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CANCELING THE APOCALYPSE Wednesday, May 21, 2014
It’s a nasty future we open on, in this I’ve-lost-count-how-many-th X-Men flick: dark post-apocalyptic skies and ruined cities left in the wake of the ongoing genocide of mutants and …
Stallone Clone Wednesday, February 6, 2013
As Hall of Fame catcher Yogi Berra would say, “Bullet to the Head” is déjà vu all over again. Watching Sylvester Stallone’s latest action adventure, I felt like I'd seen it before, in …
Far Out-Sourced Wednesday, May 15, 2013
When someone says California cults, Charles Manson and his deranged band of homicidal followers immediately come to mind. But "The Source Family," a 98-minute documentary about Father Yod and his Source Family followers, who lived, loved and ate …
It’s a Crime Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Given the large number of people who have fallen victim to identity thieves, convincing audiences to accept one as a loveable lead character in a film was going to be an uphill battle. The first …
TERRY GILLIAM AND THE DYSTOPIAN HOLY GRAIL Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Diminished expectations can only help in a 
 dark room. That adage favors both director Terry Gilliam and his ascetic protagonist in The Zero Theorem. Gilliam's efforts over the past decade with The Brothers Grimm and The Imaginarium of Doctor …
Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy is an excellent movie and you should see it as soon as it hits theaters, on Aug. 1. There. That’s the review. The bigger nut to crack is who these …
Honest Abe Portrayal Tuesday, November 27, 2012
There is no question that from this point forward, Daniel Day-Lewis’ Abraham Lincoln will be considered the definitive portrayal by which all others will be measured.
Oscar Odds Wednesday, February 20, 2013
The Oscars are boring when they’re predictable and a lot of fun when they’re not. Most years, it’s a mixed bag of categories for which the winners are easy to pick along with some not even …
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Parts 1 and 2 will be the final films of Philip Seymour Hoffman, but because the actor had not yet completed all his scenes when he died last February, filmmakers …
SMACKING DOWN HOLLYWOOD Wednesday, June 11, 2014
Oh, hooray. Director Doug Liman has 
 given us exactly the kind of sci-fi action 
 drama we were hoping for from the indie filmmaker who sneaked up on the genre and booted it into the 21st Century with 2002's The Bourne Identity. Edge of …