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‘Creature’ Endures Wednesday, March 13, 2013
There was a time — between the mid-1920s to roughly 1960 — when Universal Studios cranked out some of the most distinctive and memorable monster movies in filmmaking history. “The Hunchback of …
In the beginning of Life Itself, Steve James' 
 documentary of Roger Ebert adapted from his memoir of the same name, Ebert does a little role reversal with the director. "The director cuts to a shot of himself filming himself in the mirror," …
OLYMPIC-LEVEL RECYCLING Wednesday, April 9, 2014
It's like discovering that your grandma has 
 another life as a secret agent or something. 
 The humble yellow school bus, the kind we see rumbling through sleepy American suburban streets, the kind you may once have actually ridden yourself — …
RIGHT THIS WAY Wednesday, March 26, 2014
In late 2012, director Wes Anderson had a specific image in his mind for the character of Zero Moustafa, a young lobby boy of some fictional and fantastical concoction of Middle Eastern descent. Given that, it's entirely unsurprising that Tony …
A CHEAP IMITATION Wednesday, September 10, 2014
Imagine Elvis Presley has a twin brother who lived (Elvis' actual twin, Jessie Garon Presley, died at birth). They look, talk, sing and dance the same, but the brother, dead ringer (no pun intended) as he is, isn't told he's Elvis' twin. He goes …
Stay Away Wednesday, September 4, 2013
“Getaway” is so inept, even its one-word title doesn’t work. Rather than getting away from someone or something, the protagonists in this car wreck of a movie are always moving …
ROGER BEEBE'S CRYING GAME Wednesday, June 18, 2014
Roger Beebe doesn't believe that bigger 
 (or more expensive) is always better. His 
 collection of shorts, which he showcases at Sun-Ray Cinema on June 19, cost him less than $80. Some of the 10 films cost less than $1. Ranging in duration from …
There's a reason why Snowpiercer — which could have, theoretically, easily been a centerpiece summer film for a major Hollywood studio — is getting handled by the industry with the timid kid gloves of an arthouse release. It has a lot to do with …
Teen Dream Wednesday, August 28, 2013
Few films capture the experience of being a teenager with exquisite honesty and grace. "The Spectacular Now" is one of the few. Sutter and Aimee are not Hollywood teens. They are not obsessed with image, hair, sports, popularity or whom they're …
The Most Dangerous Puppet Wednesday, March 19, 2014
In the annals of Hollywood, no puppet has seen more success on the big screen than Kermit the Frog, though many have tried. Punch was unable to make the transition from street theater to the silver screen in the 1920s, and the arrival of sound was …