Entertainment Weekly: Movies

  • Review: 'Neruda': EW review
    Friday - 12/16/2016 - 03:20 PM

    Audiences seeing Jackie this holiday season (and expecting a History Channel special instead of an ethereal rumination on myth creation) might be shocked to know that they are actually watching director Pablo Larraín’s more conventional movie of the moment.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Review: 'La La Land': EW review
    Wednesday - 12/07/2016 - 06:40 PM

    Every once in a while, you come out of a movie theater feeling like you’re walking on air. It doesn’t happen often, but when it does, it restores your faith in the power of cinema.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Review: 'Man Down': EW review
    Monday - 12/05/2016 - 11:45 AM

    When you start a decade with a bad Wall Street sequel and a worse Transformers sequel, going anywhere counts as “up.” So even though Shia LaBeouf’s career has lately taken an unusual trajectory—call it avant-garde if you’re kind—his decision to refocus his career on independent...D+

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  • Review: 'The Eyes of My Mother': EW review
    Wednesday - 11/30/2016 - 03:35 PM

    Writer-director Nicolas Pesce’s beautifully photographed but aggressively unpleasant art-house horror film will no doubt have its champions, but it won’t find one here. The Eyes of My Mother tells the story of a young girl named Francisca (Olivia Bond) who grows up on a remote farm with...C-

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  • Review: 'Best Worst Thing That Could Ever Have Happened...': EW review
    Sunday - 11/27/2016 - 10:07 PM

    A love letter to the theater—and a deeply poignant one at that—Lonny Price’s sentimental documentary Best Worst Thing That Ever Could Have Happened… is a bittersweet gem. Ostensibly a look back at the making of Stephen Sondheim and Harold Prince’s short-lived 1981 Broadway musical ...A-

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  • Review: 'Allied': EW review
    Wednesday - 11/16/2016 - 04:37 PM

    There’s something decidedly old-fashioned about the new Brad Pitt-Marion Cotillard spy thriller, Allied. And that ends up being a good thing. It’s the sort of twisty, romantic, smart-but-not-too-smart espionage film that Hollywood has all but given up on in recent years as it shamelessly...B+

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  • Review: 'A Street Cat Named Bob': EW review
    Friday - 11/18/2016 - 01:41 PM

    Back in 2012, a London musician and former heroin addict named James Bowen published a touching memoir about his struggles with homelessness and how an orange stray cat, who he christened “Bob,” entered his life and helped keep him on the road to sobriety.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Review: 'Nocturnal Animals': EW review
    Wednesday - 11/16/2016 - 04:31 PM

    Reviews of Tom Ford’s movies rarely fail to mention up top that he is a fashion designer first and a director second — as if his midcareer swerve into cinema is some kind of experiment in long-form fragrance ads, not actual filmmaking.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Review: 'Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them': EW review
    Friday - 11/11/2016 - 05:01 PM

    if you’re a publicly traded 21st-century media conglomerate, it’s fiscally irresponsible to leave profits on the table—especially if they’re Hogwarts-size profits. Warner Bros., which has raked in roughly $10 billion with its eight Harry Potter films, must have felt a sense of what-next dread after...B-

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  • Review: 'Elle': EW review
    Tuesday - 11/08/2016 - 05:36 PM

    Is there a better living actress than Isabelle Huppert? If there is, I’m all ears. Because with each of her films that makes its way Stateside, the case gets more overwhelming.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Review: 'All We Had': EW review
    Thursday - 12/08/2016 - 01:44 PM

    Just look around in any American town or city, and you can see people living on the edge of economic stability. Undoubtedly there is too much of it—but there’s also too much of it being depicted in a phony, unsubtle manner by moviemakers.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Review: 'Frank and Lola': EW review
    Wednesday - 12/07/2016 - 04:24 PM

    As Matthew Ross’ new film Frank & Lola opens, Michael Shannon is in bed with Imogen Poots. They’re in the heat of passion. The neon-lit skyline of Las Vegas can be seen out the window.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Review: 'Always Shine': EW review
    Wednesday - 11/30/2016 - 03:23 PM

    A classic case of a film whose reach exceeds its grasp, director Sophia Takal’s audacious psychological thriller Always Shine is half of a great movie that ends up trying to be more than it can handle.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Review: 'Best and Most Beautiful Things': EW review
    Wednesday - 11/30/2016 - 03:49 PM

    Michelle Smith is 20 years old. She likes cats and old ­episodes of the MTV show Daria. She’s got a kinky boyfriend whom her mom and stepdad aren’t crazy about.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Review: 'Bad Santa 2': EW review
    Monday - 11/21/2016 - 04:50 PM

    Roger Zelazny’s 1967 science-fiction novel Lord of Light starts with its protagonist being rescued from Heaven against his will. “Sam” had passed on to an ethereal, Nirvana-like afterlife, but unfortunately his services are still needed in the mortal realm, so his friends forcibly bring...B-

