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Film
The Ethics of Death-Defying Media
Furious 7's path to the screen is emblematic of the ways in which film and other media defy (and define) death as images develop lives of their own. [27.Apr.15]
'The Boy Next Door' Is Wrong, but It Feels So Good
Like a musical, The Boy Next Door often asks us to suspend our disbelief and take a ridiculous ride to an absurd place -- in this case, a place where first editions of The Iliad actually exist. [27.Apr.15]
The Potentially Great 'Mommy' Is Only Occasionally Good
Mommy has its memorable moments, but it's ultimately not worth the effort to watch obnoxious characters shout at each other for over two hours. [27.Apr.15]
In Irene, the Leads Are Upstaged by the Secondary Performers
Although Old Hollywood tried its darnedest to shoehorn great African-American performers as secondary players, in the otherwise blasé Irene, those players steal the show. [27.Apr.15]
Harrison Ford Reminds You Why You Like Movies in 'The Age of Adaline'
Harrison Ford's performance in this film about a woman who doesn't age foregrounds the consideration of time and desire, how each shapes the other, and how both affect imaginative horizons. [24.Apr.15]
Reviews
Like a musical, The Boy Next Door often asks us to suspend our disbelief and take a ridiculous ride to an absurd place -- in this case, a place where first editions of The Iliad actually exist. [27.Apr.15]
Mommy has its memorable moments, but it's ultimately not worth the effort to watch obnoxious characters shout at each other for over two hours. [26.Apr.15]
Harrison Ford's performance in this film about a woman who doesn't age foregrounds the consideration of time and desire, how each shapes the other, and how both affect imaginative horizons. [24.Apr.15]
Instead of a potent post-war drama, first time director Russell Crowe gives us a jumbled, often incoherent attempt at an epic. [24.Apr.15]
To call Ingmar Bergman's red-drenched masterpiece Cries and Whispers essential to any collection would be a serious understatement. [23.Apr.15]
Because it is unsure whether it wants to push the Bible or a little boy's wavering faith, Little Boy ends up giving us neither. [24.Apr.15]
Mixed Media
News
Features
By Paul Gibbins
All signs point to the upcoming seventh installment of Star Wars remediating the follies of the prequel trilogy and returning the series to its original glory. [19.Apr.15]
By Mark Palermo
The Left is veering uncomfortably close to the Right in its half-informed demonization of individuals and artworks, as response to Get Hard illustrates. [01.Apr.15]
Columns
On Principle
Furious 7's path to the screen is emblematic of the ways in which film and other media defy (and define) death as images develop lives of their own. [26.Apr.15]
The Next Reel
Not even the combined might of Superman, Batman, Predator and James Bond can save their respective series from sinking like an ocean liner into the Bay of Pigs! [20.Apr.15]
From The Blogs
Although Old Hollywood tried its darnedest to shoehorn great African-American performers as secondary players, in the otherwise blasé Irene, those players steal the show. [27.Apr.15]
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