Arnold Somehow Saves Terminator Genisys From Being A Total Disaster

Arnold Schwarzenegger is once again playing a machine cloaked in human skin in Terminator Genisys, but now he’s the most human thing in a plastic movie. Arnie’s trademark grimace looks rough around the edges, like a slab of petrified wood after years of erosion. In a movie that’s basically shitty comfort food, the… » 7/01/15 1:15pm Wednesday 1:15pm

Mad Max: Fury Road Is An Astonishing Work Of Art

You don’t realize just how crappy most action movies are, until you see something like Mad Max: Fury Road — a movie in which there are no “action scenes” because the action pretty much never stops. And the film’s constant sense of violent motion is in the service of incredible imagery and transcendant moments. » 5/15/15 12:25pm 5/15/15 12:25pm

At Last, There’s A Movie That Makes The Avengers Truly Larger Than Life

The first Avengers movie was the first film to capture the scale and vibrancy of a comic book on screen. The sequel, Age of Ultron, marks a smaller but still significant advance: This is the first movie to make superheroes feel larger than normal people... by getting more personal. Here’s our spoiler-free review. » 5/01/15 11:45am 5/01/15 11:45am

Spoiler-Free Review: Marvel’s New Daredevil Series Is Bloody Fantastic

We’re awash in live-action adaptations of comic books lately, including several TV shows. But Netflix’s new Daredevil series still feels like something special. It pulls no punches, never winks at the audience, and perfectly captures the feel of the best Daredevil comics. Here’s our spoiler-free review.
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Jupiter Ascending Is A Very Decadent Movie About Why Decadence Is Bad

Jupiter Ascending isn't just a mediocre film. It's also self-indulgent, and in love with its own excesses. It's like the sick love-child of Zardoz and Fifth Element. But what's really odd about Jupiter is that it wants to criticize opulence and selfishness, and yet it's a movie that thinks "more" is always "better." » 2/06/15 12:31pm 2/06/15 12:31pm

The Exodus Mystery: How Can a Movie Be So Wrong in So Many Ways?

This is one of those moments when a movie comes along that is so repugnant, and so bland, and so pretentious, that it's almost impossible to believe. And yet, like a voice from a burning bush, Exodus is an unbelievable event that will nevertheless lead thousands of people on a terrifying quest — to movie theaters. » 12/12/14 4:17pm 12/12/14 4:17pm

In The Brilliant New Hunger Games Film, Katniss Can't Escape The Arena

The third movie in the Hunger Games series is supposed to be the one where the frame pulls back and reveals a bigger world than the teen arena of the first two. Instead, Mockingjay Part 1 does something more daring: it shows how all of the dystopian land of Panem is just the Arena writ large. Minor spoilers ahead... » 11/21/14 12:27pm 11/21/14 12:27pm

Big Hero 6 Is One Of The Year's Best Science Fiction Films, Period

Disney's new film, Big Hero 6, is a celebration of science and the joy of innovation. In the guise of a superhero origin story, it tells a smart, inventive tale about young science geeks who grapple with issues around the responsible use of technology. It's one of the best science-fiction films in ages. Minor spoilers… » 11/07/14 3:04pm 11/07/14 3:04pm

Why Superhero Movie Fans Need To See Birdman

Even in a year with some pretty notable superhero films, Birdman is a pretty significant movie about superheroes. This darkly surreal satire about an aging actor struggling with his superhero past is full of magical-realist touches and tugs at our national obsession with big heroic narratives. And here's why superhero… » 10/22/14 6:06pm 10/22/14 6:06pm

The New Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Movie Fails In Every Possible Way

It's not enough to say that the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot is kind of a lousy movie. You want to be able to draw some kind of lesson from its crapness, or at least pick through the debris for some hint of what it could have been. To that end, here are all the ways that TMNT 2014 fails. » 8/08/14 12:55pm 8/08/14 12:55pm

The Second Kenshin Film is Just as Good as the First

Two years ago, classic 90s anime/manga Rurouni Kenshin made its way to the big screen. It was an excellent live-action adaptation—easily one of the best I have ever seen. The second film, Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Inferno, is equally as well done—something even more impressive given the amount of story it has to cover. » 8/04/14 7:30am 8/04/14 7:30am

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes Is the Most Upsetting Dystopia of All

Three years ago, audiences were blown away by Rise of the Planet of the Apes, a smart reimagining of the Apes franchise for the biotech age. Now ape protagonist Caesar is back in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, where humanity has been decimated by a plague and the planet's future is the grimmest you've ever seen. » 7/11/14 1:52pm 7/11/14 1:52pm

In Transformers 4, Michael Bay Urges You To Smash The Patriarchy

The new Transformers movie expertly duplicates the experience of taking an endless road trip with your father, who refuses to see you as a separate person and who is also quietly falling apart. It's dull, horrifying and miserable. But after nine hours, you realize you're seeing the failure of patriarchy, in miniature. » 6/27/14 1:29pm 6/27/14 1:29pm

This Is The First X-Men Movie To Be A Great Film In Its Own Right

Back in 2000, the first X-Men movie felt like a milestone: one of the first movies to capture comic-book storytelling on film. But now, 14 years later, X-Men: Days of Future Past actually feels like a good movie in terms of storytelling and stylistic innovation, not just a good comic-book movie. Minor spoilers ahead... » 5/23/14 12:39pm 5/23/14 12:39pm