Todd Haynes's Carol, Like the Romance at Its Center, Is Stunning and Unforgettable

Todd Haynes has spent a significant chunk of his career making movies about long-suffering women. There’s the anorexic Karen Carpenter in Superstar, the suffocating Orange County housewife Carol Hicks in Safe, the betrayed and hopelessly lovesick Cathy Whitaker in Far From Heaven, and the famously shat-upon mother in … »11/20/15 2:15pm11/20/15 2:15pm


It's the End of The Hunger Games, and Katniss Is Very Much Alone

I saw Mockingjay-Part 2 aka The Hunger Games Part 4 aka the one where Katniss almost died a few more times and not much else happened in “IMAX,” in what is apparently the biggest theater in New York City. “This is my favorite place in the city,” my effortlessly cool viewing companion told me as we settled in. “I come… »11/18/15 1:50pm11/18/15 1:50pm

With Spotlight, Tom McCarthy Has Made a Triumph About a Tragedy

Mark Ruffalo does a lot of running in Spotlight. His character, Mike Rezendes, is the kind of whippersnapper of a journalist you used to see in movies about journalists back when people made more movies about journalists, and the story he’s working on often requires him to get from point A (usually the courthouse) to… »11/13/15 11:55am11/13/15 11:55am

Miss You Already is Relentlessly Sad, Just Like It's Supposed to Be

Miss You Already begins with some brief narration over a collage of photographs—each one of Jess (Drew Barrymore) and Milly (Toni Collette) smiling or laughing or getting into some kind of trouble. In a wonderful line that describes the essence of their friendship—as well as many friendships in general—Jess says,… »11/07/15 3:15pm11/07/15 3:15pm

Steve Jobs Is a Breathlessly Written, Mostly Unbelievable Showcase for Aaron Sorkin

You could call Steve Jobs a filmed adaptation of a book. Or, more accurately, you could call it a filmed adaptation of a book that’s structured like a play. More simply, you could just call it a filmed play. And—if you wanted to get complicated—you could call it a film based on a book based on a man and written in the… »10/23/15 12:35pm10/23/15 12:35pm

Truth Is Worth Seeing Mostly Because of Cate Blanchett's Fiction (and Wig)

I have a feeling the real Mary Mapes is nothing like Cate Blanchett’s version of Mary Mapes in James Vanderbilt’s Truth. Not because I’ve met Mary Mapes or am particularly familiar with her (beyond video clips I watched in an attempt to familiarize myself with her mannerisms), but because the weight of Cate… »10/16/15 2:00pm10/16/15 2:00pm

The Final Girls Will Make You Wonder If You'd Survive a Horror Movie

The concept of “the Final Girl” was conceived by Carol Clover in her 1992 book, Men, Women, and Chainsaws: Gender in the Modern Horror Film. Clover describes the “last girl standing” in horror movies as sharing similar characteristics such as being virginal and having a gender-neutral name, examples of whom include… »10/09/15 12:50pm10/09/15 12:50pm

The Walk Is a Thrilling 3D Spectacle, Or At Least Half of It Is

Robert Zemeckis’s new film, The Walk, opens with Joseph Gordon Levitt staring at the camera in a distracting wig and asking, in a French accent, “Why?” It’s a good question, and one I asked myself often after learning of the project. (More specifically, I wailed it like I was Nancy Kerrigan being struck by a pipe… »10/02/15 1:30pm10/02/15 1:30pm

In The Intern, Anne Hathaway & Robert De Niro Explore an Unlikely Bromance

I almost missed The Intern. Not because of a ticket mishap or projector problem, but because it came this close to not getting the green light. Nancy Meyers, the film’s writer and director, says it was the hardest movie she’s ever made, and that the process of selling it was both “frustrating and disheartening.”… »9/25/15 10:26am9/25/15 10:26am

Meryl Streep's Ricki and the Flash Will Do Great on the Bar Circuit

After viewing the trailer for Ricki and the Flash, you’ll learn two things: 1. Meryl Streep can sing, and 2. the entire plot of Ricki and the Flash. More than any movie in recent memory, its trailer goes through every major beat in the story—down to the rousing finale. But that’s not necessarily a bad thing. »8/07/15 2:13pm8/07/15 2:13pm

The New Mad Max Film Is So Feminist My Scrotum Killed Itself

Guess what’s got my large intestine in a septic knot today, MANmerica? The extreme pussification and dude-slicing feminism that has taken Mad Max: Fury Road—a movie that should have been about two greased up male torsos in a UFC fight on the back of on a loud motorcycle—into a crotch-kicking misandrist fantasy… »5/18/15 3:30pm5/18/15 3:30pm

We Came in Like a Wrecking Ball... to Watch Pitch Perfect 2

I was pretty nervous about Pitch Perfect 2; I left the first movie, immediately turned to my sister and said, “Can we go back in and see that again?” My adoration, coupled with the fact that sequels are rarely anywhere close to as good as the originals (and that PP2 was getting a ton of hype but mixed reviews), didn’t… »5/15/15 3:00pm5/15/15 3:00pm