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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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'Jersey Boys' Review Roundup: Eastwood's Musical Biopic Never Decides What To Be

Clint Eastwood wasn't necessarily anyone's first thought when it came to a director for the film version of the 2005 Broadway hit "Jersey Boys." But the director's still on the A-list at Warner Bros. for his calm, economic, unpretentious, methodical filmmaking, flair for local color and good ear for music. Don't forget Cannes prize-winner "Bird"--Eastwood's a jazz pianist and composer.
  • By Anne Thompson and Jacob Combs
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  • June 16, 2014 1:12 PM
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Best of the Week: New Podcast Screen Talk, Why 'Jupiter Ascending' Got Pushed, LGBT Film Essentials & More

The top stories of the week from TOH!
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  • June 14, 2014 11:00 AM
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This Movie Weekend Looks Bright, From an Oscar Sure-Bet to a Raunchy Buddy Comedy and a Grab Bag of Fest Faves

This weekend boasts two major studio releases poised to duke it out for box office victory, as well as a few more modestly scaled indies that have been holding court on the festival circuit all year.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • June 12, 2014 4:18 PM
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Best of the Week: Women at the Box Office, Jane Fonda, Howard Hawks and More

The top stories of the week from TOH!
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  • June 7, 2014 12:42 PM
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Cancel All Your Plans: This Summer Movie Weekend Offers a Diverse Slate of Must-Sees

Has there been a better weekend for movies this year than this one? Friday offers more than enough for all tastes, temperaments and attention spans, from the saccharine ("The Fault in Our Stars") and acidic ("Borgman") to the crowd-pleasing ("Edge of Tomorrow") and deeply disturbing ("The Sacrament").
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • June 5, 2014 4:40 PM
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'The Fault in Our Stars' Review and Roundup: Shailene Woodley Carries Manipulative Weepie

Trust me: when it opens Friday 'The Fault in Our Stars' will be review proof. It matters not a whit what any of us have to say about Josh Boone's four-hankie tragic romance based on social media star John Green's bestselling Young Adult novel. Scott Neustadter & Michael H. Weber of "(500) Days of Summer" fame faithfully adapted the book, but this is a case where I wanted to see the authentic indie version of the film.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 4, 2014 1:52 PM
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'Edge of Tomorrow' Review and Roundup: Cruise Fights Back in Dazzling Must-See Mindbender

The reviews are in for Tom Cruise’s new star vehicle “Edge of Tomorrow,” and they are…well, pretty great, actually.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 4, 2014 1:25 PM
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Review: 'Obvious Child' Succeeds Admirably as an Abortion Rom-Com

Gillian Robespierre’s winning “Obvious Child,” which bowed at Sundance, sticks to the rom-com arc while throwing in a gutsy curveball: The film’s main woman and man fall in love while getting an abortion. It opens this Friday via A24 Films.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • June 4, 2014 1:03 PM
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Happy 118th Birthday, Howard Hawks: TOH! Picks His 16 Must-See Films (VIDEO)

In 2012, when Sight & Sound Magazine released the results of its most recent decennial poll, fans of Howard Hawks searched the top fifty "Greatest Films of All Time" in vain. Is the reputation of classical Hollywood cinema's most versatile master in decline? We offer you 16 reasons why you should remember Hawks, from "Red River" to "Scarface."
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  • May 31, 2014 2:10 PM
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