Monday, January 16 2012
It was a monumental year for women in film as our selections for 2011's best female performances indicate... over and over and over again.
Thursday, August 25 2011
J.K. Simmons's most visible credit to date is the scenery-chomping role as J. Jonah Jameson in Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man trilogy. But in The Music Never Stopped, (now out on DVD) a deeply rewarding film about music therapy, family, and the Summer of Love generation, Simmons shines in his first lead film role as the uptight father of an amnesiac hippie.
Wednesday, January 5 2011
As the medium continues to struggle with significance in the steady "streaming" of the 21st Century, here are PopMatters' picks for the best the format(s) have to offer.
Thursday, January 7 2010
In one of the rarest rating periods ever, several on the staff could successfully argue for any of the Top 30 choices as a potential number one. While not all classics, they remain the consistent cream of 2009's crop.
Tuesday, January 5 2010
Certainly, the multi-millionaire boy's club represented here is heavy on the dramatics and light on the more 'amusing' fare. But if you really give this list a meaningful perusal you'll see a few genre and jokester surprises along the way.
Tuesday, April 29 2014
Even with all of the talent on display, Labor Day is a major disappointment.
Wednesday, April 4 2012
Young Adult is as cynical and sad about the idea of nostalgia for teenage years as Juno was sweetly nostalgic about the ways that you can define yourself at that age.
Thursday, December 8 2011
In Young Adult, the question is not whether the tightly wound Mavis will snap, but when and how destructively.
Thursday, March 11 2010
Ryan Bingham spends over 300 days a year away from home, and loves it. Then two women come into his life and between the two of them, he questions his empty-backpack existence.
Thursday, December 3 2009
As these lessons all come together, the film's floaty, cool affect starts to come down to earth, the points and plot turning more conventional.
Sunday, October 12 2014
Two ensemble comedy dramas at either ends of the budgetary scale: Jason Reitman’s synthetic Men Women & Children and Simon Baker’s likeable, low-budget Night Bus.
Friday, January 31 2014
Instead of taking the genre and defying expectations, Labor Day merely defies logic.
Friday, December 18 2009
Life is all about connections: the meet and greet; the interpersonal 'hook-up'; the professional (and private) networking that brings about common bonds, unbreakable attachments, and
Thursday, October 23 2014
Jason Reitman’s drama Men, Women & Children explores the way the Internet is shaping (and warping) our lives.
Thursday, January 17 2008
For a low-budget movie with no major names in its cast, "Juno" has become a force to be reckoned with. Last weekend the indie comedy
Wednesday, December 19 2007
In "Juno," the new, life-affirming teen pregnancy comedy, our spunky 16-year-old heroine is aghast to learn she's been knocked up. "I was thinking I'd just
Sunday, December 9 2007
Diablo Cody's Cinderella moment had arrived. Her film "Juno" was less than four hours from its Hollywood premiere. As the Centerpiece Gala presentation of the