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'Oblivion' Reminds Us What Makes Sci-Fi Great
Published 04/24/2013 at 9:50 a.m.
Oblivion is just as interesting for what it might mean for sci-fi fans as for what it actually is. It gives us everything we’d expect from a movie that comes with a reported $100 million price tag, but it’s also ...
Repeat Offender Rob Zombie Manages to Attain Stylishness with 'The Lords of Salem'
Published 04/17/2013 at 10:09 a.m.
Shock-rocker Rob Zombie’s fifth feature, The Lords of Salem, is his most accomplished movie so far, and has something none of his previous films could claim: a sense of fun.
Harmony Korine’s College Bacchanalia 'Spring Breakers' Turns Into a Disturbing Fever Dream
Published 03/27/2013 at 11:30 a.m.
Spring Breakers is still a nihilistic (though frequently hilarious) film about young people who suffer from a dangerous disconnect between their actions and the consequences they might have, but this is an altogether more accomplished and more accessible work than ...
Sam Raimi's 'Oz the Great and Powerful' Pays Off in Unexpected Ways
Published 03/13/2013 at 10:53 a.m.
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.
Recession Horror Hits a New Low With 'Dark Skies'
Published 02/27/2013 at 10 a.m.
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 02/20/2013 at 9:57 a.m.
Rarely have the talents of Al Pacino, Christopher Walken, and Alan Arkin been as crassly misused as they are in Stand Up Guys.
Zombie Rom-Com 'Warm Bodies' Has No Pulse
Published 02/06/2013 at 1:49 p.m.
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.
Ah-nold Schwarzenegger Returns to Action in 'The Last Stand'
Published 01/23/2013 at 10:11 a.m.
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 ...
'The Impossible' Stirs Up a Tsunami of Emotion
Published 01/09/2013 at 10:12 a.m.
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.
Quentin Tarantino Takes a Creative Leap With the Over-the-Top 'Django Unchained'
Published 12/24/2012 at noon 1 Comment
Django Unchained is undoubtedly indulgent, but man, is it ever fun.