Here’s a Tense New Clip from James Franco and Jonah Hill’s Psychological Thriller, ‘True Story’

True Story (based on the memoir by Michael Finkel) garnered strong reviews after its debut at Sundance Film Festival, and… Read More

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Watch Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron Battle Post-Apocalyptic Gangs in First Full ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ Trailer

Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron speed across a scorched terrain and engage in post-apocalyptically lawless road rage in the first… Read More

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10 Great Road Movies About Women

Wild, director Jean-Marc Vallée’s film version of Cheryl Strayed’s bestselling memoir, hits DVD and Blu-ray this week, and is well worth your time — both on its own merits and as part of the fascinating and ongoing history of the female road movie. While tales of the open road often focus on male buddies (Easy Rider) or lovers on the run (Badlands, True Romance, Natural Born Killers), some of our favorite road movies track the physical and psychological journeys of women. Here are a few… Read More

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Why Noah Baumbach’s Attack on “Bohemian” Brooklyn in ‘While We’re Young’ Cuts So Deep

Watching Noah Baumbach’s While We’re Young, I was struck by a scene where Ben Stiller and Adam Driver take a fedora-clad stroll down Troutman, a street in Bushwick now known as an incubator for Eggs Benedict and a welcome mat for street-art guided tours. It wasn’t the scene itself that snapped me to attention, but rather the absurd critical pregnancy of a restaurant they pass, that’s just in the background. Watching them amble by the recently opened Montana’s Trail House (the name of the spot is not explicit in the film), I recalled perhaps the most disproportionately scathing review I’ve read of anything — ever. … Read More

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Zach Galifianakis and Kristen Wiig Are Incompetent Burglars in ‘Masterminds’ Trailer

After some more serious-ish turns for Zach Galifianakis in Birdman and Kristen Wiig in The Skeleton Twins, the two comedians are… Read More

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The 6 Best Movies to Buy or Stream This Week: ‘Interstellar,’ ‘Life Itself’

This week’s 800-pound gorilla on the home viewing scene is Christopher Nolan’s monster hit Interstellar, which gets a gorgeous transfer and a ton of extras. But if that blockbuster space epic isn’t quite your speed, there’s an abundance of other options (even more than we usually spotlight): two rediscovered gems from the ‘40s and ‘50s, one of the classics of international cinema, possibly the best documentary, oh, ever, and the latest from one of the makers of that documentary. … Read More

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And Now ‘Mulan’ is Getting the Disney Live-Action Remake Treatment

In what is becoming 2015’s most depressing cinematic trend (who’re we kidding, second most depressing—I mean, “cinematic… Read More

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What We — and the Church of Scientology — Learned From the ‘Going Clear’ Controversy

After two-plus months of sponsored tweets, film-critic pushback, Google ad buys, and an often desperate attempt at spin control that ultimately did nothing to disprove characterizations of utter control freakery, the Church of Scientology’s worst nightmare came true last night: Alex Gibney’s incendiary and excellent adaptation of Lawrence Wright’s scorching CoS exposé, Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief, aired on HBO. It proved, true to prediction, a bit of a bombshell, with viewers taking to social media to express shock over the film’s allegations of physical abuse, blackmail, kidnapping, wiretapping, celebrity control and more. … Read More

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Jon Hamm’s ‘Mad Men’ Contract Prevented Him From Playing Ben Affleck’s Role in ‘Gone Girl’

Ben Affleck’s trademark doofy smile has skewed impressions of him: despite being one of the smarter forces in Hollywood, his characters can seem ineffectual… Read More

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