echo of earlier, better efforts
Found-footage, sci-fi film Earth to Echo aims for Spielbergian nostalgia, but is just a faint echo of earlier, better efforts.
V.23 No.26 | 6/26/2014
Pro-choice dramedy is pregnant with possibility
Comedian Jenny Slate impresses in mood-straddling abortion-based dramedy Obvious Child.
V.23 No.25 | 6/19/2014
We Are the Best!
Spirited Swedish flashback gives audiences punk-rock girl power times three
Swedish auteur Lukas Moodysson gives audiences an ’80s flashback with punk rock girl power pic We Are the Best!
V.23 No.24 | 6/12/2014
Reel People, Real Lives
The New Biographical Dictionary of Film (Sixth Edition)
Movie nerds, the sixth edition of David Thomson’s seminal biographical dictionary will give you plenty to chew on and argue over.
V.23 No.23 | 6/5/2014
For No Good Reason
Artistic documentary illustrates the life and work of Hunter S. Thompson collaborator Ralph Steadman
Johnny Depp interviews Hunter S. Thompson collaborator Ralph Steadman in an artistic new documentary.
V.23 No.21 | 5/22/2014
Historical biopic is too polite to get worked up over slavery
Belle, a well-meaning historical biopic about a mixed-race aristocrat, is too polite to get worked up about slavery.
V.23 No.20 | 5/15/2014
Million Dollar Arm
American baseball gets some Indian spice in extremely likable, Disney-approved biopic
Disney pitches genuine feel-good sports movie with Million Dollar Arm.
V.23 No.19 | 5/8/2014
Raunchy frat film milks comedy from boners and bad behavior
Seth Rogen milks comedy from boners and bad behavior in raunchy frat film Neighbors.
V.23 No.18 | 5/1/2014
Indie revenge drama delivers cold comfort
Revenge is a dish best served cold in indie revenge drama Blue Ruin.
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Nymphomaniac Vol. II: Pitch-dark existentialist fairy tale zigs feminist zag
Embattled Dutch auteur Lars von Trier's “Depression Trilogy”—Antichrist, Melancholia and now Nymphomaniac—culminates in a revelatory and arguably feminist existentialist fairy tale. Admittedly, it's more Grimms' than Aesop.
V.23 No.17 | 4/24/2014
Surrealist filmmaker’s long-lost masterpiece comes to life in imaginative, inspirational documentary
Cult filmmaker explores sci-fi classic in Jodorowsky’s Dune.
V.23 No.16 | 4/17/2014
Under the Skin
Experimental sci-fi film wonders what it’s like to be human ... and then harvest the internal organs of other humans for mysterious alien purposes
Experimental sci-fi film Under the Skin introduces audiences to sex and violence, alien-style.
V.23 No.15 | 4/10/2014
Love and marriage go through the ringer during a bittersweet anniversary trip to Paris
Middle-class British couple Meg and Nick have been married for 30 years. In an attempt to rekindle the ol’ flame, they decide to spend their wedding anniversary in Paris. From the start it doesn’t look like this expedition is going to bear fruit.
V.23 No.14 | 4/3/2014
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Wes Anderson’s screwball caper finds the art in artifice
The Grand Budapest Hotel is a whimsical chocolate box painting of a comedy, could be Wes Anderson’s most Wes Andersony film to date.
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