The new biopic "Jobs" is a solidly informative and entertaining "Brief History of Apple," as seen through the eyes of its co-founding genius. We experience 30 years of Steve Jobs' mercurial life and times, with plenty of tastes - but only tastes - of triumph plus a few dashes of comeuppance.
Talking with James Ponsoldt makes you excited about movies. The Athens filmmaker has an extensive knowledge of film history and an infectious enthusiasm for his art. Even when diagnosing some of Hollywood's problems, he speaks with optimism and excitement.
Neill Blomkamp may be well on his way to becoming the only sci-fi writer-director who matters. And if "Elysium" is more an evolutionary leap than a revolutionary one from his break-out hit "District 9," it still shows him in great form telling a story from the future ripped from today's political hot-button issues.
Writer/director Michael McGowan's "Still Mine" is part of a growing trend in independent cinema, films made for mature audiences.
"The Wolverine" is probably the best blockbuster of the summer season, but that isn't necessarily saying much.
Perhaps the only feat more amazing than a snail racing in the Indianapolis 500 is a group of filmmakers making a good movie about a snail racing in the Indianapolis 500.
Another week, another deafening, dumb computer-generated orgy of destruction. Director Guillermo del Toro's foray into tentpole releases was supposed to offer his unique twist on the summer blockbuster but is instead a loud, long and predictable clanker. Nothing in "Pacific Rim" is plausible on any level. In this movie's world, giant alien beasts called kaiju emerge from an interstellar portal at the bottom of the Pacific Ocean and destroy entire cities. Why? Because that's what ...
Universal Pictures really pulled off something back in 2010 when "Despicable Me" earned more than half a billion dollars worldwide and worked its way into the home video hearts of America.
"The Lone Ranger" is shaping up to be quite a divisive movie. The very notion of reviving Tonto, the quintessential pop culture personification of the noble savage stereotype, sparked debate when Disney first announced plans to make the film. Because it is Disney, with its long track record of missing the mark with characters from outside Euro-American culture, many assumed the movie would be racist. Besides, the character is what it is. If this Tonto ...
"Monsters University" fits into a few ongoing trends. It's Pixar's 14th feature film, and the 14th to debut at No. 1. That is a remarkable feat for any production company. The studio's run of box-office success is genuinely historic at this point. It's also Pixar's fourth sequel, or prequel in this case. The studio once known for consistently producing original, innovative work has now released three sequels in as many years and has another in ...
"World War Z" might go down in film history as one of the greatest recoveries of all time.
One thing I can virtually guarantee is "Man of Steel" will not receive a fair chance to succeed, either critically or commercially. And so much is riding on this movie.
"The Purge" suffers from an identity crisis. For a while, it wants to be the grandchild of 1970s science fiction, an era of one-note concepts played out in thought-provoking, although usually schlocky, ways. The setup is intriguing and, like its sci-fi forebears, pushes contemporary social buttons. In 2022, America lives under a new Constitution (the movie repeatedly refers to the "new Founding Fathers") that establishes an annual purge. For 12 hours, 7 p.m. to 7 ...
Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson are back in theaters trying to grow up again, and the result is about as good as the previous 10 times they've attempted it.
"Frances Ha" is one of the buzziest movies of the year within the specialty film market - you know, that category of movies where superheroes are not allowed and characters possess remarkable powers of self-examination.
"American Hustle" is now officially one of the buzziest films of the awards season.
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