Time Is Not A Flat Circle: X-Men: Days Of Future Past, Reviewed

1. X-Men: Days of Future Past feels like one of those special-edition comic books that takes all the characters we know and love, drops them in some sort of parallel universe (so the storyline's ramifications don't affect the current canon timeline), and shakes up both the plot and those characters like crazy, just to… » 5/23/14 12:45pm 5/23/14 12:45pm

A Dog Distracted By A Squirrel: American Hustle, Reviewed.

1. David O. Russell is a director who doesn't know what he's doing. I say this with legitimate, if cautious, admiration. Some of our most celebrated directors have been incorrigible perfectionist assholes: David Fincher makes actors do hundreds of takes; Kubrick sent crazy (but not wrong) letters to projectionists;… » 12/17/13 5:57pm 12/17/13 5:57pm

Killing Jennifer Lawrence: The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Reviewed.

1. The first Hunger Games movie was entertaining enough, but still plodding, awkward, and weighed down with so much exposition that you found yourself wishing everyone would stop sketching out the rules of this universe and get down to mourning all the dead children falling from the skies. The movie had Jennifer… » 11/19/13 6:02pm 11/19/13 6:02pm

Vincible. Silver Linings Playbook, Reviewed.

1. She's a grieving cop's widow, prone to nymphomania, locked away in a shed behind her parents' home, profoundly damaged—not broken, but close. He's a bipolar basket case who nearly beat a man half to death for showering with his wife, the same wife with whom he obsessively wants to reconcile, even as he rocks back… » 11/13/12 6:19pm 11/13/12 6:19pm

I ♥ David O. Russell: An Unpredictable Career Gets Back On Track

With all the great directors out there to choose from—Tarantino, Spielberg, Paul Thomas Anderson—it's hard to think of many aspiring filmmakers who would look at David O. Russell's career and say, "That's who I want to be." There are auteurs who follow the beat of their own drum, and then there's Russell, who just… » 11/09/12 6:27pm 11/09/12 6:27pm

The Anti-KStew: In Praise Of Jennifer Lawrence

There are many ways to tell if you've become a popular actress. Your name appears above the title on the poster. You're on the covers of magazines. You get an Oscar nomination. Those are all pretty great things. Then, there are those other ways of finding out that you're popular. These are a lot less fun, such as the… » 9/21/12 5:30pm 9/21/12 5:30pm