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  • "Have you ever given in to an aggressive urge or impulse?" a psychologist asks a college volunteer. "No, no!" assures the student. "I go to Stanford." Thanks to that kid -- and 23 others who joined the infamous study that gives its name to Kyle...

  • Jonathan Demme's rock 'n' roll dramedy Ricki and the Flash exists in a wormhole where the last five decades of pop culture are a blur. There's 66-year-old Meryl Streep, playing a broke singer who ditched her family to dominate the stage...

  • 7 days ago | Film Reviews

    At 53, Tom Cruise is past the retirement age of every James Bond except Roger Moore. Yet not only does his 19-year-old Mission: Impossible series tick on, counting down the seconds till its next explosion, but Cruise's Ethan Hunt is also determine...

  • 7 days ago | Film and TV

    The pizza joint Shakey's in Hollywood is packed when transgender actresses Mya Taylor and Kiki Rodriguez slide into a booth with their director Sean Baker, whose shot-on-location-and-on-iPhone comedy Tangerine was the most talked-about surprise of...

  • 7 days ago | Film Reviews

    At the start of Woody Allen's campus comedy Irrational Man, caddish professor Abe Lucas (Joaquin Phoenix) drives up to a new school that has already steeled itself for his arrival. "Of course, my reputation — a reputation — preceded me," Abe admit...

  • Mission: Impossible is Tom Cruise's blockbuster plaything, a toy chest he offers to directors who catch his eye. Cruise used it to resurrect Brian De Palma, capitalize on John Woo, transition J.J. Abrams from TV to film, and shift Brad...

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