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12 Reasons Why You Shouldn't Fear 2017’s Summer Movie Season

Pour one out for the summer movie season, which was once Memorial Day until Labor Day but now has spread like a self-replicating, geometrically evolving A.I. determined to cleanse the Earth of human vermin. Around the turn of the century, the summer movies started showing up the first weekend in......
Independence Day: Resurgence; Credit: Courtesy of 20th Century Fox

Independence Day: Resurgence Is a Week Early — and 15 Years Late

Very few advance screenings preceded Independence Day: Resurgence's arrival in theaters on the evening of June 23. That’s eight days ahead of the July 4th weekend that in simpler times — like 1996, when Independence Day was the year’s biggest hit — was traditionally reserved for the biggest, ka-blammiest movie of the......
The Neon Demon; Credit: Courtesy of Amazon Studios and Broad Green Pictures

9 Summer Movies We Can't Wait to See

There was a time when the summer movie season was a season, sandwiched between Memorial Day and Labor Day weekends. By the 21st century, the start date drifted back to the first weekend in May. This year, the superhero flicks started arriving with Deadpool’s release on February 12. Only two......
Pixar's Inside Out has great buzz coming out of the Cannes Film Festival.

10 Summer Movies That We Hope Don't Suck

In the decadent 21st century, the summer movie season now sprawls from March through December. (Star Wars: Episode VII is due to awaken the Force Dec. 18; every prior Star Wars picture has come out Memorial Day weekend.) But we'll stick to tradition and call Memorial Day the start of......

No Good Deed: Oh, to Be Rich and Hunted by Idris Elba!

Married Women Over 30, here’s a pitch for a movie: My Dinner With Idris. You never thought it would happen to you, but one rainy night when your handsome and successful but distracted husband who doesn’t appreciate you is out of town, Idris Elba (The Wire, Mandela: Long Walk to......

Summer Movies Don't Have to Suck: 10 You Should See

The phrase "summer movies" will never not mean broad, action-driven crowd-pleasers to me: I counted the days until Batman (June 23, 1989), Terminator 2: Judgment Day (July 3, 1991), and Jurassic Park (June 11, 1993) were released. For every Dark Knight there are 10 Prometheuses — and that's just among......

Bring Me the Head of Han Solo

Harrison Ford has been a good soldier in the Star Wars. He did whatever was asked of him by his commanding officer, George Lucas, even when his commanding officer was wrong. Now that Ford is back in Star Wars, and J.J. Abrams is running the show, Abrams's first order of......
Credit: Photo by Blake Tyers - © 2012 QED INTERNATIONAL

Sabotage is a Belt of Bourbon After Years of Sipping Diet Pepsi

Arnold Schwarzenegger's name is only about one-seventh the font size of the title on the poster of Sabotage, formerly Breacher, formerly Ten, his third attempt — after the full-auto Western The Last Stand and the goofy Stallone–co-headlined prison-break joint Escape Plan — in 14 months at a post-gubernatorial comeback. A......
The 2014 model; Credit: Columbia Pictures

The 1987 RoboCop's ED-209: The Movies' Greatest Badass Robot?

Director José Padilha's long-delayed RoboCop reboot has arrived, and it’s neither an unalloyed (see what I did there?) triumph nor the travesty that partisans of Paul Verhoeven’s subversive, Reagan-era classic had feared. At least, and at most, it’s different, taking bold liberties with the original text, as remakes should. One......