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There's a reason why Snowpiercer — which could have, theoretically, easily been a centerpiece summer film for a major Hollywood studio — is getting handled by the industry with the timid kid gloves of an arthouse release. It has a lot to do with …
In the beginning of Life Itself, Steve James' 
 documentary of Roger Ebert adapted from his memoir of the same name, Ebert does a little role reversal with the director. "The director cuts to a shot of himself filming himself in the mirror," …
WHAT A LOSER Wednesday, July 2, 2014
Someday, Melissa McCarthy will find the perfect star vehicle to showcase her talents. Today is not that day. Tammy, the latest in a series of misfires featuring McCarthy as a foul-mouthed, irresponsible louse, is spectacularly unfunny. It's the kind …
HUNGRY FOR MORE Tuesday, June 24, 2014
When surveying great instances of culinary cinema — i.e., movies that contain Grade-A food porn — it becomes obvious that I’m assembling a list of all-around terrific films. Babette’s Feast, …
THE OTHER 50 PERCENT Tuesday, June 24, 2014
At the start of this film, struggling Brooklyn 
standup comic Donna (Jenny Slate) 
takes the stage to deliver a mighty riff on vaginal discharge. Now, 50 percent of the population already knows …
NOT THIS KIND OF MESSY Tuesday, June 24, 2014
I ’m hearing it in sky blue,” complains music  producer Bob Crewe in the middle of  recording a track with the singing group that will later be called The Four Seasons. …
ROGER BEEBE'S CRYING GAME Wednesday, June 18, 2014
Roger Beebe doesn't believe that bigger 
 (or more expensive) is always better. His 
 collection of shorts, which he showcases at Sun-Ray Cinema on June 19, cost him less than $80. Some of the 10 films cost less than $1. Ranging in duration from …
DARING MANEUVER Wednesday, June 18, 2014
At the opening of How to Train Your Dragon 2, the familiar logo appears — a 
 boy casting a fishing line from his perch on a crescent moon — accompanied by a message that just doesn't seem like it could be right: 20 years? Could it really be …
THE BIG HOLLYWOOD SMACKDOWN Tuesday, June 17, 2014
Sequels, sheesh, amirite, folks? Contradictorily, they’re bigger, louder and more expensive than their predecessors and cheaper, smaller, lazier and not as fun. So, of course, I went into 22 …
THE JOKE'S ON US Wednesday, June 11, 2014
I can't wait for the day when James Franco 
 finally comes out of the performance-art 
 closet and reveals that almost everything he's done in the past, oh, 10 years or so has been part of an intricate ongoing practical joke to yank celebrity …