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Robbers And Rangers Collide In ‘Hell Or High Water’
Two masked robbers clean out small branches of a Texas bank in David Mackenzie’s new neo-Western. Critic David Edelstein calls Hell or High Water a work of “broad scale and deep feeling.”
Meryl Streep’s Singer Has Delusions Of Adequacy In ‘Florence Foster Jenkins’
In her latest role, Streep plays a real-life laughingstock who fancied herself an opera singer.
A Is For August And Animation. 3 Animated Movies Debut This Month
Renee Montagne talks to Crystal Bell of MTV News, who walks us through this month’s animated films: Pete’s Dragon, Kubo and the Two Strings and a more adult animated film,Sausage Party.
This Food Is Tasteless, But Never Bland: ‘Sausage Party’ Is Gleefully Profane
Ain’t no party like a Sausage Party ’cause a Sausage Party don’t stop … being blithely offensive. But this animated film for adult audiences is made with true passion and technical skill.
Aria Woman Makes Good: In ‘Florence Foster Jenkins,’ A Weak Voice, A Strong Heart
Meryl Streep stars in a new biopic about a much-mocked (but well-financed) amateur opera singer whose love of music sustains her — and the film.
Warmly Emotional ‘Pete’s Dragon’ Soars In A Summer Of Darkness And Despair
David Lowery’s remake of a minor 1977 Disney feature improves on the original by dialing down the slapstick and dialing up the humanity — and the tears.
‘Hell Or High Water’ Is A Smart, Substantive Heist Film
Director David Mackenzie’s film about two brothers who rob banks while being chased by Texas Rangers is small, solid and sharply-observed.
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‘It’s A Playground’: Meryl Streep On Acting With Abandon
In her new film, Streep plays Florence Foster Jenkins, a socialite who didn’t let her less-than-great voice stop her from becoming an opera singer. Streep says she can relate to that kind of passion.
40 Years On, A Controversial Film On Islam’s Origins Is Now A Classic
The Message, released in 1976 and starring Anthony Quinn, was made with difficulty and condemned by hardliners. One of the challenges: its main character, the Prophet Muhammad, could not be pictured.
David Huddleston, The Real Big Lebowski, Dies At 85
We remember David Huddleston, the actor best known for his role as The Big Lebowski. He died this past week at the age of 85.
‘Little Men’ Puzzle Out Mysteries Of Friendship And Growth
The film follows two 13-year-olds who bond as their family’s begin to clash.
‘Little Men’ Combines Stark Economic Realities With Hope For A Better Future
As their parents engage in a bitter real-estate dispute, the friendship between two adolescent boys deepens in Ira Sach’s new film. Critic David Edelstein calls Little Men “quietly devastating.”
David Huddleston, Who Played The Real Mr. Lebowski, Dies
The Emmy-nominated character actor starred in classics such as The Big Lebowski and Blazing Saddles. His career spanned more than 50 years in movies, TV and on Broadway.
‘Little Prince’ Adaptations Aren’t Easy — Just Ask Orson Welles
In 1943, the legendary filmmaker tried (and failed) to turn Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s book into a movie. Director Mark Osborne got considerably further. His adaptation hit theaters on Friday.
Pop Culture Happy Hour: Getting Punchy With ‘Jason Bourne’ And ‘Suicide Squad’
This week, a slightly reconstituted panel tackles two big summer movies featuring rogues who do right. Plus: what’s making us happy this week.
An Argentine Jew Returns Home In ‘The Tenth Man’
Set in a Jewish neighborhood of Buenos Aires, Daniel Burman’s latest film sweetly spotlights the strained relationship between a returning son and his ostentatiously selfless father.
‘Suicide Squad’ Falls Far Short Of Its Goals
DC’s “rogues-do-good” answer to Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy lacks that film’s energy and charm; the result is a squalid, confusing mashup of tones and characters.
