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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 27 2009

Superheroes Versus Comics

There can be no doubt that the summer of 2008 stands as a high-water mark for superheroes. But in the wake of a superhero renaissance and the growing cultural legitimacy of the genre, the question must be posed: Has the superhero genre evolved beyond the comics medium?


Monday, April 28 2008

The Return of the Popcorn Circus: June 2008

If May almost tent-poled itself out of existence, June will be even worse. After all, are audiences really ready for 13 major release in less than two months -- with more to come?


Reviews

Thursday, June 21 2012

'Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter': The South Sucked... Blood

This movie shows how brutal death -- living death too -- is deeply entwined with idealizing and politicking and speechifying.


Thursday, June 26 2008

Wanted

Angelina Jolie has evolved. As of Wanted, she is no longer merely mortal, but her own sublime creature.


Wednesday, July 19 2006

Night Watch (Nochnoi Dozor) (2004)

These creatures are granted a simple choice: to do good, or bad.


Thursday, April 6 2006

Night Watch (Nochnoi Dozor) (2004)

Like the forces of Light and Darkness, Art and Commerce work within a negotiated, often tense, Armistice, as they have for hundreds of years.


Blogs

Monday, June 25 2012

The Un-Civil War: 'Abraham Lincoln' vs. The Critics

The amount of vitriol aimed at the film and its makers may have little to do with what's up on the screen and more to do with industries out of touch with each other and their own individual best intentions.


Friday, June 22 2012

Crackpot History and the Right to Lie: 'Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter'

It's crazier than an antebellum bedbug, but Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter is one of Summer 2012's definite sleepers.


Sunday, November 30 2008

Wanted, and the Art of Ass-Kicking Self Actualization

Screw Abraham Maslow! According to this so-called philosopher, the route to self-actualization - you know, the ultimate realization of one's own value and worth within


Sunday, June 22 2008

Wanted: The Fight Matrix Club

Hollywood is notorious for repeating ideas. When something is successful, you can guarantee studio suits are desperate to find a way of copying it. With


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