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Sunday, January 27 2013

The Best Films of 2012

From popcorn perfection to animation experimentation, foreign finesse and good old Hollywood hokum, 2012 delivered the shiny cinematic goods and then some. Here are our choices for the titles that took on the challenge, and won.


Columns

Thursday, April 5 2012

Not Gonna Lie: 'The Hunger Games', Twitter, and Reverse Victimization

Would it matter at all if Katniss Everdeen, a white teenager in the book The Hunger Games, had been portrayed in the film by a suitably teenage and female, black actor? For the young racists who have gone berserk on Twitter about the supporting character Rue being portrayed by an African-American actor, apparently the answer is yes.


Monday, March 26 2012

In Defense Of... Adapting Books, Such as 'The Hunger Games', to Film

As The Hunger Games phenomenon fills movie theaters, we are reminded of the age-old idea that the book will forever be better than the movie. Or will it?


Reviews

Thursday, August 16 2012

'The Hunger Games' Looks More Like the Past than the Future -- and Too Much Like the Present

Director Gary Ross understands that the movie should stand for itself, as opposed to functioning as a staged reading of the novel.


Thursday, March 22 2012

'The Hunger Games' Is Against TV Before It's For It

Katniss embodies all that's better than her Hunger Games opponents, being aptly appalled at what she sees while also learning to manipulate her audience.


Wednesday, July 23 2003

Seabiscuit (2003)

Engaging viewers emotionally, in a way that the rest of the summer's car chases and explosions can't even imagine doing, the racing scenes create an exhilarating rhythm for Seabiscuit's story.


Blogs

Monday, March 26 2012

'Games' On!: 'The Hunger Games' and the Meaning of $155 Million

$155 million is an amazing number. What this means for The Hunger Games franchise is... well, not very much, actually.


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