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  • 2 days ago | Film and TV

    Get Hard, Etan Cohen's comedy about a white stockbroker who hires a black man to prepare him for a ten-year stretch in San Quentin, is like a spoon that's almost-but-not-yet sharpened into a shiv. With just a little more effort, it could kill. Jud...

  • 2 days ago | Film and TV

    Some years ago, I went to see Tom Jones perform. He sang all the hits, but I was unnerved by his new walnut-brown goatee. It looked freshly trimmed and fake, like he’d ripped it off Evil Spock backstage. Superstars aren’t allowed to change. Even t...

  • 2 days ago | Film and TV

    Noah Baumbach has always had a dash of hypochondria, but in the last few years, his doctor’s visits have changed. “If you're a worrier like I am, or Ben,” he says, referring to Ben Stiller, the star of his 2010 movie Greenberg, “you're used to goi...

  • We're two films in to the kiddie-dystopia Divergent franchise, and Tris (Shailene Woodley) continues to flail against a post-apocalyptic city-state where all residents are divided into one of five biologically based clans: Amity,...

  • Superstars aren't allowed to change. Even the fans who love them insist they be dipped in wax: no new songs, no new attitude, and certainly no new look. Such is the "kind of based on a true story a little bit" premise of Danny Collins, a...

  • 8 days ago | Film and TV

    We're two films into the kiddie-dystopia Divergent franchise, and it's still unclear if the sequel’s director, three screenwriters, eight producers and especially original novelist Veronica Roth have bothered to double-check a dictionary. Divergen...