There Are No War Heroes: A Veteran's Review Of American Sniper

American Sniper will likely be the most controversial and divisive movie of 2015, and it's mid-January. From concerns over the baldly anti-Muslim social-media rants it has inspired to titular real-life protagonist Chris Kyle's debatable status as a hero to his notorious unreliability as a non-fiction narrator to the… » 1/23/15 10:04am 1/23/15 10:04am

American Sniper Promotes Unrealistic Beauty Standards for Babies

Much has been made of American Sniper, the Oscar-nominated, Clint Eastwood smash about a Navy SEAL with boy-band good looks and the cunning mind of a serial killer. But thus far obscured in the meditative pieces from media thought leaders about "the thrilling anticipation of gunplay" and how it is "doing amazing… » 1/19/15 12:58pm 1/19/15 12:58pm

Grierson & Leitch's Year In Review: The Year's Worst Scenes

Yes, many people are already writing their Top 10 movie lists for 2012. We're saving ours for the last week of the year, but while we wait for this full, rich, and weird movie year to end, we're going to start looking back at certain highlights. Today, it's our least-favorite individual scenes. » 12/06/12 6:40pm 12/06/12 6:40pm

Paint Your Corners. Clint Eastwood's Baseball Movie, Trouble With The…

1. Pretty much everything about Trouble With the Curve is a crock, but I couldn't help but like it anyway. It has a hackneyed, painfully overstructured screenplay; its motivations for its characters are stock at best and embarrassingly obvious at worst; and it knows so little about the game of baseball in the 21st… » 9/18/12 7:01pm 9/18/12 7:01pm

Latest Baseball Movie Is Really Just Another Baseball Movie

Not to be all get-off-my-lawn about it, but sports movies are just not as good as they used to be, right? They kind of suck these days? Moneyball was just OK. The Blind Side had more hokum than heart. The Fighter won Oscars and did decent box office, but it never became a phenomenon. The latest formulaic sports flick… » 8/07/12 8:45pm 8/07/12 8:45pm