American Sniper Almost Misses the Marksman

“American Sniper” is the most divisive movie on screens at the moment, and it appears to have caught a wave of desire among audiences—conservative, liberal, centrist—to return to stories of nerve-wracking wartime heroism in varying degrees of truth and fiction. Read More



Reese Witherspoon Takes You on the Hike of Your Life in Wild

Cheryl Strayed‘s 2012 memoir Wild has become a swift, solidly built movie capturing most of its author’s most interesting baggage stuff—the weedy tangle of regrets, the reckless bumper-car behavior borne of grief—while offering a rather different experience of what Strayed called “radical aloneness.” [Read: "A Walk on the Wild Side with Cheryl Strayed"] I Read More



‘Horribly’ Delightful?

At the risk of suggesting that Horrible Bosses 2 has a compelling reason to exist, it’s worth noting that the movie does function, on one level, as an anti-capitalist revenge fantasy aimed at the 1 percent. Mainly, however, this inane and incredibly tasteless sequel qualifies as an excuse to bring back those hard-working funnymen. Read More



Edward Snowden Documentary Works Whether You Like Him or Not

A cool, steady stream of anxiety, Laura Poitras’ documentary Citizenfour draws from the visual language and buggy paranoia of the best-known 1970s political thrillers: The Conversation, The Parallax View, Three Days of the Condor, All the President’s Men. Each of the cities filmed in Citizenfour gets its own quiet yet sinister establishing shot, so Read More