In Noah Baumbach’s last film, 2012’s Frances Ha, a mediocre modern dancer has to accept adulthood by giving up her warped sense of self. In While We’re Young, a middle-aged and mediocre documentarian has to accept adulthood by giving up his warped sense of self. At least Baumbach’s consistent.
So what if Furious 7 is a ridiculous movie? Furious 7 doesn’t care about what you think—it’s too busy jettisoning hundred-thousand-dollar cars through skyscrapers with zero casualties and zero respect for the basic laws of physics. You do you, Furious 7.
Another day, another remake. Should you jump in your giant pumpkin and head to the theater to check out Cinderella? Of course not—giant pumpkins are not a viable means of transportation.
No time for a big blowout this year, with the Best of 2014 special and website revamp occupying our attention. But here’s a last-minute look at our Oscar picks, guaranteed to help you win your Oscar pool*! We’re skipping the shorts and documentaries because we have only so much time and energy for this sort of thing.
It’s perhaps a little late, but please enjoy this look back at the best films from 2014. We love you.
After a foray into action/adventure territory with a Pirates of the Caribbean sequel, director Rob Marshall (Chicago, Nine) has now returned to the musical genre to adapt into film Into the Woods, a beloved Broadway production in which classic fairy tales, including Little Red Riding Hood, Cinderella, Rapunzel and Jack and the Bean Stalk, are woven together into one narrative and lampooned before being subverted in the musical’s dark second act. Woods features a top-notch ensemble, […]
In the last of Peter Jackson’s J.R.R. Tolkien adaptations—we hope, anyway!—erstwhile Shire-dweller Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) and his dwarven allies (Richard Armitage and a bunch of guys who don’t get any lines) defend the Lonely Mountain from elves, orcs and hungry fishermen. Ryan: When we reviewed last year’s The Desolation of Smaug—the predecessor to The Battle of the Five Armies—I mentioned how difficult it was to give it a full appraisal until we had a […]
Kicking off the unnecessarily slow march to the series’ conclusion, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 begins to conclude the story of child-gladiator-turned-reluctant-insurgent-figurehead Katniss Everdeen, played by Jennifer Lawrence. In this, the first of two installments adapting the novel of the same name, Katniss learns how propaganda is made, navel gazes a whole hell of a lot and has the lamest nightmares ever.