Blanchett Wondrous in Woody’s Humdrum Blue Jasmine

The movie leaves us thinking about the broken-down, “babbling” Jasmine—and not much else. For some that will be enough, but others will long for a film full of fleshed out characters rather than a showcase highlighting one performance. [Read more...]

Ruby Sparks and True Freedom

Can we be free? [Read more...]

The Lone Ranger: Pirates of the Old West

Jack Sparrow on a horse. Trains go boom. Is vigilantism justified? [Read more...]

Despicable Me 2: The Sanctifying Power of Adoption

Steve Carell will make you want to be a parent. [Read more...]

You’re Not Good Enough, You’re Not Smart Enough, and Some People Don’t Like You: The Refreshing Realism of Monsters University

Dreams die. Get over it. [Read more...]

The Kings of Summer, Masters of Themselves

Review of The Kings of Summer, Directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts Whatever happened to those coming-of-age films that mixed a naive innocence with humor and a touching story? Nostalgia? The Kings of Summer offers an antidote. Three adolescent teenagers decide to declare independence from their parents, build a house in the woods, and live off the [Read More...]

The General: A Train Full of Laughs

Review of The General, Directed by Buster Keaton In our effort to blog our way through the American Film Institute’s Top 100 Films, I picked out one of the few movies on the list I had not only not seen, but never even heard of:  The General (1927).  For some reason I expected a somber [Read More...]

If you love America, go see Pain & Gain

Review of Pain and Gain, Directed by Michael Bay “Don’t be a don’t-er, do be a doer.” Such is the motto of body-builders/gym-rats Danny Lugo, Paul Doyle, and Adrian Doorball (Marky Mark, the Rock, and Anthony Mackie). Okay, if we’re being all technical about it, it’s the motto of Johnny Wu—the hottest self-help guru to [Read More...]

Lost in Thailand Chinese Style

Review of Lost in Thailand, Directed by Xu Zheng If you know anything about the Chinese box office, you know that James Cameron’s Titanic and Avatar are among the highest grossing films—not to mention the incredible popularity of 2012. But who knew that low-budget comedy Lost in Thailand would rocket to the top of the [Read More...]

‘Admission’ Is Worth the Price

Review of Admission, Directed by Paul Weitz College admissions: the final test of the helicopter parent. While it was no Deerfield or Andover, my college prep school career began with a meeting about college preparation the first month of freshman year and ended with a wall of paper stars announcing mine and my classmates’ acceptances [Read More...]


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