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Scarlett Johansson stars in 'Lucy'


By Kevin Taft | Jul 25
Besson has big ideas that get taken over by his "Transporter"-style need for over-the-top action and violence.

A Scene from 'Happy Christmas'

Happy Christmas

By Roger Walker-Dack | Jul 25
After last year's "Drinking Buddies," this is probably Swanberg's second most accessible work to date, and part of his continued evolution from a filmmaker once known as the king of mumblecore. Long may it continue.

Colin Firth and Emma Stone star in 'Magic in the Moonlight'

Magic in the Moonlight

By Kilian Melloy | Jul 25
If you feel a frisson of dread at the prospect of the new Woody Allen movie, you can be forgiven. But don't worry: It's not a disaster. Nor is it a masterpiece. It's more like a flat line.

Zach Braff stars in 'Wish I Was Here'

Wish I Was Here

By Kevin Taft | Jul 21
Zach Braff's Kickstarter-fueled follow-up to his indie hit "Garden State" is a sweet film despite it's uncertainties.

Alive Inside

By Kilian Melloy | Jul 18
Elders suffering dementia, and younger people medically institutionalized thanks to mental illness or degenerative diseases, are at risk of simply being medically warehoused. But they still have the potential for rich inner life -- and music could be key.

Romain Duris and Audrey Tautou star in 'Mood Indigo'

Mood Indigo

By Kilian Melloy | Jul 18
Gondry might be offering a vision of how time chews everything to bits, or how anxiety and despair infect youthful happiness. In any case, this filmic fairy tale is as colorful, unexpected, grim, and yet energetic as anything in the canon of film.

Cameron Diaz and Jason Segel star in 'Sex Tape'

Sex Tape

By Jake Mulligan | Jul 18
There's a moment here where Diaz is lambasting Segal, both of them stretching their faces in some weird attempt to approximate human vulnerability. She's standing in front of a fridge, and one of the kid's drawings is of a very specific food item: "Corn."

A scene from 'The Purge: Anarchy'

The Purge: Anarchy

By Padraic Maroney | Jul 18
An unnecessary sequel proves that the filmmakers are inept at creating a linear film with a consistent tone.

A scene from 'I Origins'

I Origins

By Kevin Taft | Jul 18
Avoid watching the trailer for Mike Cahill's second feature so as not to spoil the thoughtful and impactful ideas he offers his audience.

Michael Douglas stars in 'And So It Goes'

And So It Goes

By Jake Mulligan | Jul 18
For an example of cinema-as-lifestyle-porn, see Rob Reiner's latest movie.