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  • A comedy too listless to bother crafting jokes or comic incidents, a character study centered on a sweet-natured prick it's hard to believe could actually exist tumbleweeding into a job at a lube shop, 7 Chinese Brothers is a go-nowhere...

  • Remake The Graduate today, and an adult might corner Benjamin Braddock and whisper, “Startups.” Debut director Max Joseph gives that a good shot, though the result — the EDM-fueled, drug-laced dream-crusher We Are Your Friends — is so sweaty and...

  • Alan Scherstuhl and Stephanie Zacharek of the Village Voice, along with Amy Nicholson of the LA Weekly, run down the worst and best of the movies they saw this summer, which as summers go, wasn't so terrible! Among the best performances were...

  • And you've been thinking well-hung was a compliment. Turns out it's the key to culinary perfection for steak. Because the more rapidly an animal gets draped upside down after being slaughtered, the more succulent the taste. So says Steak:...

  • There are two reasons to check out People Places Things -- but neither the lead actors nor the characters they play are among them. Written and directed by Jim Strouse, the film follows the splintered lives of a straight couple who, though...

  • Joe Swanberg's Digging for Fire is a tonally odd film -- a mystery, a hangout, and a couples therapy session all at once. Husband and wife Tim (Jake Johnson) and Lee (Rosemarie DeWitt) are housesitting at a well-off home, which offers...

  • Brooke, Greta Gerwig’s latest Manhattan creation, is a hurricane gobbling up lives. She’s a singer, restaurateur, interior decorator, math coach, spinning instructor and self-described autodidact. When eighteen-year-old admirer Tracy (Lola...

  • Mean and vigorous men’s-adventure pulp throwback No Escape has everything going against it. It’s a late-August release whose leads, Owen Wilson and Lake Bell, tend to be the best things in movies you otherwise regret seeing. The trailers, teasing...

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