Entertainment Weekly: Movies

  • Review: 'Inferno': EW review
    Monday - 10/24/2016 - 04:38 PM

    Oh, those sweeping shots of Florence and Istanbul. Ah, the Renaissance palazzos. And the inevitable anagram hidden in a classic painting, and the frantic quest that elevates perusals of museum stacks into thrilling set pieces.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Review: 'Ouija: Origin of Evil': EW review
    Thursday - 10/20/2016 - 05:11 PM

    It’s difficult to make a board game scary. Most of the time, the games sit in closets gathering dust, or being pulled out for entertainment at family gatherings—as such, they’re not exactly evocative symbols of eldritch horror.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Review: 'The Handmaiden': EW review
    Monday - 10/17/2016 - 04:04 PM

    There’s a saying often credited to pulp writer Jim Thompson that there is only one plot: “Things are not as they seem.” In the case of The Handmaiden, the maxim applies equally to the story and the filmmaking.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Review: 'Certain Women': EW review
    Monday - 10/17/2016 - 01:38 PM

    Kelly Reichardt’s exquisite, character-based indie films are often described as “low key” or “deliberately-paced.” They tend to “take their time.” If you read between the lines, what that really means is that they can be a bit…slow.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Review: 'Little Sister': EW review
    Wednesday - 10/12/2016 - 05:41 PM

    Though she never really went anywhere, Ally Sheedy’s return to form in Zach Clark’s SXSW indie Little Sister feels infinitely satisfying as a long-awaited big screen comeback for the Brat Pack actress, some 30 years after she first splashed onto the scene as part of The Breakfast...B-

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  • Review: 'The Accountant': EW review
    Monday - 10/10/2016 - 10:13 AM

    Behold the hero only Ben Affleck could play: Mortal, yes, but blessed with extraordinary abilities, he is driven by childhood tragedy to take on a secret identity, a righteous vigilante haunting the darkest corners of the underworld.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Review: 'The Birth of a Nation': EW review
    Wednesday - 10/05/2016 - 05:36 PM

    Nate Parker’s lightning-rod account of slave-turned-revolutionary Nat Turner arrives in the opposite of a vacuum: The long path to release has been so clouded by expectation, controversy, and extracurricular noise that it’s almost strange to be reminded that there is, in fact, an actual movie at...B+

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  • Review: 'The Girl on the Train': EW review
    Monday - 10/03/2016 - 12:16 PM

    What makes a movie adaptation of a book succeed? The quality of the source material matters, of course, but it’s hardly a guarantee; a lot of great ­novels have curled up and died on screen, and some forgettable or even truly awful ones have been pulled through the weeds. 
    The film rights for Paula...A-

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  • Review: Ava DuVernay documentary ‘13th’: EW review
    Thursday - 09/29/2016 - 07:44 PM

    It is Barack Obama that we first hear in Selma director Ava DuVernay’s staggering, scorching Roman candle of a documentary about endemic racism and the prison system. “The United States is home to five percent of the world’s population,” he says, “but 25 percent of the world’s prisoners.”...A

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  • Review: 'Deepwater Horizon': EW review
    Thursday - 09/29/2016 - 08:03 AM

    Of all the cinematic horrors that have risen from the sea — the krakens and mega sharks, murderous squid and needle-toothed barracudas — there might not be one as catastrophic as the monster that drives Deepwater Horizon: greed.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Review: 'In a Valley of Violence': EW review
    Monday - 10/24/2016 - 12:28 PM

    Ti West, the director of The House of the Devil, The Innkeepers, and The Sacrament, doesn’t possess the visual imagination or ear for dialogue of his most obvious cinematic antecedent Quentin Tarantino.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Review: 'Keeping Up with the Joneses': EW review
    Thursday - 10/20/2016 - 09:16 AM

    Director Greg Mottola has proven that he knows how to transform a tired comedy cliché into something special, whether that’s tackling the retro coming-of-age dramedy in Adventureland or the raunchy high school sex farce in Superbad.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Review: 'American Pastoral': EW review
    Wednesday - 10/19/2016 - 10:21 AM

    It’s telling that the trailer for American Pastoral features almost no dialogue at all, just a painterly series of images (flag, firebomb, meaningful stare) unreeling over a melancholy cover of Tears for Fears’ “Mad World.” Ewan McGregor’s directorial debut is built on words — the...C-

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  • Review: 'Desierto': EW review
    Thursday - 10/13/2016 - 10:40 AM

    Immigration has been a hot-button issue in the race for the White House. And there’s no denying that it’s a complicated subject. Sadly, you won’t find any of that complexity in Jonás Cuarón’s Desierto — a classed-up B-movie riff on The Most Dangerous Game.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Review: 'Tower': EW review
    Wednesday - 10/12/2016 - 12:58 PM

    With mass shootings such a disturbingly common occurrence in the United States today, it’s becoming more and more difficult to remember a time when news of such senseless violence wasn’t met with the same exhausting thought: “Again?”
    Tower, the effective mixed-media docu-drama, transports...A-

