The writer of American Sniper explores PTSD again in honorable, uninspired Thank You For Your Service

Many of the best parts of Clint Eastwood’s uneven American Sniper had to do with its hero’s jittery, uncomfortable reintegration into stateside life between tours of duty in Iraq. So it makes sense that Sniper screenwriter Jason Hall would make his directorial debut on Thank You For Your Service, another movie based…

Josh Brolin and a bunch of manly men fight fire in the old-fashioned Only The Brave

As wildfires ravage the state of California, moviegoers may not be especially excited to sit down and watch a 130-minute reminder of how dangerous and frightening it can be to see fires tear across the landscape. But in a way, it’s surprisingly easy not to think about current events during Only The Brave, and not…

Miles Teller is a suffering soldier in this trailer for Thank You For Your Service

Lately, war movies have been less about how cool war is and more about how much war can fuck you up. This trailer for Thank You For Your Service makes it clear that it’s definitely the latter kind of war movie, with Miles Teller’s soldier returning from combat with what appears to be a significant case of PTSD. Rather…

If Whiplash were an uncritical portrait of a boxer, it would look like Bleed For This

Miles Teller isn’t the only actor who could have played Vinny Paz, the real-life boxing champion of Ben Younger’s shamelessly rousing sports drama Bleed For This. You can tell from the obligatory end-credits appearance by the actual Pazienza that Teller’s frame isn’t nearly stocky enough, even after bulking up…

Miles Teller wants to make a Fantastic Four sequel for some reason

Although it’s been established that the 2015 Fantastic Four reboot was a joyless mess of a film, there’s still some intrigue about its production. There’s Josh Trank’s theory that he actually made a “fantastic” one that somehow disappeared on its way to wide release, which is supported by Doctor Doom himself, Toby…

Jonah Hill and Miles Teller are the two bro-rsemen of the apocalypse in the War Dogs trailer

Although it comes from the director of all three Hangover movies, the trailer for Todd Phillips’ new movie War Dogs shares more in common with its brother in canine film-making, Martin Scorsese’s The Wolf Of Wall Street. It’s not just the presence of a sweat-drenched Jonah Hill, either; Phillips’ movie seems to be…

Strong cast aside, the shelved comedy Get A Job should have stayed on the shelf

Holding a lengthy post-production delay against a movie isn’t really fair. Sometimes terrific films wind up trapped in limbo for years when their distributor goes under (which is what happened to Xavier Dolan’s prize-winning I Killed My Mother); sometimes, as with Kenneth Lonergan’s insanely ambitious Margaret, …

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Amy Schumer is already at the “sincere, dramatic” phase of her comedy career

Catapulting her way through the standard comedian creative arc, the one that starts with light comedies, progresses into sadder comedies, and ends in boring people at dinner parties staring sincerely at you and saying, “You know, they’re actually a pretty great actor… When they try,” Amy Schumer has leap-frogged her…