George Lucas Took A Spotify Playlist And Turned It Into A Fairy Musical

Strange Magic isn't a movie, it's more of an epiphany George Lucas had between laps in his Scrooge McDuck vault of money. "What if I bought the rights to every pop song ever and put them all in one movie? But what about a plot? Fuck it, I'll just make it anyway." That is the movie Strange Magic. » 1/23/15 9:00am Friday 9:00am

Paddington's Journey To The 21st Century Shows How Cynical We've Gotten

The original Paddington stories have a certain fairytale quality. This bear just shows up in a London train station, with a tag that says "Please look after this bear," and a kindly family instantly takes him in. We apparently can no longer believe in such a simple story of generosity, judging from the new film. » 1/16/15 9:00am 1/16/15 9:00am

You're Better Off Sleeping Through Night At The Museum 3

Night at the Museum: The Secret of the Tomb begins within the Egyptian tomb of its title, but since this is the third Museum flick, there are precious few secrets left. The big reveal this time around is that the magic is wearing off — which seems a good metaphor for this joyless sequel, itself. Spoilers ahead... » 12/19/14 9:00am 12/19/14 9:00am

Everything They Said About Making Three Hobbit Movies Was True

Remember when Peter Jackson announced he was splitting J.R.R. Tolkien's slim volume The Hobbit into three movies? Even with Jackson's OCD attention to detail, that seemed too much — and the entire internet worried that it would be all bloat and no heart. Well, the internet was right, at least about the third movie. » 12/17/14 8:00am 12/17/14 8:00am

The Exodus Mystery: How Can a Movie Be So Wrong in So Many Ways?

This is one of those moments when a movie comes along that is so repugnant, and so bland, and so pretentious, that it's almost impossible to believe. And yet, like a voice from a burning bush, Exodus is an unbelievable event that will nevertheless lead thousands of people on a terrifying quest — to movie theaters. » 12/12/14 11:07am 12/12/14 11:07am

Don't Miss The Moody Vampire Western A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night

There's a lot that's unique about Ana Lily Amirpour's striking new film A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night. This will likely be cinema's only black-and-white feminist Western vampire movie, shot in a California ghost town but with all dialogue in Farsi ... unless Amirpour decides to make a sequel. » 12/05/14 8:00am 12/05/14 8:00am

The Babadook Is The Best Movie You'll Only Want To Watch Once

The Babadook is one of the best horror movies we've seen in years, with a clever structure and a strong focus on character. But this movie will also put you through the wringer. Emotionally, psychologically. You'll be thinking about it for days, but you may not want to see this masterpiece twice. » 11/28/14 9:00am 11/28/14 9:00am

In The Brilliant New Hunger Games Film, Katniss Can't Escape The Arena

The third movie in the Hunger Games series is supposed to be the one where the frame pulls back and reveals a bigger world than the teen arena of the first two. Instead, Mockingjay Part 1 does something more daring: it shows how all of the dystopian land of Panem is just the Arena writ large. Minor spoilers ahead... » 11/21/14 9:00am 11/21/14 9:00am

Stephen Hawking Biopic Might Steal Your Heart, But Won't Blow Your Mind

The Theory Of Everything is a remarkable, moving portrait of Stephen Hawking, who overcame unthinkable obstacles to revolutionize science. It's a beautiful romance that spans the 1960s through the 1980s. Too bad the movie mostly glosses over the actual science that Hawking became famous for. Minor spoilers below... » 11/07/14 12:00pm 11/07/14 12:00pm

Big Hero 6 Is One Of The Year's Best Science Fiction Films, Period

Disney's new film, Big Hero 6, is a celebration of science and the joy of innovation. In the guise of a superhero origin story, it tells a smart, inventive tale about young science geeks who grapple with issues around the responsible use of technology. It's one of the best science-fiction films in ages. Minor spoilers… » 11/07/14 9:00am 11/07/14 9:00am

For A Movie About People's Dark Sides, Horns Is Curiously Lightweight

In Horns, Ig Perrish grows a pair of horns, and gains a superpower that's also a terrible curse. In Joe Hill's novel, this turns into an exploration of the darkness in human nature, including misogyny and jealousy. But the new movie version, while fun, never brings enough depth to support its misanthropic premise. » 10/31/14 9:00am 10/31/14 9:00am