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James Franco stars in a fictionalized retelling of the creation of the "worst movie ever." A hilarious, but respectful, homage to artists who make bad art from genuine love, this is among the year's best. more

Dec 8, 2017 10:39 AM Film

The cliched coming-of-age flick is twisted with a mean-spirited protagonist, who sucks. Writer/director Greta Gerwig's film leaves little impact beyond a lead character who deserves comeuppance and not redemption. more

Nov 10, 2017 8:52 AM Film

Director Yorgos Lanthimos’ latest sees Colin Farrell and Nicole Kidman in a twisted state of affairs. Whether or not you find this "funny," you'll undoubtedly find it original and fascinating. more

Nov 3, 2017 11:37 AM Film

This exploration of Alfred Hitchcock's classic, Psycho, starts with interesting revelations and goes into the toilet. Literally, they talk about Hitchcock's use of toilets... Interesting at times, but mostly forgettable. more

Oct 27, 2017 9:34 AM Film

Lucky follows Harry Dean Stanton, in his final film role, as a 90-year-old creature of habit who realizes his own mortality through the quirky characters he meets in a sleepy desert town. It's as trite as it sounds, sadly. more

Oct 20, 2017 11:06 AM Film

This first-ever entirely hand-painted film explores the death of Vincent Van Gogh in a way that is sometimes captivating and sometimes frustrating. Still, the hypnotic visuals alone are worth the price of admission. more

Oct 20, 2017 10:43 AM Film

Ai Weiwei's documentary about the unfolding global refugee crisis ably demonstrates the scope and serves as both an educational and emotional experience. more

Oct 20, 2017 10:11 AM Film

This documentary exploring the aftermath of Michael Brown's murder and the subsequent riots in Ferguson, Missouri is one of the most important, beautifully crafted documentaries of the year. Seek it out. Now. more

Sep 29, 2017 10:56 AM

A promising-but-flawed look at an intriguing setting and well-acted characters, with a script that comes up a "few stories short." That joke is funnier if you know the characters are architects... more

Sep 19, 2017 9:57 AM Film

A documentarian's first narrative feature takes you inside a unique community and may be among the year's best films. more

Sep 1, 2017 10:40 AM Film

A finely produced documentary that hammers home important facts about climate change, with a few missteps and the return of a boring host. more

Aug 11, 2017 1:17 PM Film

An inoffensive family dramedy from the folks who did the brilliant Obvious Child, this is a 90s-set film that won't leave much of a lasting impression. more

Aug 11, 2017 9:33 AM Film

Casey Affleck dies, making Rooney Mara sad, and then Casey Affleck comes back as a ghost to watch Rooney Mara be sad. The movie goes on like this for a long time. more

Jul 31, 2017 1:10 PM Film

This is where a synopsis would go if the title of the film wasn't already the synopsis. more

Jul 21, 2017 8:48 AM Film

The latest from Bong Joon-ho is a straightforward "animal love" movie that demands to be watched immediately. more

Jun 30, 2017 12:04 PM Film 1 Comments

A local film gets meta on the mublecore movement, with a great lead performance and some expected pitfalls of the genre. more

Jun 16, 2017 11:43 AM Film

A "Gen X behaving badly" movie that doesn't much care if it's not for you. more

May 31, 2017 3:17 PM Film

This Emily Dickinson biopic is likely an expected delight for fans but is a surprisingly enjoyable time for those who have never read the poet. more

May 19, 2017 11:39 AM Film

This surprisingly effective, tragically resonant gem may have flawed visuals but few other problems,. more

Apr 21, 2017 12:49 PM Film

It doesn't happen often, but one of our reviewers believes this real-time shootout flick is one of the best he's ever seen. more

Apr 21, 2017 11:58 AM Film