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Movie review: ‘Ten Thousand Saints’


The Solution Entertainment Group

Set in 1980s New York, Ten Thousand Saints takes a wistful look at the era before yuppies took over the place and cleaned everything up. The Lower East Side comes across as lovably dangerous. Though police may be beating back rioters in Tompkins Square Park, in this f... Read more

Movie review: ‘American Ultra’



Jesse Eisenberg usually plays geeky and studious, not gallant and studly. He’s Mark Zuckerberg, not Jason Statham. Read more

Movie review: ‘Straight Outta Compton’


Universal Pictures

It has been a good year for pop music on film, from the Brian Wilson biopic, Love and Mercy, to the celebration of retro hip-hop, Dope. The trend continues with the electric, if slightly hagiographic, Straight Outta C... Read more

Movie review: ‘Return to Sender’


Photograph: Patti Perret

Rosamund Pike and Shiloh Fernandez throw themselves into their characters with such gusto in Return to Sender that, at times, it’s easy to forget that the film itself is forgettable. Read more

Movie review: ‘Best of Enemies’


ABC Photo Archives

In August of 1968, William F. Buckley Jr. and Gore Vidal faced off in a series of 10 televised debates on ABC. Read more

Movie review: ‘Fort Tilden’


There’s a good, funny movie to be made out of the material in Fort Tilden, a sort-of Mean Girls-meets- Girls adventure about a day in the life of two spoiled Brooklynistas who... Read more

Movie review: ‘Cop Car’


Focus Features

The idea of casting Kevin Bacon as a corrupt, rural sheriff on the hunt for the two pre-teens who stole his police vehicle could make for some grade-A, B-movie fun. Read more

Movie review: ‘Do I Sound Gay?’


Sundance Selects

The documentary Do I Sound Gay? sneaks up on you. What begins as a first-person account of one man’s quest to change the way he speaks soon becomes something closer to pop anthropology, in the process throwing in a bit of sociolinguistics and stand-up comedy. Read more

Movie review: ‘The Man From U.N.C.L.E.’


Warner Bros.

Some movies are hung up on their own moves, and they can be terrific fun if they’re directed by someone who knows how and when to move a camera. Read more

Movie review: ‘The Gift’



The Guest, about a guy who shows up at a family’s door and who is not quite what he says he is , hit theaters at the tail-end of last summer, bringing with it a knowing, tongue-in-cheek salute to ’70s-era John Carpenter movies. Read more

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