Review: Mediocre ‘American Hustle’ Does Not Jive with Oscar Expectations

On paper, American Hustle should be the movie of the year, but its supreme promise fades once the lights go down in the theater. [Read more…]

Review: ‘Man of Steel’ a Much-Needed Superman for 2013

Will the new Superman make you believe? [Read more…]

Review: ‘The Master’ is 137 Minutes of Excellently Executed Boredom

It seems to me one basic criteria of a good movie is that there is something that pulls the viewer in, something that connects, something that makes them actually want to, you know, watch. The Master, a much-buzzed about presumptive Oscar contender, has many fine qualities, but nothing that connects. Like the Emperor of lore, [Read More…]

Review: ‘Trouble with the Curve’ Familiar but Comfortable Territory

Baseball as a metaphor for life. Who would have figured? [Read more…]

“The Muppets,” The Dreamers, and Me

The film throws down the gauntlet at cynical programming that appeals to our worst nature.

Kermit thinks we sell kids short. “I believe kids are better and smarter,” he begins as music swells. He then gets clocked by a swinging door, but his point stands. [Read more…]