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  • Review: 'Voyage of Time: The IMAX Experience': EW review
    Friday - 10/07/2016 - 12:36 PM

    Voyage of Time: The IMAX Experience is the logical next step for writer, director, and enthusiast of hands gently grazing wheat stalks Terrence Malick. The 45-minute, large-format version of his spin on the history of the world is as visually stunning, languid, and heavy on the voice over—...C+

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  • Review: 'Mascots': EW review
    Wednesday - 10/05/2016 - 04:56 PM

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    Mascots should be the perfect match. Christopher Guest is the godfather of mockumentaries (even though it’s a term he himself has disavowed), and the oddness of the sports mascot subculture makes them a perfect target for the director of Waiting for...B-

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  • Review: 'Masterminds': EW review
    Friday - 09/30/2016 - 02:27 PM

    At first, Masterminds’ title feels accurate. It is, after all, a fictionalization of the largest cash heist in American history (the 1997 Loomis Fargo robbery in North Carolina). But once the movie has introduced viewers to its squad of criminals—bumbling armored car security guard David...B

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  • Review: 'Amanda Knox': EW review
    Thursday - 09/29/2016 - 08:42 AM

    With the recent true-crime spree of The Jinx, The People v. O.J. Simpson, and Making a Murderer taking over TV, audiences have announced how they want their homicide: long, bloody, and intensive.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Review: 'Denial': EW review
    Thursday - 09/29/2016 - 08:15 AM

    When American academic Deborah Lipstadt called out a famed anti-Semite named David Irving in 1993 for claiming that, among other things, Hitler was actually a great friend to the Jews, she never imagined she’d be sued for libel — or that the ensuing court case would essentially put the entire...B-

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  • Review: 'Doctor Strange': EW review
    Monday - 10/24/2016 - 05:11 PM

    There’s nothing particularly new about serious, over-qualified actors being recruited to class up a Marvel movie. But the studio’s latest, Doctor Strange, wouldn’t work as well it as it does (and it mostly works very, very well) without Benedict Cumberbatch and Tilda Swinton — two actors,...B+

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  • Review: 'Moonlight': EW review
    Monday - 10/17/2016 - 03:29 PM

    When we look back on our lives, trying to figure out how we wound up where we are and who we are, there’s a tendency to focus on a few events that, in retrospect, are weighted with course-determining significance.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Review: 'Jack Reacher: Never Go Back': EW review
    Wednesday - 10/19/2016 - 04:11 PM

    Here it is: the sequel no one asked for to the movie that no one quite remembers. Yes, we’ve come to that late stage in Hollywood’s franchise economy where any film that narrowly outperforms its budget overseas automatically gets a follow-up.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Review: 'Christine': EW review
    Thursday - 10/13/2016 - 11:02 AM

    In the rarefied realm of dueling biopics, Christine Chubbuck seems like an unexpected name to land alongside Truman Capote, Wyatt Earp, and Steve Jobs. A reporter for a local news station in Sarasota, she’s mostly famous — or infamous — for killing herself live on air three weeks before her 30th...B

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  • Review: 'Kevin Hart: What Now?': EW review
    Wednesday - 10/12/2016 - 04:47 PM

    The beginning of Kevin Hart: What Now? feels less like a standup special and more like an elaborate James Bond spoof, introducing the titular comedian as Agent 0054 and various celebrities as themselves, including Ed Helms and Don Cheadle.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Review: 'Blue Jay': EW review
    Thursday - 10/06/2016 - 12:08 PM

    Whether in reality or on the big screen, you’ve seen the story before; teenage boy meets teenage girl, one breaks the other’s heart, and they go their separate ways, growing into adulthood and apart from each other.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Review: 'Under the Shadow': EW review
    Wednesday - 10/05/2016 - 04:34 PM

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    How could life get any worse for a liberal-minded woman living in Tehran during the Iran-Iraq war of the ’80s, as fundamentalist proscriptions and Iraqi missiles rain down on the population?More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Review: 'A Man Called Ove': EW review
    Friday - 09/30/2016 - 11:00 AM

    Fredrik Backman’s 2012 novel A Man Called Ove became an international bestseller several years ago, chronicling the life of a grumpy old curmudgeon and the unlikely friendship he strikes up with his neighbors.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Review: 'American Honey': EW review
    Thursday - 09/29/2016 - 08:34 AM

    A raunchy, rapturous teenage dream, American Honey is indie cinema’s latest attempt to capture the quicksilver magic of what it means to be young and restless and radically alive on screen.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Review: 'Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children': EW review
    Monday - 09/26/2016 - 01:00 PM

    The creepy vintage photos that pepper Ransom Riggs’ original Miss Peregrine novel look like relics from Tim Burton’s attic, so it’s fitting that the master of macabre is shepherding Riggs’ book to the big screen.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share