I Origins Shows That The Science Vs. Spirituality Debate Is Played Out

Writer-director Mike Cahill made an impression with Another Earth, which used a science-fiction premise as the backdrop for a personal story. In his second feature, I Origins, the science-fictional premise is front and center — and you can see the downside of trying to tell a personal story about huge science-fiction… » 7/18/14 2:30pm Friday 2:30pm

The Purge: Anarchy Is Basically Idiocracy, Starring The Punisher

In the Purge franchise, America has turned brutally stupid. Once a year, we have a day where "all crime is legal" — which translates into "let's kill poor people." The good news is, where the first Purge was a dull home-invasion flick, the second is a pretty zany action movie, with Frank Grillo as the Punisher. » 7/18/14 9:00am Friday 9:00am

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes Is the Most Upsetting Dystopia of All

Three years ago, audiences were blown away by Rise of the Planet of the Apes, a smart reimagining of the Apes franchise for the biotech age. Now ape protagonist Caesar is back in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, where humanity has been decimated by a plague and the planet's future is the grimmest you've ever seen. » 7/11/14 10:35am 7/11/14 10:35am

The Infinite Man Is A Skillfully Amusing Time-Travel Romance

The Infinite Man is an unusual comedy, which follows the complicated mishaps which occur when the jilted and love-struck scientist, Dean (Josh McConville), invents a time machine and travels back to the day he broke up with his girlfriend, Lana (Hannah Marshall). How many paradoxes can love withstand? » 7/04/14 4:00pm 7/04/14 4:00pm

In Deliver Us From Evil, Male Bonding Is The Best Defense Against Satan

Deliver Us From Evil is a pretty run-of-the-mill possession horror film. But it has one thing going for it: The bromance between a lapsed-Catholic cop (Eric Bana) and an unconventional priest (Edgar Ramirez). This lets the film occasionally get into themes of masculine vulnerability, and the craving for forgiveness. » 7/02/14 12:07pm 7/02/14 12:07pm

Earth To Echo Makes Those Old-School Spielberg Films Feel New Again

The influence of classic Spielberg movies is all over Earth to Echo. The plot is lifted from E.T., but the movie also borrows heavily from Goonies and other 80s movies about kids hanging out. But stylistically, this movie borrows nothing. In fact, it shows how to conjure the "80s kid movie" vibe without wallowing in… » 7/02/14 9:00am 7/02/14 9:00am

Snowpiercer's Crazy Train Is The Summer's Most Exciting Ride

At first glance, Snowpiercer's premise sounds kind of bizarre. There's been an Ice Age, and the last surviving humans gather on a huge train that drives around in circles. And there's class struggle among the passengers. And yes, the resulting film is absurd. In the absolute best way. Spoilers ahead... » 6/27/14 12:22pm 6/27/14 12:22pm

In Transformers 4, Michael Bay Urges You To Smash The Patriarchy

The new Transformers movie expertly duplicates the experience of taking an endless road trip with your father, who refuses to see you as a separate person and who is also quietly falling apart. It's dull, horrifying and miserable. But after nine hours, you realize you're seeing the failure of patriarchy, in miniature. » 6/27/14 9:00am 6/27/14 9:00am

The Rover Is A Movie That Doesn't Care If You Like It, But We Do

David Michôd's follow-up to Animal Kingdom is another Australian crime film, this time set ten years after a global financial collapse. But while this stark movie is both a haunting Western and a frank look a first-world country in decline, it will also hit you over the head with how mean and cheap life is. » 6/20/14 9:19am 6/20/14 9:19am

How To Train Your Dragon 2 Matured Into A Glorious Sequel

How to Train Your Dragon has grown up in more ways than one. The sequel to the original animated charmer takes place five years later, and it's filled with vast and stunning landscapes, even more endlessly inventive dragons, and a more mature story. Despite a few hiccups in its plot, it's a movie to make hearts soar. » 6/13/14 9:17am 6/13/14 9:17am

Rigor Mortis Tries to Reinvent Hopping Vampires for the Modern Age

In Chinese legend, the jiangshi is a vampire-like monster known for leaping after the living in order to drain their life force. Both scary and silly, they inspired a whole genre in Hong Kong cinema, one that director Juno Mak has tried to modernize in Rigor Mortis. He failed, but it's still a fascinating failure. » 6/12/14 8:00am 6/12/14 8:00am

Edge Of Tomorrow Is The Movie Other Action Movies Wish They Could Be

We've been reliving the same events over and over again. We keep getting excited for an original science fiction movie, like Elyisum. Or Oblivion. Only to be disappointed. Which is why Edge of Tomorrow is such a thrill. At last, Tom Cruise has broken the cycle of drek. This is the first movie in ages that does scifi… » 6/06/14 8:45am 6/06/14 8:45am

This Is The First X-Men Movie To Be A Great Film In Its Own Right

Back in 2000, the first X-Men movie felt like a milestone: one of the first movies to capture comic-book storytelling on film. But now, 14 years later, X-Men: Days of Future Past actually feels like a good movie in terms of storytelling and stylistic innovation, not just a good comic-book movie. Minor spoilers ahead... » 5/23/14 9:19am 5/23/14 9:19am

The Double Shows Just How Soul-Draining A Terrible Office Job Could Get

The Double is based on a Dovstoevesky story about a man who meets his doppelganger — but this movie by Richard Ayoade owes a huge debt to Kafka, too. And stylistically, it really is like a fan-film of Terry Gilliam's Brazil. And it does a brilliant job of capturing the horrors of a soul-crushing job and an empty life. » 5/16/14 1:40pm 5/16/14 1:40pm