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Wednesday, January 23 2013

The Worst Films of 2012

When movies are mediocre, they're maddening. But when they are as bad as the selections here, you can't help but question the artform's overall validity.


Monday, April 30 2012

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

It begins with a bang, as one of the most highly anticipated comic book movies battles beleaguered vampires, underwater aliens, and the return of Agents J & K for May's monetary consideration.


Wednesday, October 15 2008

Cinema Qua Non - Indispensable DVDs: Part 3

Day Three - The final ten, a cross-culture collection teeming with big ideas, larger than life visions, and perhaps the greatest documentary on rugby you've probably never heard of.


Tuesday, April 29 2008

The Return of the Popcorn Circus: July 2008

And it just doesn't stop. If part two in this three-ring play was packed with well hyped product, July just keeps the receipt treats coming.


Reviews

Thursday, June 19 2014

'Lone Survivor' Is a Formidable Piece of Storytelling

Both a visceral and heartbreaking experience, Lone Survivor honors truth through fiction in a way that is both rare and haunting.


Friday, December 20 2013

CNN Doesn't Care About Rules of Engagement

As much as Lone Survivor makes clear the Seals' legendary dedication and durability, it will go on to literalize the "dark, cold corners" and, of course, the "bad things".


Thursday, August 30 2012

'Battleship' Is a HIT! Well, Not at the Box Office...

Although it wasn't a hit at the box office, Peter Berg's boisterous battle royale on boats is a hit in my heart—and the most fun you'll have all summer.


Thursday, May 17 2012

'Battleship' Is a Loud Suggestion of a Big Summer Movie

Battleship has plenty of trailer moments, 15-second expensive-looking money shots of stuff blowing up in all sizes and shapes.


Friday, January 20 2012

'On Freddie Roach': New Angles on Boxing

As actual and consequential as fighting is in On Freddie Roach, it's also figurative and allusive, shaping self-images as it reshapes physical bodies.


Blogs

Monday, May 28 2012

'Battleship': What Did You Expect?

The film is a huge missed opportunity, not because of its action potential but because of its subtext.


Friday, May 18 2012

Sunk? This 'Battleship' Stunk!

Battleship is bollocks. Oddly enough, it makes no apologies for being so stupid.


Wednesday, April 25 2012

The 10 Best Songs by the Band

We lost a true musical treasure last week with the passing of Levon Helm of the Band. As a tribute, here are 10 of his group's best songs.


Tuesday, July 1 2008

'Hancock' Hampered by Schizophrenic Script

Will Smith is the new up to date version of the late in life career of Charleton Heston. No, he's not some gun wielding NRA


News

Wednesday, July 2 2008

Unheroic superhero appealed to director 'Hancock' director Peter Berg

"I loved the idea of an alcoholic, nihilistic, subversive superhero, fighting crime drunk," says Peter Berg about "Hancock" - a screenplay that's been kicking around


Thursday, November 8 2007

Today's foreign wars are Hollywood hell

This is not your grandfather's war. This war is unpopular and controversial, seemingly endless. But that hasn't stopped Hollywood from releasing a series of films


Wednesday, October 10 2007

A new script for Hollywood war movies

Anti-war demonstrators storm the Pentagon in the movie "Across the Universe." A career soldier protests the Iraq conflict in "In the Valley of Elah." The


Sunday, September 30 2007

Hollywood goes to war: Mainstream movies focus on Iraq, terrorism

Writer Matthew Michael Carnahan makes a living pounding out movie scripts, where flights of fantasy and retreats from reality are the daily stock in trade.


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