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Absolutely Anything's Biggest Crime Is Going Absolutely Nowhere

Sci-fi comedies rarely have a weight of expectation like Absolutely Anything does. A script 20 years in the making. The first movie from Monty Python’s Terry Jones in decades. A cast made up of British comedy icons. A premise that allows.... well, absolutely anything. And it fails to do anything significant (or funny)… » 8/20/15 9:00am 8/20/15 9:00am

Goku’s Worst Foe Is the Dragonball Z Franchise Itself in Resurrection F

The new Dragonball Z movie, titled Resurrection F, is really more of a remix than a resurrection. Or, better still, a greatest hits compilation, albeit one where the hits happen at light-speed and can destroy the planet. It’s a collection of everything you enjoy about DBZ, but it’s also all stuff you’ve seen before. » 8/07/15 12:05pm 8/07/15 12:05pm

Fantastic Four is The Most Self-Loathing Superhero Movie I’ve Ever Seen

Superhero movies have tried hard to leave behind some of their Silver Age comic-book trappings in the past decade. We’ve seen darker, grimmer versions of Superman and other heroes—but the new Fantastic Four reboot goes beyond darkness, into actual self-loathing. It’s kind of bizarre. » 8/07/15 10:58am 8/07/15 10:58am

Mission Impossible 5 Will Restore Your Faith In Tentpole Action Movies

Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation starts off on another level. Literally. In the first scene of the film, Tom Cruise runs from the ground and flies through the sky on the side of an airplane. It’s the film’s way of screaming at the audience, “You are in for a fucking crazy ride.” And then, it delivers. » 7/31/15 8:21am 7/31/15 8:21am

Adam Sandler Has Never Ruined A Movie As Much As He Ruins Pixels

We’ve suspected that Pixels would be an almighty disaster ever since we saw the first trailer, but it’s actually worse than we feared. Director Chris Columbus is clearly trying to create another great fantasy adventure, but he’s hamstrung by a short-sighted script. And Adam Sandler’s painful performance. » 7/24/15 8:00am 7/24/15 8:00am

Minions Demonstrates How Slapstick Can Actually Reinforce The Status Quo

Minions is kind of a critic-proof movie. You pretty much already know what you’re getting from this film: one and a half hours of those walking twinkies from the Despicable Me Movies. Amusing antics! Nonsensical babble! Contrived situations! It feels like a direct-to-DVD movie, but it’ll make a billion dollars. » 7/10/15 8:00am 7/10/15 8:00am

Everything You Thought You Knew About Nic Cage's Superman Film Is Wrong

Say the words “Tim Burton’s Superman Lives” on the Internet and you feel the hate. Nicolas Cage as Superman? Those terrible costumes? It would’ve been the worst movie of all time. Well, The Death of Superman Lives: What Happened? just might prove that the entire internet is wrong.
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Self/Less Proves That The “Posthuman Thriller” Is A Thing Now

Self/Less, the new movie starring Ben Kingsley and Ryan Reynolds, clearly wants to remind you of Limitless, the hit movie from 2011. There’s the similar title, but also another story of human enhancement with a dark side. And Self/Less proves that “posthuman thrillers” are becoming a genre. » 7/08/15 8:00am 7/08/15 8:00am

Arnold Somehow Saves Terminator Genisys From Being A Total Disaster

Arnold Schwarzenegger is once again playing a machine cloaked in human skin in Terminator Genisys, but now he’s the most human thing in a plastic movie. Arnie’s trademark grimace looks rough around the edges, like a slab of petrified wood after years of erosion. In a movie that’s basically shitty comfort food, the… » 7/01/15 8:00am 7/01/15 8:00am

Advantageous Is An Insanely Good Movie That Everyone Should Watch

Sometimes, you see a haunting short film that just cries out to become a full-length movie. Case in point: Advantageous, a short film by Jennifer Phang released in 2013. She’s expanded it to full length, and the added time and budget have turned a beautiful short into an eerily intense feature. » 6/29/15 9:00pm 6/29/15 9:00pm

Pixar Has A Brand New Masterpiece: Inside Out Will Make You Smarter

The concept of Inside Out sounds unbearably twee, not to mention borrowed from the sitcom Herman’s Head. We’re seeing inside the head of a young girl, where each of her emotions is a cartoon, voiced by a comedian. But Inside Out is actually a brilliant movie about the beginning of wisdom. » 6/19/15 8:00am 6/19/15 8:00am

Jurassic World Is All Park And No Bite

Despite an island’s worth of good intentions, Jurassic World is an uneven movie in a lot of ways. The human characters basically don’t work, the movie wallows in nostalgia, and the story is murky. But where it counts — beautiful dinosaur action! — this movie delivers enough to make us remember why we love these beasts. » 6/12/15 8:00am 6/12/15 8:00am

Insidious 3 Offers A Textbook Lesson In How To Kill A Horror Franchise

Insidious and its sequel were enjoyably frightening tales of a family haunted by parasitic spirits and the medium, Elise (Lin Shaye), who sets them free. Insidious: Chapter 3 introduces a new ghostly dilemma, then pastes Elise into the narrative — like an afterthought, who also happens to carry the entire story. » 6/05/15 12:14pm 6/05/15 12:14pm