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'Catching Fire': A So-So Movie That Would Make Excellent TV
Published 11/26/2013 at 3:26 p.m.
Director Francis Lawrence brings a bleaker tone that suits the darkening mood, but loses the keen spectacle that made Ross’ film such an accessible (and satirically pointed) introduction to the post-apocalyptic country of Panem.
'Elysium' Delivers Awesome Sci-Fi Spectacle Plus a Timely Political Message
Published 08/14/2013 at 10:14 a.m.
Elysium is, at its core, a mind-expanding, sledgehammer-subtle meditation on the haves and have-nots, and makes no effort to conceal its cruel new world’s roots in the signature anxieties of the contemporary left.
Royal Bangs Unveil New Video and Announce New Album, 'Brass'
Published 07/03/2013 at 9:47 a.m.
Royal Bangs have spent the last few months re-introducing their latest lineup and most recent material to audiences in Knoxville and elsewhere but there’s been little to report from the band since last year. Expectations were high for the Bangs ...
Roland Emmerich Turns Political Crisis Into Dumb Summer Fun in 'White House Down'
Published 07/03/2013 at 9:39 a.m.
It’s hard to tell what to make of this summer movie season’s most conspicuous trend, which assumes we so badly want to see the leader of the free world in mortal danger that we might pay twice to go see ...
'Fast and Furious 6': The Best Bad Movie of the Summer
Published 05/29/2013 at 10:48 a.m.
Having struck an uneasy truce with Dwayne Johnson’s caricatured super-spook at the end of Five, the F&F gang are back on alert when Johnson finds himself up against an international gang of auto-savvy thieves hell-bent on constructing some sort of ...
Michael Bay Reveals Unexpected Self-Referential Wit in Action Satire 'Pain & Gain'
Published 05/01/2013 at 10:34 a.m.
Some people have never been particularly friendly to the Transformers director; according to Rotten Tomatoes, his 1996 prison-break adventure The Rock is the only Bay film to inspire so much as toleration from critics, while serious film fans deride his ...
Fede Alvarez’s Update of 'The Evil Dead' Lacks the Original’s Lively Humor
Published 04/03/2013 at 9:28 a.m.
The Evil Dead cries out for revisiting—on the surface, anyway. Originally shot for less than $100,000 at a cabin just outside of Morristown, Sam Raimi’s debut is a textbook on (mostly) transcended limitations.
The Long-Delayed 'Jack the Giant Slayer' Is a Giant Disappointment
Published 03/06/2013 at 10:29 a.m.
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.
'Zero Dark Thirty' Functions as Grown-Up Action Movie and as a Meditation on the War on Terror
Published 01/16/2013 at 10:29 a.m.
Kathryn Bigelow’s mastery turns a largely spying-free spy movie into one of the best films of 2012.
Sam Mendes and Daniel Craig Reinvigorate the Aged Bond Franchise With 'Skyfall'
Published 11/14/2012 at 10:48 a.m.
Less than a year ago, the Mission: Impossible franchise offered Ghost Protocol as a new standard in name-brand espionage adventure; next to Skyfall, it looks kind of like an old James Bond movie.