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Ben Affleck is really talented. No, really.

8 years ago by Tim Davids
Ben Affleck has acted in some truly horrible movies. After citing the Oscar he won with his best friend, Affleck's resume reads like a list of the worst movies from the late '90s that we all thought were sorta okay at the time (just like Sugar Ray). In 2003, he...

Ben Affleck's Crime Epic Live by Night Is a Pile of Parts

3 years ago by Bilge Ebiri
Somewhere inside the 128-minute Live by Night is a reasonably solid 168-minute movie struggling to get out. No, that’s not a typo: You can sense the contours of an absorbing story as writer/director/star Ben Affleck’s slapdash and fragmented assemblage limps along. Most of the pieces are there, but they remain...

Ben Affleck in Terrence Malick's To The Wonder at the Toronto Film Festival

7 years ago by Karina Longworth
Editor's note: Village Voice media film critic Karina Longworth is blogging regularly from the Toronto Film Festival.This is her fourth in the series. As the summer of self-plagiarism comes to a close, add Terrence Malick to the list of those accused of this debatable crime: The auteur's quick follow-up to...

Affleck movie sounds a lot like Skills Like This

10 years ago by Joel Warner
The entertainment broadsheets have been a-twitter this week with news about The Town, the new crime thriller to be directed by and starring Ben Affleck. The film, based on Chuck Hogan's 2004 novel Prince of Thieves and also starring Mad Men's Jon Hamm and Frost/Nixon's Rebecca Hall, is all about...

Matt and Ben

11 years ago by Juliet Wittman
This is how the New York Times's 2003 review of Matt and Ben begins: "Is there anyone who isn't sick of Ben Affleck, with his J.Lo and his Gigli and the salaams he elicits when he deigns to show up in Project Greenlight?" But therein lies my problem with this...

Comment of the day: "A campy (and not vomit-inducing) delight"

8 years ago by Jef Otte
Ben Affleck has it all: Good looks, rugged charm, acting chops, uh... good looks. Of course, he's starred in some truly awful movies, but that's only because those movies weren't taking advantage of his true talent: directing. Because Ben Affleck is also an awesome director. That's what Tim Davids argued,...

Spoiler: Justice League Is Fleet and Fun, Even With the Emo Gloom

2 years ago by Bilge Ebiri
Action scenes start and stop and then start again, then go in different directions, and it was a few moments into The Big Climactic Face-Off before I realized we’d arrived at The Big Climactic Face-Off

Bateman and Linney Break Bad in Netflix’s Backwoods Crime Drama Ozark

2 years ago by April Wolfe
Ozark premieres on Netflix July 21 When Skyler White challenged her husband’s secret fun life of crime on Breaking Bad, the backlash to her drove Anna Gunn to write an op-ed in The New York Times. Gunn revealed that a number of disturbing “hate boards” had often conflated her with...

What Each State (Including Colorado) Googled Most in 2016

3 years ago by Michael Roberts
What did each state, including Colorado, Google most in 2016? The answers can be hilarious, strange, embarrassing and telling.

The Accountant Adds Up to More of the Same — and Mistakes Autism for a Superpower

3 years ago by Alan Scherstuhl
There's plenty of time to wonder, as J.K. Simmons narrates page after page of backstory, whether the creators of The Accountant realized that their dutifully twisty R-rated thriller was actually another superhero story. Yes, it’s got trappings of psychology and adult thoughtfulness, speeches about the mysteries of the brain and...

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