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The title of director Max Joseph's "We Are Your Friends" might have taken a question mark: Who are your friends? The guys you grew up with, and are dragging you down? The habitués of Hollywood's seething, surging dance floors? The hustlers and drug dealers? The young woman with Sophia Loren's mouth? More »
The hard-partying and sexually undiscriminating magazine writer played by Amy Schumer in "Trainwreck" may have raised a few eyebrows, but she looks like Queen Victoria compared to Minnie Goetze, the heroine of "The Diary of a Teenage Girl." Both characters are semi-autiobigraphical creations, and both indulge in their share of sex, drugs and moral transgression. What's discomfiting about Minnie, however, is that she's only 15. More »
Brooke Cardenas (Greta Gerwig), the anti-anti-heroine of Noah Baumbach's "Mistress America," is funny, charismatic and as profoundly sad a human being as habituates American comedy. Having just turned 30, she overemphasizes her hipster bona fides whenever possible. She talks about social media in a manner her younger friends take for granted. She reacts to an intrusive cellphone in a way her new friend, Tracy (Lola Kirke) -- whose mother is marrying Brooke's father -- wouldn't even notice. ("Must we document ourselves all the time?" she sort-of laughs. "Must we?") She explains things that needn't be explained. ("I'm an autodidact. You know what that means? It's one of the things I self-taught myself.") If Flaubert were alive, and American, and had a Instagram account, he might create a Brooke Cardenas, a Madame Bovary tortured not by bourgeois boredom but a desperation for someone else's youth. More »
"Sinister," a horror movie from 2012, starred Ethan Hawke as a crime writer who moves into a rural Pennsylvania house and discovers a treasure trove of old 8 mm movies. They all showed families being murdered in creative ways, and each reel bore a jocular label like "Pool Party" or "Family Hanging Out." Lurking in the footage -- possibly in the actual celluloid -- was Bughuul, a demon who preys on children. More »
Talking to the camera at the beginning of Aviva Kempner's "Rosenwald," an African-American woman says that if Julius Rosenwald were alive today, she'd ask him, "What was it that really made you want to do this for all these kids?" The question seems slightly obnoxious, given Rosenwald's enormous contributions to African-American education, culture and housing, but Kempner sets out to answer it as best she can, during what is her exhaustively researched and revelatory journey into Rosenwald's life and philanthropy. More »
"Hitman: Agent 47" begins with a short preamble that looks and sounds like a government dossier, then delves straight into brain-splattering gunplay. If that sounds like the first few moments of an action-based video game, it's because this movie is based on one. "Hitman: Agent 47" couldn't possibly be as much fun as the Xbox or PlayStation versions, though. You can't control it, and you won't get any bonus points for finishing it. More »
Stoner comedies are funny. Action comedies are funny. So why aren't stoner action-comedies funny? More »
Among its main attractions are a dazzling O'Shea Jackson Jr., playing his father, Ice Cube, and newcomer Jason Mitchell as the insouciant Eazy-E, both founding members of N.W.A. More »
Director Guy Ritchie's adaptation is a faster, funnier, snazzier version of the mid-'60s TV series, and it works like a charm. More »
James Ponsoldt's "The End of the Tour" is based on a real encounter between two successful authors. For a certain kind of young, creative intellectual, however, the movie will have the powerful pull of fantasy. More »