Review: The Magnificent Seven

A not-so-magnificent second take
On the surface, director Antoine Fuqua's The Magnificent Seven may seem another ill-advised remake of a classic Hollywood movie. Producers and studio executives typically justify the practice by explaining that today's audiences just aren't familiar with many of the all-time-great films.

Review: Snowden

Oliver Stone’s gripping biopic profiles the whistleblower
One of the most memorable moments delivered by Oliver Stone's Snowden occurs before the film begins. A public service announcement asking moviegoers to turn off their phones — ostensibly to avoid disturbing fellow theater patrons — is made by the director himself.

Review: The Beatles: Eight Days a Week — The Touring Years

Old film and new technology offer a fresh look at the The Beatles’ early years
It's been 46 years since the Beatles broke up, but you wouldn't know it from the band's enduring popularity. Aging baby boomers still hold The Beatles close to their hearts and a surprising number of young listeners have found their way to the band's extraordinary recordings — The Beatles' official Facebook page currently has more than 42 million "likes."

Review: The Witness

A New York family corrects the record in a cathartic revision of a flawed urban myth
The murder of 28-year-old Kitty Genovese on a deserted street in Queens, New York in 1964 reverberated around the globe and came to symbolize the arrival of a less innocent era. According to a front-page story in The New York Times published two weeks after Genovese's funeral, 38 people watched her protracted assault from a 10-story apartment building but did nothing to help.

Review: Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World

Werner Herzog exposes the iheart of darkness
For all his accomplishments, filmmaker Werner Herzog might not be anyone's first choice to direct a documentary about the internet. It's not that he lacks vision or skill.

Review: Hell or High Water

David Mackenzie directs a post-financial crisis Western
It has been argued that all Westerns share a single, underlying topic: the impending loss of the West. A cowboy riding the prairie alone or struggling to protect his secluded ranch may seem threatened by bandits or vengeful natives.

Review: Don’t Think Twice

Comedian-turned-director Mike Birbiglia's charming tale of a New York City improv troupe
The rags-to-riches story has been a Hollywood mainstay for more than a century, especially in regards to movies about performing artists. But finding success and realizing your dreams tend to be a bit more complicated for real-world performers.

Review: Hunt for the Wilderpeople

The acclaimed New Zealand film from longtime Flight of the Conchords collaborator screens at Zeitgeist
New Zealand isn't known as a hotbed of regional film production. But this country of 4.4 million people recently found its top native filmmaker in the unlikely form of 40-year-old comedian and actor Taika Waititi.

Review: Eat That Question: Frank Zappa in His Own Words

A self-portrait of the complicated iconoclast
In the days before the internet, there was no getting around the power of the media to shape the world's understanding of public figures. Artists had a direct link to audiences through their work, but television, newspapers and other forms of mass communication built the public personas that today's celebrities carefully control through social media.

Review: Breaking A Monster

The Broad Theater screens a documentary about a teen metal trio bucking the industry
It's not breaking news that the record industry is not what it was in its heyday. The music streaming freely to smartphones and computers across the globe tells the tale, along with the industry's ever-plummeting sales figures.

Review: Ghostbusters

Paul Feig’s women-led reboot hushes the naysayers with breezy summer fun
How much trouble does a filmmaker stir up by rebooting a beloved film franchise in the internet age? In most cases, none.

Review: De Palma

Noah Baumbach and Jake Paltrow helm the filmmaker's compelling retrospective
There may be no more polarizing director in the history of movies than Brian De Palma. The writer- director's films have continually split viewers into equally passionate groups of fans and detractors, fueling a 40-year debate on the value of De Palma's work.


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