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November 20, 2013
THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE–Beyond the Spectacle
The mostly rave reviews are rolling in. Advance ticket sales already make it another smash. ...
October 15, 2013
12 YEARS A SLAVE: Absolutely Essential
How long can a movie stick with you? Some popcorn flicks are so forgettable; they...
August 22, 2013
THE SPECIAL EFFECT OF SHORT TERM 12
It has been a strong season for independent film, from the Southern gothic MUD to...
July 18, 2013
FRUITVALE STATION: Oscar, Trayvon, and Us
There has been plenty of heat generated by the jury’s verdict in the George Zimmerman...
June 18, 2013
Making Hay in the Man of Steel’s Cornfields
Some loved the reimagining of the Superman story in Man of Steel. Others were...
May 23, 2013
MUD: McConaughey on the Mississippi is an instant classic
Searching for a movie full of heart and soul? Mud is a scrappy bit of...
April 12, 2013
EYES TO SEE: TO THE WONDER
To the Wonder aspires to nothing less than showing us Absolute Reality in the face...
April 08, 2013
APPRECIATING EBERT: IN SEARCH OF TRANSCENDENCE
On the occasion of Roger Ebert’s funeral, I pause to offer two days of appreciation. ...
January 17, 2013
ZERO DARK THIRTY is the Best Film of 2012
1. Zero Dark Thirty—A brilliant distillation of the costs, compromises, resolve, and results of a...
January 10, 2013
OSCARS 2013: Lincoln Leads but Beasts and Amour Surprise
With the Oscars just announced, many were shocked to see Benh Zeitlin, young director of...
December 24, 2012
LES MISERABLES: A Truly Moving Picture
Adapting a beloved novel to the big screen is a dicey undertaking. Bringing a rapturously...
December 13, 2012
THE HOBBIT: PATIENCE REWARDED?
As we head into the thick of winter, the comforts of home are more appealing...
December 03, 2012
PARENTAL CHALLENGES in THE ODD LIFE OF TIMOTHY GREEN
You may have missed The Odd Life of Timothy Green. It slipped into theaters at...
November 26, 2012
LIFE OF PI: Visual Splendor and Spiritual Hunger
Life of Pi begins in a magical, animal kingdom in Pondicherry, India. Birds and monkeys...
October 29, 2012
CLOUD ATLAS: SERIOUS FUN
I’m disappointed by the dismal box office returns for Cloud Atlas because it is serious...
October 23, 2012
ARGO: ENORMOUSLY ENTERTAINING
Argo is a rousing, nail-biting throwback to the best of seventies cinema: timely, topical, and...
October 17, 2012
SEARCHING FOR SUGAR MAN: A SATISFYING SECRET
How could an artist of such originality and vision as Vincent Van Gogh sell almost...
September 28, 2012
WON’T BACK DOWN: WORKING CLASS HEROES
As the Chicago teachers strike played out, I kept thinking of the new film Won’t...
September 27, 2012
Unlocking The Master Plan
How do you make a provocative movie about the founder of one of the most...
September 26, 2012
PROCESSING THE MASTER
Can a motion picture be great even if it is thoroughly unpleasant? Do we...
September 25, 2012
THE MASTER in CONTEXT: PTA’S CITY OF THE ANGELS
For dedicated cinephiles, wrestling with a movie and its meaning is a profound pleasure. To...
September 20, 2012
The Innocence of Muslims: Blasphemy, Pornography, and Christianity
What do Christian films and porno movies have in common? Bad acting, lousy production values,...
August 26, 2012
BERNIE: BEST FILM OF THE SUMMER?
My favorite film of the summer just arrived on DVD. Bernie is a kick; an...
August 10, 2012
BOURNE AGAIN? RESISTING THE REBOOT
Are you planning to see The Bourne Legacy this weekend? As much as I’d like...
July 31, 2012
Olympic Alternative: Ai Weiwei
Looking for an alternative to the ubiquitous Olympics coverage? The riveting documentary, Ai Weiwei: Never...
July 18, 2012
The Dark Knight vs. Lord of the Rings: Best Trilogy?
When The Dark Knight premiered in 2008, I declared it the best film of the...
July 18, 2012
Does The Dark Knight Still Shine?
Four years ago, I raved about The Dark Knight. My enthusiasm for Christopher Nolan's epic...
July 17, 2012
Christopher Nolan and Batman Begins
Over the weekend, I introduced my children (ages 13 and 10) to Christopher Nolan's Dark...
July 16, 2012
Christopher Nolan on our Dark Knights
In anticipation of The Dark Knight rising in theaters this week, I am reviewing the...
July 02, 2012
Moonrise Kingdom: Wes Anderson’s anti-Spider-Man
A couple of years ago, rumors abounded that hipster auteur Wes Anderson might direct the...
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