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B-Movie Maestro Paul W.S. Anderson Manages Some Rousing Campy Destruction in 'Pompeii'
Published 02/26/2014 at 2:01 p.m.
Pompeii is an entertaining chunk of kitschy sword-and-sandal camp, and the volcanic smackdown that takes up the final third of the film is pretty spectacular.
José Padilha Engineers a Surprisingly Competent Upgrade of 'RoboCop'
Published 02/19/2014 at 10:51 a.m.
It’s far less violent and satirical—and, okay, less fun—than Paul Verhoeven’s 1987 original, but as off-season remakes go, it’s far better than might have been expected.
The Instruction Manual Goes Out the Window in the Surprisingly Subversive 'Lego Movie'
Published 02/12/2014 at 10 a.m.
The film’s narrative construction mimics the way kids play with Legos; it’s a completely deranged jumble of mismatched parts, cannibalized from a dizzying array of franchises, that somehow work beautifully together.
'Devil’s Due' Does Little to Justify Its Own Existence
Published 01/23/2014 at 9:24 a.m.
It’s hard to imagine the sort of Bizarro World where Devil’s Due would be even passably entertaining.
'The Marked Ones' Takes the 'Paranormal Activity' Franchise in a New But Uninspired Direction
Published 01/08/2014 at 9:55 a.m.
The Marked Ones is both a pleasant surprise and a disappointment. It’s better than cynical fans had any reason to expect, but it never capitalizes on its advantages.
Martin Scorcese and Leonardo DiCaprio Revel in ’90s Excess in 'The Wolf of Wall Street'
Published 01/02/2014 at 11:19 a.m.
Anyone looking for the moralistic heart pumping away at the core of The Wolf of Wall Street will be sorely disappointed. At 71, director Martin Scorsese doesn’t seem interested in taking anyone to task for the sordid behavior rendered so ...
Great Performances Can’t Save the Clichéd and Relentlessly Downbeat 'Out of the Furnace'
Published 12/11/2013 at 11:06 a.m.
When we first meet Harlan DeGroat, the squirrelly New Jersey hillbilly played with unnerving ferocity by Woody Harrelson in Out of the Furnace, he forces a woman to swallow a hot dog whole, then nearly beats a stranger to death ...
'Frozen' Co-Director Jennifer Lee Helps Disney Subvert Some of Its Own Gender Conventions
Published 12/04/2013 at 9:53 a.m.
Here’s a pair of cold facts for you: Frozen is the 53rd animated feature to roll out of the storied Walt Disney Animation Studios since 1937, when Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs became the highest-grossing sound film of its ...
'Blue Is the Warmest Color' Rises Above Its Controversial Sex Scenes
Published 11/20/2013 at 10:26 a.m.
Blue Is the Warmest Color turns on a love affair, but it’s really a character study of one young woman.
'Thor: The Dark World' May Not Make Much Sense, But It’s Got Plenty of Hammer Time
Published 11/13/2013 at 11:13 a.m.
I think, whether you’re a comics fan or not, we can all agree that Thor is an exceptionally goofy character—goofiness, mind you, does not preclude charm and badassery—and easily the toughest to pull off on the big screen. Kudos, then, ...