If you want to know the truth, this documentary about reclusive author J.D. Salinger should be seen by both fans and phonies alike.
Lowbrow: Insidious: Chapter 2
Because calling the horror sequel Insidious, Too! would feel too retro.
Highbrow: Museum Hours
A guard and a visitor find romance in a Vienna museum in which the statues don't even come to life at night, so whatever.
Lowbrow: Battle of the Year
Highbrow: Inequality for All
Economist Robert Reich lays out the inconvenient truths about the disappearing middle class.
Lowbrow: Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2
The first movie crossed with Jurassic Park, and plenty of poop jokes.
Lowbrow: Runner Runner
A college student becomes embroiled in a deadly game of cat-and-mouse with Ben Affleck in the high-octane world of, um, online poker.
Highbrow: Captain Phillips
Lowbrow: Machete Kills
You might not guess that Stephen Dorff plays the Israeli pilot in this one, but he does.
You might reasonably guess that Chloë Grace Moretz will get covered with pig's blood, and then kill everyone.
Highbrow: Blue Is the Warmest Color
This NC-17 coming-of-age drama from France, where it won the top Cannes prize, is based on a graphic novel whose author complained of the film's "so-called lesbian sex, which turned into porn." Curious?
Lowbrow: Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa
Highbrow: The Armstrong Lie
Years ago, we were promised a movie about the gel-filled 1976 action figure Stretch Armstrong. Damn it, where is that movie? Well, here instead is Alex Gibney's documentary about Lance Armstrong and his formerly denied performance-enhancing drugs.
Lowbrow: Thor: The Dark World
Highbrow: Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom
Mandela. Elba? Why not, right? Still most famously Stringer Bell from The Wire, Luther from Luther, and those various other guys from those various other things (including both Thor movies), Idris Elba gets his big chance to anchor a biopic on Nelson Mandela, still most famously the great anti-apartheid revolutionary.
Stallone. Statham. Franco? Why not, right? For this action thriller about a DEA agent (Jason Statham) versus a drug kingpin (James Franco), Sly confines himself to script and producer duty only. Or does he?
Highbrow: Inside Llewyn Davis
Given its title and its makers, the Coen Brothers' new movie might be a two-hour proctology joke, but apparently it's a drama about the burgeoning folk music scene of New York City in the 1960s, starring Oscar Isaac, Carey Mulligan and Justin Timberlake.
Lowbrow: Anchorman: The Legend Continues
It took nearly a decade for the legend to continue, but here it is, reuniting director Adam McKay, producer Judd Apatow, and stars Will Ferrell, Steve Carell, and Paul Rudd, who this time shall buffoonishly negotiate the burgeoning cable news scene of New York City in the 1980s.
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