What Do You Do When Your Son Says He Met Jesus? Surprisingly, Not Much.

Heaven Is For Real, in theaters today, is based on the mega-bestseller by a pastor whose four-year-old had major surgery, after which he knew things he couldn't possibly have known, and also claimed to have met Jesus. But what's surprising about the film version is how little impact this experience actually seems to… » 4/16/14 9:15am Yesterday 9:15am

Under The Skin's Alien Seduction Will Get You Where It Hurts

There are few movies as creepy as Under The Skin, the movie featuring Scarlett Johansson as an alien who drives a van around Scotland picking up men. The whole thing is skin-crawling: her patter as she tries to coax men to come with her, her blank stare in the face of horrors, the dispassionate camerawork. It's… » 4/04/14 1:53pm 4/04/14 1:53pm

Captain America 2 Is One Of The Best Action Movies I've Ever Seen

Captain America: The Winter Soldier is a brilliant action movie, that serves up a huge dose of wish fulfillment along with its bravura fight scenes. The wish fulfillment isn't just being a face-kicking badass and blowing shit up, but the notion that we could all live in Steve Rogers' world, where political conundrums… » 4/04/14 9:00am 4/04/14 9:00am

Space Station 76 Is The Greatest Space Comedy Since Galaxy Quest

There's no way to prepare you for the insanity of Space Station 76. It's a comedy set in a mid-1970s version of the future that looks like Space: 1999. But it's also a surprisingly dark character study of people who are slowly falling apart, which owes a lot to The Ice Storm. Here's our nearly spoiler-free first… » 3/28/14 3:20pm 3/28/14 3:20pm

Noah Is the Best and Worst Bible Movie You'll Ever See

Noah is the first of the great Bible epics coming in 2014, and it's probably going to be the weirdest. Black Swan director Darren Aronofsky has created an intense, disturbing reinterpretation of the Old Testament flood story that owes a lot to obscure rabbinical debates and fantasy epics. Get ready to see the Bible » 3/28/14 12:34pm 3/28/14 12:34pm

Jodorowsky's Dune Is A Monument To Divine Madness And Doomed Beauty

Alejandro Jodorowsky's unmade movie of Frank Herbert's trippy space opera Dune has long been a legend among film geeks. But now, a new documentary takes us all the way inside this failed production — and inside the minds of the wild visionaries behind it. » 3/21/14 2:45pm 3/21/14 2:45pm

Muppets Most Wanted Is Fun, But Feels Oddly Dated

If The Muppets was an attempt to recapture the joy and charm of The Muppet Movie, then Muppets Most Wanted is an attempt to do the same with The Great Muppet Caper. It's only semi-successful – ending up as a perfectly serviceable comedy, but not as good as we know the Muppets can be. » 3/21/14 1:00pm 3/21/14 1:00pm

Divergent Is A Ridiculously Fun Story Of Social Engineering Gone Mad

At first glance, Divergent sounds like a more contrived version of Hunger Games. In a dark dystopian future, everybody is required to have just one personality trait. Like Smurfs. Or the Seven Dwarfs. But the film version does a good job of revealing how this story is actually about social engineering. Plus, it's… » 3/21/14 9:00am 3/21/14 9:00am

Get ready to fall in love with Veronica Mars all over again

Veronica Mars was a teen sleuth whose superpower was storytelling. She was adroit at making up clever lies and crafting fake identities, but it was always in the service of piecing together the truth — which was another story she constructed. Now she's starring in a big crowd-funded movie, which turns out to be about… » 3/14/14 9:00am 3/14/14 9:00am

The 300 sequel is Zack Snyder's greatest intellectual masterpiece

300: Rise of a Empire isn't even a sequel to 300 — it's set in a parallel timeline. That's just how intellectually challenging this film is. The scathing, multi-layered political commentary begins with the movie's very first scenes: As Queen Gorgo describes the fall of Athens in voiceover, a soldier grabs a woman and… » 3/07/14 2:10pm 3/07/14 2:10pm

Stephen Chow goes on a predictably insane Journey to the West

Although Journey to the West is possibly the best-known, most important story in Chinese literature, it's been open to some seriously broad interpretations over the years. Stephen Chow's version, subtitled Conquering the Demons, is probably the loosest one yet, but thanks to Chow's epic, cartoony action set-pieces and… » 3/07/14 12:00pm 3/07/14 12:00pm

Time travel can't stop your kids growing up, in Mr. Peabody and Sherman

We haven't had a good time travel movie in ages. I guess Looper was the last one. But Mr. Peabody and Sherman, out today, is a lovely time travel film, that has fun with the conventions of the genre. And it tells a unique story about how mastery over past and present doesn't save you from the heartbreak of your kid… » 3/07/14 9:00am 3/07/14 9:00am

Odd Thomas is the type of feel-good horror movie they made in the 80s

Odd Thomas is an adaptation of a successful novel by Dean Koontz. But the actual movie has a breezy, quippy tone and a small-scale storyline that remind me of nothing so much as a low-budget 80s adventure film. It's not a great movie, or even a particularly good movie, but it's fun and cute and doesn't outstay its… » 2/28/14 9:00am 2/28/14 9:00am

The total failure of Winter's Tale is a symptom of our magical malaise

We've seen a lot of terrible fantasy movies, including some awful fairy tales, in recent years. But Winter's Tale, out today, feels like a low-water mark. Worse, it feels like a symptom of a bigger problem: we can't imagine magic and wonder without shellacking on extra layers of heroic destiny and epic good-vs-evil… » 2/14/14 9:10am 2/14/14 9:10am