The Descendants

The 40 Best Films of 2011 | 22 Jan 2012 // 3:00 PM

2011 was a year of good, not necessarily great, films, though the amazing choices by our staff might argue against such a overall cinematic classification.

The Best Male Film Performances of 2011 | 17 Jan 2012 // 3:00 PM

In another strong year, crime and punishment take on heart and heroism for the right to be called 2011's best male film acting work.


'The Descendants' Is Compulsively Watchable | 18 Apr 2012 // 5:00 PM

The story deals with precisely the sort of messy, depressing ordeals in life we go to the movies to get away from, but the languid pace and occasional shots of off kilter wry humor allow it to never become such an overwhelming plunge into despair as to be unwatchable.

'The Descendants' Is Painful and Discerning, Awkward and Resourceful | 15 Nov 2011 // 11:35 PM

As ten-year-old Scottie tries to sort out the specter of her mother now, inert and silent following a water-skiing accident, she faces questions she can’t begin to articulate.


The Olden Globes | 16 Jan 2012 // 2:00 AM

Once again, the members of the Hollywood Foreign Press have spoken - and confused the awards season conversation all over again.

When the Family Tree Falls: 'The Descendants' | 24 Nov 2011 // 5:30 AM

The best thing here is Clooney, cleverly dropping some of his man's man mannerisms to make Matt less of an idea and more of a human.


Aloha: Alexander Payne heads to new territory with ‘The Descendants’ | 23 Nov 2011 // 2:34 AM

HANALEI, Hawaii — It was precisely the kind of day that drives Hawaii’s $10-billion vacation business. The sun sliced through the clouds along the coast

//Mixed media

Because Blood Is Drama: Considering Carnage in Video Games and Other Media

// Moving Pixels

"It's easy to dismiss blood and violence as salacious without considering why it is there, what its context is, and what it might communicate.

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