Kill All Humans, Or At Least Mute Them: Godzilla, Reviewed.

1. The go-to example for critics complaining about big-budget summer blockbusters today—and how they've devolved from some past, theoretical peak—is Steven Spielberg's Jaws. One of that 1975 film's many genius innovations was to hold off, as long as possible, on ever letting us see the shark. The movie took its time,… » 5/16/14 11:21am 5/16/14 11:21am

Ben Affleck's Only Weakness As A Director: Casting Ben Affleck. Argo,…

1. Argo is such a terrific, jaw-dropping true-life tale, with such a natural, seamless movie storyline, that anyone who knows the story would beg the filmmakers not to screw it up. So it's a relief that they absolutely do not do that. There are so many tones to juggle here; this is a film that veers from political… » 10/09/12 6:08pm 10/09/12 6:08pm

So, Who Embarrasses Himself The Most In Rock of Ages?

The central appeal—or anti-appeal—of any Hollywood adaptation of a musical is not about the music or the choreography or the set pieces; it's about watching actors who don't usually sing, sing. One of the most fun aspects of Chicago was learning how charming and deft Richard Gere was; it was equally enlightening to… » 6/13/12 6:25pm 6/13/12 6:25pm