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Features

Sunday, January 20 2013

The Best Guilty Pleasure Films of 2012

As much as we hate to admit it, these addictive missteps captured our attention in ways cinema shouldn't. Others will condemn them. We can't complain... not at all.


Tuesday, January 8 2013

The Best Male Film Performances of 2012

From diabolical tech terrorism to brutal slave ownership, the actors that make up this year's best traversed a wide canvas of creative and cinematic choices.


Tuesday, May 1 2012

Hot Stuff: The PopMatters Summer 2012 Movie Preview (June)

June arrives on full film fire, with a new one from Pixar, a look at a Presidential monster killer, and Ridley Scott's return to a certain extraterrestrial franchise...


Wednesday, May 2 2007

Monkey Business (Part 3: July)

Finally, a month with only one remaining series contender. All wizard based Potter-y aside, this will be the most tenuous time for the business called show. After a strong start, the eccentric collection of entertainments here could make or break this potentially record shattering motion picture season.


Columns

Tuesday, July 24 2012

An Open Letter to Tom Cruise: How to Make a Movie Rock

Dear Tom Cruise: We know you are hurting from the failure of Rock of Ages. However, if you learn the lessons from the best rock-themed movies, you can still make a rock film for the ages.


Reviews

Sunday, October 14 2012

Rock of the Aged, or, 'Rock of Ages'

With tired clichés and uninspired dance numbers, Rock of Ages feels as old as its music. The extras on the blu-ray, however, are worth seeing.


Friday, June 15 2012

‘Rock of Ages’: A Congregation of Vapors

By investing its fate in two personality-free leads, this fitfully witty hair-metal mash-up musical loses before it begins; even with Tom Cruise in full Lizard King drag.


Tuesday, December 23 2008

Bedtime Stories

Bedtime Stories lumbers, repeating plot points and jokes, meandering from scene to scene and seeming to forget where it was headed.


Thursday, July 19 2007

Hairspray (2007) (2007)

Hairspray doesn't just replay Waters' film, it extends and complicates the original parody.


Thursday, July 19 2007

Hairspray (2007)

When Hairspray is good, it’s fantastic. It radiates an energy and a joy that’s beyond infectious.


Blogs

Monday, June 18 2012

'Rock' of Changes

Instead of meaningful metal, everything plays like a Disney TV movie version of the source.


Thursday, June 14 2012

Hair Metal for Glee-ful Morons: 'Rock of Ages'

Like a bad mixtape created by the abominable Ark Music Factory, Rock of Ages is all flash and very, VERY little substance.


News

Wednesday, July 18 2007

Ice cream server one day, 'Hairspray' star the next

Yes, she really was in the Cold Stone Creamery, scooping ice cream. And no, she really didn't know it was coming. "I knew I was


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