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Bad Grandpa movie review: low, low, low-art

Bad Grandpa movie review: low, low, low-art

Luke Buckmaster November 15, 2013

Bad Grandpa, from Jackass alumni Jeff Termaine and Johnny Knoxville, isn't exactly high-art. But who cares?

The Counselor: Ridley Scott breaks bad on the Tex-Mex border

The Counselor: Ridley Scott breaks bad on the Tex-Mex border

Luke Buckmaster November 5, 2013

Veteran Ridley Scott adapts an off-the-wall screenplay from esteemed novelist Cormac McCarthy, and the results are nothing if not audacious.

Thor: The Dark World movie review: a superhero craptastrophy

Thor: The Dark World movie review: a superhero craptastrophy

Luke Buckmaster October 29, 2013 7 Comments

In some circles superhero movies have a bad name. Want to know why? Go see Thor: The Dark World.

Captain Phillips movie review: bus stops, billboards and HMS Hanks

Captain Phillips movie review: bus stops, billboards and HMS Hanks

Luke Buckmaster October 29, 2013 5 Comments

Paul Greengrass' breathlessly intense drama Captain Phillips is being marketed as a Tom Hanks movie. What impact does that have on the film's quasi-documentary grasp of realism?

About Time movie review: less rom-com, more tick-tock?

About Time movie review: less rom-com, more tick-tock?

Luke Buckmaster October 20, 2013 3 Comments

English writer/director Richard Curtis' new movie -- a sweet-toothed time travel rom-com starring Domhnall Gleeson and Rachel McAdams -- poses several interesting questions, and answers almost none of them.

Prisoners movie review: trapped in a maze of moral murkiness

Prisoners movie review: trapped in a maze of moral murkiness

Luke Buckmaster October 19, 2013 1 Comment

Studio-produced Hollywood mystery-thrillers don't get a great deal better (or bleaker) than director Denis Villeneuve's enthralling film about a search for two abducted young girls.

Rush movie review: pole position for Ron Howard, the invisible auteur

Rush movie review: pole position for Ron Howard, the invisible auteur

Luke Buckmaster October 9, 2013

Capturing the sensational long-running stoush between Formula 1 racers James Hunt and Niki Lauda, Ron Howard has directed one of his most entertaining movies in years.

Gravity movie review: a new space odyssey

Gravity movie review: a new space odyssey

Luke Buckmaster October 4, 2013 3 Comments

Prepare to return your jaw to its upright position. Alfonso CuarĂ³n's space-set drama -- starring George Clooney and Sandra Bullock -- is a sight to behold.

The Best Offer movie review: the finer points of fakery

The Best Offer movie review: the finer points of fakery

Luke Buckmaster October 3, 2013

Italian filmmaker Giuseppe Tornatore directs a perfectly cast Geoffrey Rush in this gloomy and deceptive film set in the industry of high-end art dealing.

Stories We Tell movie review: basking in narrative confusion

Stories We Tell movie review: basking in narrative confusion

Luke Buckmaster September 26, 2013 1 Comment

In its own modest way, Sarah Polley's debut documentary feature about her family is a sophisticated and beguiling work.

Mood Indigo movie review: don’t cry for me, I’m already dead

Mood Indigo movie review: don’t cry for me, I’m already dead

Luke Buckmaster September 20, 2013 2 Comments

Michel Gondry is celebrated for odd films and visual flair, but his work has never felt pretentious or inaccessible. Until now.

Blue Jasmine movie review: dramatic masterclass c/o Woody Allen and Cate Blanchett

Blue Jasmine movie review: dramatic masterclass c/o Woody Allen and Cate Blanchett

Luke Buckmaster September 15, 2013 3 Comments

A late-period masterstroke from the ever prolific Woody Allen offers many things, including one of Cate Blanchett's finest performances.

The Rocket movie review: explosive melancholia

The Rocket movie review: explosive melancholia

Luke Buckmaster September 11, 2013

Australia's nomination for best foreign language film for the 2014 Oscars is a quaint and beautifully balanced Laos-set drama.

White House Down movie review: disaster porn comes to D.C.

White House Down movie review: disaster porn comes to D.C.

Luke Buckmaster September 3, 2013 2 Comments

Comedy and drama are regarded as easily distinguishable forms, but movies like White House Down prove defining them is not so simple.

Jobs movie review: dairy-infused biopic balderdash

Jobs movie review: dairy-infused biopic balderdash

Luke Buckmaster September 1, 2013 3 Comments

Cheesy moments can quickly derail a dramatic movie. Director Joshua Michael Stern's Steve Jobs biopic is full of them.

Kick-Ass 2 movie review: superheroes on social media

Kick-Ass 2 movie review: superheroes on social media

Luke Buckmaster August 28, 2013

Kick-Ass 2 may feature the most digitally connected heroes and villains in Hollywood history, but it's also an uncomfortably amoral experience.

Pain & Gain movie review: humping the American Dream, Michael Bay style

Pain & Gain movie review: humping the American Dream, Michael Bay style

Luke Buckmaster August 18, 2013 1 Comment

A terrific movie about the American Dream, directed by Michael Bay. Hang on, what?