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D.J. Caruso

Features

Monday, September 8 2008

Talk, Talk, Talk: September 2008

From wars both past and present to a number of nail-biting thrillers, September is sizing up as a potentially profitable one.


Columns

Sunday, August 25 2013

What Happens When Hollywood Film Production Meets Social Media?

For the first time in cinema history, Hollywood has enabled social media users to contribute to the artistic properties of films, thereby earning them co-authorship… of sorts.


Sunday, March 13 2011

'I Am Number Four': Vampires, Aliens and the Art of Movie Recycling

I Am Number Four, a PG-13 science-fiction-slash-teen-romance movie, is so faithful to the Twilight template that it could have been assembled by marketing software.


Reviews

Thursday, February 17 2011

'I Am Number Four' Is 'Twilight'-Lite

As the villains turn to dust when she kills them, Number Six might bring to mind Buffy the Vampire Slayer.


Wednesday, January 14 2009

Eagle Eye

This might pretend to criticize our increasing reliance on technology, but it’s really just the setting for a big dumb movie.


Thursday, September 25 2008

Eagle Eye

Where's Jamie Foxx when you need him?


Wednesday, August 15 2007

Disturbia

Similar to the way Blade Runner effortlessly channels the archetypes of noir inside the wholly original world of a futuristic LA.


Thursday, April 12 2007

Disturbia (2007)

For all its revisiting of Rear Window's basic themes, however, Disturbia is most effective when it points to the differences between then and now.


Blogs

Sunday, May 22 2011

I Am 'Number' Bored: 'I Am Number Four' (Blu-ray)

Once again, we are stuck with another Potter placeholder, a title trying for a Rowling's level of replay value without the boy wizard's ease of entertainment.


Sunday, September 28 2008

IMAX makes this 'Eagle' Soar

Beware of Big Brother…blah, blah, blah. You can't pick up a publication nowadays, or listen to any number of broadcast pundits, and not hear


News

Thursday, October 2 2008

The Movie Masochist: This movie thinks you're dumb

The 1960s and 1970s were the heyday of political thrillers. In these movies the people who ran the U.S. government were every bit as


Sunday, April 15 2007

'Disturbia' star Shia LaBeouf was destined for an acting career

"When you look into his eyes, you can see an old soul," said "Disturbia" director D.J. Caruso.


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