'The ABCs of Death' Surveys Contemporary Horror With Mixed Results
Published 3/20/2013 at 10:44 a.m. 0 comments
The ABCs of Death, which the Knoxville Horror Film Festival is screening this weekend, collects 26 short films—one for each letter of the alphabet—by 26 acclaimed directors from around the world, most of them under 40.
Sam Raimi's 'Oz the Great and Powerful' Pays Off in Unexpected Ways
Published 3/13/2013 at 10:53 a.m. 0 comments
Raimi’s prequel is a fun (if overinflated) movie that works beautifully as a guided tour through a vividly rendered Oz, and you couldn’t ask for a better—or more demented—tour guide.
The Long-Delayed 'Jack the Giant Slayer' Is a Giant Disappointment
Published 3/6/2013 at 10:29 a.m. 0 comments
It didn’t seem too much to ask that Bryan Singer’s long- and little-awaited Jack the Giant Slayer be a wall-to-wall disaster, the sort of bomb that brings this regrettable recent string of fairy-tale reboots to an end.
Recession Horror Hits a New Low With 'Dark Skies'
Published 2/27/2013 at 10:00 a.m. 0 comments
The fact that the boogeymen in Dark Skies are aliens and not ghosts or the demons who lurk about in both of the aforementioned films is irrelevant; Dark Skies is perhaps the most explicit (and explicitly derivative) mile marker of ...
Star-Studded Mob Comedy 'Stand Up Guys' Loses Its Footing
Published 2/20/2013 at 9:57 a.m. 0 comments
Rarely have the talents of Al Pacino, Christopher Walken, and Alan Arkin been as crassly misused as they are in Stand Up Guys.
Michael Haneke’s Harrowing 'Amour' Traces the End of a Storybook Romance
Published 2/13/2013 at 10:24 a.m. 0 comments
Beaming brides and welling grooms say them thousands of times every day, and mean them, but they are heavy words indeed: “Till death do us part.”
Zombie Rom-Com 'Warm Bodies' Has No Pulse
Published 2/6/2013 at 1:49 p.m. 0 comments
It took me an embarrassingly long time to key into the fact that Warm Bodies is essentially just an inevitable variation on the post-Twilight girl-loves-monster formula.
Jacques Audiard’s 'Rust and Bone' Doesn’t Reveal Much About Its Characters
Published 1/30/2013 at 11:23 a.m. 0 comments
Really, Jacques Adiard’s emotionally devastating Rust and Bone is two films in one. At its core, it’s an unlikely love story between two flawed, broken, battered people, pulled together by the same animalistic instincts that eventually tear them apart. Then ...
Ah-nold Schwarzenegger Returns to Action in 'The Last Stand'
Published 1/23/2013 at 10:11 a.m. 0 comments
Few movies have ever been as carefully calculated to appeal to red-state America as The Last Stand, a film that, taken at face value, would have NRA honcho Wayne LaPierre’s eyes rolling back in his head from the sheer, orgiastic ...
'Zero Dark Thirty' Functions as Grown-Up Action Movie and as a Meditation on the War on Terror
Published 1/16/2013 at 10:29 a.m. 0 comments
Kathryn Bigelow’s mastery turns a largely spying-free spy movie into one of the best films of 2012.
'The Impossible' Stirs Up a Tsunami of Emotion
Published 1/9/2013 at 10:12 a.m. 0 comments
Equal parts disaster movie, horror film, and melodrama, the Spanish production The Impossible is a harrowing and incredibly moving account of a family’s attempts to reunite after the 2004 Southeast Asian tsunami separates them.
The Best Movies of 2012
Published 12/26/2012 at 5:00 p.m. 0 comments
The best movies of the year, according to our critics.
Quentin Tarantino Takes a Creative Leap With the Over-the-Top 'Django Unchained'
Published 12/24/2012 at 12:00 p.m. 1 comment
Django Unchained is undoubtedly indulgent, but man, is it ever fun.
Peter Jackson Delivers Too Much of a Good Thing in the First Movie of the 'Hobbit' Trilogy
Published 12/19/2012 at 9:56 a.m. 0 comments
The trilogy’s first installment, An Unexpected Journey, lives up to the visual splendor of the original Rings films, laced with rich humor and a sweetly innate innocence. But unlike those earlier epics, Journey also feels bloated and a tad strained—a ...
'Hitchcock' Uncovers the Story Behind 'Psycho'
Published 12/12/2012 at 10:00 a.m. 0 comments
On its surface, this is a film about a film, but the heart of the movie is the relationship between Hitchcock and Alma Reville (Helen Mirren), the filmmaker’s wife and creative collaborator. Though she spent most of her professional life ...