The Lifeless Vacation Reboot Is All Bowels And No Heart 

1. The original 1983 National Lampoon’s Vacation is a classic because deep down, it’s essentially a sweet movie. The screenplay was written by John Hughes—based off the short story “Vacation ’58,” which he wrote about a family trip to Disneyworld, and which ultimately got him on the staff of National Lampoon—and the… »7/28/15 4:36pm7/28/15 4:36pm

Red Dawn: The Movie That Will Make You Hate America

In general, I don't put a lot of stock in criticisms that accuse Hollywood movies of influencing social behavior. Yes, some films glorify violence, but rather than inspiring horrible acts, I think Hollywood mostly responds to what's already out there in the culture, catering to particular audiences and what they want.… »11/21/12 12:30pm11/21/12 12:30pm

Seriously, Cheer Up, Snow White. Snow White and the Huntsman, Reviewed.

For all the money that was spent on Snow White and the Huntsman, apparently there wasn't any allotment in the budget for enjoyment. This movie exists in an universe where any visual wonder can occur but not a single character ever cracks a smile. If you watch event movies lately, you know that there's a certain strain… »5/31/12 6:10pm5/31/12 6:10pm

Do You Like Self-Conscious Scary Movies? The Cabin In The Woods, Reviewed.

Sixteen years ago, I saw Scream for the first time. I loved it. Not only was it funny and smart, it felt like a game-changer: a movie that exploded all the conventions of its genre while at the same time being a really good example of its genre. By pointing out all the clichés of horror movies, Scream rewrote the… »4/10/12 2:40pm4/10/12 2:40pm