Note to Hollywood: When you take the fun out of a big, dumb, fun summer movie, what remains is merely big and dumb.
The documentary Hava Nagila: The Movie turns out to be a lot like the song Hava Nagila. It can claim some seeds of gravitas, but theyre ultimately trampled by a lot of goofy enthusiasm.
As usual, Brit Marling is a pleasure to watch for the psychological complexity and contradictions of her character. This time, the story almost lives up to the performance.
“Before Midnight” is just as witty, chatty and close-to-the-bone about relationships as the two earlier Richard Linklater collaborations with writing actors Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke.
This initially intimate movie builds to a big, big finale yet somehow wears out its welcome along the way. That’s because its wild and hilarious elements don’t cancel out its smug and lazy ones.
The horrors of ‘The Purge’ carry a message for today.
Rated PG-13 | Time: 1:32
Theres an unadulterated joy in the re-teaming of those fast-talking Wedding Crashers Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson, a wholesome novelty in their playing laid-off salesmen forced to do what millions of Americans have had to do in the past six years reinvent themselves.
Sarah Polleys remarkable Stories We Tell transcends every cliche in the confessional / investigatory genre, and its one of the years highlights.
Glenn Gaylord’s marriage rights drama is told through Jack (David W. Ross), a gay Brit trying to figure out how to stay in America when his immigration status is revoked.
If Baz Luhrmann’s flamboyant 3-D version of “The Great Gatsby” left you wondering about the state of cinematic adaptation these days, hie yourself to “What Maisie Knew,” Scott McGehee and David Siegel’s tone-perfect, modernized re-telling of Henry James’ novel.
“Blancanieves” is a silent, black-and-white homage to the films of yesteryear. And now that the gothic Spanish drama is getting a stateside release, American audiences finally can witness a winning recipe for revamping this old favorite.
Noah Baumbach’s playful, effervescent comedy “Frances Ha” is the story of a young woman’s quest to find an apartment in New York.
For the first time in 20 years, M. Night Shyamalan directs a film he didnt write alone. He should try it more often. The former-wunderkind-turned-punch-line delivers his best movie in a decade with After Earth.
The flowing Iowa cornfields of “At Any Price” have nothing on the amber waves of Zac Efron’s hair.
“Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf’s” is a love letter to a New York institution, a celebration of its place within the fashion food chain and those designers who know that when they’ve been accepted there, their fortune is made.
The razzle dazzles but the smoke never quite hides the mirrors in “Now You See Me,” a super-slick magicians’ heist picture that demonstrates, once again, how tough it is to make “magic” work as a movie subject.
Rated R | Time: 1:33
Just about every animated film from an American studio these days is nonstop manic to the point of exhaustion. Exiting the theater can be a relief. Thus the gentleness of a Studio Ghibli film from Japan, with its hand-drawn, 2-D throwback look and irresistible colors, is always welcome.
Bad movies are rarely as much fun as these “Fast and the Furious” pictures. And make no mistake about it — they’re bad.