POSTED // Mar 7,2014 - Early in 300: Rise of an Empire, a spirited “debate” breaks out in the middle of the Athenian Senate. The powerful Persian army is headed to Greece, led by the “god-king” Xerxes (Rodrigo Santoro),
POSTED // Feb 28,2014 - Over the years, I’ve written long and often about my evolving relationship with the Academy Awards, but that relationship can safely be summarized as follows: The Oscars and I agree to disagree
POSTED // Feb 21,2014 - It is one of my cherished critical principles: You must grant a movie its premise. Maybe you’re being asked to believe in a series of tests that allows a sinister agency to predict someone’s every move,
POSTED // Feb 12,2014 - It can be fascinating watching history work its magic on conventional wisdom. Take, for example, the case of Paul Verhoeven. As is true for so many purveyors of genre pleasures, Verhoeven was respecte
POSTED // Feb 7,2014 - The cynicism, however knee-jerk, is understandable: “The Lego Movie? Seriously?”
It’s understandable because we live in an era of cinema as product, a seemingly endless barrage of
POSTED // Feb 7,2014 - Not every war movie needs to be Saving Private Ryan—a searing, dark journey into man’s inhumanity to man at its most inhuman. Yet there’s also something odd about a war movie as, well, jolly as The Monuments Men.
POSTED // Jan 31,2014 - For 11 days in Utah’s mountains in January, not a flake of precipitation fell on the 2014 Sundance Film Festival. And the cheery blue skies could not possibly have been a better match for the mood of the festival’s best films.
POSTED // Jan 24,2014 - You may find this hard to believe, but there are, in fact, a few films opening in 2014 that are not sequels, not remakes, not reboots and not based on stage shows, the Bible (there’s more than one of these coming our way)
POSTED // Jan 10,2014 - Theodore Twombly (Joaquin Phoenix)—the protagonist of Spike Jonze’s gorgeous science-fiction romance Her—is a sensitive guy. You can see it in the way he does his job as a 21st-century Cyrano, surrogate-writing romantic