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'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, ...
Inside the Lair of Knoxville’s Mysterious Hag Cult, Illustrator of the Bizarre
Published 10/30/2013 at 3 p.m. 1 Comment
On this Halloween season, we’d like you to meet Knoxville’s foremost horror illustrator, the mysterious young woman who calls herself Hag Cult. Who is she, and how does she conjure such terrifying imagery? April Snellings enters her lair to find ...
Cormac McCarthy’s Screenplay for 'The Counselor' Might Have Been a Good Novel, But It Makes for a Lousy Movie
Published 10/30/2013 at 10:40 a.m. 1 Comment
It’s a commonly held dictum that great novelists often make very bad screenwriters. Cormac McCarthy, certainly one of our best living novelists, follows in the footsteps of no less than F. Scott Fitzgerald with The Counselor, the sleazy, mean, and ...
Director Kimberly Peirce Offers an Unsettling, Perceptive Take on Horror Classic 'Carrie'
Published 10/23/2013 at 10:34 a.m.
We’d do well to remember that some of the best genre films of the past few decades—John Carpenter’s The Thing and David Cronenberg’s The Fly immediately come to mind—have been remakes. Not that Boys Don’t Cry director Kimberly Peirce’s take ...
Paul Greengrass and Tom Hanks Elevate 'Captain Phillips' Above Standard Hollywood Action Movies
Published 10/16/2013 at 11 a.m.
If there’s any doubt that Paul Greengrass has become one of the world’s most consistently excellent action directors, Captain Phillips should put it to rest.
Alfonso Cuarón’s 'Gravity' Justifies Its Hype
Published 10/09/2013 at 10:58 a.m.
By now, you’ve probably heard or read much of the fanfare that has accompanied Alfonso Cuarón’s Gravity into theaters. It’s all true—the stranded-in-space odyssey really is the cinematic milestone that critics and moviegoers are claiming it is.
'Rush' and 'Don Jon' Offer Dueling Perspectives on Male Obsession
Published 10/02/2013 at 10:36 a.m.
Rush might end up being the biggest cinematic surprise of 2013. It’s an exhilarating, full-throttle sports movie about two men who are completely obsessed with racing—or, more specifically, with racing one another.
'Prisoners': Two Very Different Films in One, Both Worth Seeing
Published 09/25/2013 at 11:06 a.m.
You can bounce a quarter off any frame in the first two hours of Prisoners, the American debut from acclaimed Quebecois director Denis Villeneuve (Incendies). From its first moments—a father and son stalking a deer in a snowy Pennsylvania forest—the ...