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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.
Wu-Tang Clan’s RZA Doesn’t Bring Much Ruckus With 'The Man With the Iron Fists'
Published 11/07/2012 at 1:02 p.m.
The Man With the Iron Fists is a direct hit at a target audience, and damned if most of them won’t be on board from the moment bearded Chinese dudes start wailing on each other.
Paul Thomas Anderson’s 'The Master' Confounds Expectations
Published 09/26/2012 at 11:10 a.m.
The Master isn’t really a story, about Scientology or anything else, as much as a dual character study featuring two exceptional actors playing out two crucial archetypes.
David Cronenberg Follows Don DeLillo’s Literary Limo, Without a Destination
Published 09/12/2012 at 12:58 p.m.
David Cronenberg’s Cosmopolis is a movie of ideas, or at least one idea.
Neil Hamburger Revels in Being America’s Least Funny “#1 Funnyman”
Published 08/15/2012 at 10:54 a.m.
Hamburger’s live performances, often held up as an example of so-called anti-comedy, consist largely of ex-wife jokes, flailing one-liners, and foul-spirited Q&A gags that walk a line between conscious hackery and transcendence.
Local CD Review: The Mutations
Published 08/08/2012 at 10:53 a.m.
Surf music has, in the past few decades, become more or less a riff refuge for mellowing punks and math rockers; but here, over four songs, the Mutations lean reverently towards the genre’s bedrock in early ’60s youth music.