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Friday, April 26 2013

Manning Up in ‘Pain & Gain’

The kidnappers are caught up in a mutual druggy, aspirational haze: when any one of them feels apprehensive, the nearest buddy encourages him to "get a pump", as they lose themselves in frenzy of bicep-curling and self-distraction.


Wednesday, May 25 2011

When Superheroes Die

The death of Randy Poffo, aka Macho Man Randy Savage, once again revealed the dark history of professional wrestling. A history replete with drug abuse, murder and suicide. In this essay a writer and fan explores the varied reactions to Savage's death; a death which created more questions than answers.


Friday, March 13 2009

Race to Witch Mountain

Race to Witch Mountain holds no surprises (even granting that it's a remake).


Thursday, March 12 2009

Dwayne Johnson isn’t the first athlete turned actor


Thursday, January 15 2009

Best Complexities in 2008

The most remarkable films of 2008 were small, smart, and complicated. While they're surely worth seeking out for their own pleasures, they also represent the sort of movies that will find theatrical releases even harder to manage in the shrinking economy.


Monday, December 29 2008

Independent Lens: Operation Filmmaker

Operation Filmmaker brilliantly reveals how films, politics, and desires do their work.


Friday, June 20 2008

Get Smart

Get Smart makes rudimentary efforts to update, with passing references to terrorists, profiling, and inter-agency competition.


Thursday, June 19 2008

‘Smart’ Sucks


Wednesday, June 4 2008

Operation Filmmaker

Engaging, provocative, and often discomforting, Operation Filmmaker reveals increasing tensions between Muthana and his would-be benefactors, including filmmaker Nina Davenport.


Monday, April 28 2008

The Return of the Popcorn Circus: June 2008

If May almost tent-poled itself out of existence, June will be even worse. After all, are audiences really ready for 13 major release in less than two months -- with more to come?


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