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In The November Man, Pierce Brosnan Gun-Parties Like It's 1989

Here's what an R rating gets you these days: a few splattery headshots, some glimpses of cable TV-style background nudity, a couple kids and families popped by assassins, a brace of fucks, in dialogue, and one un-bracing fuck, in bed, mostly clothed. During its longueurs, this engag...

Why Do Asian Students Do Better than Mexicans?

Dear Mexican,

I see lots of Mexican-Americans struggling in grade school and high school. Many Mexican-American activists claim it's because they don't speak English at home or the schools don't teach them well. But I see lots of Asian-Americans in the same schools who do really well. Many o...

Capsule Stage Reviews: August 28, 2014

Full Gallop Let's talk D.V. That would be Diana Vreeland, or Dee-ahh-na, for those of you not in the loop. For decades she was the reigning monarch of fashion, first as columnist and stylish greyhound at Harper's Bazaar, then as editor-in-chief of Vogue, later as curator of the ...

Capsule Art Reviews: August 28, 2014

"Allison Rathan: The Cutting Bridle" The Exchange, 60"x48", is a self-portrait of the artist Allison Rathan striding behind a very large wolf on a metal leash. It captures the confidence of this artist, who has blond movie-star looks and the poise and litheness of a fashion model. The ...

Brutal Prison Drama Starred Up Stirs Rare Empathy

The beginning of David Mackenzie's U.K. prison drama, Starred Up, might make you wonder if you'll survive to the end: We see a kid with a hard-eyed, shutdown face being matriculated at a new jail — apparently, he's outgrown his old one, and so he's been "starred up," or premature...

Robin Wright, as Robin Wright, Seizes a Mod Future in The Congress

After The Princess Bride made Robin Wright a star, she shocked Hollywood by saying no. No to The Firm and Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves. No to Jurassic Park, Dirty Dancing, Born on the Fourth of July and Batman Forever. She even said no to the cove...

4th Annual ArCH Film Festival: Architecture Meets Life

Michael Galinsky and Suki Hawley spent eight years filming the documentary Battle for Brooklyn. That’s not quite as long as Richard Linklater spent on Boyhood, but it’s still quite an investment. The film, which opens the 4th Annual ArCH Film Festival: Architecture Meets...

The Expendables 3 Refuses to Be Expendable or Especially Interesting

Titles don't get more ironic than The Expendables 3. The franchise claims to be about death-seeking mercenaries yet stars '80s action heroes, who refuse to die. Three films in, everyone in the sprawling team is still alive and ass kicking, save for Bruce Willis, whose million-dollar...

The Mask of Greatness

Genius is hell, both for the blessed and those stuck in the shadows, cursed to spend a lifetime smashing their heads against the glass. In its presence we find ourselves dwarfed and dumb, like moths. We know we're before brilliance we can't comprehend — and we know we'll never have it, no m...

The Giver Teaches What Humanity Has Forgotten

The Giver is more simple and raw than the rest of today's teen dystopias that try to cram in unnecessary backstory and love triangles. (Original author Lois Lowry published her novel in 1993, which makes it officially the cool aunt of Katniss and the kids.)

The story picks up seve...

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