Steve Jobs was just one of several high-profile biopics to eat it commercially this year. And the problem isn’t just that these movies aren’t making money; most of them also aren’t very good. So if most of them stink and no one’s seeing them, why are so many biopics still getting …Read More
It’s a pretty busy day on the new release shelf, with one of the summer’s biggest hits and most acclaimed movies making the most noise. But there are plenty of off-beat bets as well, from a drama about two writers to a documentary about two writers to a throwback screwball comedy to a welcome re-release of “the most dangerous movie ever made.”
It’s an atrocious travesty of a program, a loathsome, stillborn, unfunny bit of secondhand swill that exhibits not one iota of understanding of what made the Muppets great, or what would make us want to watch them again on a weekly …Read More
One thing you don’t have to say about The End of the Tour, the new David Foster Wallace movie, is that “it’s not really about David Foster Wallace at all.” Of course it isn’t. There are too many buffers between Wallace and this film to count. Nor is the film any good, as A.O. Scott tried to tell you yesterday. Scott claimed that as a film about writers, Tour “is as good as it gets.” It isn’t. You might even say the film is worse than good: it is bad.
It’s a busy weekend at the movies—one of the busier of the summer—with several high-profile blockbusters and indies competing for your attention. So here’s our thumbnail guide to what’s out, and what your Flavorwire’s had to say about them:
Lupita Nyong’o will be making her New York theater debut this fall at the Public Theater, in Eclipsed, a play that is, as the Public’s Artistic Director Oskar Eustis described it, “a feminist reading of the Liberian Civil War, a war that was ended by women.”
This Friday, just like the first weekend of every May since 2007, a new movie based on a Marvel comic book will open in thousands of theaters across the country, will make all the money, and will serve as the official starter pistol for summer movie season. And for many a seasoned moviegoer, that’s a cue for despair; after all, summer has become synonymous with big, bloated, stupid blockbusters of the Transformers school. And make no mistake, there’s plenty of those on the runway this season (how ya doin’, Terminator Genisys, it’s pretty funny that you’re actually going with that spelling). But don’t go into cinematic hibernation just yet; there’s also a steady stream of first-rate indie-flick counterprogramming on the runway, and some of the big movies actually sound pretty good. So, as a public service to you, the discerning moviegoer, we’ve assembled a month-by-month look at what might actually be worth your time and …Read More