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Evan Peters and Juno Temple have a fraught encounter at a nice home in Safelight.

Surely, Temple

Considering Safelight and the up-and-down career of its lead actress.
Kristian Lin
The career of Juno Temple continues to frustrate me. The tiny British actress, who turns 26 this week, is the daughter of the filmmaker Julien Temple, and she’s a fascinating screen presence because her demure china-doll feat...


Amy Winehouse in her troubled glory days in Amy.

The Jazz Singer

Amy Winehouse gets a respectful, revealing documentary.
Kristian Lin
I remember the first time I heard Amy Winehouse. I was at a listening booth in a Borders Books & Music — remember those? I’m fuzzy on what made me listen to this CD called Back to Black, but I do recall what impression ...



This thing stalks our heroes through the halls of their high school in "The Gallows."

Hang It

Found-footage horror is played out, but The Gallows still distinguishes itself.
Kristian Lin
Sixteen years later, we’re still living in the shadow of The Blair Witch Project. That found-footage horror film was revolutionary in its day, but somewhat inevitably, its techniques have reached into other genres and become ...


Channing Tatum (second from right) and company are abs-olutely fabulous in Magic Mike XXL.

Go Bigger

Less than its predecessor, Magic Mike XXL still points toward the future.
Kristian Lin
Well, you figured Magic Mike would get a sequel. You figured it would be on a larger scale. You just didn’t figure it would have a prayer of working without Matthew McConaughey. Well, Dallas is gone, and Magic Mike XXL is not...



Hang on, it's yet another Terminator come to snuff out John and Sarah Connor in Terminator Genisys.

Terminate This

Skynet has gained a tendency to talk too much in this soul-sapping sequel.
Kristian Lin
To: Hollywood studio chiefs CC: James Cameron, Arnold Schwarzenegger Subject: the Terminator movies   Just stop, OK? It’s simply not working. Terminator Genisys is the fifth film in the series, not counting the short-liv...


Thomas Mann and Olivia Cooke prepare to face the cafeteria chaos in Me and Earl and the Dying Girl.

Death by Movies

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl takes a humorous approach to teen tragedy.
Kristian Lin
With the release of Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, it has become official: Teen weepers have become self-aware. Took them long enough, too. This movie and last summer’s The Fault in Our Stars are about teenagers dealing with...



Taylor Schilling sees her new friends up to some weird sexual practices in "The Overnight."

Four Play

The Overnight delivers a dose of uncomfortable sex humor.
Kristian Lin
I’ve seen a lot of comedies that take place during a suburban house party, but I’m pretty sure The Overnight is the first one that features its two male stars doing full-frontal nudity at once. This low-budget independent c...


Tony Revolori, Kiersey Clemons, and Shameik Moore prepare for a wild day after school in Dope.

Malcolm in the Bottoms

Living up to all definitions of its title, Dope will get you high.
Kristian Lin
For all of our society’s shortcomings, we’re in the midst of a golden age of African-American filmmaking right now. There’s a raft of reasons behind this, but it’s no coincidence that Selma and Dear White People and 12 ...



Aboard a train of thought, Joy and Sadness regard one of Riley's happy memories in Inside Out.

Inner Life of Riley

Get emotional for Pixar’s newest masterpiece, Inside Out.
Kristian Lin
Ladies and gentlemen, normal service has resumed. With the release of Inside Out, Pixar Studios is once again making masterpieces. I repeat, normal service has resumed. After an unparalleled run of success, the fabled animation...


Blythe Danner and Martin Starr bond over chardonnay on her back porch in I’ll See You in My Dreams.

Blythe Spirit

Long stuck in character roles, Blythe Danner bags the lead in I’ll See You in My Dreams.
Kristian Lin
Blythe Danner has been acting in films, TV, and theater for almost 50 years, and yet she’s still better known as Gwyneth Paltrow’s mother than for anything she has done on screen. This isn’t all that surprising — she ha...