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Review: West of Memphis

West Memphis blues again
Amy Berg's documentary about the case illustrates countless failings of the American justice system.
By: JAKE MULLIGAN  |  March 12, 2013


Review: Yossi

A decade after Yossi & Jagger , filmmaker Eytan Fox returns to see how his character is getting on.
By: JAKE MULLIGAN  |  March 06, 2013


Review: NO

The TV ads that overthrew a regime
Many say that political rhetoric in the mainstream media is dead. NO purports to perform the autopsy.
By: JAKE MULLIGAN  |  March 04, 2013


Review: Phantom

Simultaneously bizarre and banal, director Todd Robinson's military procedural seems designed to please no one.
By: JAKE MULLIGAN  |  February 27, 2013


Review: The Sweeney

No single subgenre is as tired as "loose-cannon cop breaks the rules to bring down a band of ruthless criminals."
By: JAKE MULLIGAN  |  February 27, 2013


Review: John Dies At The End

The conspiracy-laden plot, told with fetishistic devotion in numerous expository conversations — including one with the dog — becomes so convoluted that it morphs into sci-fi satire.
By: JAKE MULLIGAN  |  February 20, 2013


Review: Warm Bodies

Reheated bodies
A zombie named R (Nicholas Hoult, who rarely has dialogue, speaking through voiceover for most of the film) eats the brains of dutiful young Perry (Dave Franco) and then creates a hostage situation cum romance with Julie (Teresa Palmer), the girl that Perry left behind.
By: JAKE MULLIGAN  |  February 01, 2013


The Films of Pierre Étaix

Canny carnie
Pierre Étaix is a carnie. Literally: except for time spent directing five feature films in the 1960s, he's made his living in the circus.
By: JAKE MULLIGAN  |  January 08, 2013


Review: The Impossible

In J.A. Bayona's neo-disaster-film, everything but the carnage is cheap.
By: JAKE MULLIGAN  |  December 31, 2012


Review: Not Fade Away

Fade to Black
Can a movie be intimate and rock-and-roll at the same time?
By: JAKE MULLIGAN  |  January 02, 2013


David Chase's goodbye to TV

With The Sopranos , David Chase kicked off a revolution, revitalizing the hour-long serial drama, and creating a benchmark for the genre.
By: JAKE MULLIGAN  |  December 21, 2012


Review: Hyde Park On Hudson

Lurking beneath Hyde Park on Hudson , the latest film to repurpose historical icons for Oscar-bait melodrama, is a screwball comedy trying desperately to break though.
By: JAKE MULLIGAN  |  December 13, 2012


Review: Life of Pi

Pi Patel promises a story that will make you believe in God.
By: JAKE MULLIGAN  |  November 23, 2012


Review: The Man With the Iron Fists

RZA's debut feature isn't just a kung-fu film, it's an abstract collection of everything he loves about the genre, from flat-voice acting to gruesome decapitations.
By: JAKE MULLIGAN  |  November 08, 2012


Flight of fancy: Robert Zemeckis returns to ''adult'' filmmaking

Robert Zemeckis has spent the past decade directing 3D animated blockbusters ( A Christmas Carol , The Polar Express ), but he's returned to "adult" filmmaking with a vengeance.
By: JAKE MULLIGAN  |  October 31, 2012


Review: Smashed

Within minutes of arriving on screen, Kate (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) drunkenly wets her bed, sloppily teaches her kindergarten class, and wraps up a night of partying by smoking crack at the local homeless hangout.
By: JAKE MULLIGAN  |  October 24, 2012


Review: Keep The Lights On

Ira Sachs's picture is many things: a snapshot of gay culture at the turn of the century, a brutally personal dramatization of his relationship with author Bill Clegg, a messy look at the realities of addiction, a formally audacious work in the tradition of New York indie cinema.
By: JAKE MULLIGAN  |  October 10, 2012


Affleck on 'Argo'

Ben Affleck's Argo may be a 1970s period piece, but that doesn't mean his Iran-set thriller isn't timely.
By: JAKE MULLIGAN  |  October 10, 2012


Review: Won't Back Down

Daniel Barnz's picture turns the American education crisis into a dumbed-down, Capraesque crowd-pleaser, with a malicious agenda to boot.
By: JAKE MULLIGAN  |  October 02, 2012


Review: Head Games

Legendary documentarian Steve James ( Hoop Dreams ) again turns his camera on the dark side of America's obsession with sports, this time looking at the rash of suicides and dementia linked to concussions.
By: JAKE MULLIGAN  |  October 02, 2012
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