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Review and Roundup: Why Melissa McCarthy Vehicle 'Tammy' Never Takes Off

Melissa McCarthy's 'Tammy' may look like a comedy from its trailers, but it turns out it's actually a whole different ball game.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 1, 2014 1:59 PM
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Stream This: 'Big Joy: The Adventures of James Broughton,' an Ecstatic Documentary Portrait of the Artist

James Broughton refused to live an inauthentic life. And in fact he had many lives. He was a poet, a filmmaker, an artist, a gay man, a straight man and an all-around visionary. Watch "Big Joy," the new documentary about his life, now on VOD/DVD and Netflix Instant.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • June 30, 2014 3:25 PM
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Best of the Week: Screen Talk with Eric Kohn, 'Case Against 8,' Lots of Academy News and More

The top stories of the week from TOH!
  • By TOH!
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  • June 28, 2014 11:00 AM
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What Will You See in Theaters This Weekend? 'Snowpiercer'? Musical 'Begin Again'? Don't Miss Joanna Hogg's 'Archipelago'

This weekend, yet another destruction-filled sequel crashes into multiplexes, but there is far more intelligent fare of the dystopic variety, from Bong Joon-ho's driving "Snowpiercer" to Brit director Joanna Hogg's expertly mounted domestic drama "Archipelago."
  • By Anne Thompson and Ryan Lattanzio
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  • June 27, 2014 3:11 PM
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'Transformers: Age of Extinction' Review Roundup: A Visually Impressive, Scattered Destruction Fest (VIDEO)

"Transformers: Smash-a-thon 4000"--sorry, that should be "Transformers: Age of Extinction" comes out this Friday in the U.S. The critical consensus: despite some impressive 3D eye candy, this fourth installment in the franchise, weighing in at a whopping 165 minutes, lags under it's own weight and doesn't make much sense in the end.
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • June 23, 2014 11:51 AM
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Best of the Week: Top 10 Films of 2014 So Far, LA Film Festival, This Year's Movie Musicals & More

The top stories of the week from TOH!
  • By TOH!
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  • June 21, 2014 1:30 PM
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What to See or Skip This Weekend, From Must-See Indie Sci-Fi 'Coherence' to Eastwood's Musical 'Jersey Boys'

If you're in New York or Los Angeles this weekend, run don't walk to James Ward Byrkit's dizzying metaphysical horror film "Coherence," and to Roman Polanski's elegant pas-de-deux "Venus in Fur." But think twice before heading to Clint Eastwood's 1960s musical biopic "Jersey Boys," or Paul Higgis' messy collage of interlocking soap operas "Third Person," currently crashing with critics.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • June 19, 2014 5:23 PM
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TOH! Writers Pick the 10 Best Films of 2014 So Far

As July looms, the movie year is reaching its halfway point, and in the spirit of Indiewire's new Criticwire poll of 122 critics' favorite films of 2014 so far, we at TOH! offer up our own ten best lists.
  • By TOH!
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  • June 18, 2014 4:46 PM
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How Hawks' 1948 Classic 'Red River' Drew a New Map for the Western (NEW CRITERION DVD REVIEW)

"Funny how different you feel," cattleman Nadine Groot (Walter Brennan) relates near the end of "Red River," "when you know you're going somewheres." He's right, but his is a sojourner's satisfaction, marking the conclusion of a long expedition. For viewers of Howard Hawks' mythic 1948 Western, the foremost pleasure is in the odyssey itself.
  • By Matt Brennan
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  • June 18, 2014 6:05 AM
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James Ward Byrkit's Bracingly Original Sci-Fi 'Coherence' Will Mess with Your Brain

I did not sleep the night I watched James Ward Byrkit's metaphysically terrifying debut "Coherence," a low-budget sci-fi indie that doubles, and triples, and quadruples, as a truly original existential horror movie.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • June 16, 2014 3:52 PM
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