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Emma Stone and her comic talent go largely to waste in Irrational Man.

Beyond Good and Evil

Woody Allen misuses Emma Stone again, this time in Irrational Man.
Kristian Lin
Ten years ago, Woody Allen bought himself a creative rejuvenation by finding a new leading lady in the fresh-faced, widely feted Scarlett Johansson. With Johansson in demand elsewhere, though, it’s no surprise that he has now...

Joaquin Phoenix is flabbergasted by the complexity of his newest case in "Inherent Vice."

Pot P.I.

A marijuana haze enshrouds the conspiracy plot in Inherent Vice.
Here’s a great matchup of movie director and book. Thomas Pynchon’s 2009 novel Inherent Vice features the reclusive postmodern giant at his wackiest and most engaging. It’s a terrific subject for Paul Thomas Anderson, the...

Adèle Exarchopoulos in "Blue Is the Warmest Color."

The Best Lead Performances of 2013

Kristian Lin
You may be surprised that I’ve relegated a number of Oscar-contending performances to the honorable mentions here. That’s because I ran into the same problem that I did with making a list of the year’s best films: Too man...

Joaquin Phoenix lounges on an aircraft carrier in The Master.

Master: Almighty Dodd

P.T. Anderson offers us cult comfort in this drama.
Bear with me here. I write this review a scant hour or so after watching Paul Thomas Anderson’s The Master, and like most of Anderson’s films, it tends to resist straightforward analysis. As with Anderson’s previous work,...