Hammer Of The Gods: Thor: The Dark World, Reviewed.

1. It's funny how many of the Avengers are stiffs. Sure, Iron Man is all wry and meta, and The Hulk, particularly as played by Mark Ruffalo, has genuine pathos and pain, along with a dark sense of humor about his whole predicament. Then there are the rest of them. Captain America is a cheesy dope with a cheerfully… » 11/05/13 5:28pm 11/05/13 5:28pm

Off-Putting Men, Fast Cars: Rush, Reviewed.

Rush succeeds not just because of what it is but because of what it isn't. A sports drama based on a true story, the film mostly stays away from the clichés that make fact-based sports movies so familiar. No rooting interests, no inspirational speeches, no feel-good message about the triumph of the human spirit: Rush » 9/18/13 6:00pm 9/18/13 6:00pm

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 12:30pm 11/21/12 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 6:10pm 5/31/12 6:10pm

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

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 2:40pm 4/10/12 2:40pm