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May 2013

‘33 Postcards’ Is a Classic Coming-of-Age Tale

Chinese orphan Mei-Mei and her Australian sponsor, Dean Randall, have communicated throughout postcards for years. When Mei-Mei visits Australia with the children's choir she helps direct, she discovers the truth about her sponsor and even more about herself.


‘Star Trek Into Darkness’ and the Wrath of Fanboys Being Khaned

In this spoiler heavy overview of the new Star Trek film, we discuss how the fanboy nation is gnashing its teeth over what J.J. Abrams and company have wrought.


Don’t Open That Door! #42: ‘Devil Girl From Mars’ (1954)

Welcome to our weekly field guide to 1950s horror and sci-fi movies and the creatures that inhabit them. This week: a one-woman invasion force strikes Scotland in Devil Girl From Mars.


It’s All Relative: Family Dysfunction in the Post-Modern Movie

The saving grace of many dysfunctional family films is finding the universality in the truly insular.


The 10 Greatest British Actors Working Today

Some of the best actors working today hail from the UK. Here are our choices for 10 of the very best.


PR, Paramount, and the ‘Star Trek’ Disaster

Paramount's decision to not screen Star Trek: Into Darkness for critics signals a troubling turn of events for the film industry.


‘Renoir’: Art as Ennui

Renoir is one of those movies where all the pieces are in place for something intriguing and insightful. To that end, the film fails.


‘No One Lives’ Is a Slick, Stunted Splatterfest

(T)he filmmaker fashions an experience where nothing is what it seems, where the first 25 minutes or so see more twists and turns than in a dozen derivative fright flicks...


‘Lore’: Unlearning a Legacy of Hate

With its leisurely pace and lengthy run time, Lore will make those expecting a quick and easy indictment of the entire postwar world unhappy.


A “Great” Gatsby? Absolutely!

Luhrmann's Gatsby may be the most boisterous downer ever put to film. By playing up the highs, the director increases the depth of the lows.


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