In The Warm But Underdeveloped ‘Little Men,’ Kids Bond While Parents Feud
Ira Sachs’ latest film, about a friendship between two boys, is Chekhovian in its subtlety but withholds too much and fails to attain the emotional impact for which it strives.
Great Actors Spend ‘Five Nights In Maine’ But It Feels More Like A Fortnight
Dianne Wiest and David Oyewolo work through grief and resentment in a plodding film our critic calls “an agonizing dirge.”
The Unsung Heroine Who Helped Shape ‘Suicide Squad’
The late Kim Yale co-wrote the comic book series that inspired the film hitting theaters this weekend. Neda Ulaby talked to several people who are happy to see her contributions recognized.
The ’60s ‘Batman’ Movie Just Turned 50 And Attention Must Be Paid
The Adam West-Burt Ward film, shot and released between the TV series’ 1st and 2nd seasons, is a thing of gloriously goofy beauty that will make your life better.
Kristen Bell On ‘Bad Moms’: ‘It Was The Funniest Script I Had Ever Read’
Bell’s new film is about three suburban moms who find themselves ground down by the endless chores of motherhood. She says its creators (two men) wrote it as a love letter to their overworked wives.
For A Female Banker At The Top Of Her Game, What Does It Take To Stay There?
In the film Equity, investment banker Naomi Bishop navigates the male-dominated world of Wall Street. Screenwriter Amy Fox discusses the film and her research, which included many interviews with women who worked on Wall Street.
‘Jason Bourne’ Returns, In A Dizzying And Frenetic Thriller
Actor Matt Damon and director Paul Greengrass pair up again for another chapter in the series about a rogue CIA assassin. Critic David Edelstein says Jason Bourne is very flashy — but not much fun.
Remembering Hollywood ‘Ghost Singer’ Marni Nixon
Nixon, who died on Sunday, was a classically trained actress who mostly worked behind the scenes. She dubbed vocals for many films, including My Fair Lady. Originally broadcast in 2001.
‘Easy’ Writer: Walter Mosley’s Passion For Bringing Black L.A. Stories To Life
In Charcoal Joe, Walter Mosley brings his iconic private eye Easy Rawlins into the haze of the late 60s, extending a literary odyssey through the transformation of black Los Angeles.
Pop Culture Happy Hour: ‘Stranger Things’ And Onscreen Weddings
The panel tackles the Netflix horror thriller Stranger Things before discussing favorite weddings from movies and TV. Then, as always, it’s on to What’s Making Us Happy this week.
Movie Review: ‘Jason Bourne,’ A Thriller For Our Times
In Jason Bourne, the latest in the secret agent series starring Matt Damon, director Paul Greengrass presents a thriller relevant to today’s world, says Kenneth Turan of the Los Angeles Times.
This Time Out, Matt Damon’s Not Feeling The ‘Bourne’
Jason Bourne is back — still, again, some more — in a new film critic Chris Klimek calls an “idea-starved vestigial tail” on the Bourne series.
‘Indignation,’ Based On Philp Roth’s Autobiographical Novel, Marred By Miscasting
Roth’s mercurial 2008 coming-of-age novel gets a dutiful, sober-minded adaptation undercut by a miscast Logan Lerman in the film’s lead role.
In ‘Tallulah,’ An Aimless Young Woman Stumbles Across A Purpose: Kidnapping
The plot’s overstuffed, but whenever Ellen Page and Allison Janney share the screen, Tallulah finds its palpably human center.
In ‘Equity,’ Wall Street’s Glass Towers Have Glass Ceilings
Anna Gunn plays a Manhattan investment banker determined to succeed, but powerful men — and slack film-making — let her down.
Soul Singer Sharon Jones: ‘The Cancer Is Here, But I Want To Perform’
In 2013, the energetic lead singer for The Dap-Kings was forced to take a hiatus from the band after she was diagnosed with cancer. The documentary Miss Sharon Jones! follows her musical comeback.