Movies 2011: Powerful and Disturbing Visions | 15 Jan 2012 // 4:00 PM
Many films this year explored self-consciously "big" themes, revealing that sometimes the line between felicity of expression and facileness can be unclear.
Nu-Metal's Not Dead! | 23 Sep 2008 // 6:00 PM
August saw a resurgence of nu-metal glory for 2008, with several former figureheads dropping their new releases. And instead of these bands dying off like the genre they ostensibly belonged to, most proved there's still life after the spotlight moves on.
"The Lady" Is a Superficial Portrait | 20 Apr 2012 // 12:36 AM
The Lady becomes torn between its two primary themes: the nobility of Suu Kyi’s cause and the emotional costs of her dedication, which include the loss of her loved ones for goals that seem no nearer in sight at the end of the film than the beginning.
'Titanic 3D' Connects on an Elemental Level | 16 Apr 2012 // 1:00 AM
Titanic's re-release in 3D provides the opportunity to drink in its spectacular mise-en-scène, to admire its graceful, imposing, and majestic camerawork, particularly in several magnificent sweeps across the bow of the ship.
Little Battles in the Midst of a Big One: 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2' | 14 Jul 2011 // 5:00 AM
Over the course of ten years and eight films, it’s tempting to get misty-eyed and swept up in the fever of it all.
"Yes, Guys, We Can't Believe It's Happening Again, Either": 'The Hangover Part II' | 26 May 2011 // 5:25 AM
The Hangover Part II is a serviceable, but somewhat flat sequel.