Set It Up
A solid romantic comedy with sharp dialogue, amusing characters, and a few surprises up its sleeve.
The racial empathy gap in moviegoing; the struggle to preserve old videotape; how critics view the "bad mothers" in "The Killing"; candidates for the best modern black-and-white films; Questlove reflects on the Trayvon Martin verdict.
The best action movies since "Die Hard"; reminiscence of Allen Ginsberg; grading a letter by GOP House members; too many "women's hookup stories"; Stevie Wonder to boycott Florida over "Stand Your Ground" law; Samuel Fuller's "White Dog."
A writer takes Ebert's famous London stroll; lessons to be learned from the verdict in the Trayvon Martin shooting; Netflix controls the B movie industry; fictional works of art that should exist; writers mine deep readings in "Pacific Rim."
"The Age of Innocence" revisited; why mosquitoes bite some people and not others; film critic decides not to see "Ender's Game" because he doesn't want his money going to a homophobe; Los Angeles County beefs up arts grants; 25 funniest autocorrects of the year (so far?); map of quiet spots in NYC; full trailer for Japanese remake of "Unforgiven."
How not to react to a deaf person; the fate of libraries in an era of budget cuts and e-books; the best paragraph of The Great Gatsby; un-Google-able band names, and why some bands choose them; interview with Hannibal composer Brian Reitzell; the tyranny of the "money shot" in trailers, and now movies;
The New York Times' David Carr admits that Glenn Greenwald is a journalist; Criterion Collection appreciates Alex Cox's Repo Man; poets go to the movies; James Franco's never-ending navel-gaze; David Edelstein dismantles The Way, Way Back; Kerry Washington on the cover of Vanity Fair; Dennis Hopper documentary.
Frank Serpico's new crusade; the summer that blockbuster violence got out-of-control; a defense of Paula Deen; Futurama signs off; what not to say to a feminist female humorist; Gaby Giffords shoots again.
Why whales are beaching themselves; The Lone Ranger was black; Matt Singer out, Sam Adams in at CriticWire; when is Jia Zhangke going to tell us what he really thinks?; Sweet November, from 1968.
Why copyright law is a "total train wreck" on the Internet right now; 10 Westerns that are NOT racist toward Native Americans; the day the Lone Ranger lost his mask; Pixar's not losing it, people.
If movies were reviewed like video games; the new prostitutes; The Umbrellas of Cherbourg, appreciated; a different, highly visual approach to web-based art criticism; five best burger recipes; falconer academy for beginners; The Great Gatsby without special effects.