Tomorrowland Is Baby-Boomer Nostalgia At Its Most Dreary

Lots of movies have a wonderful first half, followed by a blah second half. Setup is often easier than follow-through. But Tomorrowland, out today, might become the clearest example of this syndrome. And the reason Tomorrowland falls apart halfway through is because it sinks into Baby Boomer angst. Spoilers ahead...
» 5/22/15 8:00am Friday 8:00am

Good Kill Makes A Point About Drone Warfare You Never Considered

Good Kill is the latest high tech parable from director Andrew Niccol, best known for scifi flicks GATTACA and In Time. Set in 201o, it deals with “actual events” in the lives of drone pilots flying assassination missions over Afghanistan. The movie is uneven, but it will give you a look at drone warfare that’s unlike… » 5/15/15 7:00pm 5/15/15 7:00pm

Mad Max: Fury Road Is An Astonishing Work Of Art

You don’t realize just how crappy most action movies are, until you see something like Mad Max: Fury Road — a movie in which there are no “action scenes” because the action pretty much never stops. And the film’s constant sense of violent motion is in the service of incredible imagery and transcendant moments. » 5/15/15 8:07am 5/15/15 8:07am

Dark Star Offers A Melancholy, Intimate Portrait Of Artist H.R. Giger

There’s a sadness running through Dark Star: H.R. Giger’s World — a portrait of the Swiss artist whose most famous creation was the title character in Alien. It comes from knowing that its subject died last year. But the mood suits this appreciative study of a man who counted fear and death among his muses. » 5/08/15 8:00am 5/08/15 8:00am

At Last, There’s A Movie That Makes The Avengers Truly Larger Than Life

The first Avengers movie was the first film to capture the scale and vibrancy of a comic book on screen. The sequel, Age of Ultron, marks a smaller but still significant advance: This is the first movie to make superheroes feel larger than normal people... by getting more personal. Here’s our spoiler-free review. » 5/01/15 8:15am 5/01/15 8:15am

That Movie About An Eternally Young Blake Lively? It's A Dud.

In The Age of Adaline, Blake Lively plays a woman who gets struck by fancy weird-science-lightning and stops aging, for decades. But she keeps her condition secret, which means she needs to be alone. This could have been the premise of a neat movie, but instead it’s the basis of a grinding mess. » 4/24/15 8:00am 4/24/15 8:00am

Ex Machina Proves Science Fiction Movies Can Be Smart AND Kick Your Ass

Ex Machina is one of the smartest, most thought-provoking science fiction movies in ages. And that probably conjures images of a slow, introspective Sundance-y film — but actually, Ex Machina moves at a ruthless pace, and kicks your ass up one all and down the other. Minor spoilers ahead... » 4/10/15 9:00am 4/10/15 9:00am

Spoiler-Free Review: Marvel’s New Daredevil Series Is Bloody Fantastic

We’re awash in live-action adaptations of comic books lately, including several TV shows. But Netflix’s new Daredevil series still feels like something special. It pulls no punches, never winks at the audience, and perfectly captures the feel of the best Daredevil comics. Here’s our spoiler-free review.
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Home Is The Cutest Vision Of Colonial Domination You'll Ever See 

In the new kids' animated movie Home, some unbearably cute aliens come to Earth and take our planet away from us, imprisoning the humans in, basically, reservations. And in the process, the movie manages to use cuteness to tell kind of a thoughtful story about imperialists who think of themselves as victims. Spoilers… » 3/27/15 10:16am 3/27/15 10:16am

Insurgent Is Like Two Hours Of Someone Else's Terrible Therapy Session

There was always something ugly at the heart of the wish-fulfillment in the Divergent series — everybody except me is one dimensional, because I'm special! But where the first movie managed to turn this into a weirdly sweet adventure about trying fit in, the sequel just goes full-on narcissistic. And dreary. » 3/20/15 9:24am 3/20/15 9:24am

Cinderella Is An Insane Guilty Pleasure (But You Shouldn't Feel Guilty)

Has there ever been a movie as sugary as the live-action Cinderella? It's like stuffing your face with cake, until cake is all up inside your nostrils and you have a frosting-beard. And yet, this movie also has moments of actual emotion and believable characterization here and there, which make it surprisingly great. » 3/13/15 9:12am 3/13/15 9:12am

It Follows Proves That Horror Movies Don't Need To Be Dumb To Scare You

Most contemporary horror films underestimate the audience's intelligence, with jump scares and obvious "twists." But It Follows refuses to dumb anything down. Its story about a girl who becomes infected with a mysterious, relentless curse is smart and original — not to mention scary as hell. » 3/12/15 9:20am 3/12/15 9:20am

Parallels: a sci-fi movie begging to be a TV series

So I just watched Parallels, which Wikipedia actually lists as a TV show — which I damn well hope happens! The show unfortunately shares its name with other recent stuff, as well as some kind of software, but it just got released on Netflix if that helps anyone find it. I definitely recommend you do. » 3/08/15 11:09am 3/08/15 11:09am

Chappie Is The Cutest Robot Ever To Star In Such A Bad Movie

We wanted Chappie to be a good movie. We desperately wanted to get back on the Neill Blomkamp train. But sadly, Chappie gets lost in the very questions it marvels at itself for asking, with violence that's so over-the-top it would be laughable... if it wasn't so absurdly grotesque. However Chappie, the robot itself,… » 3/06/15 10:30am 3/06/15 10:30am

Kingsman Has Some Of The Most Beautiful Violence In Movie History

If you care about action movies and want to see them rescued from the doldrums, then you owe it to yourself to see Kingsman: The Secret Service. This movie is psychotically violent, to the point where the violence practically shatters the fourth wall, and it shows what action movies can be, if they're willing to go… » 2/13/15 9:29am 2/13/15 9:29am

In Seventh Son, Julianne Moore's Shoulderpads Have Magic Dragon Powers

Seventh Son just does not give a flying dragon fuck. The latest in a long line of fantasy epics that include Season of the Witch, Jack the Giant Slayer and Hansel and Gretel, Witch Hunters, this movie knows exactly what it is. And Jeff Bridges and Julianne Moore know what kind of movie they're in. Spoilers ahead... » 2/06/15 12:21pm 2/06/15 12:21pm