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  • Review: 'Lion': EW review
    Friday - 11/18/2016 - 05:19 PM

    Lion is one true story but two very different movies. The better one comes first. In late-’80s Central India, a 5-year-old boy named Saroo (Sunny Pawar) gets separated from his older brother.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Review: 'Manchester by the Sea': EW review
    Wednesday - 11/16/2016 - 04:18 PM

    Some writer-directors, like Woody Allen, manage to crank out a film a year like clockwork. Others, like Kenneth Lonergan, take their sweet time. He’s directed just two previous movies (2000’s You Can Count on Me and 2011’s Margaret), but rarely has our patience been as rewarded as...A

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  • Review: 'The Edge of Seventeen': EW review
    Wednesday - 11/16/2016 - 04:42 PM

    Misery, thy name is high school. And Nadine (Hailee Steinfeld) would rather shuffle off this mortal coil than have to deal with one more day of social Darwinism and millennial ennui.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Review: 'The Monster': EW review
    Tuesday - 11/08/2016 - 05:24 PM

    In the horror genre, sometimes the real monster is humanity, as the Walking Dead TV show is keen to demonstrate. Sometimes, however, the real monster is an actual outsize, razor-toothed monster, waiting out in the darkness of the forest to pounce on any folks luckless enough to wind up in...B

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  • Review: 'Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk': EW review
    Thursday - 11/10/2016 - 10:42 AM

    Few directors in the world have been as reliable as Ang Lee. Since his breakout film, The Wedding Banquet, released 23 years ago, his 10 films since that initial Oscar-nominated success have included probably the best Jane Austen adaptation (Sense and Sensibility), possibly one of the...C-

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  • Review: 'Passengers': EW review
    Thursday - 12/15/2016 - 06:30 AM

    The signs to be hopeful were all there: A pair of dependable movie stars, a bullish Oscar-season spot on the release calendar, a director hot off of an Oscar-nominated film.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Review: 'Office Christmas Party': EW review
    Wednesday - 12/07/2016 - 05:21 PM

    Another year, another big-screen contender for the naughty list. Like Bad Santa, The Night Before, and other hard-R Christmas comedies, Office offers the promise of relief from the anodyne entertainment and forced-festive sentiments of the holidays.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Review: 'Jackie': EW review
    Wednesday - 11/30/2016 - 03:08 PM

    Is there a woman in popular culture more known and less knowable than Jacqueline Kennedy? She’s the ultimate cipher icon — the almost realized dream of American royalty, a beautiful enigma frozen in pink bouclé.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Review: 'The Love Witch': EW review
    Sunday - 11/27/2016 - 09:44 PM

    In 2007, writer-director Anna Biller conjured one of the most delightfully idiosyncratic movies in years with the day-glo indie Viva. As oxymoronic as it sounds, the film was a sort of feminist tribute to the leering sex-bomb cinema of Russ Meyer.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Review: 'Miss Sloane': EW review
    Wednesday - 11/23/2016 - 12:30 PM

    On the moral-authority scale, government lobbyists probably land somewhere between Vladimir Putin and those guys who sell protein supplements on the internet: They’re all venal pay-to-play opportunists, ruthless political animals who will do or say anything for the endgame.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Review: 'Rules Don't Apply': EW review
    Friday - 11/18/2016 - 05:40 PM

    Hollywood icon, legendary lothario, reclusive man of mystery: It’s not hard to imagine what drew Warren Beatty to Howard Hughes. Aside from the obvious traits the two men share, the late tycoon’s wild life (Sex!More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Review: 'The Take': EW review
    Thursday - 11/17/2016 - 04:51 PM

    With bone-rattling timbre, a ripped physique, and charming British sensibility, it’s no surprise as to why Idris Elba has been touted as a worthy successor to the James Bond throne.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Review: 'Bleed for This': EW review
    Wednesday - 11/16/2016 - 12:37 PM

    Professional boxing has been on the ropes for a while now, but you wouldn’t know it. Hollywood can’t seem to throw in the towel. Hard on the heels of Southpaw, Creed, and Hands of Stone, comes director Ben Younger’s Bleed for This—a biopic of the blue-collar...B-

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  • Review: 'True Memoirs of an International Assassin': EW review
    Tuesday - 11/08/2016 - 05:07 PM

    If Netflix is serious about becoming a major player in the original-movies game, they’re going to have to do better than True Memoirs of an International Assassin. A sort of big-and-tall-shop riff on The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, the uninspired action-comedy stars affable ...C

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  • Review: 'Arrival': EW review
    Tuesday - 11/08/2016 - 04:47 PM

    Do they come in peace? That’s the question at the center of every story that invites us to imagine we might not be the only sentient beings in the reach of 200 billion-or-so known galaxies.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share